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I've put together Wine wrappers for Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 4, allowing them to be played on Linux almost like native games & with no Wine knowledge required.

Simply run the build script to create the wrapper. If the installer files are not alongside the wrapper build files then the path to them will need to be specified either by passing it as an argument to the build script with -respath="<path>" or by setting an environment variable named WINEWRAP_RESPATH containing it. You can change the path to build the wrapper in and the name of the wrapper directory with the -buildpath= and -dirname= arguments. The build path can also be set with the WINEWRAP_BUILDPATH environment variable.

The output will be a directory containing the game set up within a preconfigured Wine prefix, along with its own copy of Wine, extracted game icons, documentation, and start script(s). From there simply run the start script to play. The start script also includes options for creating a shortcut, configuring the wrapper etc.

(to uninstall simply delete the game directory and any shortcuts you created, and the game's user data directory in ~/.local/share if you don't want to keep your saves & settings)

User data is stored under ~/.local/share/saintsrow3 and ~/.local/share/saintsrow4

Full details are in the readme.txt and release notes. Here are the download links:

saintsrow3_wine.tar.xz
(35.9 kB, SHA256: 54a03857f8efbd1defbbfbb9c3d98ea1f85feb7285704c491a4f9a885d869f75)

saintsrow4_wine.tar.xz
(35.9 kB, SHA256: 07900002c961a738aa03dab86105e9018687a387c38aaffba62a64441e7fea1a)

Updated 2020/09/21: Updated winewrap.shlib.

These wrappers use Proton 4.11-13. Proton and Winetricks will be downloaded automatically if not present; to avoid redownloading for other scripts the downloaded Wine package will be stored in ~/.cache/winewrap

The script's menu offers options to toggle DXVK on or off (it is enabled by default) & switch between Wine's builtin D3D11 implementation and DXVK, and to update DXVK. However Wine's builtin D3D11 implementation needs a lot more optimisation and its performance is currently too poor for the game to be enjoyable, so it's not recommended.

If anyone encounters any problems then post in this thread, Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion and/or The "Judas&trade; does this run in Wine" thread v1.173.

For more of my Linux Wine wrappers check out post 3 in this thread: Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion


Additional notes:


-You can enable DXVK's framerate display by setting the environment variable: DXVK_HUD=fps
If you want to create a shortcut to start the game with this set then use these arguments for the shortcut:

env DXVK_HUD=fps %command% play

- Additional packages may be necessary to enable Vulkan support on your system, e.g.: libvulkan1 and libvulkan1:i386
Users of the open graphics drivers may also need to install mesa-vulkan-drivers and mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386
Post edited September 21, 2020 by adamhm
Thank you kindly for this. I struggled with wine-staging and DXVK, standalone, for several days and could not get more than single digit FPS and crashes out of Saints Row IV. One run of your wine wrapper and I have stellar, rock solid (120+) FPS out of the box with vsync off.

I can tell you've put a lot of effort into these scripts and they're incredible. Very inspiring!