Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a first person shooter that will immerse you in destructible firefights with realistic weapon physics, land vehicles, air vehicles in singleplayer and multi-player environments. In other words... Bad Company 2 is amazing!
Multi-player has not yet been tested for this guide.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Battlefield Bad Company 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Battlefield Bad Company 2. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
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Mint 17.3 64-bit
Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.0
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 2.0 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam
Select Windows Steam instead
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: badcompany2
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.0
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Follow all the typical Steam installation Steps
Sometimes Steam will not have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
Click the "X" to close Steam login regardless if the fonts work or not
Name your shortcut: Bad Company 2
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Fix the no fonts and no store symptoms...
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Strict Draw Ordering: enabled
Note: Enabling Strict Draw Ordering fixes the graphical artifacts.
Launching Steam Downloading Bad Company 2
Select Bad Company 2
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Find Battlefield Bad Company 2
Uncheck "Created desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Click "I agree"
Wait for Battlefield Bad Company 2 to download...
Launching Battlefield Bad Company 2
Click "Play Battlefield Bad Company 2"
Click "I Agree"
- Overall Quality
- Advanced (custom)
- Level of Detail
- Texture Quality
- Shadow Quality
- Effects Quality
- Anisotrophic Filter
Force DirectX 9
Before you can play Bad Company 2, it will need to run with DirectX 9
Go to:Open settings.iniCode:/home/username/Documents/BFBC2/
Change line: DxVersion=auto
Note: You can also manually adjust the graphics quality
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
One you force Bad Company 2 to play in directx 9 you will be able to play the singleplayer campain without serious issues. Sometimes the initial loading of a level can be slow and stutter, but after it loads should play smoothly on decent hardware like my GeForce GTX 950. I initially tested Bad Company 2 on my Geforce 550 Ti, but there were too many frame rate issues and stutters. My Geforce GTX 950 was able to handle the game on high settings and still played smoothly.