System Shock 2

This is the version of the game from the CD.

Application Details:

Version: 2.3
License: Retail
Votes: 35
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.14

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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What works

Almost everything, except what wasn't tested.

What does not

Game CD can't be detected


What was not tested

Extensive gameplay. Only tutorial missions completed.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

There's some steps be done before going deep to gameplay. 1) You'll need 2.3 patch 2) You'll need NoCD crack - without it game can't recongnize it's original CD :( 3) If you're using manycore (or hyperthreaded) CPU - you'll need "RunFirst" program that lets you start an application on the first processor of a multi-processor system or on an hyper-threaded single processor system. [Just google for it] 4) Run $ wine RunFirst.exe Shock2.exe 5) Profit! :) P.S. no DirectX or other redistributable packages nor winetricks packs is needed!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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 
CurrentAptosid x86_64Jun 04 20121.2.3Yes Yes GoldMassteR 
ShowMac OS X 10.7 "Lion"Sep 14 20111.2.3Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
219 Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection CLOSED FIXED View
881 Mouse cursor not blanked CLOSED FIXED View
1631 Sound underruns occur in directsound CLOSED FIXED View
7897 System Shock cannot run - d3d, ddraw fixme CLOSED FIXED View
8988 Sacred: choppy video and sound; sprites cannot be seen. CLOSED FIXED View
9509 Weak performance in System Shock 2 CLOSED FIXED View
9841 System Shock 2 now crashes when you load since update 0.9.46 CLOSED DUPLICATE View
9844 System Shock 2 crashes often at certain in game events CLOSED INVALID View
10509 System Shock 2 doesn't run CLOSED FIXED View
10821 System Shock 2 not loading up CLOSED DUPLICATE View
11329 Wine "forgets" that it's using a vfat filesystem and doesn't use case-insensitive optimizations CLOSED WONTFIX View
12092 Graphical glitches in System Shock 2 CLOSED INVALID View
12722 intel software codecs video not working for thief/system shock CLOSED FIXED View
13220 warcraft 3 sound stops after a while CLOSED FIXED View
15074 System Shock 2: randomly disappearing sound (esp. when loading level) CLOSED FIXED View
17900 RenderTargetLockMode=disabled required for playable display (ati) CLOSED ABANDONED View
18885 Space bar doesn't work for "mantling" CLOSED DUPLICATE View
22609 SystemShock2 crash when starting level CLOSED FIXED View
27654 Sound fails after level start in System Shock 2 CLOSED FIXED View
30557 winegstreamer broken with >=glib-2.32.0 CLOSED FIXED View

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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.