Torchlight II not only surpasses all expectations from the original Torchlight, it even rivals Diablo 3 and includes a multi-player cooperative campaign. The world is bigger, there are more bossess, minions, weapons, armors, classes, pet, locations, secrets... on and on and on...
There is actually more of everything! You will not be disappointed. In fact, it runs beautifully in PlayOnLinux too
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Torchlight II in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Torchlight II. 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
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
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.
Wine 1.7.8 is installed and you can close this window
Go To: http://www.steampowered.com
Click Install Steam
Do not click "Install Steam Now"
It will automatically install Linux Steam. Since Torchlight II isn't made for Linux, we will download the Windows Steam instead.
click "Windows" under the green button
Navigate to your desktop
Click "install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name you virtual drive: torchlight2
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.8
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
Check the following libraries:
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
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
Name your shortcut: Torchlight II Steam
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
More PlayOnLinux Configuration
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Steam virtual drive
This fixes the font problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Windows reboot"
Close Steam because it will automatically launch when Windows reboots and won't execute -no-dwrite.
Select Torchlight II Steam
Click Login to an existing account
Warning: Steam In-Game Community Overlay might need to be disabled to prevent crashing!
Installing Torchlight II
Select Torchlight II
Uncheck shortcut options
Torchlight II is only a few Gigabytes
After its done downloading click Play
Note: Direct X and Visual C might start installing directly after the first installation. We have already installed these libraries, so just let it continue.
Click the Play arrow
Optimization & Video Options
Click the wrench at the top right
There are a lot of video options and detail option to improve performance and an older computer or laptop.
I suggest setting the resolution to match your Linux desktop.
This way it appears to be fullscreen.
To improve performance you can:
Try one at a time and launching the game to see if it made any difference.
- Lower Particle Detail
- Lower Shadow Detail
- Disable Weather
- Disable Anti-Aliasing
- Disable VSync
- Disable Rim Lighting
- Disable Hardware Skinning
- Disable Bloom
Rule of thumb:
Higher Settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Lower Settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
Torchlight II is running perfectly with Wine 1.7.8 and all of the graphical effects look beautiful.
I was able to restore my Windows save games and continue playing without any hitches.
Video options worked perfectly and I was able to warp to different areas in the game. Audio, mouse/keyboard and all menu's worked GREAT.