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Shadows Of The Empire Guide

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    Shadows of the Empire was a catalyst for Lucasarts future games like Battlefront I & II, Dark Forces Outcast, Force Unleashed and many more. Play as Dash Rendar in a backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Primarily a 3rd person shooter... but also includes some vehicular combat like a jetpack, swoop bike and snowspeeder.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Shadows of the Empire in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

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

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.2 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Wine: 2.15-staging

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.15-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 2.15-staging 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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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name the virtual drive: shadowsempire
    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 2.15-staging
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows XP
    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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    PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Libraries, Components)

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

    Click Browse
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    Select "setup_sw_shadows_of_the_empire_2.2.0.11.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click Next again...

    Click Options
    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    Click OK on all errors
    They will not affect the installation...
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "Shadows.exe"
    Click Next
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    Name the shortcut: Shadows of the Empire
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Select "Shadows of the Empire"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 2.15-staging
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.

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

    Select "Shadows of the Empire"
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Shadows of the Empire Configure

    Display Device: DirectDraw HAL
    3D Device: RGB Direct3D emulation
    Display Mode: Set resolution for fullscreen

    Create new player
    Click Play
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    Conclusion:
    At first I had a lot of problems with "stable" Wine 2.0.2 and setting the 3D Device to Wine, but after finally testing with "staging" version everything ran really well. I sometimes get a random crash but I was still able to play through several levels without issues on my GeForce GTX 1060.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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