Monday, July 17, 2017

Halo: Combat Evolved for Modern Linux

Halo: Combat Evolved is a first-person shooter produced by Bungie for Microsoft. The game runs well under WINE, but it won't install unless you first put mfc42.dll in C:\Windows\System32.

I used Codeweaver's Crossover to install the game. Before the actual installation begins, make sure you have copies  mfc42.dll to C:\Windows\System32 or the game will not install.

Once done, you can install the updates, Patch-108 (the no-cd patch) and Patch-110 (removes and replaces Game-Spy servers plus several fixes.

And finally, install msxml6, the Microsoft XML Parser  to have the game display text.

You can also download a full set of saved games. This allows you to play and level rather than forcing you to work your way through each mission.

There's a nice tutorial by Benjamin7 at HaloWaypoint that details a generic WINE install and provides a nice startup script. He also provides install instructions for creating custom maps.

The source for many things about Halo:CE is at PC Gaming WIKI. There you will find info on widescreen, FOV settings and so on.

Custom maps can be found at Halo Maps.

A detailed Wiki is at Halo Nation.

Halo Custom Edition is a free add-on to Halo. You must have you installation key to install the game. You also need the Patch.

I haven't found any hi-res textures for Halo. If you are aware of any, please let me know.

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