|Latest Wine Version Tested:||2.18-staging|
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It's almost playable in software mode.
What does not
Hardware rendering is unplayable on modern hardware. Really old hardware (i.e. original Athlon or Pentium 3/4 because Wine overhead on single-core systems) or serious underclocking might make it behave better. Forcing vsync from the driver might help, except there's no easy way to do that in Xorg.conf or driconf.
The performance test option on the launch screen. It starts a demo and freezes a few seconds in.
What was not tested
Applying cpulimit after the game starts messes up its timing and causes really bad lag and stutter. If you want to control the game's available CPU time, you need to mess with it before it starts (i.e. underclock in the BIOS, or use powersave/performance cpufreq governor).
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Fedora 26 x86_64||Oct 07 2017||2.18-staging||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Luke Short|
|Current||Debian 9 (Stretch)||Sep 14 2017||2.16||Yes||Yes||No||Bronze||Peter S|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Oct 08 2016||1.9.19||Yes||Yes||Garbage||taw|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 15 2016||1.9.9||N/A||Yes||Bronze||an anonymous user|
|Show||Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"||May 07 2016||1.9.8||Yes||Yes||Platinum||JeffZ|
The following was extracted from a user comment made on 2016-10-09 and may not be relevant to current Wine:
There is a free windows program that adds another layer of compatibility to old games, called DXWnd. It works on wine v. 1.9.19 and is available on Sourceforge.
I have got the game running well with just minimal configuration:
-Created a profile for Shadows of the Empire
-Added "Shadows.exe" (resides in the Sdata folder in the game folder) to "Path" and "Launch" of the profile configuration in DXWind
-Launched the game through DXWnd â†’ Success.
For a more detailed article on how to use DXWnd, visit the following link:
++ Make sure to use the "Shadows.exe" binary in the Sdata folder, not the SOTE.EXE binary in the root folder.