Play as Jackie Estacado and weild the powerful "creeping dark" tendrils to slay your enemies, rip them apart and use their hearts for health. Physics plays a big part in The Darkness 2 as you can use your tendrils to pick up heavy object and throw them at enemies, use them as a shield, pick up health or weapons at a distance and even throw enemies at eachother. With the combination of guns and supernatural powers, you can slay enemies in an infinite number of ways.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Darkness 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of The Darkness 2. Other versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs:
Try SteamPlay before using this guide as Valve now uses a fork of Wine called Proton and should run most Windows games.
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Mint 18.3 64-bit
Lutris Wine: darkness2-2.6-i686
Go to: https://lutris.net/files/runners/
Save to your Desktop
Open wine-darkness2-1.9.12-i686.tar.gz with your archive manager
Navigate to: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
darkness2-1.9.12-i686 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
Select 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 your virtual drive: darkness2
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine darkness2-2.6-i686
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All packages will automatically download and install
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: The Darkness 2
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine Version: darkness2-2.6-i686
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes any missing font problems and the Store problem (Windows needs to be set as Windows XP)
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
Select The Darkness 2
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Find "The Darkness 2" in your Library
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Click "I agree"
Wait for The Darkness 2 to download
In my first tests I was using Wine staging and the game ran fine but there were a lot of black textures as reported in AppDB as well. After some investigation I found there is a patch that fixes it, but PlayOnLinux Developers no longer provide patched versions of Wine. So I found that Lutris provided a specific Darkness 2 version of Wine that worked perfectly. Now everything looks perfect, runs great on my GeForce GTX 1060.