Reply 2380 of 2659, by clueless1
RE: Betrayal at Krondor
clueless1 wrote on 2020-10-17, 16:57:
If you decide to play this game, it is speed sensitive, so your system can't be faster than a slow 486. At least on my system it works out that way. MIDI music gets jacked up if I don't run SETMUL CCD on my P200MMX, which works out to about a 16Mhz 486. I think even with FM music, the game will freeze/lock up if you get beyond about 486/33 speeds, but you'll have to try for yourself, because it may vary depending on your system. Maybe a natural 486 would play it fine at higher speeds...
I decided to try out the MT-32 and was pleasantly surprised. I was already aware that the music quality was a notch below the DreamBlaster X2, but there are some advantages:
1. The game is a little less speed sensitive, so I can run SETMUL DCD which is the equivalent of about a 486/25 or 33.
2. The music still sounds great and has more of a retro character to it while still sounding loads better than FM.
3. The games sound effects are also piped through the MT-32 and actually sound really good! Better than Sound Blaster fx.
4. I was getting some stuck MIDI notes with the X2 that don't happen with the MT-32.
So yeah, I'm sticking with MT-32 for the remainder of my playthrough.
The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.
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