Latest game version on Steam, with or without expansions or DLC.
There is a native Civilization 5 port in Steam, but the Linux port is not compatible with a few very popular, Windows-only mods.
Using the disc to install both Steam and Civilization V worked perfectly. In order to display text in Steam, you must use a dll override to disable dwrite. Single player works well, I played several long games and have won Domination, Cultural, and Diplomatic victories. All the graphics setting were set to high, except leader scenes.
What does not
DX10/11 does not work at all, you must use DX9. Therefore, the refresh rate and anti-aliasing of the game is not ideal. You also cannot set the leader scene quality above low, or your game will eventually crash, even with a powerful graphics card.
What was not tested
Multiplayer, Scientific victory, mods, Gods and Kings, DLC.
I used winetricks to install d3dx9_36 and vcrun2008 before I started, although I noticed that the former is automatically installed by the program on the disc. I tested on two different computers, one with an i7 Nehalem processor, 12 GB RAM, and GTX 260 graphics card; the other had an i5 Nehalem processor, 8 GB RAM, and HD 5570 graphics card. Performance was identical, making it probable that the bottleneck is the lack of DX10/11.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||May 29 2019||4.9||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Aaron Franke|
|Show||Manjaro Linux||May 11 2019||4.8-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||cyberphy|
|Show||Antergos||Jan 27 2019||4.0-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Gold||Allison Smith|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 16 2019||4.0-rc6-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Silver||Allison Smith|
|Show||Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)||Jan 12 2019||4.0-rc6||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Nowres rafed|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|24518||Civilization V start menu has style issues||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|24521||Civilization V eventually crashes with too many open files||CLOSED||INVALID||View|
|24674||Civilization V shows white screen instead of video when staring the game||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|24675||Civilization V shows terrain and units in grey when using low overlay quality||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|31113||Civilization V crashes after specific amount of game turns||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|31374||Steam text invisible with dwrite.dll enabled||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|34122||Multiple applications expects files returned by FindFirstFile/FindNextFile to be in alphabetical order (Civilization V with 2 expansion packs, TAGAP)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|34960||Civilization V crashes when loading game||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|35361||Multiple games and applications crash or freeze on input (Steam with in-game community overlay enabled, The Scourge Project)(cross-process/thread IME manipulation is forbidden)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|36437||Sid Meier's Civilization V (Steam): no text in game||CLOSED||WORKSFORME||View|
|37443||Sid Meier's Civilization V (Steam) with expansion packs crashes when starting new game||CLOSED||DUPLICATE||View|
|38216||Wrong screen in Civilization V||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
|44987||Civilization V crashes on startup||UNCONFIRMED||View|
|45543||Multiple games and applications crash in dwrite due to invalid index access to cluster array (Rekordbox 5.3.0, SpellForce 3)||CLOSED||FIXED||View|
If you are using this game with steam, see the Steam page for details on how to install Steam.
If you are unable to install Steam from the DVD, try installing it from http://store.steampowered.com/about/
Also remember to disable in-game community if you are using Steam.
For best results, start with a clean wine prefix, then install vcrun2008, d3dx9_36 and vcrun6sp6 using winetricks, then install the game normally.
DirectX 11 is not currently known to work, use DirectX 9 instead.
Use of downloadable content (DLC) may eventually cause the game to crash after a number of turns. If you are experiencing consistent crashes when near the renaissance age when playing with civilizations from the DLC, disabling any DLC other than the expansion packs is advised.
Lot of users are reporting
Unhandled exception which crashes civ5
This might be because of bug