Thursday, July 06, 2017

Unreal Gold for Modern Linux

Unreal is the first in a series of first-person shooters released by EPIC in 1998, It was followed by an add-on named Return to Na-Pali. The two games were combined into "Unreal Gold" and modified to run on the more modern Unreal Tournament game engine. The Windows version of the game is available from GOG for US$9.99 and free of any Digital Rights Management restrictions. For my money, this is the best place to obtain the game. all four games in the series are available, often at a discount when purchased together.

There are Linux installers available from Loki, but these are getting old and difficult to use.

The game installs and plays well using PlayOnLinux or Crossover, both of which are a handy way of installing the game using WINE and specially crafted installation scripts which not only select the best version of WINE to use, but also install any Windows apps that the game requires to run, like DirectX. The game plays well using WINE, so there is no reason not to use it. It also makes the updates, map packs, and mods much easier to install. GOG also has an active support community with discussions centered around each game that provide much information and assistance. One very big benefit of having a GOG account is that PlayOnLinux can be used to directly download any games you have purchased as part of the POL installation process. Very handy.

Installation using POL or Crossover is quick and straightforward. Before we make any changes, launch the game and set the controls and video settings to you liking. Then backup the entire directory and make additions one at a time. Then you can always go back to your working base install and try again.

Resources

Unreal Gold Patch 227i

Unreal Texture Download Center 

Unreal HD High-Res Skins

Extreme S3TC Textures

Multimedia Patch for Unreal Gold

Unreal Engine Direct3D 10 Renderer
For Windows Vista or later.
Supported games:
Unreal (Gold). Tested with Unreal 226final and Steam version of Unreal Gold (226). The renderer does not work with the version 227 fanpatch for various reasons.
Unreal Tournament. Tested with Steam version (436).
Deus Ex. Tested with Steam version (1.112fm). The most well-tested of the games.
UTGLR
An enhanced OpenGL driver

Unreal Gold at Good Old Games

Get the Unreal Soundtrack

UT Bonus Packs
All bonus packs are a MUST have. New maps, new skins, new mutators.
UT Bonus Pack #1
UT Bonus Pack #2
UT Bonus Pack #3
(NOTE: Bonus packs 1-3 are already included in GoG's UT GOTY)
UT Bonus Pack #4 
Custom Screen Sizes

PlayOnLinux Homepage

WINE Homepage



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