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Bionic Commando Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 8, 2017.

  • by booman, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:32 PM
  • booman

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    Are you the "bad guy" or are you the "good guy"? Maybe you just want to get even....
    Play as Nathan Spencer a bionic operative in the T.A.S.C force with a mission to stop an invasion after an experimental weapon was activated in Ascension City. Use his bionic arm and grappling hook to fling yourself around the city and eliminate the threat.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Bionic Commando in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Bionic Commando. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.2 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Wine: 2.0.3

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 2.0.3
    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 2.0.3 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: bioniccommando
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Check all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 2.0.3
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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_Physx
    • 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

    Click the "X" to close Steam login
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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select Steam.exe
    Click Next
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    Name your shortcut: Bionic Commando
    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 any missing font problems and the Store problem (Windows needs to be set as Windows XP)
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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 Bionic Commando
    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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    Find Bionic Commando in your Steam Library
    Click Install
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    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
    Click Next
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    Click Finish
    Wait for Bionic Commando to download
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    Click Play
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    Conclusion:
    Bionic Commando launched and played without any extra configs or hacks. It plays perfectly on my GeForce GTX 1060. I read that there is an XML file for adjusting video settings, but I haven't tried it yet. I was able to play with all the defaults at first launch. The only thing I noticed was some extremely low quality textures since it was originally a console game ported to PC.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 8, 2017.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good game and good screens too

    :)
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  2. booman
    Thanks! Its always hard to get good screenshots of enemies and without the main character in the middle.
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  3. dorron
    Would this work with a GeForce GT 720M?
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  4. booman
    Hmm, there is a chance....
    Its an older game with Direct X 9 compatibility. You could always try. Just make sure you install Nvidia proprietary drivers.

    I don't recommend buying Bionic Commando to find out. Maybe there is a demo? Nope no demo on Steam
  5. dorron
    Thanks Booman!
  6. booman
    Did you get it to work?
    There is also an XML where you can make video changes, but I haven't messed with it yet

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