I installed both the old and new versions of Freedom Force in two separate prefixes & compared the install logs. The old version installs the files directly, and there are lots of entries as you'd expect like e.g.:
2018-03-31 17:04:27.482 Dest filename: C:\Freedom Force\fforce.exe
2018-03-31 17:04:27.482 Time stamp of our file: 2015-11-06 12:07:04.000
2018-03-31 17:04:27.482 Installing the file.
2018-03-31 17:04:27.594 Successfully installed the file.
The new version "installs" the obfuscated files into a temp directory, but does not give any indication as to what was done with them afterwards to unpack the actual game files:
2018-03-31 17:06:12.703 Dest filename: C:\users\ad\Temp\is-II3SL.tmp\13\57\13572cce317bc4ef56349f7efaf19144
2018-03-31 17:06:12.703 Time stamp of our file: 2018-03-22 17:02:56.000
2018-03-31 17:06:12.703 Installing the file.
2018-03-31 17:06:12.703 Creating directory: C:\users\ad\Temp\is-II3SL.tmp\13
2018-03-31 17:06:12.703 Creating directory: C:\users\ad\Temp\is-II3SL.tmp\13\57
2018-03-31 17:06:12.705 Successfully installed the file.
(the new installer also creates a second install log but this doesn't give any clues either and appears to have been created after the game files have been fully unpacked)
I was initially wondering if this is due to a new InnoSetup version, but the new installers for Total Overdose, Sacrifice etc. are using the same version of InnoSetup and do not have this issue, so it's definitely looking like either a deliberate change or misconfiguration somewhere.
On another note, since it is something concerning all WINE games regardless of version and wrapper:
Is there a way to force anisotropic filtering from the driver side through WINE?
It always ignores the driver's settings and I really want to have anisotropic filtering in "Mafia" via nvidia-settings for example. It would upgrade the graphics a lot.
Not that I'm aware of, but it's not something I've looked into before