martedì 5 giugno 2012

Let's Play: Metro 2033




Oh yeah! After months of "Let's Play" inactivity (due to sickness and university), here i am again to tell you how to play a great game which now is only $10 on Steam, an awesome FPS with incredible graphics and deep plot. Ladies and gentlemen... Metro 2033!

A superhard choice!

Let's say that either Crossover XI and PlayOnLinux work the same, the only difference is a little performance difference. Let's take a look!

Metro 2033 on GameTree Linux:

Oh come on, this program has never been updated for years, you can't even think about running this game on GameTree Linux.

Metro 2033 on Crossover XI (11.0.3 version):

Well, Crossover is being updated frequently, and it is now based on Wine 1.4, so i can tell you that Steam works perfectly. Installing the game from Steam means only to download over 7 GB and some runtime packages (which Steam downloads by itself). Of course it doesn't even need a noDVD crack. So i should say it works perfect. No way. Unfortunately, Metro 2033 is a great game, but it needs a big hardware, and the lack of compatibility of some Windows libraries makes the game very slow at high details. Also, remember that on Linux (it doesn't care if you use Crossover or Wine), Directx 11 are not supported, so you can only play the game with Directx 9. Anyway, at low details, you can play the game and enjoy it. So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances.

Metro 2033 on PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version):

Same as Crossover XI, but there's a little FPS boost (a couple of frames, nothing more). So:

- Installs perfectly.
- It doesn't need any noDVD crack.
- Low performances (slightly better than Crossover XI).

Talking about performances...

First of all, my hardware:

agp_aperture_size: 256
cpu: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
cpu_ghz: 0.80
distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
kernel: 3.2.0-25-generic
machine_bitness: 64
memory: 3953
soundcard: HDA ATI SB at 0xfbcf4000 irq 16
soundcard_driver: ALSA Version 1.0.24
videocard_direct: True
videocard_driver_version: 4.2.0 NVIDIA 295.53
videocard_manufacturer: NVIDIA Corporation
videocard_ram: 1024
videocard_type: GeForce GTX 550 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
x_version: X.Org X Server 1.11.3

I already said that PlayOnLinux (1.5.5 wine version) gives a little FPS boost. Let's take a look at the graphs:





As you can see, even on Windows i have "only" 27 FPS (average) at very high details. That means the game is heavy. If you want to play the game, i suggest you to choose Wine/PlayOnLinux.

Conclusion: use PlayOnLinux.

Installation



The process depends on your speed connection. For me (600 KB/s), it took me about 3 hours.
At the end of the installation process, and when clicking on "play" Steam will download some other runtime packages (other 2 or 3 minutes).

Running


Sorry if the video stutters, but the game is pretty heavy and it ran while FFMpeg was recording, so there was a FPS drop.



That's all. Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you got some problems or if you just wanna ask me a question. I will always answer you!

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