venerdì 23 agosto 2013

Let's Play: Brutal Legend

Welcome again to a new "Let's Play".
It is now time for such a great game, a triple A game which has a native Linux client (and this is awesome)... I'm talking about "Brutal Legend"!
Brutal Legend features a heavy metal tracklist and some original voices by Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Black, Lemmy (Motorhead) and so on.. And since i'm a heavy metal fan, i LOVE this game.
Great graphics, violence, funny and original voices, all in a game!

But, let's see how to install and play this game on Ubuntu.

A hard choice?

No, not at all. First i want to tell you that the Linux version of the game was released inside the "Humble Double Fine Bundle", and i don't know if another Linux version is available right now. So, all you gotta do is to download the Humble Bundle version and install it on Ubuntu (be careful, it's about 8 GB).

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 3.21
distro: Ubuntu 13.04 raring
kernel: 3.8.0-30-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version k3.8.0-30-generic
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.3.0 NVIDIA 325.15
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.13.4

Here's the pain. The game works, and that's a fact. I tested it on my Ubuntu 13.04 x64 and on Windows 7 x64. I found out that performances are good with "low" quality (which is not actually bad, it's nice but it's not the best), but are very bad with "high" quality (all maxed out). The good thing is that performances are quite similar on Ubuntu and on Windows. My conclusion is that the game, firstly went out on console, has not been optimized for PC, so even if the game does not require a powerful hardware, it stutters at high settings. However, another good thing is that the game is awesome even at low settings.
Anyway, check this graphs out (FXAA << SSAA4x):

As you can see, performances on high settings (last graph) are quite bad, even on Windows.


The process depends on your connection speed.
Quite simple: download the .deb, install it, play.


That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

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