You awaken from a coma in a corporate research facility where everything had gone wrong. Use your hacking skills and implants to survive this First Person action horror. System Shock is a hidden gem from 1994 boasting features way beyond its time. Interact with objects, HUD and upgrade your skills/implants as you survive the aftermath of a disaster.
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing System Shock Enhanced Edition in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the GOG version of System Shock Enhanced Edition. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 18.3 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 3.0
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 3.0 is installed and you can close this window
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: systemshock
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 3.0
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically cpature the mouse in full-screen windows"
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLL's, Libraries, Components)
Check the following:
Note: All packages will download and install automatically
Installing System Shock Enhanced Edition
Note: I shortened the installer name myself
Click Next again
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Uncheck "Create desktop icon"
Click OK on all errors
Name the shortcut: System Shock Enhanced
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "System Shock Enhanced"
Wine version: 3.0
Note: Click the + to download other versions of Wine, click the down-arrow to select other versions of wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Forcing Soft Rendering
Navigate to your System Shock Enhanced Edition installation directory
Open sshock.ini with your text editorCode:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/systemshock/drive_c/GOG Games/SystemShock - Enhanced Edition/
Find line: SoftRenderer=Off
Change to: SoftRenderer=On
Launching System Shock
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "System Shock Ehanced"
Note: Sometimes it would hang on the first screen and just require pressing some keys on the keyboard
System Shock Enhanced Edition ran perfectly in PlayOnLinux on Wine 3.0. The only time I had performance issues is during my recording. Otherwise it was perfect and fit my 1920x1080 screen. There is a hack to play game music, but I didn't try it.