Age of Empires III

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Age of Empires III complete collection available on steam:

Application Details:

Version: Steam version
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.18-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

- Out of the box the add-ons work (war chiefs, asian dynasties).

- Everything after some winetricks 

- It works better with Wine Staging 

What does not

- Unable to activate the main game without a winetrick (the add-ons don't need activation)

- A lot of errors appears but the game is somehow playable 


What was not tested

- I played through the tutorial and 1h skirmish

- Multiplayer wasn't tested 

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Additional Comments

Gold rating! I'm going to explain every error i had and how to fix them.. The game (just the add-ons) work fine without any tricks but they create a lot of errors and can be quite annoying. First of all I would like to point out that the game needs to be activated in an old school way with an "activation key", wasn't steam enough?? I guess the guys at Micro$oft are a bit nostalgic and want to throw to the end user a good old DRM just to remember that there is no freedom.. There are 5 main issues: 1) There is a bug that prevent the activation key to be correctly typed and redeemed, the first box accept only 4 characters instead of 5 [bug 20456]. To solve this issue run: winetricks -q corefonts 2) A window error appears just before the game intro video pointing out a "l3codecx" error, if "attempt run" is selected the game runs but it may be rendered in a small area of the screen, if Alt+Tab doesn't work, switching workspaces does (Alt+Ctl+left/right). Anyway this is quite annoying as the codec appears to be already installed, to solve this run: winetricks --force l3codecx 3) On the terminal there are a lot of errors regarding quartz. Quartz shows up as already installed, to make them disappear run: winetricks --force quartz 4) After forcing 2) and 3) you may end up without sound and other issues, i.e. the tutorial is unplayable because it doesn't load up correctly. Fix this by running: winetricks --force dsound 5) Steam attempt to install 4 packages but it fails, it appears every time the game is launched, I find no solution but the thing lasts 10 seconds or so, no big deal. To summarize, everything is fixed by running: winetricks --force corefonts l3codecx quartz dsound The game runs fine at maximum settings and better with Wine Staging :) ~·~·~·~·~ I uploaded some screenshots (comparing Wine vs Wine Staging) on my blog: ~·~·~·~·~ Antergos + OpenBox Nvidia 367.35 Wine 1.9.14 Gallium Nine (AUR) Phenom II x2 511 Gainward GTX 650 1gb 4gb ddr3 500GB HDD 7200 rpm

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Nov 01 20194.18-stagingYes Yes YesSilvernva 
ShowRosa Fresh 2016.1May 12 20194.8-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumGiovanni Mariani 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Sep 20 20183.16Yes Yes YesGoldLe Gluon du Net 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Mar 13 20183.3Yes Yes YesGoldEmeraude 
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 23 20182.0.4Yes Yes YesGoldRiki 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
657 Many games and applications need 'mfc42.dll' ('winetricks -q mfc42' is a workaround) NEW View
20456 Multiple applications have text rendering issues with 'Courier New' font using distro provided Liberation fonts (cut off/partial text display)(FEAR, AoE 3, Supreme Commander, fasmw 1.x) STAGED View
34565 Setting shadows detail to medium or higher in Age Of Empires III creates a lot of colorfull artifacts UNCONFIRMED View

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CD Key
by ZleNaes on Thursday June 28th 2018, 9:16
Hello, I've tried to install Age of Empires 3 with Steam and started with a 32bit WinXP Prefix. I've installed everything which was needed
(winetricks --force corefonts dsound l3codecx quartz, winetricks -q mfc42 ,winetricks d3dx9, winetricks dotnet20), but the CD Key input doesnt work properly. I can't write all 25 numbers but just 24 or less.
Im using Ubuntu 16.04. Any Idea how to solve this problem?
RE: CD Key
by BumbaGET on Tuesday October 30th 2018, 13:35
corefonts should do the trick, it worked with wine-3.19