TimeShift is more like Half-Life 2 than anything else, but a couple of extra twists...
For one, you can slowdown time, stop time and even reverse time because of your special suit... of course we havn't see that before... wink, wink
TimeShift runs really well in PlayOnLinux and still offers impressive game-play and intense battles with high quality graphics using the Saber 3d Engine.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing TimeShift in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version of TimeShift. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual: PlayOnLinux Explained
Mint 14 32-bit
Wine: 1.4 or 1.4-rc5-d3d_doublebuffer
Select "Manage Wine versions"
Navigate down the list until you find 1.4
Click the top button to add Wine 1.4 to your "Installed wine Versions" list
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Note: Gecko might download and install also.
When its done you should now have Wine 1.4 on your list of "Installed Wine versions"
Close Wine manager
Setting up PlayOnLinux
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
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.
Name your virtual drive: timeshift
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.4
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
Installing Windows Packages/Libraries
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install. If you have downloaded them previously then they will only install.
Select CD-ROM : TimeShift
Click Install TimeShift
Select "I accept the terms..."
Wait for installing files...
Uncheck "Yes, I would like to create a desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Yes, I want to view the ReadMe file
Name the shortcut: TimeShift
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select TimeShift shortcut (left side)
Wine Version: 1.4
Note: If you have problems with very slow frame rates or crashing, use Wine 1.4-rc5-d3d_doublebuffer
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory size: The amount of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Go To: http://www.gamershell.com/download_21837.shtml
Save to your desktop
Back to PlayOnLinux
Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Navigate to your Desktop
Wait for installation
Click Windows Reboot
Its always good to refresh Windows after installing libraries or programs
Back to PlayOnLinux
Note: Clicking Debug will open a window that outputs errors and bugs
On first launch you may see this warning
"TimeShift will not run optimally and may crash or freeze without the proper video drivers"
Just click Play
The most annoying aspect of TimeShift is loading shaders. Any time you load the main menu or a level, shaders have to load and you can wait from 5-10 minutes depending on your computer speed.
I have an AMD Phenom II and SSD drive and still had to wait at least 5 minutes! Ridiculous!
Fortunately loading after you die doesn't load shaders again.
Select resolution to match your Linux desktop
Keep VSync off
Material Quality and Texture Resolution depends on your video card.
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
I originally didn't know much about TimeShift and was actually surprised. The game was pretty high quality development. Textures were super detailed, environments were detailed and interactive.
There were a lot scripted events, use of physics and destructible environments.