Crysis Warhead is the next chaper in the Crysis franchise. All of the hyper-realistic graphics, interactive physics and explosive action is there. Utilize your suit's ablities to overcome hordes of enemies... Cloak, Strength, Speed and Shield will give you the advantage as you take on soldiers, tanks, aliens and more...
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Crysis Warhead in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Amazon Download version of Crysis Warhead. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 16 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.5.28-Origin and 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
We need both Wine versions because we will install Origin & Crysis Warhead with 1.5.28-Origin first.
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.5.28-Origin an 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer is installed and you can close this window
Note: Before we start, make sure to download Crysis Warhead from Amazon first.
The Amazon Downloaded version of Crysis Warhead included the EA Downloader (Origin client) so we need to install Origin first. Otherwise the installation will crash every time.
Go To: https://download.dm.origin.com/origin/live/OriginSetup.exe
Save OriginSetup.exe to your desktop
Click "Installa non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: crysiswarhead
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.5.28-Origin
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows XP
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
Install Packages (Windows Components/Libraries)
Check all of the following:
Note: All libraries will automatically download and install
Click "Select another file" If you have a Disc in the drive
Uncheck all the options
Check "I have read and accept..."
Login to your Origin account
Click Log in
Origin might ask for a verification
To redeem other games
Click Redeem Product Code
For future games its not a bad idea to make a shortcut to Origin.
Otherwise, we are not going to use it at all.
Note: The current setup and libraries might not work for all Origin games.
Name your shortcut Origin
Select "I don't wnat to make another shortcut"
Installing Crysis Warhead
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select crysiswarhead virtual drive on the left
Click Miscellaneous Tab
Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Navigate to your Crysis Warhead download
Check "I accept the license..."
Back to PlayOnLinux Configure
Wine version: 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
Click the + to download different versions of Wine
Click the "down arrow" to select 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
Click "Make a new shortcut from this virutal drive"
Name your shortcut: Crysis Warhead
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Launching Crysis Warhead
Select Crysis Warhead
Note: Clicking Debug will output any errors or missing libraries
Optimization & Video Settings
Click System Settings
Adjust video mode
For fullscreen, match the same resolution of your Linux Desktop
Adjust Anti-Aliasing Quality
Use the "Change all settings to" at the bottom
Select an option:
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Crysis Warhead runs pretty good with the doublebuffer version of Wine.
I noticed the shadows are missing just as in Crysis and Crysis 2, but the ambient occlusion is there giving objects depth. Otherwise, the game looks utterly beautiful.
I played at least 5 hours worth with no crashing. There was a point where the game seemed to stutter badly and later a crash, but if Warhead is running slow on your system, lower the graphical settings and resolution is needed. Don't forget to match your Linux Desktop to the game resolution.