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Risen Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 18, 2014.

  • by booman, Apr 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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    Explore a volcanic Mediterranean island filled with tropical vegetation, dungeons, towns, sub-climates, catacombs and of course... deadly creatures! This is not your typical RPG. Yes you will find plenty of loot, alchemy, armor, weapons, skills & exploration but Risen is more like a simulation because of the detail put into developing your character.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Risen in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG.com version of Risen. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 16 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.7.16

    Installing Wine

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.16
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    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 1.7.16 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    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 your virtual drive: risen
    Click Next
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    Check 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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    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. Always select 32-bit virtual drive.

    Wine Configuration

    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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    Installing Packages (Components, Libraries)

    Check all of the following Packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_physx
    • POL_Install_vcrun6
    Note: All Packages will automatically download and install

    Click Next
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    Installing Risen

    Click "Select another file" or click Browse
    Click Next
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    Navigate to your Risen GOG.com download
    Select setup_risen_2.0.0.6.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next
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    Click Options
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    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Install
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    Installing
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    Error "Unable to execute file: sdbinst.exe"
    Click OK
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    Physix Installer
    Check "I accept the license agreement"
    Click Next
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    Aborting installation (because we already installed Physx)
    Click "Cancel"
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    Click "Exit Setup"
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    Interruption
    Click OK
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    Risen was installed successfully
    Do not click "Launch Game"
    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select: Risen.exe
    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Select: I don't want to make another shortcut
    Click Next
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    Configure PlayOnLinux

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.16
    Click the + to download other versions of Wine
    Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
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    Display Tab
    Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
    Video memory size: The amount of memory your video card uses
    Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
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    Close Configure

    Launching Risen

    Select Risen
    Click Run
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    Fullscreen Setup

    Click Settings
    Resolution: Match the height and width to your Linux desktop
    Click Apply
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    Performance Settings:
    Adjust texture, shadows, effects, range of sight, depth of field and shader quality to get a decent frame rate.
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    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings
    = more detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Risen runs really well on my GeForce 550 Ti with only small frame stutters at initial load or when entering a new area. Wine 1.7.16 fixed the "no spaces" problem in the dialog.

    There is also a small mouse gliche where every once-in-a-while your character can't turn all the way around. Not sure why because Wine has fixed these types of window bugs 100 years ago, but all you have to do it right-click really fast and your characte will continue turning.

    This is the first time I have really given Risen a chance and absolutely love it! So much detail in quests, conversations and learning. Its a pretty hard game, but beautiful visuals and a LOT of character development.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Daerandin
    This is a pretty good game, made by the same devs who made Gothic 1-3 (not the expansion for G3), and the overall store progression and setting is certainly very reminiscent of Gothic 2.
  2. booman
    I originally played the Demo and LOVED IT! But the cost was never low enough for me to pick it up. Now I'm playing through and am having a lot of fun. I never knew character development was so involved. It easily rivals development in Morrowind. Step by step earning every experience point. Pretty stinking cool.

    I'm planning on playing the entire game in PlayOnLinux. I will report any bugs here as well.

    I have Gothic 3 on GOG.com and played it for a while too, but after playing Morrowind, Oblivion and Two Worlds, I was not very impressed. It was fun, but glitchy. I eventually found that enemies get stuck on certain landscapes, so I would just stand there with a bow and kill them off.
  3. Daerandin
    Gothic 3 is definitely not quite the same as the others in the series, G2 is still the best. However, I do love the fact that you can take on an entire city in G3, and the landscapes were very interesting to explore.
  4. booman
    Yeah, how fun is it when you attack one guard and next thing you know the entire garrison is at your doorstep?
  5. Duck
    I'm totally getting this game next. Reduced on GOG to $9.99 now :)
  6. booman
    Yeah, I couldn't resist with the $3.99 price tag at initial GOG launch.
    I'm still playing it and plan to finish the whole game.

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