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?
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:
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Mint 18.1 64-bit
Note: Wine versions older than 2.0.2 and 2.12-staging no longer work with Steam.
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 2.0-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 2.0-staging 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: alienswarm
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 2.0-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: 1024x768
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...
Steam might not have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font problem and Store problem
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 Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Search the Steam Store for "Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop"
Click "Play Game"
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
When Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop is done downloading
- Aspect Ratio
- Display Mode
- Anti-aliasing Mode
- Filtering Mode
- Wait For Vertical Sync
- Multicore Rendering
- Shader Detail
- Effect Detail
- Model / Texture Detail
- Depth Blur
- Paged Pool memory Available
Rule of thumb
High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates
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.