Mass Effect

Latest version available through Origin. This does not change frequently but no real version number is supplied. Updates through Origin also don't always update the version number as found in the config utility.

Application Details:

Version: Origin
License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0-rc3-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

Everything. Full playthrough. Solid performance. 

What does not


What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

In fact I started this on Wine-Staging 2.17 and completed the game on 2.19. I installed "Origin Legacy" client (on heavily used 32bit prefix resembling an almost full Win installation which, I know, is not

considered optimal). I moved files from an original windows installation and let the client hash-check and completed the installation on Linux. I also copied over the settings folder (My Documents\Bioware) and in this way I didn't have to launch the game on a virtual wine desktop. It automatically started in my native screen resolution. Just once, halfway in my playthrough, my (wine) settings folder got somehow corrupted. I re-did the whole thing (copying settings folders) and after that everything went alright. Origin on wine imported a rudimentary initial save made on Windows from cloud. I played the rest of the game with cloud-saving disabled. Funny thing: the game looked somewhat better on Linux. I couldn't get that "film grain" effect on Windows 10 no matter what... Something wrong with newer nvidia drivers I guess. With all
these small quirks I'd rate my experience of the game as definitely "platinum".

System: Intel i5-7500, 16GB DDR4, Nvidia GTX 1050 ti.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 28 20184.0-rc3-stagingYes Yes YesGoldDoug T 
CurrentLinux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" x86_64Nov 05 20172.19-stagingYes Yes NoPlatinumMiZoG 
ShowFedora 23 x86_64Jan 04 20161.8Yes Yes GoldHein-Pieter van Braam 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes


Get audio to work

Edit "Documents/BioWare/Mass Effect/Config/BIOEngine.ini"
Add the following under the "[ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]" section:

DeviceName=Generic Software

Ensure "Hardware Audio" is turned off in Sound settings in game

To get the MEUITM installer to work

A custom MassEffectModder.exe must be suppliedThis is seemingly due to it using functions not fully implemented in wine/mono
A hacky, usable version can be found here:

Occasional "rendering exception" error while playing MEIUTM requires your game's binary be large address aware.
MassEffect.exe can be patched using this tool:
Make a backup before patching!