If you love Sci-fi over-the-shoulder shooters with an immersive story, role playing elements, amazing voice acting, epic themes, squad based action, weapon customization and stunning graphics... Mass Effect is your game!
On top of all that, it runs GREAT in Linux!
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Mass Effect in PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Retail version only. Downloaded and Steam versions may require additional steps.
Tips & Specs
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Mint 14 32-bit
Installing Wine with PlayOnLinux
Installing different versions of Wine is necessary for running different games because one Wine doesn't work for them all. PlayOnLinux makes it possible to download, install and test your game in all the versions of Wine until you find the right one for your speicific game.
Click "Manage Wine Versions"
Wine versions manager
Click the right-arrow
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Thats it! Try downloading other stable versions like 1.41
Copying DVD data
Before we actually get to the installation, its a really good idea to copy all of the data from both DVD's to a folder on the desktop and install from there.
I've experienced issues with installing from multiple CD ROMs and DVD ROMs.
Begin by creating a new folder on your desktop. Name it "masseffect"
Insert DVD Disk 1 and copy all data from the disk to your new "masseffect" folder on the desktop.
Finished copying Disk 1 data
Insert Disk 2
Select the following files:
Copy to your new "masseffect" folder on your desktop
When finished the folder should be at least 12 Gigs in size.
Note: Re-insert Disk 1 to allow the game to launch properly later
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name your Virtual Drive (no spaces): masseffect
Select all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Note: If you are running a 64-bit system, PlayOnLinux will prompt if you want to use a 64-bit or 32-bit virtual drive.
ALWAYS SELECT THE 32-bit VIRTUAL DRIVE
Select Wine: 1.5.25
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check: Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows
Check: Emulate a virtual desktop
Desktop Size: 1024x768
Select: Select another file
Navigate to your "masseffect" folder on the desktop
Installing Mass Effect
Select "I agree"
Click "I agree"
Enter the Registration Code from the insert in the Retail box
Select: Express Install
Note: I got a crash error with Wine. Just click close on the error and PlayOnLinux will continue
Name the shortcut: Mass Effect
Name optional shortcut
Name the optional shortcut: Mass Effect Launcher
Note: The launcher allows you to setup options before launching the game
Select: I don't want to make another shortcut
Go back to PlayOnLinux
Select your "Masseffect" Virtual Drive
Click Display Tab
Direct Draw Renderer: opengl
Video memory size:the size of memory on your video card
Offscreen rendering mode:fbo
Click Wine Tab
Click Windows Reboot
Launch Mass Effect
Whenever I select the Mass Effect shortcut in PlayOnLinux I would get this error.
Ignore the error and click "Run"
Note: Launch your Mass Effect Launcher first to configure your video options.
I started with a resolution of 1360x765 16:9
Textures on Ultra-High
Motion Blur On
Film Grain No
Note: If you are getting graphical artifacts or extremely slow frame rates, experiment with these Graphics settings. Also try adjusting them with the Mass Effect Launcher first. It may take some time to get the setting just right.
Mass Effect ran perfectly in Linux Mint with PlayOnLinux. I played for several hours and didn't have any crashing, errors or artifacts.
One side-effect of playing games in Linux is after you quit the game, your desktop resolution will stay the same resolution set in-game. Just set it back with Linux Preferences.