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Hawken Guide

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  • by booman, Jul 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM
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    Hawken is all about Mech Combat. Battle with 18 different customizable mechs, 6 game modes, loads of weapon and stunning action. Hopefully the developers will consider a native Linux game, but until then, it runs in PlayOnLinux.

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

    Note: This guide applies to the Steam version of Hawken. 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.


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

    Mint 17.3 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.10
    Wine: 1.8-steam_crossoverhack

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"
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    Look for the Wine Version: 1.8-steam_crossoverhack
    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right
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    Click Next

    Downloading Wine
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    Extracting

    Downloading Gecko
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    Installed
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    Wine 1.8-steam_crossoverhack 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: hawken
    No spaces
    Click Next
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    Select all three options:
    • Use another version of Wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries
    Click Next
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    Select Wine 1.8-steam_crossoverhack
    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
    Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    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
    Click Next
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    Note: All packages will automatically download and install

    Installing Steam

    Click Browse
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    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

    Steam will probably not have any fonts due to dwrite functionality
    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: Hawken
    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
    Arguments: -no-dwrite
    This fixes the missing font problem
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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 hawken
    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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    Click Store
    Search for Hawken
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    Click "Play Game"
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    Click Next
    Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
    Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
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    Click Finish
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    Wait for Hawken to download
    Click Play
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    Optimization

    You won't be able to adjust the Graphics settings until you are in-game
    Press ESC
    Click Settings
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    Click Video Settings

    Adjust:
    • Resolution
    • Fullscreen
    • Borderless Window
    • Vertical Sync
    • Physix Particles
    • Texture Detail
    • Graphics Quality
    • Use Custom Graphics Settings
    • Capped Smooth Framerate
    • Dynamic Shadows
    • Motion Blur
    • Depth of Field
    • Ambient Occlusion
    • Bloom
    • Light Shafts
    • Lens Flare
    • Anti-Aliasing Post-Processing
    • High-Quality Materials
    • LOD/Draw Distance
    • Anisotrophy
    • Enable Image Grain
    • Enable Static Effect
    Click Apply
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    Rule of thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Conclusion:
    Hawken installed and ran perfectly. I played several offline matches and didn't have any problems. The game will automatically set your Graphics settings, but in order to customize them, you have to go to Settings during a match. Frame rates were smooth on my GeForce 550 Ti.

    Gameplay Video:


    Screenshots:
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    Last edited: Dec 12, 2019

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