RPG's have really come a long way...
Starting with text adventures to isometric Diablo hack-n-slash, then FPS Medieval fantasies to third person sci-fi role playing and now simple facebook games where you build farms, level up and help your friends to tower defense in a massive arena where heroes battle amongst minions.
Path of Exile is another online hack-n-slash that introduces some new elements while utilizing some of these very popular elements to bring you a fresh and epic RPG experience.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Path of Exile in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the online version of Path of Exile . Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs
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Mint 14 32-bit
Installing Wine Versions
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6-rc4
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.
Wine 1.6-rc4 is installed
close Wine Manager
Downloading the Client
Go To: pathofexile.com
Click "Play Free Now!"
Register and then login
Click "Download Now!"
Save the PathOfExileInstaller.msi to your desktop
Setup Wine and PlayOnLinux
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Note: PlayOnLinux should ask if you want to use a 32-bit or 64-bit virtual drive.
Always use 32-bit!
Name your virtual drive: pathofexile
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine: 1.6-rc4
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check all of the following:
Note: PlayOnLinux will automatically download each library and install them.
Navigate to your desktop
Path of Exile Setup Wizard
Check "I accept the terms..."
Name your shortcut: Path of Exile
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: the amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Windows reboot"
Launching Path of Exile
Select "Path of Exile"
The client should launch and start updating the full game 6.8 Gig (Drakensang we miss you!!!)
Will probably take 10-15 minutes depending on your internet speed
Then the game files will start to download
Note: I recommend letting it download over night. Depending on your internet speed, it could take a few hours.
When the game is downloaded, it will begin loading
You will finally get to a login screen
Open the Options
Click the Graphics tab
Depending on your video card, you may have to use lower resolutions and turn off some of the texture filtering and post processing so Path of Exile will run smoothly. Experiment with the settings until you get a tolerable frame rate.
Click "Apply display settings"
Note: When in a group the game may still slow down because of the other members internet speed.
Select Character Class
Select your class and create a name
Path of Exile ran very smoothly, specially when playing by myself. The graphics are amazing and rival modern-day engines with all the eye-candy your heart desires. Even up close the details are amazing. They had better be after downloading 7 Gigs of files!
I was most impressed with the leveling-up web. There are so many non-linear option to what path you want to take for increasing your characters abilities.
Everything else is pretty standard... right click for magical abilities or even middle-mouse-click.
Buy, Sell and swap out armor, weapons and gem upgrades.
Play cooperatively with some friends or join a group of players from across the world.