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Halo: Combat Evolved

In the trial version, you can experience both single and multiplayer gameplay, including limited vehicle combat. In the single player campaign level The Silent Cartographer, you assume the role of super-soldier Master Chief as you take on the fierce alien faction known as the Covenant. In the multiplayer map Blood Gulch, up to 16 human opponents can light each other up with devastating weaponry and combat vehicles, including the new Rocket Warthog and the Banshee, either online or via LAN connection.

Application Details:

Version: Trial
License: Demo
URL: http://www.gearboxsoftware.com...
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6-rc5

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

General gameplay, including online multiplayer, AND the campaign level, although you can only play one level (silent cartographer) because it's the trial version.

There were some errors when I was using an older version of WINE, including messups with health packs and overshields, but these work with 0.9.30 now!

What does not

With default wine settings, there's no sound. Running winecfg and changing the audio> directsound>hardware acceleration option to Emulation fixes this.


Even so, the sound occasionally messes up, and makes a static sound. This is 'fixed' by switching to another workspace (control-alt-arrow key left or right), waiting a second, and switching back, or (on campaign mode only) pressing escape. Also if you minimize the halo window it fixes it.

The audio is also jerky-sounding sometimes, like when a warthog vehicle is speeding up. I believe that since it is running emulation, it slows the game down quite a bit.

Shadows don't work perfectly, with weird colors coming up sometimes. It is best to turn shadow settings off in the game.

Shooting sometimes makes a sound, and sometimes doesn't.

On the top left corner there is a box which displays various elements of the game, and shouldn't be there, but it is not a problem.

Workarounds

What was not tested

The ENTIRE level. I tested the beginning, and it seemed to work. The game may crash halfway.

All of the features of the game. I played around for a few hours with multiplayer and campaign, and the weapons I tried worked fine.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

This is playable, although sound may get annoying and it may crash at some points of high-level gameplay due to the audio. You can play without audio and this won't happen by running the game with "wine --nosound". However, this isn't so good, as the game depends a lot on sound effects.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 20 20131.6-rc5Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 12 20091.1.27Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 13 20081.1.4Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 09 20081.1.2Yes Yes SilverRyan 
ShowUbuntu 8.04 "Hardy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 23 20081.0.0Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

Installation
Running full game:
  1. Install mfc42 - for example, with winetricks:
    winetricks mfc42
  2. Insert the CD, or mount the ISO:
    mount -oloop Halo.iso /cdrom
  3. Launch the setup:
    ./Setup.Exe
  4. Run the updater to patch Halo, which now includes no-cd:
    ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo/haloupdate.exe
  5. Run the game. The working directory must be the Halo directory.
    cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo
    ./halo.exe
Running trial:

Installing 'halotrialsetup.exe' into a clean wineprefix should work fine with wine-1.3.37.

To run the game, the working directory must be the Halo Trial directory, e.g.

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Microsoft\ Games/Halo\ Trial/
wine halo.exe
HOWTO Run in windowed mode

Use argument -windowed to play correctly

Example: wine halo.exe -windowed

Active camouflage fix

2015-10-06 Admin note: the following issue has been patched in version 1.0.10 of Halo Custom Edition and Halo Combat Evolved.

2014-11-08 Admin note:  the following was extracted from a user comment made on 2013-10-30 and may or may not be relevant to current Wine.


THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO CURRENT VERSION OF HALO CE/PC

Wine is, like Windows, affected by a bug where Halo doesn't render shaders as well on Nvidia hardware. The most visible symptom is that the active camouflage is only using transparency instead of the proper way where it is using a pretty neat shader.
The Windows fix is based on making Halo believe it is running on an ATI card, which is not so complicated within Wine. Loosely based on the Windows fix, enter these into the registry:
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciDeviceID" = "724b"
As DWORD: "HKCU\Software\Wine\Direct3D\VideoPciVendorID" = "1002"
If your Halo is in a more vast prefix, it is recommended to specify it exclusively for the halo.exe as this fix may have the potential to burn your house down.
This picture will display the basic improvement: i.imgur.com/Rq93SgZ.jpg

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