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The Darkness II Guide

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    Play as Jackie Estacado and weild the powerful "creeping dark" tendrils to slay your enemies, rip them apart and use their hearts for health. Physics plays a big part in The Darkness 2 as you can use your tendrils to pick up heavy object and throw them at enemies, use them as a shield, pick up health or weapons at a distance and even throw enemies at eachother. With the combination of guns and supernatural powers, you can slay enemies in an infinite number of ways.

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    Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing The Darkness 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of The Darkness 2. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 18.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.12
    Lutris Wine: darkness2-2.6-i686

    Wine Installation

    Go to: https://lutris.net/files/runners/
    Download wine-darkness2-1.9.12-i686.tar.gz
    Save to your Desktop

    Open wine-darkness2-1.9.12-i686.tar.gz with your archive manager
    Select "darkness2-2.6.i686"
    Click Extract
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    Navigate to: /home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wine/linux-x86
    Click Extract
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    Click Quit
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    darkness2-1.9.12-i686 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: darkness2
    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 darkness2-2.6-i686
    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
    Click Ok
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    PlayOnLinux Packages (Libraries, Components, DLL's)

    Check the following libraries:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_Physx
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse

    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: The Darkness 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
    Click Configure
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    General Tab
    Wine Version: darkness2-2.6-i686
    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 The Darkness 2
    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 "The Darkness 2" 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 "I agree"
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    Click Finish
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    Wait for The Darkness 2 to download
    Click Play
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    Optimization

    Press Enter
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    Click Options
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    Click Display
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    Conclusion:
    In my first tests I was using Wine staging and the game ran fine but there were a lot of black textures as reported in AppDB as well. After some investigation I found there is a patch that fixes it, but PlayOnLinux Developers no longer provide patched versions of Wine. So I found that Lutris provided a specific Darkness 2 version of Wine that worked perfectly. Now everything looks perfect, runs great on my GeForce GTX 1060.

    Gameplay Video:



    Screenshots:
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