Mass Effect

Retail version

Application Details:

Version: 1.0x
License: Retail
Votes: 25
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.10

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works


What does not

Game does not launch.


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

This entire test is about Intel onboard cards that are more than capable of running this game on Windows on capped settings.

I used 32-bit wine. With default Windows 7 mode, the error I get is not informative enough but when I switch to Windows XP, I get the full error. I immediately see that game was not able to find various dlls which vcrun2005 provides. After its installation, I still was stuck a generic "failed to compile global shader" error which I tried to fix by installing DirectX 9, however it's not good.

This game, as of today, is not playable if you use your onboard Intel graphics on Linux with Wine. You have to play it on Windows.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 19 20183.10No Not installable NoGarbageOzan 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20161.9.0Yes Yes GoldJaka Kranjc 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Aug 30 20151.7.50Yes Yes PlatinumScott Weldon 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 01 20131.7.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMatt 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Oct 31 20131.7.4Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
7991 Test Drive: Unlimited messed up graphics REOPENED View
24392 Unreal Engine 3: Motion Blur Effect Makes Games Unplayable RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
24417 America's Army 3 and other games fail: d3dcompiler needs a working HLSL compiler NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

MassEffectConfig.exe issues

Be aware, that aforementioned stand-alone config utility in version 1.0 (unpatched) of Mass Effect has many issues under Windows as well, ofted resulting in its hang.

This problem occurs mainly (but not exclusively) on quad-processor machines. 

Patched version should have this problems fixed (supposedly).