More GTA-Like Goodness on Linux

Saints Row 2 and 3 have just been released yesterday on Linux/SteamOS ! We had known for a while now that they were coming along following the release of Saints Row 4 last year. All ports are made by Virtual Programming using their eON technology. However, quality-wise the ports are not that impressive at this stage. I have played Saints Row 3 for about 4 hours since its release and it’s not bad on my hardware in maximum details (GTX970 + i5), but there are many cases of frame rate stutters here and there even though the game is very playable. I have even encountered a crash while playing a mission (not sure yet if I can reproduce it).

So, while it’s not super smooth at this stage after the release, it’s probably on par with Saints Row IV in terms of performance (sadly not better). Game-wise it’s really fun if you like GTA-like games and the whole parody that goes with the Saints Row series.

I have not spent as much time on Saints Row 2 but the port quality is worse. Frame rate is really bad on the same hardware even though it’s a much less graphically intensive game. Not sure why it’s so bad this time around, and I really hope VP is going to do something about it – on such hardware it’s far from being enjoyable.

Both games are discounted at 66% right now on team, so it’s a good chance to get them in case you did not pre-order them or already owned it on Steam before.

And let’s not forget there are hints of Sleeping Dogs making its way on Linux as well in the future. I did it on Windows a long time ago – it was not that good though, the fist fights were well done but the overall plot was cheesy (while the game took itself seriously, not like Saints Row) and cliche. But more AAA games are better than none, and it’s a good sign that more and more open-world games are making their way on our platform. More games in certain genres are needed to cover gaps in the Linux gaming offering.

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  1. From what I read it’s not that the SR2 port is bad, but that the original Windows version is bad so VP couldn’t magically fix that.
    Seems playable anyway (40-50 FPS with medium/high settings) on my i5+GTX 660 combo, but I haven’t reached the town yet.

    • Thanks – I had never played the Windows version of SR2 so I did not have any reference point to compare.

  2. Sleeping Dogs not that good?

    Each to their own opinion – but that when it was released was great. It was the first open-world game that really appealed to me due to the similarities it had to Shenmue. You sir are drunk – drops microphone.

    • Well Sleeping Dogs wants to be movie-like but it’s definitely not achieving being better than a B-rated flick. Check again some cinematics dialogs just to convince yourself.

        • Metacritic doesn’t mean anything for me at least… For example:
          – Alien: Isolation: 81/100. Terrible.
          – Bioshock Infinite: 94/100. Boring.
          – Shadow of Mordor: 84/100. Unbearable.
          Obviously Just My Opinion(tm)…

          • I was going to answer just that. I hate Metacritic for many reasons (it’s biased, they assign numbers on a scale of 100 even for publications that only have 5 stars for example, which is utter nonsense if you care any bit about analytics, they even assign numbers to publication without scores just based on their “perception” which makes for a good laugh) but mostly because of folks who use it to say “see, you are dumb ! Metacritic loves the game so you MUST BE WRONG!”.

            Metacritic does not prove anything. Especially the magazines’ score – for all we know writers could be corrupt (it ain’t the first time there is some conflict of interest in the games journalism industry), or simply incompetent (they did not spend enough time reviewing the game or lack criticism) or simply irrelevant (someone reviewing a type of games they don’t enjoy in the first place) – there can be many things going wrong with reviews and making a soup-score of it all does not raise the quality up nor does it make it a reliable opinion. Plus, there is the hype effect. Something that is expected TOO MUCH (such as Bioshock Infinite) will get raving reviews that are grossly exaggerated. But reviews are only written once at the time of release when the hype effect is the worst. Now, objectively Bioshock Infinite is an OK shooter, but pretty boring indeed (it’s very repetitive, no freedom to go anywhere, it’s linear as hell) and the plot is forgettable (and nonsensical if you want to there, too). So, certainly not something that would get close to perfect scores were it not for the hype.

            So yeah, 82 on Metacritic for Sleeping Dogs, I might as well trust my non-gamer neighbor for their opinions, too. It’s probably just as much accurate.

          • Indeed your opinion, and to say Bioshock Infinite and Alien Isolation are awful games shows that your opinion in gaming is clearly in the minority.

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