System Shock 2 is the sci-fi RPG masterpiece before Bioshock. Intricate story, Psi powers, character development, ability perks, tons of loot and dark atomosphere. Sounds like Bioshock doesn't it?
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing System Shock 2 in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the GOG.com version of System Shock 2. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 1.6.2
Note: Try using stable Wine 1.8 and 1.8-staging
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Wine 1.6.2 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: systemshock2
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 1.6.2
Select "32 bits windows installation"
Windows Version: Windows 7
Check "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
Check "Emulate a virtual drive"
Desktop Size: 1024x768
Installing Packages (DLL's/Components)
Check the following libraries:
Note: All libraries/packages will automatically download and install
Installing System Shock 2
Check "Yes, I have read and accept EULA"
Uncheck "Create desktop icons"
Name the shortcut: System Shock 2
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "System Shock 2"
Wine version: 1.6.2
Note: Click the + to download other version of Wine. Click the down-arrow to select other versions of Wine
Video memory size: Enter the amount of memory for your video card/chip
Click "Run a .exe file in this virtual drive"
Launch System Shock 2
Select System Shock 2
Select Resolution to match your Linux Desktop
System Shock 2 played extremely smooth on my GeForce 550 Ti and supported 1680x1050 resolution. It still looks great and was a lot of fun to play. Since its DRM free from GOG, you can install it on a few computers and play cooperative.