System Shock 2

This is the version of the game from the CD.

Application Details:

Version: 2.3
License: Retail
Votes: 35
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 8.0-rc1

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What works

installation on debian 5.0.3 / wine 1.0.1 from the original, copy-protected CD release runs out-of the box, just required wine to be set to "Windows 98".  Simplest and most secure way to install: run "wine explorer" from the shell and launch the Setup.exe from the CD drive (which is D: in my wine environment).

Update/patch to SShock 2.3 with network mode: no problems.

 Running the game works without problems; sound and gfx as it ought to be. Videos see "what doesn't work" (out of the box, that is). occasionally, wine freezes without hope of recovery, though (can be disheveled by saving a bit more often, then the game doesn't freeze).

What does not

no videos work --- unless you install DX9.0c redist after setting the registry entry for the current DX to 8.0000.000.  This is important, because the installer will run, but doesn't install anything because DX9 is already there.  *Don't* use the DX9 from winetricks, use the Redist from any game CD/DVD!

Occasionally, Sshock2 freezes without hope of recovery. (can be disheveled by saving a bit more often, then the game doesn't freeze).

 Multiplayer mode: see videos.  Ending Multiplayer often freezes wine.

 Outside of GNOME or KDE, SShock2 simply crashes inside wine and exits.



What was not tested


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Additional Comments

One of the best games ever, except for its predecessor "System Shock" --- and I can play it on my favourite OS as often as I want! Jippie! ;-))

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 10 20228.0-rc1Yes Yes NoGarbageGood Guy Danny 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 30 20227.19No Not installable NoGarbageGood Guy Danny 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Oct 05 20121.5.14Yes Yes PlatinumManne Dyrver 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 30 20121.4Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowFedora 16 x86_64Dec 14 20111.3.29Yes Yes BronzeKonstantin Boyandin 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


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

Install the game

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:

Install the SHTUP texture pack.
Install the Rebirth Complemented High-Definition model pack.