Game Testing

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This area of the wiki is for those who have tried getting a Windows or Linux game running on PC-BSD. Those who wish to add their results may do so in the tables below.

The promise of non-native games on PC-BSD

It is well known that a constant stream of games arrive on store shelves for Windows and that a few titles sometimes are available for Linux, but that does not mean BSD is left without options. There are two main methods that can be used to access games, and both are through some kind of emulation or compatibility layer. FreeBSD (and therefore PC-BSD) has a Linux compatibility layer. There are a number of emulators, and a program (Wine) containing a subset of Windows capability that has been ported to BSD. It is hoped that through this list more games may be discovered that work but do not (or cannot) exist as PBIs, and also perhaps, by way of this information, assistance might be given to increase the amount accessible to PC-BSD.

Note: This page pertains to PC-BSD version 9.x.

Linux

The idea is that these games work directly, without a need for porting or only to fix file locations.

Resources

Libraries and other files

Documentation and Examples

Windows

Steam.msi (Microsoft) can be installed on pcbsd with the last Wine version (1.5.19)

The only problem is no displaying text.

In order to resolve it :

  • Run wine regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam in the tree.
  • Look for a DWriteEnable value in the panel on the right. If it doesn't exist, add it as a DWORD value.
  • Set DWriteEnable to 0 and exit out of the registry editor.

Attempted

What currently works

Table : Games that have been attempted. How well does this version of the game run? [tables 1]
Type Name Version Platform Special changes (and/or errors)
RPG


Diablo II


1.13


Windows


Using the mechanism of installing on Windows (both Diablo2 and LoD expansion), then copying the installation files to a USB key, you can run the game with Wine.

Example: wine Diablo\ II.exe -w

(Note: the -w is required for Windowed mode).

Tested on PC-BSD 9.0x64 and Wine64 1.4.1



Left for Dead 2



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)


Rome Total WAR



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)


Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)


Rome: Total War - Alexander



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)


crusader kings 2



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)


Medieval total WAR 2



Windows


Steam.msi (Microsoft) via Wine version (1.5.20)

References


  1. http://www.freshports.org/devel/linux-f10-sdl12/
  2. http://www.freshports.org/games/linux-doom3

List of Tables


  1. Table : Games that have been attempted. How well does this version of the game run?
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