There have been many false dawns for Linux gaming but in recent years things have been improving unabated. The launch of the Proton compatibility layer meant that thousands of DirectX-only games can now be translated to Vulkan and therefore work on Linux while new Linux-compatible games continue to be released as well. .
If you want to play Windows-only games on Linux see our guide on how to set up Proton and Steam Play. If however you just want to check out all the best native Linux games in 2021 you can play then read on below.
The viking-themed survival game that8217s been the talk of 2021 Valheim may still be in early access but it8217s already an undisputed success. In a lot of ways Valheim does much the same things as every other survival game but it8217s co-op focus allowing for up to 10 people to play together and its pretty PS2-style visuals make its randomly generated worlds a joy to explore.