Mass Effect 1 on OSX without Windows...
Posted 14 October 2011 - 04:02 AM
Just wanted to let you people know that you can run Mass Effect on an Intel Mac without the need to dual-boot, by using Wineskin. (Which is basically a customzied WINE environment with GUI for easy install and troubleshooting of Windows programs. And it turns your game into a clickable app, which not only looks cool...)
The only disadvantages are
– dialogue audio drop-outs after a certain amount of time (usually about one hour), which are fixed by quit and restart (and are, apparently, also a "feature" of the Windows version),
– rather "flat" instead of dynamic lighting, (and dynamic shadows not rendering correctly) and
– mouse not wrapping correctly (which means you cannot turn your viewpoint 360° in one go, but you have to move the (mouselook) camera until it doesn't go further (about 60-90°), then move the mouse quickly in the other direction, and then you can move the camera further.) This gets a while to get used to, and can be annoying in combat, since you have to hit "pause" a lot just to turn around.
Apart from these disadvantages, you get the whole game running flawlessly, without the need to install Windows...
If you are interested, I could post the whole procedure here (doesn't require the terminal, as Wineskin has a GUI)
Posted 14 October 2011 - 09:31 AM
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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:11 AM
Posted 14 October 2011 - 02:29 PM
Also the kind of problems this game has isn't true of all games running in wineskin some run "flawlessly" (by the true definition of the word) and others like this don't.
The sound situation on most WINE versions from the WINEHQ builds tend to be because they are overhauling the audio subystems in WINE. The 1.3.x branch is a dev branch and as such things may fix\break from version to version. Any version past 1.3.24 has quite a few audio problems depending on game which may or may not be fixed somewhere down the line. This is because that's when they really started overhauling the audio in WINE.
They are up to 1.3.30 but the audio situation hasn't settled yet it seems to me. Like for example with Wolfenstein (2009) I ended up downgrading it to 1.3.24 for the best audio... any version in between that and 1.3.30 has not been giving me good audio support and 1.3.30 lets the audio go out of sync after a while.
Alex Delarg, A Clockwork Orange said:
the Battle Cat said:
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:57 PM
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When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 05:00 PM
Posted 19 October 2011 - 12:05 PM
Which was the whole point of my post.
EDIT: Tried a similar wrapper from that site, which explicitly fixes the mouse and audio issues, and just requires copying the Program Files/Mass Effect folder from my own wrapper.
The mouse wrapping is working well, although I got so used to handling the unwrapped mouse ("don't lift it when moving back") that it doesn't make much difference now. The graphic glitches, however, are worse than with my generic Wineskin wrapper. (Characters look as if they were wearing lo-res masks with different lighting properties. I'm trying to contact the coder in oder to work out a solution) Audio seems to work well. Will try your recommended wrapper as well. (which, unfortunately, requires a fresh installation).