- the installer, minus a slight hiccough (it froze on creating game directories, however, a few minutes of banging around trying to close stuff in KDE mysteriously made it work, for some reason).
- the game, more or less. What more is there to say?
What does not
- playing seems to require a no-CD crack, as even with an appropriate disc mounted, Halo quits silently and with no error messages on the console without a crack applied.
- the mouse seems slightly sluggish. This problem does not carry over to other input devices, such as the keyboard or the analog sticks on a gamepad.
What was not tested
- the tester already had an external copy of mfs42.dll on his copy of Wine, so the validity of that particular installation issue cannot be verified.
-Damned- near to being a platinum. Spectacularly, marvelously playable if you're able to get around the mouse problems (for instance, using the analog sticks on your gamepad). One of the better shooters I've had the privilege of trying in Wine. Which is funny, because it's made by Microsoft.
|macOS 10.15 "Catalina"
|Apr 07 2021
|Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)
|Dec 14 2020
|No, but has workaround
|Charles Edward Rogers Jr.
|Manjaro Linux 18.0.0
|Apr 05 2019
|Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Unstable "Sid"
|Aug 30 2014
|Fedora 20 x86_64
|May 15 2014
mount -oloop Halo.iso /cdrom
~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo/haloupdate.exe
cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo ./halo.exe
Installing 'halotrialsetup.exe' into a clean wineprefix should work fine with wine-1.3.37.
To run the game, the working directory must be the Halo Trial directory, e.g.
cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo\ Trial/ wine halo.exe
2015-10-06 Admin note: the following issue has been patched in version 1.0.10 of Halo Custom Edition and Halo Combat Evolved.
2014-11-08 Admin note: the following was extracted from a user comment made on 2013-10-30 and may or may not be relevant to current Wine.
THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO CURRENT VERSION OF HALO CE/PC
Wine is, like Windows, affected by a bug where Halo doesn't render
shaders as well on Nvidia hardware. The most visible symptom is that the
active camouflage is only using transparency instead of the proper way
where it is using a pretty neat shader.
The Windows fix is based on making Halo believe it is running on an ATI card, which is not so complicated within Wine. Loosely based on the Windows fix, enter these into the registry:
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciDeviceID" = "724b"
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciVendorID" = "1002"
If your Halo is in a more vast prefix, it is recommended to specify it exclusively for the halo.exe as this fix may have the potential to burn your house down.
This picture will display the basic improvement: i.imgur.com/Rq93SgZ.jpg
Use argument -windowed to play correctly
Example: wine halo.exe -windowed