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Van Helsing 2 Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 18, 2015.

  • by booman, Sep 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM
  • booman

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    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is a series of Action RPG's where you play as Monster Hunters who rid the world of Evil Scientists and their abominations. This time you have help in the form of a Ghost Companion named Katrina. Elimination evil minions, loot, upgrade character stats, perks and abilities.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Van Helsing 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Van Helsing 2. 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: 4.2.8
    Wine: 1.7.51-staging

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.51-staging
    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 1.7.51-staging is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    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 your virtual drive: vanhelsing
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine: 1.7.51-staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next
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    Wine Configuration

    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: 1920x1080
    Click OK
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    Note: Enter the desktop size that matches your Linux desktop resolution

    PlayOnLinux Packages

    Check the following Packages:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • gdiplus
    Click Next
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    Note: Normally I would install d3dx9 here but we have to use the bundled version of Direct X later in the installation

    Click Browse

    Select: setup_the_incredible_adventures_of_van_helsing_ii_2.0.0.1.exe
    Click Open
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    Click Next

    Click OK
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    Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
    Click Install
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    PhysX Installation
    Click "I accept the license agreement"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Click Exit
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select VanHelsing.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Van Helsing II
    Click Next
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    Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
    Click Next
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    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Van Helsing"
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.51-staging
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    Note: Click the + to download more versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine

    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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    Direct X Installation

    Unfortunately the audio refuses to work without specific Direct X libraries installed. We are going to install them from the provided GOG installation.
    You will see this error until the libraries are installed
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    Miscellaneous Tab
    Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
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    Navigate to
    Code:
    /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/vanhelsing/drive_c/GOG Games/The Incredible Adventures of  Van Helsing II - Complete Pack/InstallUtils/DirectX
    Select "DXSETUP.exe"
    Click Open
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    Click "I accept the agreement"
    Click Next
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    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    Launching Van Helsing
    Select Van Helsing II
    Click Run
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    Loading Screen
    This screen may take a few minutes to load
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video

    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Window Style
    • Quality Level
    • Open GL
    • Direct3D 9
    • Direct3D 11
    • Force 32bit
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    Click Advanced Settings

    Adjust:
    • HDR Rendering
    • High Shaders
    • Detailed Environment
    • High Effects
    • Antialiasing
    • Smooth Shadows
    • Paralax Mapping
    • Smooth Animations
    • Reflections
    • Organics Physics
    • Oranganics Animation
    • SLI/Crossfire Optimization
    • Character Detail
    • Shadow Detail
    • Physics Detail
    • Texture Detail
    • FPS Limit
    • Camera Shake
    • Soft Coronas
    • Sync CPU to GPU
    • V-Sync
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    Click Accept after making Changes
    Some changes will require a game restart

    Conclusion:
    Van Helsing II ran really well with my GeForce 550 Ti and Nvidia 340 drivers. I initially had no audio until I installed the GOG provided Direct X libraries. The PlayOnLinux Direct X packages would not fix the audio missing. I was able to set most of the Video settings on high and use the Open GL option. Van Helsing 2 does crash randomly, but I have been able to play for 30 minutes easily without crashing. Also, avoid Paralax Mapping checkbox, that definitely causing crashing.

    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Very good guide and good game however van helsing have possibilities to appear natively on linux

    :)
  2. booman
    I hope they DO release a Linux native version. Gamingonlinux.com posted a few articles on it, but so far nothing has happened.
    If they want to be on SteamOS then they really need to port it to Linux.
    They already have OpenGL compatibility built-in
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  3. mrdeathjr28
    Exactly for this reason and neocore games talk some time ago about them

    But in this point valve stay push many titles for launch because steam machines release stay more and more closer

    :)
  4. booman
    Do you think they are working on a Linux port and will wait to release it when Steam Machines are released?
  5. mrdeathjr28
    Have many chances, maybe appear before steam machines can be launched

    :)
  6. booman
    I hope so, at least the first Van Helsing
  7. dlf
    Could someone write a guide to get Vanhelsing 1 (either steam or GOG) to work on POL?
  8. booman
    I don't have Van Helsing 1, but I'm guessing it should work the same way as Van Helsing 2.
    Have you tried following this guide but installing Van Helsing 1?
  9. mrdeathjr28
    Van helsing 1 runs and need minor system resources than van helsing 2 (more special effects like as light related, blur related, depth of field related and others)

    I test both some time ago


    Van Helsing 1




    Van Helsing 2




    However i dont try again because van helsing stay in native development for linux but dont out until now

    :)
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