As the third installment of the Fable series, you can play as the Prince or Princess to save the Kingdom from your evil brother. Play mini-games to earn coins, explore forests, caves, dungeons and even bandit camps. Quests range from typical go-get-me-this-item and save us from the zombie boss, to silly re-enacting ghost plays. There is always something to do in Fable III.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Fable III in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail DVD version of Fable III. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 17.3 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.8.5
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8.5 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: fable3
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.8.5
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows XP
Note: It is important to leave Windows XP as the default. Otherwise GFWL activation will not initiate at first launch.
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
Desktop size: 1024x768
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Libraries, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Installing Fable III
Select "Select another file"
Navigate to your DVD
Click Next again...
Click "Custom Install"
Name the shortcut: Fable III
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Select Fable III
Wine version: 1.8.5
Note: Click the + to download other 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
Games For Windows Live Work-around
Before we launch Fable III, we have a work-around for GFWL since the service no longer exists.
Go to: http://timeslip.users.sourceforge.net/
Click: GFWL remover (0.11)
Save to your Desktop
Open with Archive Manager
Click ExtractCode:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fable3/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Fable III/
Note: This will extract an xlive.dll that will override GFWL, but the game will still need to activate
Launching Fable III
Select Fable III
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Rule of Thumb:
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = less detail, higher frame rates
Before you can change in-game options, you will need to start the game up to the character select screen.
Click "Game Settings"
- Aspect Ratio
- Screen Resolution
- Full Screen Mode
- Vertical Sync
- Model Detail
- Landscape Detail
- Effects Detail
- Tree Detail
- Texture Quality
- Shadow Quality
- Water Quality
- Draw Distance
Blur and other options
To further improve the game performance you can manually adjust some features.
Go To:Open VideoOptionsConfig.xmlCode:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/fable3/drive_c/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Fable III/
There is a nasty blur with animation in-game
Reduce blur at these three lines
Try setting them all at zero
Save and make read-only (otherwise the game will reset the values)
Once I realized that Windows XP had to be initially set in order to activate the game, it ran perfectly. There is a nasty blur effect that looks really bad, but it can be adjusted. Also, I noticed an outdoor pillar asset that would appear as black squares. Otherwise, my GeForce GTX 950 handled the game really well.