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Reply 3100 of 3104, by TheGreatCodeholio

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Gemini000 wrote on 2020-02-08, 08:34:

Ancient DOS Games Episode 263 - XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter is online!

At first, I was kinda surprised I'd never heard of this game, then I played it for this review... then I wasn't surprised anymore. It's not that the game is bad, far from it, it's just... very, very, average.

At least we get a good unboxing out of this video! 😀

What format did they use for the FMV scenes? Animated GIF?

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Reply 3101 of 3104, by SKARDAVNELNATE

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Gemini000 wrote on 2020-02-08, 08:34:

I wonder how far you got while playing the game. At one point you defeat the Sirians and the rest of the game you fight the Rexum Empire. I thought the game was rather easy until then. I just loaded up on missiles and targeted the stronger ships first. Making sure that I was always getting more kills than my wingmen. However once the plot switched over the difficulty spiked until the missions were completely unwinnable.

Reply 3102 of 3104, by Gemini000

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SKARDAVNELNATE wrote on 2020-02-08, 21:10:

I wonder how far you got while playing the game. At one point you defeat the Sirians and the rest of the game you fight the Rexum Empire. I thought the game was rather easy until then. I just loaded up on missiles and targeted the stronger ships first. Making sure that I was always getting more kills than my wingmen. However once the plot switched over the difficulty spiked until the missions were completely unwinnable.

Not THAT far. I think I stopped around Mission 20-something because it didn't feel like I was getting much in the way of useful footage anymore given how similar everything was up to that point. :P

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Reply 3103 of 3104, by luckybob

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I have a copy of this game and I was excited to pull it off the shelf. I knew I had the 5.25 version, and I opened the box to see a slip of paper proclaiming the speech pack is "coming soon". I was also sad to learn I am missing the keybinding chart and manual.

drat.

it does have a plethora of other slips of paper, advertising everything under the sun. oh well.

edit, now that I'm dwelling on this game, and I have it handy, it only has 11 5.25 floppies, yes?

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Reply 3104 of 3104, by Gemini000

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Ancient DOS Games Filler #80 - Volumetric 3D Rendering is online!

This has been in my queue for awhile now, but I kept losing track of my old QuickBASIC code so I kept pushing it back more and more. I've actually been wanting to do a video on this since 2014! :O

But yeah, one of the things I find interesting is the concept of rendering three-dimensional objects out of mathematical constructs, and so I wrote a program way back in 2008 to investigate the process, then discovered Ken Silverman's "EvalDraw" program not long following, though never really experimented with it as much as I should've because I was too entranced by the numerous examples included with it! :B

So this video first goes over my own stuff, followed by a showcase of a tiny number of things EvalDraw comes with, followed by my attempts to convert my old volumetric code into the EvalDraw format!

Also...

luckybob wrote on 2020-02-09, 20:47:

edit, now that I'm dwelling on this game, and I have it handy, it only has 11 5.25 floppies, yes?

I have no idea. Sorry. :/

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