Grim Dawn is an action hack-n-slash created by the makers of Titan Quest. Slaughter minions and bosses in a dark fantasy world of exploration, loot, hacking, slashing and a lot of skills! Do not miss this game! You will love the AAA experience from a small indie team who are very talented and passionate about Action RPG's!
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Grim Dawn in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Grim Dawn. 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"
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.39staging 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. Since Grim Dawn isn't made for Linux, we will download the 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 you virtual drive: grimdawn
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.39staging
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
Check the following libraries:
Note: vcrun2015 will be installed later in PlayOnLinux configure
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More downloading, 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: Grim Dawn
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine version: 1.7.39staging
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Note: vcrun2015 has to be installed before first launch of Grim Dawn. Otherwise the game installs vcrun2015 for you and breaks Wine. If you accidentally launch Grim Dawn one time, you will have to delete the virtual drive and start over from the beginning.
Click "Open a Shell"
Press EnterCode:wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
Press EnterCode:chmod +x winetricks
Press EnterCode:WINEPREFIX=/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/grimdawn ./winetricks -q vcrun2015
Note: Replace "username" with your login
Select Grim Dawn
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
Installing Grim Dawn
Select Grim Dawn
Wait while Grim Dawn downloads
Change Window Mode to Fullscreen
Select Resolution to match your Linux Desktop
Depth of Field
Click OK to apply settings
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Grim Dawn didn't have too many problems with my GeForce 550 Ti. Tested with Wine 1.7.39 staging and now everything runs beautifully with hardly any lag. There were a few times when the game slowed down because of all the minions in the screen. Lowering the anti-Alias and Anisotropic filtering helped. I also tried adjusting fX and Lighting to produce better performance while it didn't affect the visuals. There were a few occurrences where my character had invisible texture upon loading. Quitting the game and launching again would fix this problem.
I've tested Grim Dawn with Wine 1.8.5 and it runs perfectly! I will soon test with Wine 2.0 as soon as the stable version is released.
Grim Dawn really is a Work-Of-Art! The models are detailed so beautifully. There is so much detail in the levels and amazing particle effects... even the weather is amazing!
I also successfully tested Cooperative with a Windows computer offline LAN. It ran flawlessly. The Windows computer hosted the game, I connected from Linux and played for over an hour without any problems.