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The Linux Games Get Even Better...

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By Jason Jones

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Posted: 6 Jan 2005

In an earlier article, I wrote about a few of my favorite free games to play on Linux. It was so well received, I decided to make sure the Linux community knows about the many commercial games which also run perfectly on Linux.

Some of the major games coming out lately have been ported natively to Linux - this means it'll run on Linux right out of the box.

One of my favorites is Unreal Tournament 2004. It's a beauty of a game.

Unreal Tournament 2004

The game is usually around $40-$50 and is sure to provide days, if not weeks, of endless fun.

It's a good first-person shooter and includes all sorts of gameplays.
When I first got it up and running, I was anxious to see if it would run faster on Windows. So, I installed it on a comparable windows machine, loaded it up, and to my delight; it didn't look any better, and didn't run any faster. It was beautiful.

A definite must-have if you're into first-person shooters.

Another good one ported natively to Linux is Never Winter Nights.

Never Winter Nights

This game is for those who want the thrill of enthralling graphics in a 3rd-person world. It's a great game, and plays fantastically fast on Linux. Again, this game will install on Linux right out of the box. No additional software needed to get this one running on Linux.

Marble Blast

If you're not into the fantasy games much, Marble Blast might suit your gaming taste.

Marble Blast is an arcade action game with a simple yet addictive gameplay. It's suited so anyone can play it and enjoy themselves. In this cartoon-type game, players will maneuver their marbles through moving platforms and dangerous hazards in a race against time.

It's definitely one to try if you've got a couple of hours to kill.

I could sit here and talk all day about the hundreds of games out there for Linux, but the good people over at icculus have already made a nice list for us. The three games I've mentioned so far aren't even a drop in the bucket of what's out there.

Click here for a list of all the commercial games with native Linux ports. You'll notice it's really quite long, and is growing every day.

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