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Darkest of Days Guide

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  • by booman, Jun 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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    Darkest of Days is a first person shooter taking a risk at combining multiple settings in one package. You will find your character in the middle of several historical battles all the while maintaining historical accuracy and sci-fi elements.

    Running Darkest of Days in PlayOnLinux was simple and ran extremely well.
    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Darkest of Days.

    Note: This guide applies to the Retail version only. Steam or downloaded versions may require additional steps.

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    Tips & Specs

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

    Mint 14 32-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.1
    Wine: 1.5.25


    Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux

    Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all.
    PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your specific game.

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Tools
    Click "Manage Wine Versions"


    Select 1.5.25
    Click the right-arrow

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    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Click Next
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    Downloading...
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    Extracting
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    Complete
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    Installing Darkest of Days

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Manual Installation
    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next
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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

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    Name your Virtual Drive: darkestofdays
    Note: do not use spaces
    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 1.5.25

    Click Next

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    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 THE 32-bit VIRTUAL DRIVE

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Click Windows Version
    Select: Windows 7
    Click Apply

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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Do not check "Emulate a virtual desktop" because the installer will error.
    Click OK

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    Note: While testing I recommend using "Emulate a virtual desktop" but not during the installation.

    Installing Libraries

    Select these following libraries:
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_msxml3
    Click Next to install them

    Note: These libraries will automatically download from the internet if you don't already have them from a previous game.

    Installing Darkest of Days

    Select "Select another file"
    Click Next
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    Note: Normally I would use CD-ROM for installation but this one runs a launcher that might error if you are using a virtual desktop.

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to the DVD
    Select setup.exe
    Do Not Open Launcher.exe!
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Preparing Wizard
    InstallShield
    Click Next

    License Agreement
    Click "I accept the terms..."
    Click Next

    Destination
    Click Next

    Note: users/public is not a typical installation directory, but it still worked fine. Feel free to change it to program files.

    Ready to Install
    Click Install

    Installing Nvidia Physx
    License Agreement

    Click "I accept the license agreement"
    Click Next

    Click Finish

    Darkest of Days Confirmation
    Uncheck "Yes I want to launch Darkest of Days now"
    Note: you may have to use the keyboard
    Click Finish
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    Configuring PlayOnLinux

    Shortcuts
    Select: darkestofdays.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: darkest of days
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Launching Darkest of Days

    Note: If Darkest of Days does not launch in full screen or crashes, remember to use Wine Configuration and enable the virtual desktop. This is the best way to test a game.

    Video Settings
    I was able to crank the video:
    Resolution: 1440x900
    Anti-aliasing: 16x
    Graphic Details: Very High
    Anisotropic: 16x
    Ambient Occlusion: on
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    Note: Changing these settings may require restarting the game

    Conclusion:

    Not only did Darkest of Days run really well on my GeForce 550Ti but the game looked beautiful!
    The animation was smooth and the sound effects were right-on-par.
    I could adjust all the video setting right in-game and sometimes had to restart it to apply the changes.
    Darkest of Days hardly required any additional libraries or tweaking with Wine 1.5.25.

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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

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