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Assassin's Creed 2 Guide

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    Assassin's Creed II immediately follows the story from Assassin's Creed I. Desmond and Lucy escape Abstergo and meet at a resistance location where they can continue his training. Desmond then finds himself in 15 Century Italy leaping across buildings and sneaking around guards as expected. But now, he controls a later ancestor named Ezio Auditore da Firenze.

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    Not only have the graphics been improved, Ezio can acquire upgrades for his armor, weapons and fighting skills.

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Assassin's Creed II in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Assassin's Creed II which also installs Uplay. 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: 1.7.1

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.1
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86

    Note: username is where you put your login name

    Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
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    Extracting
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    Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.

    Installed
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    Wine 1.7.1 is installed and you can close this window

    Setup PlayOnLinux

    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: assassinscreed
    No spaces
    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 1.7.1
    Click Next
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    Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
    Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows XP
    Click Apply
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically caputure the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop Size: 1024x768
    Click OK
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    Installing Windows Packages (Libraries):

    Check all of the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    • POL_Install_msls31
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Note: Each library should automatically download and install in your virtual drive. If you have downloaded them previously, then they will only install.

    Click Next
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    Installing Assassin's Creed II

    Select CD-ROM:VTMB

    Click Next
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    Click Install

    Language
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Click Install

    Installing

    Installing Ubisoft Game Launcher

    Click Finish

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Uplay.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Assassin's Creed 2
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Configuring PlayOnLinux

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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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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    Launching Uplay (First Time)

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Assassin's Creed 2
    Click Run

    Ubisoft Autopatch will automatically run
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    Run update?
    Click Yes
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    Click Next

    Select "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Installing v1.01

    Click Finish

    Ubisoft Game Launcher update

    Updating launcher
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    More updates?
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    Patching
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    Yes, more updating
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    And even more updating
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    Unfortunately after all of that updating, Uplay will stop at "Getting Proxy..."
    But I have a fix for this!

    First use your Distro's package manager and install subversion
    Google your Distro if you are not sure how to install packages and programs

    Open Terminal

    Download old version of Winetricks
    Copy & Paste or type this command:

    Code:
    svn checkout http://winetricks.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ winetricks-read-only
    Press Enter

    Note: Winetricks-read-only downloads to your home folder automatically
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    This is what you should see in Terminal after running the svn command
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    Navigate to the winetricks-read-only folder in Terminal
    Code:
    cd ~/winetricks-read-only/src
    Press Enter
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    Kill any existing Wine processes
    Code:
    sudo killall wineserver
    Press Enter
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    Run crypt32 command in your virtual drive
    Code:
    WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/assassinscreed2/ ./winetricks -q crypt32
    Press Enter

    Note: Username is where you put your login
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    This is the output on Terminal
    If the command doesn't work, make sure the path to your assassinscreed2 virtual drive is correct
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    Launching Uplay again

    Close Terminal
    Go back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Assassin's Creed 2
    Click Run

    Uplay updating again
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    Now the launcher should pass the "Getting Proxy" screen and continue to the login
    Login or Create New Account

    Note: If this is the first time you have played Assassin's Creed II, you will need to create a new account and activate the game with your account.
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    Uplay Assassin's Creed II screen
    Don't Click Play yet!
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    If you click Play it will try to update again and crash Assassin's Creed
    Click the tiny gear on the top right
    Select Go Offline
    Uplay will login again offline
    Now the launcher will skip the Assassin's Creed II update
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    Launch Assassin's Creed II

    Optimizing
    Click Options
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    Click Graphics
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    Increase or decrease resolution
    Higher resolution = more detail lower frame rates
    Lower resolution = less detail higher frame rates

    Make sure VSYNC is OFF
    This really caused my game to skip frames
    Environment, Texture, Shadow, Reflection and Character settings all depend on what your video card can handle. Start lower and increase slowly each time you play.
    Allways follow this:
    Higher = more detail lower frame rates
    Lower = less detail higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Assassin's Creed 2 ran perfectly just like Assassin's Creed I
    Navigation was akward, but this is typical in Windows. The interface is just poorly designed.
    The graphics are beautiful and I could go anywhere and do quests without any problems.

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    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013

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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 1, 2013.

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