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Bioshock 2 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 24, 2014.

  • by booman, Oct 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM
  • booman

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    Bioshock 2 takes place 8 years after the incidents of Bioshock 1. Your character was revived as a "Big Daddy" and now your mission is to protect "Little "Sisters". Tear through Splicers, turrets and even a new "Big Sisters". Take advantage of the new weapons, the environment, plasmids and Eve to survive!

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Bioshock 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Bioshock 2. Other versions may require additional steps. The retail version of Bioshock 2 can be activated on Steam in order to use the "patched out" Games For Windows Live version.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    int 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    Wine: 1.7.26

    Wine Installation

    Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.26

    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 1.7.26 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    Note: It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Bioshock 2 isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.

    Click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    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 you virtual drive: bioshock2
    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 1.7.26
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    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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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    • POL_Install_Physx
    • POL_Install_registeredfonts
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005

    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    More updating, extracting and installing

    When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Bioshock 2
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    More PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Bioshock 2
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
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    Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.

    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
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    Miscellaneous Tab
    Mouse warp override: force
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Steam
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to view errors and bugs

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Steam Overlay

    Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
    Click Steam menu
    Click Settings
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    Select "In-game"
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
    Click OK
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    Go To your Library
    Select Bioshock 2
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Click "I Agree"
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    Click Finish
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    When Steam is done downloading Bioshock 2
    Click Play
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    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Graphics Options
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    Select fullscreen resolution

    Adjust:
    • Shadow maps
    • Post Processing
    • Detail Shaders
    • Reflections
    • Distortion
    • Global Lighting
    • Graphics Quality
    • Actor Detail

    Critical - Texture detail must be on medium!

    Click Apply
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    Conclusion:
    Bioshock 2 would not initially work because of Games For Windows Live, but the Steam version has patched GFWL out! So now Bioshock will play in Linux with PlayOnLinux & Wine.
    One downside is the Texture Quality. If you crank textures up to high, it will definitely crash with a memory leak error. This is known in Windows as well. The only way to play without crashing is with textures on Medium. It definitely doesn't display the beauty of Bioshock, but plays perfectly!
    I will continue researching and testing Bioshock with newer versions of Wine to see if this leak is fixed.
    Feel free to try using a newer version of 64-bit Wine or Staging version of Wine.

    Screenshots:

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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always, and now how much stay stable????

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks MrDeathJr!
    With textures set to Medium it runs fine every time I played it.
    I will continue testing with Newer versions of Wine to see if the Memory leak is fixed.
  3. mrdeathjr28
    I want test this title but wine 1.7.29 give error with vsync in many titles (in git stay solution now but dont appear until next wine, this friday 31 if dont wine devs dont think different)

    :)
  4. booman
    I tested with wine 1.7.29 and still get crashing with textures set on high.
  5. mrdeathjr28
    Error still continue, this error stay reported in bugzilla?????

    Maybe can test because stay testing various titles, i install mint 17 32bits but XFCE edition and appear huge fps boost in many games

    Very impressive how desktop enviroment (i disable desktop effects in both desktop enviroment KDE-XFCE) steal fps performance


    :)
  6. booman
    I didn't really think about the desktop environment causing memory leaks. Has that happened before?
    I can easily test Bioshock 2 in Openbox and report my results.
  7. mrdeathjr28
    At simple seek DE enviroment (i talk about this because affect fps performance) affect fps performance but in bioshock case, is different because have relation with textures (maybe have more relation with wine or graphics drivers)

    :)
  8. booman
    Tried Bioshock 2 with Wine 1.7.30 and the crashing is still there when textures are on high

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