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Arx Fatalis Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 31, 2013.

  • by booman, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM
  • booman

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    Back when I was busy playing Battlefield 1942, Return to Castle Wolfenstein & Half-Life... there were some amazing RPG games that just didn't get the credit they deserved. I wasn't aware of open world exploration games like Morrowind, or the ability to level up your character and customize their entire inventory.

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    Many years later after becoming an RPG addict, I found Arx Fatalis on GOG.com and realized what I had been missing.

    Of course graphics & animation are now state-of-the-art and physics play a huge part in modern gaming... but when you play Arx Fatalis and put yourself back in 2002, its quite amazing!

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Arx Fatalis in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG.com version of Arx Fatalis. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs

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

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.5.25

    Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux

    Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all. PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your speicific game.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click "Manage Wine Versions"

    Wine versions manager
    Select 1.5.25
    Click the right-arrow
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    Wine wizard
    Click Next
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    Downloading...
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    Extracting
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    Complete
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    Thats it!
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Search: GOG.com - Arx Fatalis
    Select Arx Fatalis
    Click Install
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    Note: We are using the provided script from PlayOnLinux because it installs the proper version of Wine and any Windows Libraries needed automatically. Later we will select a newer version of Wine.

    Click Next
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    Make sure you have already downloaded Arx Fatalis from GOG.com
    Save it to your desktop

    Select "Use a setup file in my computer"
    Click Next
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    Click Run
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    Navigate to your Desktop
    Select arx_fatalis.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Configuring Wine
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    Checking file integrity
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    Check "yes, I have read..."
    Click Start Installation
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    Installing
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    Complete
    Do not Click launch!
    Click Exit Installer
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    Note: PlayOnLinux will automatically create shortcuts for you

    In PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Select Wine version: 1.5.25
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: the amount of memory on your video card
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Wine Tab
    Click Windows Reboot
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    Close configuration

    Set Resolution
    Changing screen resolution in-game probably won't work and you will be stuck with a tiny or stretched out 1024x768 screen

    Navigate to:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/ArxFatalis_gog/drive_c/Program Files/GOG.com/Arx Fatalis

    Note: username is your login

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    Open cfg_default.ini with a text editor
    under [VIDEO]
    resolution=1360x765
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    You can adjust the screen resolution here. Some resolutions are not supported by the engine, but I got 1360x765 to work.

    Note: Before launching Arx Fatalix in 1360x765 make sure to change Linux desktop resolution to match, otherwise the game will not be fullscreen.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Select Arx Fatalis
    Click Run

    Don't bother with graphical settings, only use the cfg_default.ini

    Conclusion:
    Arx Fatalis turned out to be pretty fun and a few surprises with bump mapping and lighting. There is action, puzzles, looting, leveling up and all the weapons your heart desires.
    One element that took me a long time to figure out is where to click to move up stairs to the next level.... you will se a very very tiny triangle with an arrow in the top right of the screen. Its not very obvious, but that is how to move from one level to the other.

    Screenshots:

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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. booman
    High Res Screenshots:

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  2. booman
    I'm actually playing Arx Fatalis on my Acer C710 Chromebook with the Intel HD 2000 in ChrUbuntu. It runs just fine!
    I know its not a demanding game, but I was surprised that I could play it on my chromebook. Score another game that runs in Linux on Intel chips!
    Fun game too, kinda slow, but very interactive and dark!

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