Serious Sam II is the second release to another horde-slaying FPS and boasts a bunch of new features. Beautiful HD textures, shadows, interactive objects, new enemies and more. There is a surreal story-line, but your goal is to blast all kinds of odd monsters and bosses into oblivion.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Serious Sam 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Serious Sam 2. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
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Mint 17.3 64-bit
Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.3
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8.3 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
Select 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 your virtual drive: serioussam
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.8.3
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
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Serious Sam 2
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine version: 1.8.3
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Select Serious Sam 2
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Go to your Library
Find Serious Sam 2
Uncheck "Created desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Wait while it downloads in Steam
Click Video Options
- Texture size
- Gamma Correction
- Full Screen
In Advanced, adjust:
- Dynamic Shadows
- Particle Amount
- Geometry LOD
- Texture Quality
- Texture Size
- Lightmap Quality
- Lightmap Size
- LOD Bias
- Lens Flare Quality
- Parallax Mapping
- Reflection Quality
- Wait v Syncs
- Only Shaders
Serious Sam II installed and ran perfectly. I had no problems adjusting the graphical settings and was getting really good frame rates with my GeForce GTX 950. My GeForce 9800 was even able to play with some of the graphical settings toned down. Its actually quite a beautiful game considering its age.