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Aliens vs Predator Classic Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 16, 2015.

  • by booman, Oct 16, 2015 at 1:22 PM
  • booman

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    Scale walls and attack your prey as an Alien...
    Use stealth, blades and a shoulder cannon as Predator...
    Fight with an arsenal of machine guns, grenade launchers, flame throwers and turrets to slaugher the rest.
    Play a single-player campaign to go head-to-head in player vs player deathmatch in starships, space stations, colonial bases and alien planets.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Aliens vs Predator in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Aliens vs Predator. 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: 4.2.9
    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 "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name your virtual drive: alienspredator
    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

    Applications 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 (DLL's, Libraries, Components)

    Check the following packages:
    • 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

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_avp_classic_2.1.0.25.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install
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    The installation will halt at about 80%
    You will see this pop-up error
    Click OK
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    Killing AvP Installer
    Alt+Tab back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Wine Tab
    Click "Kill processes"
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    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

    PlayOnLinux Shorcut

    Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
    Select "AvP_Classic.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Aliens vs Predator
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Aliens vs Predator

    Select "Aliens vs Predator"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see bugs and errors

    Optimization

    Click "Audio/Video Options"
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    Click "Video Card & Resolution"
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    Adjust resolution to match your Linux Desktop
    Click "Use These Settings"
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    Note: The menu will not resize to match the new resolution, but the game will when the first level loads.

    Detail Levels Menu
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    Adjust:
    • Number of Decals
    • Light Coronas
    • Decals on Characters
    • Deformable Explosions
    • Character Complexity
    • Complex Particle Effects
    Click "Use These Settings"
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    Conclusion:
    Aliens vs Predator is a pretty old game and should run on any Desktop, Laptop and Netbook. I was able to run all the settings on high with my GeForce 550 Ti and my GeForce 7600 GT. I could never figure out why the installer freezes, but the game is installed and can run just fine.
    There is a native installer available but requires Terminal and compiling. Using PlayOnLinux is an easy option in comparison.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. Daerandin
    I remember this game so well. I played it when it was newly released, and loved it. I do remember that this game could be quite difficult, especially if you wanted to unlock all the bonus levels.

    It is great that it runs well in Wine.
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  2. booman
    I'm having a hard time playing it due to limited saves. Playing on the "Training" difficulty means only 7 saves. Of course this is frustrating because if you die, then you have to keep re-visiting the same areas over and over again.
    Kinda like Far Cry and their "checkpoint" saving system. Really sucks, but when you eventually figure out the stealthiness of the game, then you can progress faster.

    The only problem I had was the crash during installation. The game is installed, but I have to "Kill Proccesses" to complete it. Even with gdiplus package installed. This happened earlier this year when Aliens vs Predator was free on GOG and I tested it. Same problem. I don't want to use /nogui either because it throws off the order-of-steps in my guides. I try to keep all my guides the same order, unless there is something that just messes up the install/configuration, etc.
  3. Daerandin
    I remember that unlocking some of the bonus missions required you to finish the single player campaigns on the hardest difficulty, and that leaves you with just two saves if I remember correctly.

    I have a weakness for challenges of that kind, and of course didn't give up until I had completed all levels on hardest difficulty.
  4. booman
    Wow, you have a lot more patience for that kind of thing than I do.
    Then again, I can run around Tamriel for 100's of hours doing every quest I come upon

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