Just wanted to give my experiences with Crossover Games yesterday. First off, i'll state my system specs:
Intel Quad Q6600
4GB DDR2 667 ram
2x320GB Seagate Sata2 drives
eVga Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB
At the time, I didn't have Linux installed on my system, so i downloaded the new Kubuntu 8.04 64-bit release and installed it fresh on that.
My main reason for gaming in Linux is to get Team Fortress 2 running as close to Windows as possible.
The initial install went fine, so I grabbed my Orange Box, popped the cd in and followed the instructions. Everything went flawless.
After the install, launched TF2, configured my controls, changed the resolution to my native 1650x1080, and launched an online game. The FPS wasn't bad at all, somewhere around 40-50, but everything was pretty ugly. When I attempted to change my graphical settings to increase the texture detail, my FPS dropped to around 10FPS in an online game with a server of 29 other people. Playing at the default settings are possible, but its really ugly, and even basic things like an opponent uber charge looks corrupted.
I tried messing around with some other settings, forcing DirectX9 and 9.1 from the command line, which would load fine, but the texture detail was on low, as soon as you set it to high, the game defaulted back to directx 7 hardware detected and it wouldn't render anything. No surprise really, they say on the codeweaver forums that dx9 is buggy at best.
So, a quick breakdown of my experiences:
There are definite improvements with this over Crossover Office 6.2. The mouse click bug is fixed, which affected me greatly because i use Left-mouse to shoot and right-mouse to move forward, so i couldn't move forward and shoot at the same time. Microphone support is finally there, not great, but better than nothing. The performance is better than 6.2, and way better than anything else available for Linux.
When I get home today, I'm going to try a 32-bit ubuntu install and see if that makes any difference, probably not, but worth a try.
So, I will probably buy this, even though it's not fully functional for my use, but the 1 year of free upgrades is a definite bonus. Coming from donating $5 a month to Transgaming for 2 years and seeing no improvments in any games I play (HL2, TF2, Guildwars), I will definitly cough up the money for a working product.
And, if anyone has any suggestions on tweaks for 8800GT card, or with crossover games, let me know