Champions Online is a free-to-play MMORPG in a marvel-like universe where you can develop your character into a super hero to save the people in Millennium City, Canadian wastes, Qliphotic and Vibora Bay. Choose your own super powers and level up your hero by elminiating forces of evil and destroy super villains, monsters, gangsters, aliens and secret sinister organizations.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Champions Online in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the direct downloaded version of Champions Online. Arc and Steam versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.47staging
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.47staging is installed and you can close this window
Download Champions Online Setup
Go to: http://download.perfectworld.com/co/champions_online_setup.exe
Save the champions_online_setup.exe to a folder on your desktop
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: champions
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine: 1.7.47staging
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
Check the following packages:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Installing Champions Online
Navigate to the folder on your desktop
Click "I Agree"
Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
Uncheck "Launch Champions Online"
Select "Champions Online.exe"
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Select "Champions Online"
Wine version: 1.7.47-staging
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 Champions Online
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Champions Online
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
First Time Launch
Cryptic Launcher Update
Click Options in the Launcher
Uncheck "On-demand patching"
Note: On-demand patching has been known to crash the game, but it will force you to download the entire game
Login with your Perfect World account (Same as Neverwinter and Star Trek Online)
Download Champions Online
Wait while the patcher downloads 6 Gigabytes of data
If you get a crashed pop-up, just click "Cancel"
Failed System Specs Check
check "Remember my selection for one month, or until installing new drives"
Select "Yes, with lowered settings"
Check your email account, copy the code
Paste the code here
Use the Quality slider or check "Show advanced video settings"
- Display Mode
- Refresh Rate
- Aspect Ratio
- Vertical Sync
- Dynamic Lighting
- Max lights per object
- Max shadowed lights
- Texture anisotrophic filtering
- World texture quality
- Character texture quality
- World detail distance
- Post processing
- Visual fx quality
- Soft particles
- Bloom quality
- Blom intensity
- Ambient occlusion
- Comic-Style outlining
- Depth of field
- Underwater view
- Reflection quality
- Lens flare quality
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Champions Online plays just as good as Neverwinter and Star Trek Online. The installation and video settings are almost identical. The controls are a bit different as you have to click or press Tab to select an enemy. There seems to be too many options for controls, but if you experiment with them, you can adjust them to your liking.