VOGONS


First post, by alienmannequin

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Revisiting a classic on twin Voodoo 2s ( Celeron 433 Socket 370 + SLI Voodoo 2 - build/rebuild log - "Slotket" ).

Whilst installing the game, I noticed a few significant changes on the version that was in the drive (1.4 Patched Asia/Pacific version in DVD case).

Had to actually pull out the big box Battlezone version ( 1.0 ), install (took a couple of grainy pics, below), and play the first couple of missions to get a handle on what was different. Has anyone else noticed this?

Install screen 1.4

Missing "Tank" Animation splash screen

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Missing voiceover about NASA, ceremonies in the Rose Garden, and murders
Missing Saturn V launch video

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For me, these were quite a significant omission. The ominous music & backstory helps set the scene. Upon entering the game in the 1.4 pre-patched version, all you see is the "action style" intro. The feeling of the game changes.

1.4 Disc

Missing "AVI" directory
└Apollo15.avi
└bg.avi
└dreign.avi
└dreigne.avi
└netstorm.avi
Missing Dark Reign demo

Ingame 1.4

Mission begin splash screen - is this missing? (Stylized box-crosshairs with planet in background)
Voiceover/narration begins before graphics kick in

Large assets patch 1.4

Washed out/muddy shadowing - anyone else see this?
Mouse is SLOW. 20 "flicks" to move the ship 180

Has anyone noticed anything else?
Is anyone also particular about replicating their earlier experiences?

Reply 1 of 3, by Joseph_Joestar

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Interesting finds.

As for replicating the original gameplay experience, I recently had a similar situation with Gothic 2 where the expansion pack makes significant changes to the game balance and the character development system. Nowadays, most digital stores have the expansion integrated, so the only way to experience Gothic 2 classic is to use fan-made mods. Unless you own the original discs that is.

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Reply 2 of 3, by alienmannequin

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Joseph_Joestar wrote on 2020-10-16, 08:45:

Interesting finds.

As for replicating the original gameplay experience, I recently had a similar situation with Gothic 2 where the expansion pack makes significant changes to the game balance and the character development system. Nowadays, most digital stores have the expansion integrated, so the only way to experience Gothic 2 classic is to use fan-made mods. Unless you own the original discs that is.

It's in a way frustrating, but I expect enjoying the original gameplay experience is a very esoteric pastime? Gothic 2 is still on "The List"... worth a playthrough?

Reply 3 of 3, by Joseph_Joestar

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alienmannequin wrote on Yesterday, 09:30:

Gothic 2 is still on "The List"... worth a playthrough?

Absolutely. Gothic 2 is a fantastic action-RPG, and its carefully hand-crafted gameworld is well worth exploring.

If you have the option to do so, I would suggest playing the game without the NOTR expansion on your first run. Otherwise, it may come off as ridiculously hard.

Using Audigy drivers with a Sound Blaster Live
Installing DOS drivers on an Audigy2 ZS
OPL3 vs. ESFM vs. CQM vs. SBLive
OPTi 82C930 review