Need For Speed: World

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Version: current
License: Free to use
Votes: 4
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.29

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Game auto-update

Game Launch

Driving in-world


Pursuits (tested this one by accident, lol)

Treasure Hunt

What does not

Nothing I tested.


What was not tested


Hardware tested


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  • Driver:

Additional Comments

As I suspected, the black-texture problem I mentioned in my other test was because my laptop is underpowered (even though it runs the game fine in Windows). My desktop, which this test data is for, is a custom built machine: Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, EVGA GeForce GTS 250. Fresh Wine prefix, did: winetricks dotnet20 ie7 glsl-enable Set Wine to emulate virtual desktop at 800 by 600, game auto-adjusted to fit. Update: Just set the virtual desktop size to 1440 by 900 (maximum for my monitor), and the game runs the same. I have it set on the second highest quality setting. It definitely doesn't run as smooth as it does in Windows XP, but it is very playable. The launcher has some graphical glitches, but nothing major. Tried changing emulation mode between XP and 7, didn't appear to help.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 8.x "Jessie" x86_64Jan 01 20151.7.29Yes Yes GoldScott Weldon 
ShowFedora 7Aug 04 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldMikhail 
ShowLinux Mint 16 "Petra" x86_64May 18 20141.7.18Yes Yes BronzeScott Weldon 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 23 20131.6Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 03 20131.6Yes Yes GoldScott Weldon 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
27078 Limbo needs native d3dx9_43 and d3dcompiler_43 (purist) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Instructions

With a fresh Wine prefix, do:

winetricks d3dx9 dotnet20 ie7 glsl-enable gdiplus

Then install the game as normal. Nothing else should be required. Feel free to experiment, but if something breaks, be sure to try this before asking for help.

Thanks to Andrew Richards and Ursan Marius Bogdan for the gdiplus tip.
Game update fails

The game update may fail, sometimes several times; simply click 'update' again to resume from where you left off, and it will eventually finish.

With recent versions of the NFS World launcher, clicking the update button has no effect. (This does not appear to be a problem with Wine; the same thing happens in Windows.) Closing and relaunching the game sometimes helps, but a more effective (and faster) way to work around this it to copy the game data over from a working Windows installation.

Fatal Error
Occasionally a fatal error may occur during the startup of the launcher. A (Windows) error box will pop up, with options to show details, quit, or continue. If continue is pressed, another identical error will pop up immediately. To fix this, instead press quit, then relaunch the game.


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Need for Speed World SHUTDOWN
by Ursan Marius Bogdan on Wednesday June 17th 2015, 13:06
Let me quote from the NFW blog:

"...After five years on the race track, Need for Speed World is about to run its last lap. The free-to-play PC action racer will be permanently shutting down its servers on July 14th 2015..."

The same thing is confirmed on the EA site:
July 14th, 2015 -- Online Services Shutdown
Battlefield Play4Free
Battlefield Heroes
FIFA World
Need For Speed World

Have fun playing until then :)