Free to Play Linux Games on Steam
In little over a year since the first stable version of Steam
for Linux emerged, the number of Linux-supported games
continues to grow at a rapid pace. Valve's digital game
distribution currently hosts 376 games for Linux, with many quality
commercial titles such as Shadowrun: Dragonfall, System Shock
2, and Europa Universalis IV to name-drop just a few of our favorites.
With more game engines being natively ported to Linux, this trend is
going to continue. For example, the CryEngine technology has recently
been natively ported to Linux, so we could see ports of
games like Ryse: Son of Rome and Crysis 3.
The fact that the Steam entertainment platform
is available for Linux is testament to the demand for open systems from
gamers and game developers. Prices are quite reasonable, with
the majority of the Linux games on Steam costing under 10
pounds; price distribution is shown in the chart below.
Yes, you are right! There are a small number of Linux games
hosted on Steam that can be downloaded without a charge. None of the
games featured in this article are released under a freely
distributable license, and so they are not free in the sense of
freedom. But if you want some fun and entertainment without
exercising your wallet, look here. What is particularly
pleasing is that there are some real gems. Let's check them out!
Dota 2 is a free Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) and
real time strategy game. It is the stand-alone sequel to the Defense of
the Ancients (DotA) mod. Dota 2 is a competitive game of action and
strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of
passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred
heroes, forming two teams of five players.
The objective of the game is to destroy the enemy team's
Ancient, a building located in their base. On the enemy's side of the
map are buildings protecting the enemy Ancient that must be killed
before a team can reach the enemy Ancient.
- An extremely rewarding and tense team-based
- 9 standard game modes
- 112 "Heroes" - strategically powerful
player-controlled units with unique special abilities. All heroes have
different abilities, starting numbers in attributes, and attribute
gains per level
- Seasonal events
- Spectating live games and viewing replays:
- Commentator (if applicable)
- Commend/Report Player
- Item Suggestions
- Cosmetic Item Store
- Steam Community Item Workshop
- Search for and download the replays of recent games
- Bot Matchmaking System
- A secondary low priority match-making pool for
players who ruin games
- Guide System
- Guild System
- Tutorial System
| Dota 2
OS: Ubuntu 12.04
CPU: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600
(Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Star Conflict is a free action-packed Massively Multiplayer
Online (MMO) space game where players control their
own spaceships. The game uses instanced battles,
with struggle for dominance in space sectors.
Three thousand years have passed since the first colonists
left Earth. Now the galaxy is divided between the militant star empires
and independent mercenary groups. In a remote corner of the galaxy —
Sector 1337, the area of the dead — a world has been left behind. Here,
the ruins of a great civilization of Precursors have recently been
discovered. Huge factories and sprawling cities are falling into decay.
Fragments of ships lie on the fields where massive battles were once
fought. But there is not a living soul. Everything has been destroyed
by a mysterious Cataclysm — a pulsing anomaly that burned out all life
within this sector.
This doesn’t stop mankind, the new «owner» of the Universe. Mercenaries
and adventurers have flocked to the sector to sift through the ruins
and loot its abandoned artifacts, without consideration of the danger.
Many have disappeared — including members of well-armed expeditions —
but those who have managed to return have uncovered unprecedented
riches. So looters continue to come here, to find the Precursors’ lost
treasures — and to fight for them.
With the galaxy on the brink of war and the Precursors’ legacy at
stake, elite pilots will be in high demand. Join them in Star Conflict,
where a new era of space action awaits!
The project is built by Star Gem Inc.
on the basis of the studio's in-house Hammer Engine.
- Beautifully textured, environments
- Action-packed interplanetary skirmishes
- 3 sides of conflict: the Empire, Federation and
Jericho. Each side is divided into two factions, so the game has a
total of six factions
- 3 ship classes: light and fast interceptors,
powerful fighters and well-defended frigates. Each class can carry out
a specific role
- Based on Player versus Player battles between two
- Various PvP game modes
- PvE missions, where players can group together to
fight against AI-controlled enemies
- "Custom Battle" mode which provides players with
tremendous opportunities for choosing the type of gameplay that suits
- Develop your abilities, establish specialized skills,
and perfect your tactics
- Support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR)
Champions of Regnum is a free to play MMORPG focused in epic
Realm versus Realm (RvR) and Player versus Player (PvP) battles. Choose
your Realm and engage in the most dynamic player driven battlefield
available on any MMO. Fight for the Alsius Empire, protect the woods of
Syrtis or avenge the Brotherhood of Ignis.
Champions of Regnum is an evolution of the Realms Online and
Regnum Online brands.
This is not a grindfest, it’s all about large scale player vs.
player gameplay. A free-to-play with premium content.
- 3 Classes - Decide what class is for you, the
Warrior, Archer, or mage each with a subset of classes with extensive
- 9 fully customizable player races
- Realm versus Realm PvP - Fight for your side and
conquer every realm you can
- Champions of Regnum's realms are divided in three
- Player versus Environment
- An ever-expanding number of quests
- The ability to capture forts & castles
- Expansive lands to explore
- Realm vs. Realm is the main attraction of Champions
- Premium items for enhanced gameplay
| Champions of Regnum
OS: Ubuntu 12.04
Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 and 256 MB RAM: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI
Hard Drive: 4GB
Network: Broadband Internet connection
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Last Updated Sunday, April 06 2014 @ 09:32 AM EDT