Guild Wars 2 will satisfy any gamer who wants multi-player, roleplaying, looting, responsive storyline, crafting, pets, character development and of course... Combat!
Guild Wars 2 includes a dynamic event system replaces traditional questing, utilising the ripple effect to allow players to approach quests in different ways as part of a persistent world. Also of note is the combat system, which aims to be more dynamic than its predecessor by promoting synergy between professions and using the environment as a weapon, as well as reducing the complexity of the Magic-style skill system of the original game.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Guild Wars 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Free-To-Play version of Guild Wars 2 downloaded from their website. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.49-staging
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.49-staging is installed and you can close this window
Go to: https://www.guildwars2.com/
Click "Play For Free"
Signup and login
Click "Windows Client Download"
Download the client from here:
Save Gw2Setup.exe on your desktop
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: guildwars2
Check all three options:
- Use another version of wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine: 1.7.49-staging
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
Installing PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, DLL's, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your Desktop
Click "Install Guilde Wars 2"
Wait for preloading...
Click "I Accept"
Select a server in your area
Create a character or play as an existing character
Close Guild Wars 2 and continue with PlayOnLinux
Name the shortcut: Guild Wars 2
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Select "Guild Wars 2"
Wine version: 1.7.49-staging
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Select "Guild Wars 2"
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
Click the gear or press ESC
- Refresh Rate
- Frame Limiter
- Interface Size
All changes happen real-time
- LOD distance
- Render Sampling
- Character Model Limit
- Character Model Quality
- Ambient Occlusion
- Best Texture Filtering
- Depth Blur
- Effect LOD
- High-Res Character Textures
- Light Adaptation
Click the Wrench Icon
Scroll down to Streaming
Select "On Demand" from the drop-down menu
Note: This requires downloading the entire game on next launch, but can improve performance.
Guild Wars 2 installation was simple and straight forward. Launching the game is slow on the first try, but tweaking the graphics requires a bit of patience. Make sure to use an Nvidia Geforce video card and the proprietary Nvidia drivers for best performance. My GeForce 550 Ti was able to run Guild Wars at a playable frame rate, but I was not able to crank all the display settings to high.
I found that disabling Streaming and turning down Shaders & Antialiasing improved performance without loosing too much eye-candy.