I’ve been a transgaming subscriber now for about 2-3 years. I am now unable to cancel my subscription because of a worldpay problem, this however is beside the point. After 2-3 years not actually getting a game installed and playable via Point2Play and Cedega I want out. To be honest, Cedega sucks.
Today I thought I’d try the new Cedega 6.0, in the hopes that 2 years after I bought Battlefield2 (purchased purely because it was apparently working with Cedega 5.1) that it might work with Cedega 6.0.
So after waiting for an age during the install process, I finally get around to the part where I can execute the game.
First attempt: Game splash screen loads, screen goes black once or twice then game exits
Second attempt: Desktop mode, game loaded to my surprise, quick exit, retry
Third attempt: Turn desktop mode off, try again. Game loaded, but was unplayably slow.
I’ve tried over the time of my Cedega subscription to get Battlefield 2, Halflife 2, Medal of Honor Pacific Assault, Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2 and Battlefield 1942 working with Cedega. None of the games worked perfectly, Call of Duty was the best of the lot, however it was also fairly broken in other ways the sound was jittery and distracting.
So here’s what I think about Cedega as a real life userÂ
- Games don’t tend to work
- Difficult for any user to identify what they need to do to get a game to work
- Difficult to get reasonable support from the support service, there is no method of ongoing realtime conversation (unlike wine)
- The wiki/Games DB need to be pulled together, the disparate parts of the documentation system make it harder to find common knowledge answers to problems
- The user interface looks like they threw all of the widgets into a blendtec blender then used the output for their UI.
- Still no menu integration in GNOME/KDE, games must be launched via point2play
I think I’ll keep the faith with WineHQ for now… Maybe Cedega will get their act together in the future, but its not looking hopeful.
FYI: I recently installed a fresh Ubuntu Fiesty, installed the deb from the website using GDebi, installed and executed BF2 using the GDDB profiles provided and allegedly verified by Transgaming. So its not like anything incorrectly.