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Castlevainia Lords of Shadow Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 1, 2017.

  • by booman, Dec 1, 2017 at 1:01 PM
  • booman

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    Gabriel is on a quest to defeat the Titan Bosses with his combat cross, 50 combos and special moves. Slaying minions such as werewolves, vampires, trolls and gian spiders is not going to stop him from his ultimate goal: Lords of Shadow

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Castlevainia Lords of Shadow in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Castlevainia Lords of Shadow. 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: castlevlordsofshadow
    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
    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_d3dx10
    • POL_Install_d3dx11
    • 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: castlvlordsofshadow
    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 Castlevainia Lords of Shadow
    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 Castlevainia Lords of Shadow in your 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 Castlevainia to download
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    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Click Configuration
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    Click Video

    Adjust:
    • Gamma
    • Subtitles
    • Mode
    • Resolution
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    Click Advanced
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    Adjust:
    • Shadows
    • Vertical Sync
    • Antialiasing
    • Anisotropic
    • Ambient Occlusion
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    Rule of Thumb
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    I had a hard time with Castlevainia Lords of Shadow because the game ran smooth and looked beautiful graphically, but there is a bug with the keyboard input that causes a lag/cache over time. This eventually forces your character to start moving by himself into danger, across the map and you have no control over him. This is a bug in Windows as well. The only resolution is to use an Xbox controller which I don't have.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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Comments

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. dorron
    Such an amazing game! Hopefully the need for a Xbox controller will be fixed somehow in the future...

    Thanks for all the work put into these guides. Really appreciated!
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  2. booman
    No problem! I was able to play with the keyboard, but I think an Xbox controller will make it much easier. I just don't have one. I plan to pick one up because other games require a controller for couch co-op like Gauntlet.
  3. mrdeathjr28
    Excellent title, actually runs very well in wine and good screens too

    :)
  4. booman
    Did you experience the keyboard ghost?
    My character would just walk right into danger all by himself.
    I did a bit of research and this happens in Windows as well. The only solution is to use an Xbox controller
  5. mrdeathjr28
    ?

    In my case works ok in gameplay test



    However i use similar to emulator controls, this controls appears in min 4:40

    :)

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