The game it self works more or less flawless if one plays without detail textures and ignores some minor issues.
The same can not be said about the launcher.
What does not
Only "problems" are characters in the charactar select section shows up white, and the same with the mini planets in the "world" map.
I personelly think the performance issue in high-poly/high-population areas are a major issue.
When the FPS is to low (about 10-15fps) it becomes really hard to interact with UI dialogs and such.
About the laucher issues; even with the IE/Gecko ActiveX component install, it still dose not work. One will need to do all there news reading and account management on SOEs webpage "manually".
The launcher also seems to get cropped when run in a small virtual desktop.
What was not tested
Caverns were not tested (I would assume it being quite a performance heavy area).
No way near all vehicles were tested. Same goes with weapons.
I put it on Gold because of the launcher and detail texture issues. I am not sure is the performance drop issues really is a good reason to give it a minus, being a WineD3D issue and all.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Gentoo Linux||May 14 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||Digital|
|Show||Arch Linux||Aug 08 2009||1.1.27||Yes||Yes||Gold||Tomek Åazarowicz|
|Show||Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 09 2008||0.9.61.||Yes||No||Garbage||Jon|
|Current||Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 13 2008||0.9.54.||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jul 10 2007||0.9.40.||Yes||Yes||Gold||Paradexes|
On Gentoo systems, PlanetSide will not work out of the box due to a missing Mesa library (note: if you are using proprietary AMD or NVIDIA graphics drivers, you probably won't need to worry about this) . Here are the steps and triage I used to debug the issues I was having.
Upon start, the PlanetSide window would launch, sound would be heard, but nothing would get drawn. The console was being spammed with messages similar to:
This search led me to this bug which says that libtxc_dxtn.so is required for PlanetSide to load textures. To verify that this was in fact the missing library, I ran:
MESA_DEBUG=1 wine LaunchPad.exe and looked for the error:
Mesa warning: couldn't open libtxc_dxtn.so, software DXTn compression/decompression unavailable. This appeared and I resolved the problem by running
emerge -va media-libs/libtxc_dxtn (for Debian/Ubuntu run
apt-get install libtxc-dxtn-s2tc). I hope this resolves most people's problems with this specific issue.