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Batman – The Teltales Series for Mac

Another Nice game as been added to Porting Kit: Batman – The Teltales Series! The game runs quite nice on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air and my 15″ Intel Macbook Pro 2019, with now and then some small laggs, not hindering the gameplay though. Made also a gameplay video (where the lagg is hardly noticeable). Think it’s also depending what scene you are. Anyway, I didn’t found any show stoppers so far 30 minutes in the game. Enjoy this one!

Basic Portingkit Install Instructions GOG games:
1. Download the Batman – The Teltales Series “offline backup setup” file(s) into your download folder.
2. Always read the “notes” of the game description first for additional steps!
3. Go to the library server tab and select the game you want to install and click “Install”
4. Portingkit will create the wrapper and locate your setup file in your download folder
5. The installation of the game will start, run through the install wizard.
6. After installation, exit the installer (don’t run launch the game).
7. Porting kit will say it has finished successfully.
8. Go to your local library tab and select the game and click “play”!
9. Enjoy the game!

Game Description:
Enter the fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne and discover the powerful and far-reaching consequences of your choices as the Dark Knight. In this gritty and violent new story from the award-winning creators of The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, you’ll make discoveries that will shatter Bruce Wayne’s world, and the already fragile stability of a corrupt Gotham City.

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Re-volt video tutorial

Because I like the new/updated Re-volt game, I also made a video tutorial for this game as well :) Have fun!

you don’t have the game yet? Get it on GOG.com (download the “offline back setup files”) and search the game in the PK database and install the game and play!

Performance boost for Skyrim SE, Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 ports!

We added a performance boost ((Almost) no lag at all anymore) in a few (non multiplayer) DXVK games: Skyrim SE, Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 (last one not tested). The reason why not on multiplayer games, is that you might be banned because of the “async” which is used for it. Test results are quite impressive (although in the video below not always visible because of the video capture). I tested Witcher 3 and I experienced in a quick test no lag at all on my M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air and Intel Macbook Pro with AMD Radeon GFX card!! Then I tested Skyrim SE, with similar results on medium settings.

These boosts seems to work for AMD Radeon Macs and Apple Silicon. If you have intel Iris, then this update might bring glitches and might not be that interesting.

If you have AMD Radeon or Apple silicon, its really worth it to delete your old port and reinstall it :) Have fun with the amateurish video testing below :P

Porting Kit 5.1.3 released!

An important update with fix has been released today! PK updated to 5.1.3! Besides the important DVXK fix which fixes some very popular games, like Skyrim SE, Age of Empires 2 DE, Age of Empires 3 DE, Freedom Fighters, Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. Besides that the Porting Kit pages in the app, will have 2 extra tabs with FAQ and a direct link to the specific game forum. See further fixes and improvements below.

Changes Porting Kit from 5.013 to 5.1.3 (20/04/2022):

  • Updating server config version
  • Recovering support to older Wineskin versions
  • ‘Install DXVK’ step renamed to ‘Install MoltenVK’
  • Library loading should place trailer and buttons behind the loading spinner
  • FAQ description should be editable by developer
  • Updating master wrapper related paths to fit with the latest version
  • Library buttons should be properly selectable again
  • It should be possible to pick a video card manually, if desired
  • Fixing new folder locations for Wineskin
  • Added possibility to enable/disable analytics from Preferences window
  • If an invalid pattern is used as filename, PK should just don’t match with any file
  • The /tmp folder needs to be writable for Wineskin to work
  • Adding FAQ Description for apps

Heroes Might and Magic 3 works now on M1 Apple Silicon Macs!

Great news! Thanks to the tip of a user who found this out, is that the crash in Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is caused somehow because of a page fault of the music. How and what, no idea, but when you turn off the “music” then the game won’t crash for the M1 Apple Silicon Mac!

Alright, now practical: Launch the game and start a campaign and when the game launched, go to the settings and slide the music to all the left, so there is no music. The FX can stay the same, which still makes the game very enjoyable. When the sound is turned off, you can go back to the game menu and start whatever quest/campaign you want. Have fun!

you don’t have the game yet? Get it on GOG.com (download the 2 “offline back setup files”) and search the game in the PK database and install the game and play!

Find the game page up here…

MoltenVK bug fix in experimental mode

There is an issue for the MoltenVK based games below in the Production branch of PortingKit 5.0.13. That’s fixed in the Experimental PK 5.1.0. The issue has to do with the old wineskin version and is fixed in the new Version. This new version is pushed in the experimental version. But because it still needs testing, it’s still not in production mode. So if you want to install the games below, make sure for now the Experimental mode is turned on.

You can do that by: going to the Porting Kit preferences in top top bar Porting Kit menu –> select the “Experimental mode” checkbox and restart Porting Kit. Wait until PK is updated and then restart Porting Kit which in that case is updated to 5.1.0. Then install one of your MoltenVK game below without issues.

We will update production branch as soon we are sure there are no problems with the new Wineskin update.

(Steam) – Age of Empires  – Definitive Ed. (Yeah! nieuw!)
(Steam) – Age of Empires 2 – Definitive Ed.
(Steam) – Age of Empires 3 – Definitive Ed.
(GOG) – Carcassonne Tiles and Tactics
(Steam) – Enemy Front
(Steam) – Fallout 4
(GOG) – Highrisers
(GOG) – Patron
(GOG) – Sacred 2
(Steam) – Steambuild 64bit/D3d11
(Steam) – Stronghold 2
(Steam) – The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim SE
(GOG) – The Escapists 2
(GOG) – The Sexy Brutale
(GOG) – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(GOG) – Unto The End
(GOG) – YS IX Monstrum Nox

Porting Kit update 5.0.13 released!

An important release of Porting Kit with an important fix when adding the port to the PK local library. In previous version the ports regularly weren’t added causing justified confusing where the port was. This has now been addressed and working properly again. The update has been done last week, but check to be sure if you have version 5.0.13.

Changes 5.0.13 (31/03/2022):

  • Removing error report if failed to prepare context menu
  • Opening the description of a server app shouldn’t break the local library
  • WSI editor window should be closable again
  • Minor adjust when recovering app name
  • New apps should be added to the local library properly
  • Registry entries shouldn’t have quotes in the name field, but if they do, PK will handle them properly
  • Now it should be possible to launch multiple WSI editors at once
  • The folder where the installers are looked for now can be changed in the userData.json file

When your PK somehow doesn’t update after a while, then re-download Porting Kit from the porting Kit website up here…

 

Extra list of games tested on Apple Silicon Mac

As mentioned in my earlier post, I have been testing a lot of games past days on my new “used” M1 Apple Silicon Macbook Air :) We already knew that a lot of ported games works out of the box for Apple Silicon as well, but it’s always good to test. So here the list I have tested and which are working on Apple Silicon Macs as well:

– Civ 2 (Runs fine)
– Space cadet (runs fine)
– Banished (Runs fine)
– Might and Magic 8 (Runs fine)
– GTA 2 (Runs fine)
– Gothic 2 (runs fine)
– Elder Scrolls 3 (runs fine)
– Emperor Rise of Middle Kingdom (runs fine)
– Anno 1602 (runs fine)
– Anno 1504 (runs fine)
– Anno 1701 (runs fine)
– Diablo (Runs fine)
– Mafia (Runs but a bit laggy)
– Sim City 3000 (Runs fine)
– Warcraft 2 (Runs fine)
– Gothic (runs fine)
– Swat 4 (Runs but a bit laggy)
– Monkey Island 2 SE (Runs fine)
– Monkey Island SE (Runs fine)
– Escape from monkey Island (Runs fine)

Search these games in the Porting Kit app database and install and play!

Issues installing Steam ports in Porting Kit! (Resolved!)

Update: 28-3
Issues regarding steam ports installations should be resolved now. So please reinstall the steam games you would like, it should not give install errors anymore.

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There seems to be an Winetrick/Steam install issue in Porting Kit since Thursday night.  We are aware of the issue and working on a fix. We expect it top be fixed as soon as possible. The issue is in both production and Experimental version of Porting Kit. If you have earlier installed a steam port, then you might not have the issue (setup already cached).

Keep an eye on the blog for updates.

Crossover comes with 21.2.0 update!

Great news! Codeweavers, the developer company who sells Crossover, released a new update of their product! Version 21.2.0! See the changes below:

This new release offers both improvements from upstream Wine and important fixes for a variety of issues.

CrossOver 21.2 includes over 300 updates to wined3d from upstream Wine. We also included dozens of changes from Wine 6.0.1 and 6.0.2 and updated to Wine Mono 7.0.

Audio now works on both Mac and Linux for Halo: Master Chief Collection. We also fixed an issue with a recent Steam update that was causing some connections to take a very long time.

On macOS, we fixed a long-standing issue with mouse control in Unity games. We also included fixes for the latest Rockstar Games Launcher and Quicken updates that caused those applications to stop working on M1 machines.

If you own Crossover you will automatically receive the update. If you haven’t tried Crossover yet, then surely try it out with the 14 days trial. Codeweavers is also a sponsor of Porting Kit and of the whole wine project with sharing over 50.000 patches! Including support of 32->64 bit and the Macdriver and lots other things.

Oh, and yes, there will be a new CX21.2.0 engine coming to Porting Kit as well, but as always, that comes a bit later, we hope if all goes wel next week.

So if you love their work or mine, consider to buy Crossover and use the code: bridgeover25 to get 25% discount on top! If you don’t have Crossover 21 yet, then get Crossover now up here..