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America's Army 3 (Steam)

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Application Details:

Version: America's Army 3.0
License: Free to use
URL: http://www.americasarmy.com
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.11

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Test Results

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What works

 Assuming mouse patch is used:

  • A number of training levels.
  • Most aspects of multiplayer on non-PunkBuster servers (at least works by filtering out PunkBuster servers beforehand, noting the IP, and joining the server via console).
  • "Explore" mode seems to work fine on all five maps.

What does not

  • PunkBuster
  • Graphical bugs: no display of video in medical training; flickering graphics on walls; map (F4) is blank; etc.
  • No HUD => no easy way to send messages other than "enemy spotted".
  • Haven't got text chat to work.
  • Securing main objectives, e.g. shutting valve on Pipeline.
  • Healing teammates (works sometimes, but can bug out nastily...)
  • Crashes and other bugs.

Workarounds

What was not tested

  • Voice chat.
  • Trying different video settings (used 1440x900 with most settings on low or medium).

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Using AA 3.0.5 with GF8600GT. After one has figured out how to install it via Steam, the game installation seems to work fine. However, some packages (e.g. VC2008 runtime) may need to be installed manually.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jan 10 20111.3.11Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 09 20111.3.11Yes Yes BronzePaweÅ‚ 
CurrentUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 07 20091.1.28Yes Yes BronzeDavid Vuorio 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 24 20091.1.26Yes Yes BronzeAndrew Zonenberg 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 22 20091.1.26Yes Yes SilverSito Ortiz 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24417 America's Army 3 and other games fail: d3dcompiler needs a working HLSL compiler NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

AA3 fails to run, no error message displayed (text in console)

A large number of errors such as the following may be seen when launched from a terminal:

 err:module:import_dll Library MSVCP80.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\america's army 3\\Binaries\\wxmsw28u_vc_custom.dll") not found
err:module:import_dll Library MSVCR80.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\steamapps\\common\\america's army 3\\Binaries\\wxmsw28u_vc_custom.dll") not found

This suggests that the Visual Studio 2005 runtime is not installed. The easiest way to work around this is 'winetricks vcrun2005'.

If a similar error for d3dx10_35.dll is seen, the DirectX installer (in steamapps/common/america's army 3/DirectX) should be rerun. (In my case it hung during the Steam-started install and had to be rerun manually after Steam had finished its setup procedure). This does not seem to be needed with wine-1.2rc7.

WINE must be up to date
While testing on my server, which was running the latest release of WINE in the Ubuntu repositories, I encountered severe install issues. Make sure that you are running the latest version from the WINE repositories.
Workaround for Steam hyperlink / protocol handling issue
Workaround for mouse bug (partial fix)
Similar problem has been discussed:
appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=5444

A patch may be downloaded at fxlegrand.free.fr/index.php?page=patches. Decompress and copy to /usr/lib/wine/ or /usr/lib32/wine (on amd64 installs). It is crucial that you make a copy of the original dinput.dll.so before replacing it.

Unfortunately, this patch also prevents use of the menus. The best option I have seen to date is to play training missions unpatched. To play online, open the game unpatched, open the server browser, and find a server you like. Write down the IP address, then close AA and apply the patch. Open AA, then pull up the console using the tilde (~) key and run "open (ip address)". You will not be able to use the in-game menus for class selection but keyboard shortcuts (tab/space/arrow keys, etc) provide most functionality. Restore the original dinput.dll.so  when done playing.

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