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Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop Guide

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  • by booman, May 19, 2017 at 1:25 PM
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    Alien Swarm is one of the first Free-To-Play Source games in Steam. Play as several solider classes in a co-op campaign and obliterate the alien swarms by completing objectives and using brutal weapons. Reactive Drop adds new campaigns, aliens, weapons, game modes and improved single player. Now you can slay aliens with 8 players in online or offline co-op. Oh, and did I mention that its still FREE?

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.1 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 2.0-staging

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.0-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 2.0-staging 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
    Select Windows Steam instead
    click "Windows" under the green button
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    Navigate to your desktop
    Click Save
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    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: alienswarm
    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 2.0-staging
    Click Next
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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    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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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    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

    Steam might not have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
    Click the "X" to close Steam login

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
    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
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
    This fixes the missing font problem and Store problem
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    Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine

    Display Tab
    Video Memory Size: Select the size of Memory your video card/chip uses
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    Close Configure

    Launching Steam

    Select Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
    Click Run
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    Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs

    Click "Login to existing account"
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    Login
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    Search the Steam Store for "Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop"
    Click "Play Game"
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    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
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    When Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is done downloading
    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Options
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    Click Video
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    Adjust:
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Resolution
    • Display Mode
    • Anti-aliasing Mode
    • Filtering Mode
    • Wait For Vertical Sync
    • Multicore Rendering
    • Shader Detail
    • Effect Detail
    • Model / Texture Detail
    • Bloom
    • Depth Blur
    • Paged Pool memory Available
    Click Done
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    Rule of thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop ran flawlessly in PlayOnLinux and I was really impressed with the new upgrades and changes. 8-player should be a LOT of fun in a LAN (I sucessfully tested 4-player offline) and the new campaigns, weapons and improved single player makes it a no-brainer. I didn't have any issues running on Mint 18 with GeForce 660, 750 Ti, GTX 1060 or GTX 950.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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