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The Haunted: Hells Reach Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 16, 2015.

  • by booman, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM
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    The Haunted Hells Reach is the result of a team winning the "Make Something Unreal" mod competition. Hells Reach expanded on the original The Haunted in so many ways. More moves, more weapons, more minions and more maps... and YES... there IS a Boss!

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Haunted: Hells Reach in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of The Haunted: Hells Reach. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    Wine: 1.6.2

    Wine Installation

    Note: Versions of Wine older than 2.0.2 and Wine 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam


    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2

    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 1.6.2 is installed and you can close this window

    Downloading Steam

    Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
    Click Install Steam
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    Do not click "Install Steam Now"
    It will automatically install Linux Steam
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    Setup PlayOnLinux

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install
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    Click "install a non-listed program"
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    Click Next

    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next
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    Name you virtual drive: hellsreach
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.6.2
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Configure Wine

    Applications Tab
    Windows Version: Windows 7
    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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    Install Libraries

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010
    Click Next
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    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Select: SteamSetup.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click Next

    Check: I accept the license...
    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Next

    Click Install

    Click Finish

    Updating Steam

    More updating, extracting and installing
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    When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: The Haunted: Hells Reach
    Click Next
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    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
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    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select The Haunted: Hells Reach
    Click Run
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    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Steam Overlay

    Steam overlay has been known to cause problems launching games.
    Click Steam menu
    Click Settings
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    Select "In-game"
    Uncheck "Enable Steam Commuinty In-Game"
    Click OK
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    Select The Haunted: Hells Reach
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Click I Agree
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    Uncheck shortcuts
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Wait for Hells Reach to download

    Delete Libraries script

    Navigate to the Hells Reach game folder
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/hellsreach/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/common/the-haunted-hells-reach
    Note: Username is where you use your Linux login

    Delete 43190_install.vdf
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    Click Play
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    .NET error
    Click OK
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    Optimization

    Click Help and Options
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    Click Video Settings
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    Set the game resolution to match your Linux desktop
    Fullscreen = On

    Adjust:
    • Visual Quality
    • Texture Detail
    • Reduce Gore
    • Demon Sense
    • Hints

    Rule Of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, low frame rate
    Low settings = Less detail, high frame rate

    Conclusion:
    The Haunted: Hells Reach ran beautifully in PlayOnLinux with my GeForce 550 Ti. I was able to play singleplayer matches, upgrade my weapons, interact with the level and of course... kills hundreds of minions.

    I was also able to join online matches and play with othe gamers. Be careful, some servers crash the game when connecting.

    Other times I had problems launching Hells Reach. The splash screens would appear but the menu never came up. So I would go back to PlayOnLinux configure and do "Kill Processes" then launch again.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good graphics and good guide as always

    :)
  2. booman
    Thanks! Hells Reach is a fun and intense game! I still love the original The Haunted as well... and its Free

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