I have been struggling with this for days. No that’s not right. It’s days this time around. Every so many months, I try to get this working again, but cannot. Then I give up for some more months. Last save game looks like Dec of 2019, which seems to be the last time I had this game working. So, in reality, I have been trying to get this to work for literally years now in fact.
I can get the game to start using the installer for GOTY Edition. The audio in the launcher is fine. But as soon as I press Play and it goes full screen, I start to get really choppy / stuttering audio.
And no, this is not just pertaining to the radio station (as I came across many references to that while searching, as it is apparently a common issue). In this case, it happens immediately upon starting the game.
I had kinda the same problem as you, except that my game would crash and not let me enter my save game. I’m not exactly sure what made it work for me, but here’s the steps I took.
I had first installed this
sudo apt install gstreamer1.0-plugins-good:i386 gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly:i386
Then I’ve fiddled with the audio driver’s settings to see what would happen. At first, changing the driver to OSS made the game actually work and enter into my save game without crashing, but without any audio. Then I’ve enabled gstream there with the default driver, and I’ve started the game directly with the executable, so Fuse doesn’t reset it to ‘disabled’. After that, the main menu started to show the normal audio that it was supposed to, but I wasn’t able to load my save game, then after starting it with Fuse it all worked just fine.
I’ve been playing for around 12h these days with no problems whatsoever.
My guess is that PulseAudio might’ve f*cked some things up randomly, lol. Try to also restart your PC and not have it running to see if that helps.