Mass Effect 2

Retail version.

Application Details:

Version: 1.0
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6.2

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What works

- Installation
- Game-play (see instructions)
- Audio (see instructions)
- Introduction & in-game videos
- Cerberus network
- Mass Effect 2 DLC
- 20Hrs+ into game atm

What does not

Game plays reasonably well with high-end system, however:
- Game currently crashes every hour or so (issue is assisted by patch, see below)
- Random slowdowns (many resolved by disabling high quality bloom & motion blur, see below)

Once the stability issues are resolved, this game would be an easy gold rating.


What was not tested

- Mass Effect 1 Character Import
- Full game playthrough (in-progress)

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Note: Thanks to this patch: the game runs more stable and on newer versions of wine. To install I created a new wineprefix. When completed, I used winetricks to install: - d3dx9 - d3dx10 - vcrun2005 - physx However when launching Mass Effect 2 I had no sound via "MassEffect2Config.exe". Instead I launch the game via MassEffect2.exe As there is allot of terminal output, I recommend disabling the winedebug output, e.g: env WINEDEBUG=-all WINEPREFIX="" wine "\MassEffect2.exe" Performance is reasonably good for a new game (and older wine version), here are the wine & application settings i use: In-Game video settings: [SystemSettings] Resolution=_1920x1200 ResX=1920 ResY=1200 BorderlessWindow=False Fullscreen=True QualityBloom=False DynamicShadows=False LightEnvironmentShadows=True MaxCharacterCinematicLightingPasses=3 EnableLightEnvSHLights=True MotionBlur=False FilmGrain=True MaxAnisotropy=1 Wine Registry: [Software\\Wine\\Direct3D] 1197163531 "OffscreenRenderingMode"="fbo" "PixelShaderMode"="enabled" "UseGLSL"="enabled" "VertexShaderMode"="hardware" "VideoMemorySize"="896" [Software\\Wine\\DirectInput] 1240428288 "MouseWarpOverride"="force" [Software\\Wine\\DirectSound] 1264809964 "DefaultSampleRate"="44100" "EmulDriver"="N" "HardwareAcceleration"="Full" The game really does require a mouse patch however if you just set the mousewarp to force you will have issues navigating the menus. I use the patch below as it forces a warp at the screen edges only (also, its also small and clean). At the time of this submission, I am running a Nvidia GTX 260 super-clocked with the 195.30 drivers. UPDATED: Moved to silver, updated wine version and added patch information

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 28 20141.6.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 16 20131.7.4Yes Yes GoldMatt 
ShowLinux Mint 14 "Nadia"Feb 25 20131.5.24Yes Yes GoldBooman 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Aug 24 20121.5.11Yes Yes BronzeGalym Kerimbekov 
ShowGentoo LinuxNov 06 20111.3.30Yes Yes SilverSebastiano Tibolla 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
23150 Mass Effect 2: No audio in menus/videos/game REOPENED View
23832 Mass Effect 2 stutter on initial rotation after awakening NEW View
24392 Unreal Engine 3: Motion Blur Effect Makes Games Unplayable RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View

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HowTo / Notes


DLC for Mass Effect 2 seems to work okay. You need an EA account & Bioware account. You have to link your bioware account to your EA master account.

When done, you can login to  and download the  content manually.

I have tested the Inferno Armor, Blood Dragon Armor, Zaeed - The Price of Revenge (Cerberus Network), Normandy Crash Site (Cerberus Network).

Launch the installer in the wineprefix you have Mass Effect 2 installed, the installer will fail (for me) at cleaning up the install. It is safe to kill the install process.

Once you have started Mass Effect 2, login to the Cerberus Network with your EA account and the DLC will be authorised (you may get a warning the first time)

To get the Keyboard/Mouse working and Increasing in-game performance

Please purge your previously wine installation before using that HowTo!

For patching and installing wine on Ubuntu:

apt-get build-dep wine
(This wine version is given as an example)
tar xjpf wine-1.5.9.tar.bz2
cd wine-1.5.9
patch -p1 < raw3.patch

For patching and installing wine on Gentoo:

mkdir -p /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9
wget -O /etc/portage/patches/app-emulation/wine-1.5.9/raw_input.patch ''
emerge =app-emulation/wine-1.5.9

Thanks to t800 for the tip ;-)

Increasing in-game performance

If you have experienced performance degradation please deactivate dynamic shadows and antialiasing from game graphic menu. Also set proprietary driver image settings to Maximum Performance. This helps for weak graphic cards like NVIDIA Geforce 120 GT.


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