Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is a hack-n-slash game where you re-live the movie and can play as each of the main characters. The game plays in third person as you pick off minions and bosses from the movies. Execute combos, special moves and level up to purchase new abilities.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Lord of the Rings: Return of the King in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window
Copy CD ROM Data
Create a folder on your desktop
Enter Install Disk
Copy all of the files to your folder
Click "Skip" on any Replace file warnings
Enter the next CD ROM and do the same thing
The play Disk is the last one
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: returntotheking
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
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 Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following:
Note: All libraries will automatically download and install
At this point PlayOnLinux refuses to install the Game
Select virtual drive: returntotheking
Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Click the + to download another version of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select another version of Wine.
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Installing Lord Of the Rings Return To The King
Click "Run a exe file in this virtual drive"
Navigate to the folder on your desktop
Select AutoRun.exe or Setup.exe
Enter the key off the Game insert
Click "Register Later"
Insert the Play Disc
Back to General Tab
Click "Make a new shortcut from this virtual drive"
Name your shortcut: LOTR Return of the King
Launch Lord Of The Rings Return To The King
Select LOTR Return of the King
Note: Click Debug to see errors and bugs
When the game begins you will see some movie clips, then it automatically begins playing.
You can press ESC to see options or wait until you get to the Home screen
Note: LOTR only accepts 3:4 aspect ratios, so you will need to change your Linux desktop to a resolution on this list
- 32 bit color
- Character Detail
- Alternate Cameras
Rule of thumb:
Higher settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Lower settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Once I set my Linux Desktop to 1400x1050 the game would appear fullscreen. There is no widescreen support. The Shadows setting would default to Low unless I set it in the ROTK.ini
You can find it in your home folder.
Otherwise, the game ran perfectly and is suitable for laptops and older computers. The controls are kinda strange due to the way the in-game camera floats around. I also tested with a joystick and was able to play cooperative perfectly.