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Champions Online Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 7, 2015.

  • by booman, Aug 7, 2015 at 2:34 PM
  • booman

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    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.

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    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.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.47staging

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.47staging
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    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 1.7.47staging 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
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    PlayOnLinux Setup

    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: champions
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine: 1.7.47staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Application 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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    PlayOnLinux Packages

    Check the following packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Champions Online

    Click Browse

    Navigate to the folder on your desktop
    Select "champions_online_setup.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next
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    Click "I Agree"
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    Click Next
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    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Launch Champions Online"
    Click Finish
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Champions Online.exe"
    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "Champions Online"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.47-staging
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine, click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Champions Online

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select Champions Online
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    First Time Launch

    Cryptic Launcher Update
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    On-Demand Patching

    Click Options in the Launcher
    Uncheck "On-demand patching"
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    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)
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    Download Champions Online
    Wait while the patcher downloads 6 Gigabytes of data
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    Click Play
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    If you get a crashed pop-up, just click "Cancel"
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    Failed System Specs Check
    check "Remember my selection for one month, or until installing new drives"
    Select "Yes, with lowered settings"
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    One-Time Code
    Check your email account, copy the code
    Paste the code here
    Click Submit
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    Click Accept
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video

    Adjust:
    • Display Mode
    • Resolution
    • Refresh Rate
    • Brightness
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Vertical Sync
    Use the Quality slider or check "Show advanced video settings"
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    Advanced Settings

    Adjust:
    • Antialiasing
    • Dynamic Lighting
    • Shadows
    • 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
    Click Apply
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    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    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.

    Video Gameplay:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Aug 7, 2015.

  1. poeshmoe
    Thanks for making this, Trying to see if this runs better than my current install.
    -
    EDIT:
    I followed your instructions to the letter, yet upon attempting to edit the video settings, the game crashes immediately.[​IMG]
  2. booman
    Hmm, I've seen this before in certain games.
    I was able to change resolution just fine
    What video card/chip are you using?

    I'm sure you have virtual desktop enabled as my guide specifies that, but maybe try disabling it...
    Which settings did you change when it crashed?
    Did you turn off streaming?

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