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Mass Effect

Retail version

Application Details:

Version: 1.0x
License: Retail
URL: http://masseffect.bioware.com/
Votes: 25
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.0-rc4

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Test Results

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What works

Gameplay, Sound, Saving/Loading

What does not

  • The installer crashes on the last step of installation; however, when this happens, just manually run data/datasetup.exe from the installation disk in wine to complete the installation. Google search results suggest that this sometimes happens on Windows too, so it doesn't appear to be a WINE bug
  • The game takes a long time to start up
  • The launcher and configuration program do not work. The game itself, however, (MasssEffect.exe) works fine
  • Often, the opening splash screen videos do not have sound. The sound in the game itself, however, works perfectly
  • On rare occasions, quicksaving will crash the game. The save is not corrupted
  • Sometimes, exiting the Quasar minigame will crash the game
  • When switching workspaces in Ubuntu while the game is running fullscreen, the mouse will be unable to move from the left side of the screen (or whatever side of the screen is adjacent to the workspace with Mass Effect running)
  • Mouse Button 4 and Mouse Button 5 are treated as the same thing (possibly not a WINE bug)
  • Dynamic shadows look terrible, but this might actually be how its supposed to look (not sure if WINE bug or if its just bad programming)

Workarounds

What was not tested

Completing the game. I've spent over 24 hours in the game, and only encountered very rare crashes and minor issues (mentioned above)

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Testing "bullseye"Jan 10 20205.0-rc4Yes Yes YesGoldbestie 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Nov 24 20194.20-stagingYes Yes YesGoldPrajwal Gaonkar 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Apr 14 20194.1-stagingN/A Yes YesSilverHugoPoi 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 19 20183.10No Not installable NoGarbageSinan Ozan 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20161.9.0Yes Yes GoldJaka Kranjc 

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).

 

 

HOWTO

Get audio to work

Edit "Documents/BioWare/Mass Effect/Config/BIOEngine.ini"
Add the following under the "[ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]" section:

DeviceName=Generic Software
UseEffectsProcessing=False

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!

Comments

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Avoiding splash screen error and using ALOT
by Ilya Trukhanov on Sunday October 27th 2019, 16:15
I used a clean 64-bit prefix to play the retail release, it crashed on splash screen without DirectX installed. Issuing `winetricks d3dx9_31` seems to help with this.

Also, if you're looking to run the ALOT Installer, you need `winetricks dotnet472 d3dcompiler_47` and Wine 4.18+ for it to work. Although there are sometimes graphical glitches (solvable through minimizing and opening the window again), the application itself more or less works. It sometimes hangs after clicking the download links, couldn't do anything about it, but you should be able to download all the mods to a directory in a few restarts, and then install them without issue.
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