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Grand Theft Auto 2 Guide

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    Grand Theft Auto 2 is a classic 3rd person shooter from 1999 where you basically play sandbox style driving any vehicle and killing anyone you want. You can accept missions or go completely postal... just watch out for the police.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Grand Theft Auto 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: Make sure to search online for the free version (at your own risk) of Grand Theft Auto 2 ahead of time. Save it to your Desktop, extract if necessary.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 19.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.3.4
    Wine: 5.0 32-bit

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

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    Look for the Wine Version: 5.0
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine

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    Installed

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    Click (amd64) Tab
    Select 5.0
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

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    Downloading Wine 64-bit

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    Installed

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    Wine 5.0 32-bit and 64-bit is installed, you can close this window

    Note: Grand Theft Auto doesn't necessarily need 64-bit Wine, but it is helpful for future games.

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

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    Click "Install a non-listed program"

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    Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
    Click Next

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    Name the virtual drive: gta2
    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 5.0
    Click Next

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    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

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    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows XP
    Click Apply

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    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    Click OK

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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Components, DLLs, Libraries)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    Click Next

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    Note: All packages should download and install automatically

    Click Browse

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    Select "GTA2.exe"
    Click Open

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    Click Next again...

    Follow InstallShield Wizard

    When its completed
    Uncheck "Launch GTA2 Manager"
    Click Finish

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    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "gta2.exe"
    Click Next

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    Name the shortcut: Grand Theft Auto 2
    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
    Select "Grand Theft Auto 2"
    Click Configure

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    General Tab
    Wine version: 5.0

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    Display Tab
    Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card uses

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    Close Configure

    Launching Grand Theft Auto 2

    Select "Grand Theft Auto 2"
    Click Run

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    Note: Click debug to see bugs and errors

    Conclusion:
    The game may run extremely fast, so make sure to check the "Frame Limiter" box. This will make it run properly.
    You can also change the controls in a config file, otherwise stick with the default directional arrows and control key.
    I tried a widescreen fix by thirteenag and it seemed to work. You basically download the file and extract to the game directory, then make changes to the GTA2.WidescreenFix.ini

    I had to launch the game a few times for it to appear in full-screen 1920x1080, but it worked.

    I was even able to host a game through the Manager and join on another computer for multi-player.

    Screenshots:

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