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Lara Croft: The Guardian of Light Guide

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  • by booman, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:39 PM
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    Lara Croft: Guardian Of Light is an action puzzle solving game that continues the adventures of the Tomb Raider series with an arcade feel. Lara will trick jump, climb, grapple and swing around large linear levels while killing minions and bosses.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Lara Croft: The Guardian Of Light in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Lara Croft: The Guardian Of Light. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2

    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 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Setup PlayOnLinux

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

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name you virtual drive: laracroftgol
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    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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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_directx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010


    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    More updating, extracting and installing
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    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
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Lara Croft: GOL
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
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    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
    Strict Draw Ordering: Enabled
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    Note: Strict Draw Ordering has to be enabled otherwise there are some major artifacts with the in-game HUD

    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Lara Croft: GOL
    Click Run
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    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Steam Overlay

    Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
    Click Steam menu
    Click Settings
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    Select "In-game"
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
    Click OK
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    Select "Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light"
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Click "I Agree"
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    Click Finish
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    Wait for the game to download in Steam

    When finished
    Click Play
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    Select "Setup Lara Croft and the Guardian Of Light"
    Click Play
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    Set the resolution, Refresh Rate, and Aspect Ratio

    Adjust:
    • Texture Detail
    • antialiasing Mode
    • Texture Filtering

    Enable/Disable:
    • VSync
    • Tripple Buffering
    • Shadows
    • Volumetric Effects
    • Water Effects
    • Fullscreen Effects

    Click OK
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    Click Play again
    Select "Play Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light"
    Click Play
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    More Optimization

    Click Graphics
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    Click Display Settings
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    Adjust all the same settings in-game from the intial setup
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    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Once the HUD graphical gliches were solved, everything looked GREAT! I could crank up the settings and it ran fine with my GeForce 550 Ti. I was even able to play cooperative with a controller as well.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screens:
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always and good screenshots
  2. booman
    Thanks MrDeathJr! I was really surprised that I could play cooperative with a game controller in Linux as well. No configuration, just plug-n-play!
    Awesome game!
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  3. booman
    Going to play the whole game in coop with my daughter!

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