NOTE: version tested was the Steam version. Tested without mouse patch.
Installation works fine on Steam
After installing directx9 and vcrun 2008 (and vcrun2005sp1 for luck) with winetricks, the game launches.
Can choose a default character, start a new game, watch cut scenes and start the first planet.
Saving and loading a game works.
What does not
The mouse does not work at all withouth the mouse patch.
can't finish customising a character due to mouse not working properly in menus.
can't choose options in conversation as mouse doesn't work apart from left and right clicks and keyboard navigation doesn't seem to work in conversation menus.
Can't navigate properly due to lack of mouse movement in game. Can go forward to right and left with keyboard, but can't turn. Combat is also almost impossible due to lack of mouse movement.
There are serious graphical issues with facial textures on human models. Possibly also on aliens, but not as noticeable.
What was not tested
Most of the game due to mouse problems. Relevant bugs
Apparently the game does work fine when the mouse patch mentioned below is applied to Wine. The patch can be found at http://bugs.winehq.org/attachment.cgi?id=21554 I'm unhappy about rating this garbage or bronze, We need something between bronze and garbage, as it does install and run, but is unusable for normal use. Also, I'm not sure if Steam games should be n/a for no installer, I suppose Steam acts as the installer and that works.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux Testing "Bullseye"||Jan 10 2020||5.0-rc4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||bestie|
|Show||Debian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64||Nov 24 2019||4.20-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Prajwal Gaonkar|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Apr 14 2019||4.1-staging||N/A||Yes||Yes||Silver||HugoPoi|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jun 19 2018||3.10||No||Not installable||No||Garbage||Sinan Ozan|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 04 2016||1.9.0||Yes||Yes||Gold||Jaka Kranjc|
|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 (vs_3_0)||NEW||View|
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).
Get audio to work
Edit "Documents/BioWare/Mass Effect/Config/BIOEngine.ini"
Add the following under the "[ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]" section:
Ensure "Hardware Audio" is turned off in Sound settings in game
To get the MEUITM installer to work
A custom MassEffectModder.exe must be suppliedThis is seemingly due to it using functions not fully implemented in wine/mono
A hacky, usable version can be found here: https://github.com/DougTy/Mass...
Occasional "rendering exception" error while playing MEIUTM requires your game's binary be large address aware.
MassEffect.exe can be patched using this tool: https://www.techpowerup.com/fo...
Make a backup before patching!