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.
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.
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Mint 16 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.16
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.16 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select: Install a program in a new virtual drive
Name your virtual drive: risen
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
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.
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Installing Packages (Components, Libraries)
Check all of the following Packages:
Note: All Packages will automatically download and install
Click "Select another file" or click Browse
Navigate to your Risen GOG.com download
Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Error "Unable to execute file: sdbinst.exe"
Check "I accept the license agreement"
Aborting installation (because we already installed Physx)
Click "Exit Setup"
Risen was installed successfully
Do not click "Launch Game"
Select: I don't want to make another shortcut
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Wine version: 1.7.16
Click the + to download other versions of Wine
Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: The amount of memory your video card uses
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Resolution: Match the height and width to your Linux desktop
Adjust texture, shadows, effects, range of sight, depth of field and shader quality to get a decent frame rate.
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = more detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = less detail, higher frame rates
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.