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Alien Shooter 2 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, May 1, 2015.

  • by booman, May 1, 2015 at 1:21 PM
  • booman

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    The title "Alien Shooter" sounds generic, but don't let it fool you. Alien Shooter 2 is a complete single-player comapaign filled with endless alien slaughter! Level up your skills, purchase weapons and armor, loot crates, explore, discover secret areas and.... wait for it... obliterate thousands of aliens!

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Alien Shooter 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to theGOG version of Alien Shooter 2. 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: 4.2.6
    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: alienshooter
    Click Next
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    Select 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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    Installing Packages (Libraries, components, DLL's)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Alien Shooter 2

    Click Browse
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    Select "setup_alien_shooter2_2.1.0.10.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    You may get a few errors at the end of the installation
    Click "OK" on all of them
    The game will still install
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "AlienShooter.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Alien Shooter 2
    Click Next
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    Click Next again...

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Alien Shooter 2"
    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: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Alien Shooter 2

    Select "Alien Shooter 2"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Widescreen Hack

    Alien Shooter 2 will launch in 1024x768 only
    Click Options
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    Adjust Details, Shadows and Blood
    Resolution can only be decreased, but not widescreen support
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    Close Alien Shooter 2
    Navigate to the Maps folder:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/alienshooter/drive_c/GOG games/Alien Shooter 2/Maps
    Open CONST.LGC in a text editor
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    Scroll down to
    Code:
    static int RT_Screen_X[] = { 800, 1024 };
    and
    Code:
    static int RT_Screen_X[] = { 600, 768 };
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    Modify the last resolution to match your Linux Desktop
    If Linux is running in HD 1080 then change it like this:
    Code:
    static int RT_Screen_X[] = { 800, 1920 };
    Code:
    static int RT_Screen_X[] = { 600, 1080 };
    Save CONST.LGC
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    Now lauch Alien Shooter 2 again
    It will still appear to run at 1024x768 until the level loads
    Then it will appear full-screen at HD 1080

    The HUD will still appear 1024x768 as well
    Go back to the Maps folder
    Find the file: gamebar1024.men
    Rename it to : gamebar1920.men
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    You may also want to rename the other menu items as well with 1024
    I was unable to get all the HUD items to adjust to my widescreen setting.
    So I would play without the HUD by pressing Tab

    Conclusion:
    Alien Shooter 2 is suprisingly fun and difficult. I love the red lit levels, the different aliens and special abilities, specially the one where your character can turn aliens into minions.
    Besides the HUD, I had no difficulties or bugs. With the widescreen resolution sometimes the screen panning will not work properly and stereo sound might be off here and there. Otherwise, it ran extremely well.

    Gameplay Video:



    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, May 1, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good guide as always and CONST.LGC tip is excellent contribution

    Many games needs some tips to work: nodvd, custom configuration values and other things

    :)
  2. booman
    I found that when searching for Alien Shooter 2 and widescreen. Too bad the HUD is harder to configure for widescreen. Zombie Shooter 2 worked perfectly both resolution and HUD.

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