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.
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.
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Mint 17 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.51-staging
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.7.51-staging is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your virtual drive: vanhelsing
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine: 1.7.51-staging
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1920x1080
Note: Enter the desktop size that matches your Linux desktop resolution
Check the following Packages:
Note: Normally I would install d3dx9 here but we have to use the bundled version of Direct X later in the installation
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
Click "I accept the license agreement"
Name your shortcut: Van Helsing II
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "Van Helsing"
Wine version: 1.7.51-staging
Note: Click the + to download more versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
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
Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Navigate toSelect "DXSETUP.exe"Code:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/vanhelsing/drive_c/GOG Games/The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II - Complete Pack/InstallUtils/DirectX
Click "I accept the agreement"
Launching Van Helsing
Select Van Helsing II
This screen may take a few minutes to load
- Window Style
- Quality Level
- Open GL
- Direct3D 9
- Direct3D 11
- Force 32bit
Click Advanced Settings
- HDR Rendering
- High Shaders
- Detailed Environment
- High Effects
- Smooth Shadows
- Paralax Mapping
- Smooth Animations
- 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
Click Accept after making Changes
Some changes will require a game restart
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.