Linux has never been known for its great gaming performance, but despite this, it’s very successful at operating system, having thousands of users worldwide. Also, a great advantage for Linux is the fact that they distribute Ubuntu for free, therefore, lots of people are attracted to this.
I must admit, I was skeptical about what games could be played on Linux without the use of an Emulator, but now I am convinced that if you are not a hardcore gamer, Linux OS would be a great operating system to use. It runs like clockwork, it’s by far more stable than Windows and it looks pretty damn cool!
Top 10 Linux Games
10. Second Life
If you are a fan of virtual reality games, Second Life is right down your alley. A place where you can live your life exactly as you wanted, and for some, a place to earn some extra cash from playing. here you are represented by your avatar and you live your virtual life just like you would your real one. Going to work, buying a house, getting married and so on. The place where you can be whoever you wanted to be in real life and never got to. The only question is: if you become a famous rockstar, would you be willing to go back to your normal and boring life?
This game reminds me of MusicRacer. A small and very winding track, where you race like mad. But this time, you do not play against your mp3’s, you race opponents. Although it doesn’t have ultra-realistic graphics, this stomach churning game doesn’t need it. I can honestly say you won’t even notice. Everything happens so quick, you can’t even tell.
If you ever wondered what would an Unreal Tournament, Halo and Half Life mixture look like, the answer is Xonotic. If you are a fan of multiplayer shooters, then you will love this game. Crazy weapons, great gameplay and very cool maps make it one of the best shooter games ever. It might not have the fancy graphics of other titles, but the gameplay is electrifying!
One of the best puzzle games I have ever played comes by the name of Cogs. 3D Puzzles that require the greatest level of attention. I’ve been playing this game for quite some time now and the puzzles are extraordinary. I have never imagined a simple puzzle game could be so challenging! I highly recommend this game to anyone seeking a good challenge.
6. Savage 2
Combining Action games with RTS (Real Time Strategy) games and throwing a MMO into the mix is a killer combo. This is Savage 2, a MMORTS game, where the player sees the world in first person view and battling demons and monsters at every turn. The graphic of the game are those of a typical MMO game, nice but now out of the ordinary, with some sharp edges and unrefined textures, but the gameplay is awesome.
5. From Dust
Taking imagination to the next level, From Dust allows you to create a world and take care of it’s inhabitants any way you see fit. Giving you the power of gods, you are able to rise mountains, create volcanoes and do anything you wish! If you are looking for a game that lets you let your imagination run wild, From Dust is that game, without a doubt.
4. Arx Fatalis
The story of this Linux game takes place in the world called Arx. the hero must survive and become a champion of the Underworld, where many shadowy characters lurk. This First Person RPG has one of the best stories of all, and a great thing about this game: every decision you take, will have consequences later on (some going as deep as not letting you finish the game). A great “project” to take on.
Amnesia is a pretty scary game any way you look at it. The action takes place in a haunted castle, where you have to make your way through endless corridors and dark rooms in search of clues to find out what happened to you. As the story evolves, you find yourself in the middle of a horror story started by a cursed artefact you discovered. Oh, and did I mention, you are being followed by ghost and if you stay in the dark, you go insane.
2. Trine 2
A physics game full of magic and great puzzles. At first glance, you’d probably think this is a game for kids, for I assure you, it will seem more and more of a challenge when you start playing. With very nice graphics and fantastic levels, Trine 2 is a great game for any Linux OS user, and for Windows users alike.
1. Heroes of Newerth
What started as an Indie Game, now has gathered momentum and has become one of the best known games today. Heroes of Newerth is a action-strategy game, that closely resembles the well known Warcraft III map of DoTA, where players interact with other players via their heroes which they have to level up and buy gear for. A very challenging game with great graphics and very intensive gameplay.
Also, with the announcement from Valve that they are considering moving the Steam Platform to Linux, we will soon see more than 2000 well known names appear on the list. Gabe Newell, from Valve said that they are missing out because Steam is not available for Linux users, and because Windows 8 is a “catastrophe”, as he said, Steam is likely moving to the Linux platform.
Of course, there are lots of other great games that Linux OS users can enjoy. A more comprehensive list of games can be found at LGDB or PenguSpy. Also, here you can find lots of very cool free games!