Game of Thrones is an action RPG based on the realm from the book and tells a parallel story through the eyes of Alester Sarwyck and Mors Westford. Control your hero in 3rd person and level up, loot, upgrade skills, and follow a thick plot.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Game of Thrones in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Game of Thrones. 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 14 32-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.8
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
PlayOnLinux will automatically download it and save it in this directory:
Note: username is where you put your login name
Its a good idea to backup this directory to another computer because you won't have to keep downloading wine versions when you need them.
Wine 1.7.8 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. Since ###Game### isn't made for Linux, we will download the 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 you virtual drive: gameofthrones
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.7.8
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 32-bit virtual drive.
Windows Version: Windows XP
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop size: 1024x768
Check the following libraries:
- POL_Install_registered fonts
Navigate to your desktop
Check: I accept the license...
More updating, extracting and installing
When Steam is done installing the login screen will pop up. You probably won't see any text because there is a font bug.
Click the "X" to close Steam login
Name your shortcut: Game of Thrones Steam
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
More PlayOnLinux Configuration
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Select Steam virtual drive
Arguments: -no-dwrite -no-cef-sandbox
This fixes the missing font and store problem
Note: -no-dwrite only works if you launch Steam from PlayOnLinux. Steam is automatically set to launch when Windows starts, which means if you do a "Windows Reboot" from the Wine tab -no-dwrite won't execute. Just close Steam and try again.
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video Memory Size: size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode: fbo
Click "Windows reboot"
Close Steam because it will automatically launch when Windows reboots and won't execute -no-dwrite.
Installing Game of Thrones
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select Game of Thrones Steam
Click "Login to an existing account"
Login to Steam
Note: Steam "In-Game" community overlay can crash games in PlayOnlinux.
To turn it off:
Go to File, Settings, In-Game
Uncheck "Enable Steam Community In-Game"
Select "Game of Thrones"
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut to Game of Thrones"
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut to Game of Thrones"
Come back in an hour or so after it has downloaded
There are limited Graphics options, its best to click "Auto Detect Hardware"
- Screen Resolution
- Game Quality
- Texture Quality
Rule of thumb:
High Settings = High detail, lower frame rates
Low Settings = Low detail, higher frame rates.
Game of Thrones runs really well on my GeForce 550 Ti and the visuals are beautiful!
I love the realm, detail and even the weapons, but I wasn't very impressed with the fighting and controls. For some reason on PC you are forced to hold the right-mouse button in order to turn and look around. The fighting is very similar to The Witcher or Neverwinter Nights where you click and the moves are automated. After playing Skyrim, I just felt very detached from the action. I would click and wait for my hero to do all the work.
Otherwise, there weren't any buggs or graphical glitches. Loading, saving, graphics options and all the menu's worked pefectly!