Mass Effect

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Application Details:

Version: Steam
License: Retail
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.10

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results you have selected are very old and may not represent the current state of Wine.
Selected Test Results

What works

* All gameplay that I've gone through thusfar (about 1/4 to 1/3 of the game)

* Bring Down the Sky DLC

* Mouse, after applying this patch to wine:

What does not

* Mouse, unless wine is patched with the above hack.

* Dynamic Shadows look wrong (inappropriate placement on character's faces/too dark)

* The default armors of Garrus, C-Sec Turians and Wrex look grayer than they should.


What was not tested

I have yet to play Feros, Virmire, Noveria, or anything after that (about 2/3 of the game)

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

To improve graphical performace, disable glsl in wine registry. Framerates improve dramatically once doing so. If you apply the mousehack listed above and set "MouseWarpOverride to 'force-box'", it fixes both bugs 16822 and 6971. The only remaining mouse problem is that the mouse is somewhat insensitive, even at max in-game sensitivity. This is not bad enough to detract from enjoyment of the game. The game is incredibly stable. I have experienced no crashes whatsoever. NO DLL OVERRIDES ARE REQUIRED TO RUN THE GAME! If you use the hack above for the mouse, be sure to use wine builtin dinput8, or else it will not work.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 14 20183.10Yes Yes NoSilverCarlos Rodriguez 
ShowManjaro LinuxJan 14 20183.0-rc5Yes Yes YesGoldOdisej 
ShowArch LinuxJun 14 20172.10Yes Yes GoldLiam 
ShowGentoo LinuxAug 27 20161.9.17N/A Yes Goldaililoh 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 24 20161.9.12Yes Yes Silvervorpalblade 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
40898 Mass Effect (Steam) has no sounds with native OpenAL (except for cutscenes) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Get audio to work

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

DeviceName=Generic Software

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:

Occasional "rendering exception" error while playing MEIUTM requires your game's binary be large address aware.
MassEffect.exe can be patched using this tool:
Make a backup before patching!


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by sairuk on Thursday September 1st 2016, 6:49
Edit BIOEngine.ini

Add the following lines to the section labelled [ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]

DeviceName=Generic Software

Disabling hardware audio