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 popular skills/loot/leveling to bring you a fresh 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.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Note: Now tested with newer versions of Wine 2.9-staging with decent performance.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2 is installed and you can close this window
Downloading the Client
Go To: http://www.pathofexile.com
Click "Play Free Now!"
Register and then login
Click "Download Now!"
Save the PathOfExileInstaller.msi to your desktop
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: pathofexile
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2
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 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
Wine version: 1.7.19-WGL_WINE_surface2
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
GLSL Support: disabled
Video memory size: the amount of memory on your video card
Launching Path of Exile
Select "Path of Exile"
Note: The client should launch and start updating the full game 7.5 Gigabytes
Be patient as it loads the login screen
Click Graphical Options
Open the Options
Click the Graphics tab
Adjust Shadows, Antialiasing, Textures, Postprocessing & Screen Shake
Note: disable Engine Multi-threading to reduce flicker
Click "Apply display settings"
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Fullscreen bug - Not necessary with newer versions of Wine
If Path of Exile refuses to launch or won't go fullscreen
Note: Path of Exile has to be launched at least once
Navigate to: /home/username/My Games/Path of Exile
Note: Username is where you put your login
Open production_Config.ini with Text Editor
Path of Exile ran even better with Wine 1.7.19-WGE_WINE_surface2. The graphics are amazing and rival modern-day engines with all the eye-candy your heart desires. Even up close the details are amazing. I've recently tested with newer versions of Wine like 2.9-staging and for the most part, performance is good. There is a bit of stutter here and there, but its definitely playable with settings on high.
Also, if you noticed any flickering problems, disable Engine Multi-threading
I was most impressed with the web of skills. There are so many non-linear option to what path you want to take for increasing your characters abilities.