Dark Void is an under-rated action game where you can perform jet pack erobatics and cliff stunts while fending off alien robot minions. Follow and epic story, explore a world among the clouds, upgrade your weapons and dog-fight among massive cliffsides in "The Void".
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Dark Void in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Dark Void. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 -d3d_doublebuffer
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam
Select Windows Steam instead
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: darkvoid
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
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
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, Dll's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
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
Name your shortcut: Dark Void
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Wine Version: 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Select Dark Void
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
Installing Dark Void
Uncheck shortcut options
Click "Copy Key to clipboard"
Click Launch Dark Void
Reboot = Not Now
Dark Void would crash randomly when changing resolution settings
Other settings required the game to restart
Video settings can also be changed manually from the DefaultEngine.ini
Code:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/darkvoid/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Dark Void/nativePC/SkyGame/Config
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
I originally had problems with the game crashing at the start screen but found that it required Quartz libraries. Once those were installed the game launched fine each time. Then I was able to set the resolution and play fullscreen. Then I found that it would crash randomly with no speicific error. I'm guessing there is a memory leak and tried Wine 1.7.8-d3d_doublebuffer and it seems to handle the crashes because I've been playing for hours without problems or symptoms. Feel free to try with other versions of Wine like the "staging" versions.
My GeForce 550 Ti handles the game nicely with some decent frame rates. I am able to fight in the air, on foot, play cutscenes and make it through checkpoints.