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Sacred 2 Gold Guide

Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 5, 2014.

  • by booman, Dec 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM
  • booman

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    Sacred 2 Gold has been improved in every way over the original Sacred. Better models, lighting, animation, skills and much more. At the same time it still "feels" like the original Sacred with the same Action RPG style of gameplay. Similar fighting styles, leveling up system, powerups and navigational styles. There are few additional aspects of the game to get us addicted for long nights of slaying minions.



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

    Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of Sacred 2 Gold. Other versions may require additional steps.

    Tips & Specs:

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

    Mint 17 64-bit
    PlayOnLinux: 4.2.5
    Wine: 1.7.32

    Wine Installation

    Click Tools
    Select "Manage Wine Versions"

    Look for the Wine Version: 1.7.32
    Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging

    Select it
    Click the arrow pointing to the right

    Click Next

    Downloading Wine


    Downloading Gecko


    Wine 1.7.32 is installed and you can close this window

    PlayOnLinux Setup

    Launch PlayOnLinux
    Click Install

    Click "Install a non-listed program"

    Click Next

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

    Name your virtual drive: sacred2
    Click Next

    Check all three options:
    • Use anothe version of wine
    • Configure Wine
    • Install some libraries

    Click Next

    Select Wine 1.7.32
    Click Next

    Select "32 bits windows installation"
    Click Next

    Wine Configuration

    Applications Tab
    Windows version: Windows 7
    Click Apply

    Graphics Tab
    Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
    check "Emulate a virtual desktop"
    Desktop size: 1024x768
    Click OK

    Installing Packages (Libraries, DLL's, Components)

    Check the following:
    • POL_Install_corefonts
    • POL_Install_d3dx9
    • POL_Install_gdiplus
    • POL_Install_tahoma
    • POL_Install_vcrun2008
    • POL_Install_vcrun2010

    Click Next

    Note: All packages will download and install automatically

    Installing Sacred 2 Gold

    Click Browse

    Select "setup_sacred2_gold_2.0.0.6.exe"
    Click Open

    Click Next

    Check "Yes, I have read and accept the EULA"
    Click Options
    Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
    Click Install

    Physx will install at the end (two times)
    Check "I accept the license agreement"
    Click Next

    Click Finish

    You might get a few errors

    Runtime Error
    Click OK

    Invalid Opcode
    Click OK

    Click Exit

    PlayOnLinux Shortcut

    Select "sacred2.exe"
    Click Next

    Name your shortcut: Sacred 2 Gold
    Click Next

    PlayOnLinux Configure

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Sacred 2 Gold"
    Click Configure

    General Tab
    Wine version: 1.7.32
    Note: Click the + to download other versions of wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine.

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

    Close Configure

    Launching Sacred 2 Gold

    Back to PlayOnLinux
    Select "Sacred 2 Gold"
    Click Run

    Note: Clicking Debug will show you the errors and bugs


    Click Options

    Click Graphics

    Select preset for Quality
    Or manually adjust sliders:
    • Shadow
    • Render
    • Ground
    • Effect
    • Grass

    Note: Uncheck "PhysX Effects" because it will cause Sacred to run really slow!

    Set the resolution to match your Linux desktop
    Click Accept

    Rule of Thumb:
    High settings = More detail, lower frame rates
    Low settings = Less detail, higher frame rates

    Sacred 2 Gold runs Great on my GeForce 550 Ti. It supports all resolutions and the mouse works great in the Wine virtual desktop. Quests and cooperative complete perfectly! Its a huge world in Sacred 2 Gold.

    The only problem I have is that it crashes exactly one hour after starting the game. The only solution is to Press F7 to save your character or exit the game before one hour lapses. Then launch again and continue.

    Gameplay Video:








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Discussion in 'Guides' started by booman, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. mrdeathjr28
    Good guide as always, however how time stay stable (crash issue)?????

  2. booman
    Pretty dang stable after I re-installed the game. I actually played for an hour cooperative via LAN with a Windows Vista machine hosting the game.
    Thats when I decided to post the Guide. At first I was skeptic because of the random crashing, but now it run GREAT.
  3. stefutz
    Hello, I tried to install Sacred 2 Gold GoG from disk and the installation always hangs up at around 75% of the progress bar. I tried your step-by-step guide and the same happens. Did you encounter this ? I tried on Win 7, Win XP, 32bit, 64bit, several different Wine versions but everytime it hangs up at 75%. I even left it over the night but the progress bar won't move, and there is no disk activity. Any ideas ? P.S.: I am installing on a 64bit Debian Sid system, dual video card: GTX660m and integrated Intel video on i7 quad-core CPU. I can play games with any of the 2 cards, the GTX with primusrun (bumblebee).
  4. booman
    Yes, I have seen this issue with the GOG installer. When you install PlayOnLinux packages, add:
    • gdiplus
    Then it should finish the installation.
    I had this same problem with Van Helsing and it would eventually pop up an error and then finish the installation.
  5. Duapruis
    Works great, it didn't want to launch at all with wine 1.8 but oh well...

    Thanks a lot again for all the effort you put into this booman.
  6. booman
    So what version of Wine did you end up using?
    No problem! I have a lot of fun testing games.
  7. Duapruis
    The one you used, 1.7.32
  8. booman
    Try using Wine 1.8.3

    Do you get any errors when launching Sacred 2?
  9. Duapruis
    Worked! and believe it or not the game loaded to the main screen even faster :O
  10. booman
    Nice! Its amazing how newer stable versions of Wine fix things.
  11. Octalink
    hi all!
    can somebody help me with a problem by installind the Sacred 2
    - before your step "Check "Yes, I have read and accept the EULA"" - i see just a window with a Disk choosing (exactly as in windows installation) and then ive got enter some adress (d:/games/...).

    if ill do it next, the i get a error that:

    An error occured while unpacking: unable to wtire data to disk.
    Unarc.dll returned an error code: -11
    ERROR: archive data corrupted (decompression fails).

    what i did wrong?

    ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS

    Attached Files:

  12. stefutz
    Never change the default installation location inside the Wine drive. Leave it to: "C:\GoG Games\Sacred 2 Gold\" or whatever it is. Also, make sure you have write permission on your ".playonlinux" path (usually in your home folder, take care that it is a hidden folder). If you have disk space issues in your home folder where ".playonlinux" is and where usually the games are installed, you can move ".playonlinux" on any disk you want but make a symbolic link to it (it's like a shortcut to the folder): in terminal write
    ln -s /media/newdrive/.playonlinux /home/user/.playonlinux
    See "man ln" in terminal for more options.
  13. stefutz
    Make the symbolic link after you have moved the ".playonlinux" directory.
  14. booman
    Thank you stefutz!
    Also, make sure you are using PlayOnLinux 4.2.12 and a newer version of Wine like:
    • Wine 3.0
    • Wine 3.13
    • Wine staging versions
    Octalink, which version of Sacred 2 are you installing? Is it the GOG version?
  15. Octalink
    thank you for recommendations.

    so, if i have only one disk and enouth space on it, then i dont need to make a symbolic link?

    - i've downloaded new version of Playonlinux 4.2.12
    - i've downloaded wine 3.0 and 3.13 (also 3.0 staging), is it ok?
    -it was a sacred 2 gold but not from GOG. a dont know which version.
    ive tried to install with new version of wine and POL and ive got the same error.

    do i need to download wine 3.0 or 3.13(amd64)?
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  16. booman
    Hmm, are you installing from a DVD?
    I've only tested the GOG version, but you can always copy all of the data from the DVD into a folder on your Desktop, then install it from there. That is usually what I do when a Disk is causing issues in Wine. This is a common problem.

    Also, PlayOnLinux will make a shortcut for you when the game is done installing. No links necessary. Unless you mean the DVD of course, then you can go into Wine Configuration, Drives Tab and mount the DVD there as a D: drive.

    Wine 3.13 should be fine. If not then go back to Wine 3.0. Either of these should run Sacred 2
  17. batmanm0b1e
    OR you can
    Install the game in Windows :eek: yuck i know
    copy the game file directory to HDD or backup_drive game_drive
    Then go to your Linux OS and copy all the files to the right dir GOG or Games folder or programsXfiles etc etc where ever the path was in windows
    Then just use a wine version to run the game voila :)

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