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Left 4 Dead 2

Full version released on Steam

Application Details:

Version: Left 4 Dead 2 Full (Steam)
License: Retail
URL: http://www.l4d.com/
Votes: 13
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.19

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Test Results

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What works

After the Dec. 16th Steam update, the game is completely playable for me. -Purchased and installed through Steam. -Launch through Steam. -Play multiplayer and singleplayer. -In game settings, including video mode changes, work. -Listening to other players.

What does not

-Sound will drop every 30 min. or so. Workaround is to go to Options->Audio and switch to choose a mode that you don't use and switch back. For instance, 2-speaker->headphones->2-speaker reliably restores sound for me. -Not all video settings are available in-game vs. windows install. Specifically, the anti-aliasing settings are missing but there might be more I didn't see. -Sometimes it takes Steam like 5 minutes to launch the game while it thrashes my HDD. I'm assuming it is verifying files or something and is just really inefficient through Wine. -'Tabbing-out' to focus on other windows does not make L4D2 happy. I have to (ctrl-alt-F1) kill the process and restart most of the time.

Workarounds

What was not tested

-Some gameplay modes. -Using microphone to voice-chat.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

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Additional Comments

Even though it is not perfect, I am rating this Platinum because I didn't make any changes to wine.cfg and it is completely playable out of the box.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64May 16 20141.7.19Yes Yes PlatinumPhilipglo Joshua Opulencia 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 19 20131.7.0Yes Yes PlatinumJT 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 14 20131.5.25Yes Yes SilverExar101 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 10 20131.5.21Yes Yes GoldMR_squiggley 
ShowSlamd64 -currentDec 16 20121.5.19Yes Yes BronzeZootal 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
24684 Multiple Source engine based games (Steam): out-of-order rendering, bloom effect and lights are visible through walls when multicore rendering is enabled NEW View
27453 Lag when loading new sound in source games NEW View
48666 Left 4 Dead 2: Vulkan: significantly lower performance than GL UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO
- To get past the "Incomplete Installation" error:

Use Wine-1.1.35 or later

- To get past crashing at the MOTD display when joining a multiplayer game:


Either: Use native urlmon.dll (can be limited to just left4dead2.exe),
Or: Use wine-1.1.27 or earlier.

- To improve the performance

1. Enable multicore rendering.  This increases performance by 10-15 fps in most places for me.
2. Use the following patch:
http://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=24812
   This increases performance by 50-60 fps in most places for me.  Note that you may need to minimise/restore or otherwise lose and regain focus of the game to fix the flashlight and some textures if using this patch.
   The performance is so much better in wine-1.1.33 that this doesn't seem to be needed any more.  The framerate with this in wine-1.1.32 was still higher than the framerate without this in wine-1.1.33 though.

- To get past the crashing/restarting/broken game files which occurs every few minutes during gameplay

Add -lv to the launch options in Steam.  This enables low gore mode, which for some reason fixes the problem.  Low gore mode doesn't look as great, but it's worth it for the stability.

Comments

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an error in left 4 dead 2 version 2.1.4.6
by Manoa on Monday July 11th 2016, 19:00
at the end of loading when connecting to a server in multiplayer, the game crashed and this is displayed in the output of wine:

threadtools.cpp (3272) : Assertion Failed: Illegal termination of worker thread 'SocketThread'
Assert( Assertion Failed: Illegal termination of worker thread 'SocketThread' ):threadtools.cpp:3272

many versions of wine were tested and the MOTD fix had no effect, I even disabled motd in the server.
RE: an error in left 4 dead 2 version 2.1.4.6
by Manoa on Monday July 11th 2016, 19:04
tested wine versions:
1.9.14
1.9.8
1.2.1
1.6.2
1.7.49
1.7.47
1.7.50
1.8-rc3
1.8-rc1
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