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Alan Wake American Nightmare Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 14, 2014.

  • by booman, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM
  • booman

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    Once again you play as Alan Wake the Champion of Light and your dark arena is the dry desert of Arizona. Expose the darkness with weapons of light, kill minions with a variety of weapons and search for answers in dark desert landscapes.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Alan Wake American Nightmare in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Alan Wake American Nightmare. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

    To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Instal a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: awnightmare
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Application Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, DLL, Components)

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next

    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Alan Wake American Nightmare

    Click Browse
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    Select "setup_alan_wake_american_nightmare_2.1.0.24.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install
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    When the game is finished installing...
    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "alan_wakes_american_nightmare.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut "American Nightmare"
    Click Next
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    Click Next again

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select American Nightmare
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.6.2
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Select the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Alan Wake American Nightmare

    Select American Nightmare
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization

    Click "Help & Options"
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    Click Graphics
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    Select resolution, fullscreen, vsync, blur, or Advanced Options
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    Select a preset Graphics Quality or custom and set it yourself.
    Adjust:
    • Antialiasing
    • FXAA Quality
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    • SSAO quality
    • Backdrop Quality
    • Godray Quality
    • Volumetric Light Quality
    • Draw Distance
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    IMPORTANT
    SSAO Quality needs to be OFF

    Otherwise you will see a bunch artifacts on the grass.

    Note: I couldn't find an "apply" button, so it should automatically apply for you or just restart the game. I was also unable to set the resolution, so I left it as 1024x768 and yet it was 1680x1050 fullscreen anyways.

    Conclusion:
    American Nightmare ran exceptionally well with minimal crashes. If it did crash randomly, I would just start up the game again and most of the time I continued from where I left off. After I figured out the grass problem with Ambient Occlusion, the game looked beautiful. I love all the light visuals like the flares and flashlight.

    Gameplay Video:




    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always, i waiting for resolve performance issues in lastest versions (1.7.30)

    :)
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  2. booman
    Thanks MrDeathJr!
    I really didn't have a lot of performance issues, just random crashes. It really didn't affect the gameplay at all. I did test with newer versions of wine, but the performance was the same. The only cavat was the SSAO setting. Took me a while to figure it out, but everything set at high performed great on my GeForce 550 Ti.

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