Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a team-based FPS much like the Battlefield series. Conquer maps by taking bases in many new locations like Mygeeto, Utapau, Naboo, Hoth, Mustafar, Yavin, the Jedi Temple and the Death Star. Play as 5 different classes and even earn a chance to play as a Jedi hero or a Sith Lord.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Battlefront 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail (CD ROM) version of Battlefront 2. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.46
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.46 is installed and you can close this window
Copy CD ROM Data
Create a Battlefront2 folder on the desktop
Copy all data from CD1 to the Battlefront2 folder
Enter CD2 and copy the GameData folder to the Battlefront2 folder
Check "Apply this action to all files"
Enter CD3 through CD5 with the same "Merge" steps
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Click "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: battlefront2
Check all three options
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.46
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual deskop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, Libraries, DLL's)
Check the following Packages:
Installing Battlefront 2
Click "Select another file"
Navigate to the Battlefront2 folder on your desktop
Open GameData folder
Check "I accept the terms..."
Check "No, I don't want to install xfire"
Check "No, install GameSpy Arcade later"
Uncheck "I would like to view the README file"
Uncheck "I would like to launch Star Wars Battlefront II"
Name your shortcut: Battlefront II
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Battlefront II
Wine version: 1.7.46
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine, click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Launching Battlefront II
Select Battlefront II
Note: Click Debug to see output of errors and bugs while playing
- Overall Quality (Presets)
- View Distance
- LOD Distance
- Texture Quality
- Water Quality
- Lighting Quality
- Light Bloom
Rule of thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Battlefront 2 installed and played perfectly. Any level I loaded played and performed just as well as Windows on my GeForce 550 ti. I had everything set to high except view distance and LOD distance.
Ironically in Windows 7, Battlefront 2 would crash over and over. It turns out there is some audio bug with Realtek chips and it causes a crash when a level is loaded.
I was able to host the game in Linux and connect from the Windows client, but not the other way around.