STALKER Call of Pripyat is a sequel to STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl and expands on the adventure into the Zone. Not only are the graphics more detailed, but there are larger maps, more mutants, more quests and more accessories. If you were thrilled with the first STALKER, you will like Call of Pripyat even more!
Prepare to go further into the Zone and find some interesting artifacts while surviving against the elements and mutants.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing STALKER Call of Pripyat in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the retail version of STALKER Call of Pripyat. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 14 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.1
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
Note: username is where you put your login name
Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
Note: PlayOnLinux may also install the compatible version of Gecko also.
Wine 1.7.1 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: stalkercop
Select all three options:
- Use another version of wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.1
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
Install Windows Packagaes (libraries)
Select these libraries:
- POL_Install_d3d compiler
- POL_Install_registered fonts
- POL_Install_xact 2009
Note: Each libraries will automatically download and install
Installing STALKER Call of Pripyat
DVD version - select "CD-ROM"
Download or Steam version - select "Select another file"
- Install GameSpy Comrade
- Install Adobe Acrobat Read
Check "I accept the agreement"
Uncheck "Allow to send this information..."
Enter Key from insert
Uncheck "Launch STALKER"
Name your shortcut: STALKER COP
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size: amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click Configure Wine
Click Windows reboot
Launch STALKER COP
Select STALKER COP
Note: STALKER will run in a virtual desktop at 1024x768
We will change the resolution in-game
Change resolution to increase the size of the screen.
My GeForce 550 Ti could handle 1680x1050
Higher resolution = more detailed graphics lower frame rates
Lower resolution = less detailed graphics higher frame rates
Experiment until you get smooth gameplay that your video card can handle.
Render Type can make a huge impact on frame rates and also display amazing in-game lighting and shadows.
The Advanced options can also increase in-game detail but also hurt your frame rates.
Experiement with lower settings and then increase slowly.
After increasing the lighting settings and playing with the advanced settings I ended up with a beautiful world of textures, skies and special effects. My GeForce 550 Ti handled everything perfectly. I'm actually curious what I'm missing not using DirectX 11?
The game played perfectly and I was able to do a few test quests and checkout several locations on the first map. All the controls and settings worked just fine too.