Bioshock was one of the first games to use the Art Deco architecture and themes from the 20's, also included many elements from their classic games System Shock 1 & 2. Even today Bioshock can compete graphically with modern games and engines.
But will it run in Linux with all the same graphical capabilities and a playable frame rate?
Follow this step-by-step guide on installing and configuring Bioshock to run in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the downloaded version of Bioshock. Retail and Steam versions may require additional steps.
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Click the Install button
Search for Bioshock
Automatically Configuring Wine
Note: PlayOnLinux may automatically download Wine 1.4 and Gecko. I didn't have to because it is already installed on my machine.
PlayOnLinux will install the correct version of DirectX for Bioshock
Dot NET Framework
PlayOnLinux will install the correct versions of Dot NET Framework
PlayOnLinux will install the correct version of Visual C
I downloaded Bioshock from Amazon so I will be using the "setup file" method. If you have the CD ROM, DVD version, or Steam version... use the appropriate option.
Select Setup File
Navigate to the "Setup.exe" file where your download resides
Note: Before Bioshock Wizard appeared, it was hidden behind a fullscreen image. Try Alt+Tab to maximize it so you can continue.
Welcome to Bioshock Setup Wizard
Select "I accept the terms..."
Leave the default directory
Uncheck Show Readme
Note: Usually PlayOnLinux asks you to make a shortcut but it didn't this time, so I didn't include those steps.
Allow PlayOnLinux to finish
Go to PlayOnLinux
Click the Mouse warp override menu
Select Windows Reboot
Note: Bioshock will launch just fine and default to a resolution of 1024x768. I had problems setting a higher resolution because my Linux desktop resolution was higher. Try setting your desktop resolution first and then match it in Bioshock.
Bioshock ran beautifully. I was able to change resolutions and crank up the graphics settings with my GeForce 550 Ti. Everything worked in-game also. I could complete quests, find items, use weapons and Adam. If you ever have resolution problems try setting Wine to use a "virtual desktop" and set a basic resolution. Then launch Bioshock and make adjustments to the graphical setting.