Almost everything works, but only with some preparations
sudo apt-get install htop
This is no problem since the game is not sold anymore. Still, Eidos owns every product made by Looking Glass Studios, so if you live in the States...
use the following postfix -lgntforce to force the installer to install the game, even though it thinks you are running WindowsNT. This yields the following line, assuming that you are within the installation directory of System Shock 2. I tested an .iso file of the game, so that comes down to:
wine "setup.exe" -lgntforce
Run the game configured for Windows98 (in Wine Configuration)
This is how you do that:
Now that we have prepared the game, run it as follows:
Many thanks to Gert at
For pointing out the method using htop. Sadly, neither the tasksel-, nor schedtoolmethod worked for me
- Saving & Loading:
Making and restoring savegames gave me no problems whatsoever
What does not
- Clicking the left mouse button during scenes in between made this program become unresponsive, yet Wine still runs normally after that and bellows an unending loop of the latest line of music...
What was not tested
- Installing from the original CD.
- Using another graphical card than my nVidia 9600 with proprietary drivers
Finally this gem can be played once again, thank you developers for your immense effort. No regressions like with Diablo 1 please? .: Silver :., because of the hassle involved and the crashes on scenes in between when clicked. I could not get this to run properly when dual-booting the same box to WinXP SP2 using the latest nVidia drivers, Hah, a triumph for Wine!
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Dec 10 2022||8.0-rc1||Yes||Yes||No||Garbage||Fiku Miku Foo Foo Foo|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Oct 30 2022||7.19||No||Not installable||No||Garbage||Fiku Miku Foo Foo Foo|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Oct 05 2012||1.5.14||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Manne Dyrver|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 30 2012||1.4||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 16 x86_64||Dec 14 2011||1.3.29||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Konstantin Boyandin|
Game will be randomly crashed on multicore systems. This is bug of Dark Engine (see bug #9844 for more info).
Launch game via taskset program:
taskset -c 1 wine Shock.exe
The game's installer refuses to install if it detects Windows 2k or later. To work around this, you have two options. First, you can run winecfg and set the Windows version to Windows 98, and then run setup.exe from the CD as normal. Alternatively, you can open a terminal, navigate to the CD drive, and run the installer this way: wine "setup.exe" -lgntforce
Do a full install (Intel codec too), but do not install Direct X.
Install SS2 Tool
SS2 Tool should be the first thing you do after installing the game. It replaces the official patch, and also includes a few other critical bugfixes needed to get System Shock 2 working on modern systems. It also removes the copy protection.For better looking graphics: