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Shadowgrounds Guide

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    Play as a simple Mechanic thrown into an alien frenzy as all hell breaks loose! Shadowgrounds is a combat action game with a huge arsenal of weapons, upgrades, destructible environments and top-down action.

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

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

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 19 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.3.4
    Wine: 4.0

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 4.0
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Installed
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    Click (amd64) Tab
    Select 4.0
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Downloading Wine 64-bit
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    Installed
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    Wine 4.0 32-bit and 64-bit is installed, you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
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    Click "Install a non-listed program"
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    Select "Install a program ina a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: shadowgrounds
    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 4.0
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automaticaly capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (DLLs, Libraries, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages should automatically download and install

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_shadowgrounds_1.05_(22186).exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Click OK
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    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click "Yes I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Install
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    Click OK on all errors
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    Click Exit
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    After the Installer exits, it may hang for a long time without completing
    Check Your System Monitor
    If you see many icacls processes running
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    Alt+Tab back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    Make sure shadowgrounds is selected on the left side
    Click Wine Tab
    Click "Kill Processes"
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    Now PlayOnLinux will continue...
    Ctrl+Alt+Tab back to the installer

    PlayOnLinux Shortcuts

    Select "Shadowgrounds.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Shadowgrounds
    Click Next
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    Also Select "Shadowgrounds Launcher.exe"
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    Name the shortcut: Shadowgrounds Launcher
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 4.0
    Debug flags: warn+heap
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    Note: "warn+heap" should reduce the crashing in the game menu

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Run Shadowgrounds Launcher
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    Optimization

    Adjust:
    • GFX detail level
    • Enable Menu Videos
    • Sound Enabled
    • Speaker Type
    • Resolution
    • Vertical Sync
    • Hardware 3D
    • EAX
    • Mixing Rate
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    Click Advanced
    Adjust:
    • Ground Shadows Texture
    • Lighting Level
    • Lighting Texture Quality
    • Weather Effects Level
    • Shadows Level
    • Shadows Texture Quality
    • Misc
    • Texture Detail Level
    • Anisotropic Filtering
    • Antialiasing
    • Fullscreen
    • Weather Effects
    • High Quality Lightmap
    • Extra Gamma Effects
    • Render Glow
    • Distortion Effects
    • Disappearing Corpses
    • High Quality Video
    • Reset After Load
    Click OK
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    The resolution options in Shadowgrounds Launcher did not included 1920x180
    But you can open the Options.txt and enter the desired resolution.
    Make sure to run the game at least once

    Open Options.txt
    Enter 1080 for screen_height
    Enter 1920 for screen_width
    Full path:
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/shadowgrounds/drive_c/GOG Games/Shadowgrounds/Config
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    Conclusion:
    The only issue I experienced was the in-game menu crashing when I wanted to upgrade my weapon. After some reading on AppDB someone mentioned the WINEDEBUG argument. This seemed to fix the issue, most of the time. It still crashed randomly, but rarely. Just make sure to upgrade your weapons after you load a new area.

    Gameplay Video:



    Screenshots:
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