Playing Tomb Raider on Linux: What a Good Surprise!

in #linux9 months ago

I've heard many good things about this version of Tomb Raider - Rise of the Tomb Raider. Some friends told me the game play was excellent and now I can see that the graphics of this game are spectacular, too... just check this out:

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I saw this game on sale on Steam for merely 7.50€ - including some DLC packs plus the Season Pass - and I couldn't resist grabbing it. The game is available on Windows, Linux and MacOS. This is a very nice feature offered by Steam. I still remember when the 3 versions of games had to be purchased separately... that meant that if we wanted to test it on another platform, we had to buy the same game again. (Actually, back then... the versions would be for Amiga OS, Windows and Mac OS. Linux had no games. Yet.)

After purchasing it, I was going to play it on Windows, since I have an old XBox Wireless 360 Controller which I was assuming it only worked under Windows. But I decided to give it a try on Linux anyway.

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The game installed like a breeze, with no problems whatsoever. Not even a small glitch.

Then I ran the game, wondering how the hell I was going to play without a controller. 🤔 I was still thinking about searching for Linux drivers for the controller when I turned it on and checked the settings of the game.

My jaw dropped when I saw the XBox 360 Wireless Controller was recognised and already active, without any extra configuration or driver installation. I simply pressed the power button and lo and behold, it was already working! 😲

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Linux has come a long way, since I start meddling with Debian 1, back in 1996! In those days, every little thing was a nightmare, from installing a mouse to connecting to the Internet with a modem. We would bang our heads against a wall more times than we changed our shirts, because every little thing would make the whole system crash and we had to spend hours looking for solutions.

Nowadays I'm running Linux Mint 19.3 Beta and it keeps surprising me. Everything simply works without a glitch, from Wifi Cards to Wireless Keyboards and Mouses... and even XBox controllers!!! 🤗

By the way, I'm writing this article on the Linux Version of eSteem.
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I guess now there are no more excuses for someone claiming Linux is too complicated for them. It's as easy to use as Windows, if not easier.

There are many flavours of Linux available but if you ask me, Linux Mint 19.3 “Tricia” - Cinnamon Edition is the perfect distribution, both for newbies and for experienced users.

If you had never tried Linux before and have an empty hard drive laying around, give it a go and let me know what you think of it. 😉


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Linux is full of surprises :-)

It's getting better all the time!

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That's incredible. Virtual no flaws with the game. In that case a lot of work and efforts was put in to the work.

I dont know if this is the same Tomb Raider I once play with my Playstation when it was in good condition.

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Yeah, these companies have the resources to make some serious beta testing before games are released to the market.

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I really enjoyed playing rise of the tomb raider i think its one of my favourite and i enjoyed it more than the last uncharted the action really never stops and theres so much to do and see and the visuals are epic

I only played the beginning but it sure looks cool! 😎

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at the end of the eighties, we had a self-assembled spectrum computer, instead of a disk drive-a cassette recorder. Games were recorded on tape. At that time, we could not even think about the current possibilities, only if they were fiction 😁

Yeah, I remember. I had many tapes with games myself! 😊

nice reading. happily I am using windows OS and dont have this sort of problems (and dont have this knowledge of solving problems and know-how)

what I wanted to say,-- this is A Great Game!!
may I address you especially to the 'Expeditions' section where there 'survival' mode is hidden? I completed the game a long ago (but not all the challenges -- this edition of franchese is a Paradise, a Klondike for the challenge lovers and achieve hunters like me). the 'Surviving in Siberia', with a bow, suffering every minute from cold and hunger, is my fave, I still come back to play it pretty often.

wish you a lot of happy hours, my friend!

I'll look into that. Thanks for the info. It sure looks like a big game!

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i would recommend also the site itch.io which has a lot of short linux games. im currently playing autonauts.

I checked out the page now. It looks interesting! Thanks for the tip.

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Any reason why Linux Mint over other distros? Just curious.

I prefer Cinnamon Desktop over other Gnome variants and KDE and Linux Mint is the best at it. I also tried Debian and I had several failures, from not recognising the WiFi cards to not being able to use the Graphics card at all. After many headaches I deleted and went back to Mint.

Great reasons. I've been meaning to give it a shot. Maybe I'll throw it on a live usb and give it a go.

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It is one of the best remakes that has been made of this game, and it gives a small air atmosphere in the style of uncharted but always having that characteristic touch of tomb raider, the animations and graphic quality are very good even today, a game Excellent as Dying Light among others. good post

Thanks a lot. I've been playing a bit more lately, after upgrading my PC. The old one was over 10 years old already! 😂

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Great game

I swear I thought Linux was only for launching missiles, coding and other serious stuff.

Ahahaha. It can be used for everything. 😊
It's a great alternative for windows since most programs are Open Source and not dependent upon a company. If the current team stops development, someone else will carry on.

I have to assess my need for Windows... it has been quite a long time, and I daily work with both, so... maybe Windows can be reserved for a VM with direct GPU attachment... in case of need.

I have both, each on a separate hard drive. 😁

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Nowadays I'm running Linux Mint 19.3 Beta and it keeps surprising me. Everything simply works without a glitch, from Wifi Cards to Wireless Keyboards and Mouses... and even XBox controllers!!! 🤗

Nowadays I am using Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS, and I can say the same thing. I have an old USB webcamera (Wnb-09, 1.3 Mpixels) since I do not know how many years, and that is also works with its built-in microphone.

Incredible! What astonished me the most was that I had to fight a lot to install the XBox Controller on Windows but Linux didn't even needed a driver! 🤣

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Used to play that a lot but haven't for a while now :)

I've been playing more since I got a new PC. The old one was so decrepit I didn't even tried playing with it anymore. 😂

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