Descent 3

The windows version of the fantastic FPS 3D Shooter!

Use standard multi-CD installation procedure:

  1. Map your CD-ROM to a drive (say d:) using winecfg
  2. Insert CD and mount it
  3. From outside of CD-ROM mount point (cd ~) run wine 'd:\setup.exe'
  4. When prompted for CD2, in the separate terminal run wine eject d:
  5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for each CD

Descent 3 downloads, including 1.4 patch

Application Details:

Version: v1.4 US
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2.3

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Test Results

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What works

Installation, setup (see workaround), gameplay. Played through the tutorial + first level.

What does not

Post installation setup. Descent 3 freezes when I click on the video setup tab. All other tabs can be selected without freezing. Descent 3 will not launch without video setup.


What was not tested

All levels, multiplayer.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

Some of the users on the community forum appear to have success running Descent 3 under wine. My system is an A64X2 with 2GB RAM, a Quadro 560 (similar to Geforce 7600GS) and Nvidia 185.18.36. To pass video setup tab: After successful install add DWORD value "PreferredRenderer" under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Outrage\Descent3 using regedit. And set it to "2".

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 11.10 "Oneiric" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20111.2.3Yes Yes Platinumandrew 
ShowUbuntu 10.10 "Maverick" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 25 20101.2.1Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 13 20101.1.42Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Aug 28 20091.1.28Yes Yes GoldLiam Busey 
ShowopenSUSE 10.2Aug 27 20070.9.44.Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 

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