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.
What was not tested
-Some gameplay modes. -Using microphone to voice-chat.
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.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Linux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64||May 16 2014||1.7.19||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Philipglo Joshua Opulencia|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 19 2013||1.7.0||Yes||Yes||Platinum||JT|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Mar 14 2013||1.5.25||Yes||Yes||Silver||Exar101|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 10 2013||1.5.21||Yes||Yes||Gold||MR_squiggley|
|Show||Slamd64 -current||Dec 16 2012||1.5.19||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Zootal|
|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|