Darkest of Days is a first person shooter taking a risk at combining multiple settings in one package. You will find your character in the middle of several historical battles all the while maintaining historical accuracy and sci-fi elements.
Running Darkest of Days in PlayOnLinux was simple and ran extremely well.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Darkest of Days.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version only. Steam or downloaded versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs
To learn more about PlayOnLinux and Wine configuration, see the online manual:
Mint 14 32-bit
Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux
Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all.
PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your specific game.
Click "Manage Wine Versions"
Click the right-arrow
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Installing Darkest of Days
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your Virtual Drive: darkestofdays
Note: do not use spaces
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.5.25
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
ALWAYS SELECT THE 32-bit VIRTUAL DRIVE
Click Windows Version
Select: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Do not check "Emulate a virtual desktop" because the installer will error.
Note: While testing I recommend using "Emulate a virtual desktop" but not during the installation.
Select these following libraries:
Click Next to install them
Note: These libraries will automatically download from the internet if you don't already have them from a previous game.
Installing Darkest of Days
Select "Select another file"
Note: Normally I would use CD-ROM for installation but this one runs a launcher that might error if you are using a virtual desktop.
Navigate to the DVD
Do Not Open Launcher.exe!
Click "I accept the terms..."
Note: users/public is not a typical installation directory, but it still worked fine. Feel free to change it to program files.
Ready to Install
Installing Nvidia Physx
Click "I accept the license agreement"
Darkest of Days Confirmation
Uncheck "Yes I want to launch Darkest of Days now"
Note: you may have to use the keyboard
Name your shortcut: darkest of days
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Launching Darkest of Days
Note: If Darkest of Days does not launch in full screen or crashes, remember to use Wine Configuration and enable the virtual desktop. This is the best way to test a game.
I was able to crank the video:
Graphic Details: Very High
Ambient Occlusion: on
Note: Changing these settings may require restarting the game
Not only did Darkest of Days run really well on my GeForce 550Ti but the game looked beautiful!
The animation was smooth and the sound effects were right-on-par.
I could adjust all the video setting right in-game and sometimes had to restart it to apply the changes.
Darkest of Days hardly required any additional libraries or tweaking with Wine 1.5.25.