City of Heroes

City Of Heroes


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Version: All Versions
License: Retail
Votes: 45
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.5.31

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What works

The updater and the game both work well. Command line switches were used.

To move an existing install from another location (in my case, /media/disk/City of Heroes), follow these steps:

leandro@Calmira:~$ cd ".wine/drive_c/Program Files"
leandro@Calmira:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files$ cp --recursive "/media/disk/City of Heroes" ./
leandro@Calmira:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files$ cd ..
leandro@Calmira:~/.wine/drive_c$ cp "/media/disk/City of Heroes/CohUpdater.exe" ./
leandro@Calmira:~/.wine/drive_c$ wine CohUpdater.exe

At this point, accept the default folder, which will match drive_c/Program Files. CohUpdater will verify the image and leave the game ready to run. In case the game does not start (particularly if it's a graphics issue), run cityofheroes.exe directly with the following parameters:

leandro@Calmira:~$ cd ".wine/drive_c/Program Files/City of Heroes"
leandro@Calmira:~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/City of Heroes$ wine cityofheroes.exe -project coh -fullscreen 0 -compatiblecursors 1 -console 1 -usetexenvcombine

This is guaranteed to run, with very basic graphics, and allow you to troubleshoot whatever isn't letting you run it normally.

What does not

The mouse cursor looks odd, but using -compatiblecursors 1 in the command line fixes that.


What was not tested

I obviously did not test every possible action in the game, but everything I attempted to do worked perfectly well.

I did not test the DVD-based installer; the game was installed using the CohUpdater, download available at

If the CohUpdater program can be considered an installer (it does download all the game's files and set them up to run), then Installs? = Yes.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Game Version 1600.20091015.6T

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 03 20131.5.31N/A Yes BronzeMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes SilverMark 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jun 24 20121.4No, but has workaround Yes GarbageMark 
ShowopenSUSE 12.1 x86_64Feb 18 20121.4-rc3Yes Yes SilverFeldspar 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Note about setting game resolution

Information courtesy of Dan.

"There seems to be an issue currently with the ingame resolution options. If you change them, then click apply, it will reset the resolution back to before you changed it and tell you to restart. When you restart, the resolution won't have changed. To get it to change you have to set it to the correct resolution, apply, set it again, and then quit the game with the options menu still open."

Possible Fix for shaders (specific to NVidia cards)

Information courtesy of Tremblay:

In the registry, in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine\OpenGL, have the string value DisabledExtensions set to:

GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object GL_NV_register_combiners GL_NV_register_combiners2 GL_NV_register_combiners3 GL_NV_texture_shader GL_NV_texture_shader2

(basically list each extensions with a space between each)

I can then set the in-game shader option higher than low with bumpmaps.

I think you *could* leave out GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object, I put it there because it helps World of Warcraft.;forum=1;msg=37609

Jeff has offered another work around:

Run 'CohUpdater.exe -usetexenvcombine' to run in a low graphics mode that allows use of the costume selector and mission architect.  Beats adding / removing the registry keys, and it'll usually retain your old graphics settings.  Just make sure you don't have any level of antialiasing enabled (2x, 4x, etc) otherwise there'll be graphical wackiness


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