Rage is ID Software's answer to all the Post-Apocalypse games like Borderlands, Metro 2033, Fallout 3, etc. Play as "Ark Survivor" who awakens in a wasteland and has to fight for survival against bandit, mutants and looting supplies.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Rage in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Rage. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 16 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.10
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.10 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Rage isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: rage
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.10
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive. 64 bit Rage wasn't tested for this guide.
Always select 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
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
Name your shortcut: Rage Steam
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
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Select Steam virtual drive
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Login to existing account"
Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
Click Steam menu
Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
Go to Library
Rage is about 22 Gigs for download. Depending on your internet speed, it can take all night to download.
Check "Don't show this warning again"
Click "Continue Anyway"
Check "Play RAGE"
Performing first time setup...
Rage will try to install DirectX and Microsoft VC every single time you launch, since its already installed just it "go its course"
Select your resolution
Note: I recommend setting the resolution to match your Linux desktop so the game will be fullscreen. Otherwise you will need to change the Linux desktop resolution first and then match in game.
Laptops and older video cards will probably require VSYNC to be off and Texture Cache/Texture Detail set to off.
Experiment with different settings to get the best performance out of your hardware.
My GeForce 550 Ti ran really well with everything on high.
Rule of Thumb:
High Settings = Higher detail, lower frame rates
Low Settings = Lower detail, higher frame rates
Rage ran really well with my GeForce 550 Ti and resolution of 1680x1050
Frame rates were smooth and gameplay was intense with lots of eye candy.
Rage has super high detail and huge levels (even though they are nonlinear)
The only bug I found was in the very beginning when you ride in the buggy with Dan Hagar, if you move the mouse and look around the entire game will crash every time. So the fix is... don't move your mouse.