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Darksiders 2 Guide

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    Darksiders 2 continues the story after War was imprisoned. Now you play as his brother to free the human race and undo the damage done by the Apocalypse. Fight minions with new weapons, loot, skills and open environments.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Darksiders 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Darksiders 2. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8-d3d_doublebuffer

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Select "Wine versions (amd64)" Tab
    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8-d3d_doublebuffer
    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 1.8-d3d_doublebuffer is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Installa a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: darksiders2
    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 1.8-d3d_doublebuffer
    Click Next
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    Select "64 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications 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 (Libraries, DLL's, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dcompiler_43
    • POL_Install_d3dx11
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_darksiders2_deathinitive_2.0.0.2.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again

    Click OK
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    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Uncheck "Check file integrity before installation"
    Check "Yes, I have and accept EULA"
    Click Install
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    Click OK on all errors
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Darksiders2.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Darksiders 2
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Darksiders 2"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.8-d3d_doublebuffer
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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

    Flicker Reduction

    A d3d frame limiter mod for Skyrim helps to reduce flickering
    1. Go To: http://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/2581/
    2. Click Files
    3. download "Skyrim Stutter Fix-2581-0-1.zip"
    4. Save to your Desktop
    5. Right-click
    6. Select "Extract Here"
    7. Open Folder
    8. Copy antilag.cfg & d3dx9.dll
    9. Paste them in the Darksiders 2 Folder
    Path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/darksiders2/drive_c/GOG Games/Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
    Note: replace "username" with your login

    Launching Darksiders 2

    Select "Darksiders 2"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs

    Optimization:
    To reach the options menu, you will have to pause the game during game-play
    Click Options
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    Video Options
    • Vertical Sync
    • Gamma
    • Video Resolution
    • Full-screen
    • Ambient Occlusion
    • Shadow Quality
    • Anti-Aliasing
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    Conclusion:
    Unfortunately there are still some artifacts and bugs with Darksiders 2. A square in the top left screen would see through scenery and objects. There is also the menu & HUD flickering from time to time just like in the first Darksiders. If you can stand these bugs, the game is otherwise totally playable on my GeForce 550 Ti and GTX 950.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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