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Two Worlds II Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 25, 2014.

  • by booman, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM
  • booman

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    Two Worlds II takes place 5 years later with an interesting ally. No longer can you fight Gandohar alone, Orcs have joined the battle to save Kyra from the tyrant.

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    Once again the action takes place in an open-world among many varied environments. Explore dungeons, cities, deserts, swamps and much more.

    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Two Worlds II in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Two Worlds II. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    int 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.2
    Wine: 1.7.22

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.22
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    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 1.7.22 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. Since Two Worlds II isn't made for Linux, we will download the 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: twoworlds2
    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 1.7.22
    Click Next
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    Select 32-bit virtual drive
    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_dxfullsetup
    • POL_Install_Physx
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2005
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • 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

    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: Two Worlds II
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next

    More PlayOnLinux Configuration

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Click Configure
    Select Steam virtual drive
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font and store problem
    (This fixes the font problem)

    Wine Version: 1.7.22
    Note: click the + to download more versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine.
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    Display Tab
    GLSL Support: disabled
    Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Two Worlds II
    Click Run
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    Note: Clicking Debug instead of Run will launch the game with a debug console so you can view errors and bugs.

    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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    Installing Two Worlds

    Find Two Worlds II in your library
    Click Install
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    Click Next
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    Click "I Agree"
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    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut to Two Worlds II"
    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut to Two Worlds II"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Two Worlds II will automatically download
    When its completed click Play
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    Select "Play Two Worlds II"
    Click Play
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    There should be a pop-up in Steam with your serial number
    Copy the serial number

    Enter the serial number for Two Worlds II
    (Because one DRM isn't enough)
    Click OK
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    Click "Internet Activation"
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    Click Continue
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    Click OK
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    Optimization & Graphics Settings

    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Click Settings
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    Click Graphics
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    Adjust Resolution to match your Linux Desktop
    Window Mode = Off
    Anti Aliasing Mode = None
    Anti-Aliasing Sample = 1 Sample

    Further Adjust:
    • Detail
    • Motion blur
    • Bloom
    • Depth-of-view
    • Anistrophy
    • Draw Distance
    • Grass Draw Distance

    Shadows = OFF
    Depth-Of-View = On or OFF
    VSync = On or OFF
    HD Video = On or OFF

    Note: I was unable to change Anti-Aliasing settings. Some setting require restarting the game.
    There is a problem with Wine and shadows, so turning off shadows is the only curren solution.


    Click Accept to apply your changes
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    Conclusion:
    Two Worlds II ran really well on my GeForce 550 Ti. Its unfortunate the shadows have to be turned off because otherwise you have this buggy feint moving shadow following your character around. Its very annoying. The game still looks graphically beautiful and even runs better with shadows off.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 4, 2016

Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always but you try select graphic settings on medium for solve hair problem??? (on my case solve hair issue using this tip)

    :)
  2. booman
    Actually disabling GLSL solved the black hair problem.

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