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The 25 Coolest Linux Games of 2017

Linux Games of 2017
Written by Martins D. Okoi

The last time we compiled a list of Linux Games was approximately 10 months ago back in 2017 – The 25 Best Games for Linux and Steam Machines. Since we’re in 2018 it is only fair that we compile another list Linux gamers can refer to as they prepare to storm Steam’s (and other game services’) servers.

The games are listed in no particular order; And even though some of them featured on the previous list I advise you to check that one out here before proceeding.

Now, without further ado …

1. Civilization V

Civilization VI is available on Steam for 50% of the price but Civilization V players are clearly still hooked on it and the good news is that the whole Civilization franchise is on a 75% discount till June 11.

Grab yourself a copy if you fancy.

Buy Civilization V (50% Discount)

2. DiRT Rally

If you don’t already know Dirt Rally, it is a no-joke racing game. Eurogamer reviewed on Steam as the finest driving game released by Codemasters since it’s release in 2015.

DiRT Rally is arguably the most electrifying rally game ever as you race for 80 million+ miles along dangerous roads that you know will sooner or later, lower your chances of winning.

Get it before its 2017 winter sale expires.

Buy DiRT Rally (80% Discount)

3. Everspace

Everspace is one of my favorite titles in this list because it embodies my idea of an ideal space mission fighter game.

It features beautiful mission spaceships, a beautiful non-linear storyline that unravels the deeper you go into the game, engaging cut-scenes, and ultimately, unending first-shooter action.

How much do you like space shooting games? Everspace is currently on sale and it might just turn out to be one of your favourites as well.

Buy Everspace (50% Discount)

4. This War of Mine

One of the unique games on our list, This War of Mine puts you in a world torn apart by war with you being a civilian struggling to survive.

Your aim is to save other survivors like you but to do that you will need to kill enemy combatants to stay alive.

Buy This War of Mine (80% Discount)

5. War Thunder

War Thunder is a Massively Multiplayer Online for mission game lovers set in 1940/1950 USA military era. You’ll play the game with aircrafts, tanks, characters, and gadgets that can be upgraded as well as take realistic damage.

It’s free and it also has the option for you to purchase better gear and weapons – and to even set up your in-game content for sale.

If you’re in search of a truly engaging war-based title then give War Thunder a try.

Download War Thunder (Free)

6. Onraid

Onraid is a 2D scrolling shooter game reminiscent of the much-loved Contra series, except that it is a lot cooler. It features single-player, MMO, online co-op, local multiplayer and online multiplayer game modes.

Apart from its storyline and play quality, its next strongest selling point is the fact that its players can implement custom strategies even as they use in-app purchases to better their chances of victory.

Download Onraid (Free)

7. Dota 2

This one is a 3d isometric Real-time strategy action game and the sequel to the Warcraft III mod, Defense of the Ancients.

The aim of the game is to play in a 5-person team to destroy the opposing team and collect digital goodies on the way.

Dota 2 is a Steam-exclusive multiplayer game that is clearly a masterpiece as it has been able to gross as many as 800,000 daily players. Being the most popular title in its genre, Dota 2 is a definite must-have for those who never give up too quickly.

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Download Dota 2 (Free)

8. SuperTuxKart

SuperTuxKart is such a loved game that I can only imagine the backlash we would get if it’s not on our list. It’s a 3D kart racing game whose characters are the mascots of some of our favourite FOSS projects including Tux, GNU, the BSD daemon, and the PHP elephant.

With over 20 race tracks, 6 gameplay modes, and improved player options with every update release, SuperTuxKart is designed for gamers who enjoy the thrill of kart racing – and what better way to do it than with our favorite FOSS mascots?

Download SuperTuxKart (Free)

9. 0 A.D.

0 A.D. started as a mod for Age of Empires II and then went on to be regarded as one of the coolest FOSS game projects ever.

It’s an engaging warfare game that sets players in a fictional historical time period. Make no mistake though, the civilizations were once real as the developers took their time to delicately include historically accurate maps, buildings, landmarks, e.t.c.

With each civilization being unique in appearance and gameplay, it is easy to see how 0 A.D. is still an Alpha release and is already gathering many fans.

Download 0 A.D. (free)

10. Kith

Coming in at #10 is the black & white mystery mini-adventure series game, Kith. It is situated in some sort of medieval castle where you will interact with several people and objects that you come across.

Each episode of the game is released as a small free update forever. You can, however, purchase the $0.99 Lorebook to support the continuation of the game series.

Download Kith (Free)

11. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike GO is arguably one the most First Person Shooter action games on Steam for Linux and that should come as no surprise.

As you must have seen in the video trailer, it is a truly action-packed multiplayer game and given the fact that is has received over 1.7 million very positive reviews, you can be rest assured to get your money’s worth – especially now that it’s on a discount.

Buy Counter-Strike GO (33% Discount)

12. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor will probably be the end of your search. Both the fighting, storyline, characters, and environment are engaging with exciting soundtracks.

Shadow of Mordor (60% Discount)

13. Insurgency

Insurgency is an engaging First Person Shooter game focused on shooting. How is it more focused than other FPS games?” you might ask. Well, it has HUD nor does it have an ammo counter.

It features a Delta Force type of environment and has gained a lot more traction in recent times ever since its first release in 2014.

Buy Insurgency (75% Discount)

14. Darkwood

Dark-wood is an age-sensitive action, horror, and exploration RPG. Find materials to Scavenge and things to interact with in this mysterious world called Dark Wood.

Buy Darkwood (25% Discount)

15. Football Manager 2018

I have a friend who loves this game. It’s far from getting on the list of my favorite games but it’s now apparent that I am missing something.

This release of the best seller brings players even closer to doing the real job than its former siblings.

After including all the clubs from over 50 countries world-wide for you to choose from, Football Manager will put you right in the heat of the game for a 25% price discount.

Buy Football manager 2018

16. Road Redemption

Maybe this is a Road Rash replacement. I don’t know. There sure are a lot of similarities between both games and the thrill is even more exciting in Road Redemption.

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This title is therefore for all bike race lovers out there who aren’t scared to get their game hands dirty.

Buy Road Redemption (30% Discount)

17. F1 2017

Coming to you from Codemasters & Feral Interactive, the developers of the #3 game on this list, Dirt Rally, F1 2017 is a modern HD game that brings the thrill of the latest F1 racing season to your Linux desktop.

Buy F1 2017 (40% Discount)

18. Shadow tactics: Blades of the Shogun

Shadow Tactics is a tactical stealth game set around the Edo period in Japan. Its storyline is centered around a Shogun who seizes power and then recruits 5 mercenaries with special skills for espionage, assassination, and sabotage to crush all those who oppose him and have hopes of starting a rebellion.

Buy Shadow Tactics (50% Discount)

19. Butcher

Butcher is an action, fast-paced 2D shooter game that involves kicking corpses into lava bits and shooting at any moving thing that gets in your way till the whole place is bloody.

It’s not for kids and it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Buy Butcher (60% Discount)

20. Limbo

Limbo is about a kid who enters Limbo to search for his sister because he was uncertain of her death.

You play the kid who embarks on a long journey in a strange and dark world with puzzles that get more difficult as you progress.

Buy Limbo (80% Discount)

21. Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 sets you in a zombie apocalypse together with your friends as you struggle to survive while going through the swamps, cities, and cemeteries from the Deep South Savanna all the way to New Orleans.

Buy Left 4 Dead 2 (90%)

22. Borderlands 2

The Borderlands franchise is an FPS RPG that involves blasting every enemy that stands in your way and Borderlands 2 brings an even better experience – the important things is that you’ve got a massive arsenal of weaponry.

So Lock, Load, & Face the mind blowing insanity as you play as one of four trigger-happy mercenaries.

Buy Borderlands 2 (75% Discount)

23. Shadow Blade

Shadow Blade is a cool ninja-themed action game in which you carry out missions using your ninja and samurai skills as you sprint our way across vast regions all while dodging deadly obstacles and killing opposer’s that stand in your way.

Buy Shadow Blade (70% Discount)

24. Rocket League

In Rocket League, all the cars have rockets strapped to their ends and while everyone is trying not to die, they’re also playing soccer! Being a sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, you can trust this physics-based multiplayer game to be as thrilling as the demo video.

Buy Rocket League (40%)

25. Darkest Dungeon

Last but definitely not the least on this list is the challenging roguelike adventure RPG Darkest Dungeon. It’s a psychological game in which recruit, train, and lead a team of heroes against a multitude of horrors not excluding stress, famine, and diseases.

For how long do you think you can keep your team together? Play the game and find out.

Buy Darkest Dungeon (60% Discount)

That concludes this list for today, Folks!

Do you think I skipped some of your favourite game titles? Maybe they’re on our list of The 25 Best Games for Linux and Steam Machines. if there aren’t I leave it to you to make the honourable mentions in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.