Frontlines: Fuel of War is a First Person Shooter with full vehicle support and large multi-player maps. It is very similar to the Battlefield franchise and has a single-player story mode.
Most of the weapons included are your typical FPS selection, but there are two radio controlled explosives and stunning special effects that will draw you into the game.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Frontlines: Fuel of War in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Frontlines: Fuel of War. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 14 32-bit
Copy Game Files
Frontlines retail should have two DVD's with critical game files.
PlayOnLinux usually has problems mounting the second DVD when installing games, so I will show you how to copy everything to a folder on the desktop.
Create a folder on your desktop
Name it Frontlines
We will delete later when the game is installed
Insert Frontlines DVD 1
Right-click and click Open
Copy all of the files from the DVD to the new "Frontlines" folder on your desktop
Insert Frontlines DVD 2
Right-click and click Open
Copy all of the files from DVD 2 to the new "Frontlines" folder on your desktop
If a window pops up and asks to "over write" just click "skip"
When the copying is done, all of the game files should now be in the "Frontlines" folder on your desktop.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.6
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
Note: username is where you put your login name
Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
Wine1.7.6 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: frontlines
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.6
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 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop Size: 1024x768
Installing Windows Packages/libraries
Check all of the following packages:
Each package will automatically download and install.
Frontlines does require physx and dotnet, but it installs and plays just fine without having them pre-installed.
Installing Frontlines: Fuels of War
Do Not select "CD-ROM" option
The installer will crash every time!
Select "Select another file"
Navigate to the "Frontlines" folder on your desktop
Locate the setup.exe file
Select it and click open
Select "I accept the terms..."
Enter game key provided in the box
The installer should run just fine and install the whole game without and issues
Name your shortcut: Frontlines FOW
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Leave everything as default
Feel free to test newer versions of Wine by clicking the +
Change versions of Wine using the drop-down-menu
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: The amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
After an installation I alway click "Windows reboot" before launching the game
Launching Frontlines: Fuels of War
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Frontlines FOW
Note: Clicking Debug will output errors and bugs in a console for troubleshooting
Aspect ratio: play with these settings until the game fits your screen properly
Screen size: Adjust to fit your Linux desktop and/or improve game performance
Overall Quality: Pre-sets for game quality and can improve or hurt your frame rates
Depending on what your video card can handle, these 3 settings will allow you to have a smooth enough frame rate to play Frontlines.
Further changes can be made under the advanced tab.
Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Lower settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Conclusion: I was half expecting a Battlefield clone with Frontlines: Fuels of War, but then I was quickly drawn into the game and really enjoyed the intense action. The A.I. was fairly smart and reacted accordingly... of course some of them would run right up to your face, but the action seemed realistic and challenging.
The visuals were amazing and I loved the open maps with lots of cover. There was always a hiding place or something to take cover behind. The singleplayer campaign was very "thought out" and kept me wanting to go back and play some more.