Dark Souls is well known for the XBox success because of the unique combat style and visual quality. This is no hack-n-slash game! Your progress is rewarded only by knowing your enemy and knowing when to attack. Select from several classes and play in a dark world of demons, dragons, insanity and consume as many souls as possible.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Dark Souls in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition. 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 17 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: 1.8
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.8 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: darksouls
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
New override for library
Scrolldown to xinput1_3
Change to Builtin (Wine)
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...
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Dark Souls
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Wine version: 1.8
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
Launching Steam & Dark Souls
Select Dark Souls
Note: Click debug to see errors and bugs
Click "Login to existing account"
Find Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Wait for Dark Souls to download
Click PC Settings
Select the same resolution as your Linux Desktop
Close Dark Souls
Go to: http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?tag=dsfix
Download DSFix 2.4
Download at Mediafire:
Save DSfix24.zip to your Desktop
Extract the files in the zip
Move them to the Dark Souls Data folder
Path: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/darksouls/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/SteamApps/Common/Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition/Data
Edit the DSfix.ini
- Anti Aliasing
- Ambient Occlusion
- Depth of Field
- Additional Blur
- FPS Limit
- Texture Filtering Override
- Fullscreen Mode
- Save Game Backups
- Texture Dumping
- Intro Logo's Skip
- In Game Language
- D3D Adapter Override
Dark Souls played fine without any crashing on my GeForce 550 Ti. I was able to watch cutscenes, load and save my game. I did experience problems with the mouse, but this is because Dark Souls is a console port meant for a controller. So the mouse will move in large increments causing your character movement to be unsmooth.
DSFix made a HUGE difference in graphics. Everything was crisp and detailed with very nice shadows and ambient occlusion.
I definitely recommend using DSFix when playing Dark Souls.
Now if I could inspire myself to play... because your literally die and have to start all the way back at your last save and am forced to kill all the same minions over again. Rinse repeat.