One year before S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, the Zone has opened up due to massive emissions. Explore Red Forest, Limansk, Pripyat and more as another STALKER who finds himself trapped in an adventure of survival. Team up with NCP's, kill mutated minions and factions, explore the Zone, loot and complete quests.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing STALKER Clear Sky in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of STALKER Clear Sky. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 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: stalkercs
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
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
PlayOnLinx Components (Packages, Libraries, DLL's)
Check the following:
Note: All components will automatically download and install
Installing STALKER Clear Sky
Click Next again...
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
When installation is successfully
Name your shortcut: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky
Click Next again
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear sky
Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
Video Memory size: Select the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Launching S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky
Enter a new User name
Click "Save and Launch"
Select a Quality preset
Select a resolution that matches your Linux desktop
Click Advanced for access to more Video settings
- Adjust all of the following:
- Vision distance
- Object detail
- Texture detail
- Anisotropic filtering
- Grass detail
- Sun shadow
- Lighting distance
- Shadow Quality
- Detail textures
- Detail bump
- Steep parallax
- Sun rays
- Soft water
- Soft particles
- Depth of field
- Volumetric light
- Wet surfaces
- Volumetric smoke
- Vertical sync
Note: Leave DX10.1 unchecked because Wine is not fully compatible with direct x 10 yet.
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
There are a lot of video settings in Stalker, as you can see. I suggest experiementing with the presets first, then manually increase the advanced settings if the game is running smoothly. I was able to crank almost everything to High with my GeForce 550 ti. Clear Sky ran very smooth without any crashing or stutter. Even when I saw the "loading icon" at the bottom of the screen, there was no frame stuttering.