Halo 2 Vista

The retail release version of Halo 2 Vista.

Application Details:

Version: Retail
License: Retail
Votes: 5
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.21-staging

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

  • Launching the game
  • Multiplayer (with Project Cartographer:
  • Changing graphics settings
  • Audio
  • Changing Appearance
  • First cutscene
  • Beginning of first campaign level

What does not

  • Visual artifacts
    • Evident in main menu and first level of campaign, I didn't experience this in any of the few multiplayer maps I tested.)
  • Controller Support
    • The controller is registered as an input, and can be used, but the buttons are incorrectly mapped. I reckon that this has to do with the fact that the game requires xinput9_1_0.dll, as all games that I've used xinput on WINE with use xinput1_3.dll. I installed xinput via winetricks and installed x360ce.ini and xinput1_3.dll, but the controller still does not map correctly


  • The installer was not tested, as I'm assuming it is still broken. I copied the files (with Project Cartographer already installed) from a Windows 10 Home 64-bit installation.
  • Installed d3dx9 from winetricks, as it is required to launch the game
  • In order to hear sound, I installed mfc40, mfc42, wmp9 then wmp10.
  • Game must be launched from halo2.exe, as the launcher doesn't work.

What was not tested

  • Campaign playthrough
  • Exhaustive online play
  • Installation

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Dec 10 20194.21-stagingYes No NoGarbageDGB 
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Jun 23 20194.11-stagingN/A No NoGarbageDGB 
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Apr 26 20194.6-stagingYes Yes NoSilverDGB 
ShowSolus 3Feb 06 20194.0Yes Yes YesSilverJoseph Moore 
CurrentFedora 28 x86_64Jun 12 20183.10No, but has workaround Yes YesSilverFrank T Passantino 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
13294 Halo 2 fails to start (won't recognize msvcr80 / msvcp80) CLOSED FIXED View
13304 Halo 2: Launches, but app sits there munching 100% CPU CLOSED ABANDONED View
17543 Halo 2 for Windows Vista installer shows empty html user interface (jscript parser fails to recognize 'objectid::eventname' style function declarations) CLOSED FIXED View
47295 Halo 2: Game freezes during startup CLOSED FIXED View

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