Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

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Version distributed via Steam. As far as I am aware, it is the same as the CD retail version with latest official patch (V1.2) and no copy protection (aside from the Steam-provided protection). The game certainly contains the same bugs as the CD retail version patched to V1.2.

Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.9-staging

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What works

Game launch we can play without problems.

I have tested with 9.9 unofficial patch (VTMB Unofficial Patch)

What does not

At first launch, I saw only the presentation logos of publishers, then a black screen with music.

I solved the problem activating a virtual desktop emulated with winecfg.


To escape the  "black screen ", I have activated the virual desktop emulation (with winecfg).

What was not tested

I have played the 2 first chapters (St Monica and down town)

Don't have problems.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro LinuxJun 07 20183.9-stagingYes Yes YesGoldThomas L 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 04 20141.7.30Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 15 20131.5.28Yes Yes PlatinumMariano 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 10 20121.4Yes Yes PlatinumMariano 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 07 20111.3.26Yes Yes GoldDheart 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
14765 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (from Steam) does not start CLOSED FIXED View
14860 Extreme slowdown at some points without OffscreenRenderingMode=fbo in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines CLOSED ABANDONED View
21789 Vampire - Bloodlines Crashes During Level Load CLOSED INVALID View
24701 Vampire the Masquerade bloodlines hanging with Out of adapter memory CLOSED FIXED View
31345 Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines (Steam) crashes on new game CLOSED ABANDONED View
33660 Keyboard's numbers didn't respond on call votes and switching weapons or casting spells CLOSED DUPLICATE View

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HowTo / Notes

Fix launching the patched game

While the unofficial patch 9.4 works perfectly well on Linux, the launcher that is created by the setup is broken.

Find the "VTM Bloodlines Unofficial Patch.desktop" file on your desktop, open it up with a text file and change the line:

-game\ Unofficial_Patch


-game Unofficial_Patch

You can also apply the latter one in the Steam startup options to track your playing time with the unofficial patch.

Make the game look better

To force antialiasing in the game, run this in a terminal:


export __GL_FSAA_MODE

wine /path/to/your/Vampire.exe -game Unofficial_Patch


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