First post, by VirtuaIceMan
My copy of Destruction Derby 2 (the UK Argentum budget re-release) contains both the DOS version (in a "dos" sub-folder on the CD-ROM) and a very old DirectX (2 or 3) version of the game.
The DOS version works in DOSBox, but doesn't seem throttled, so can run far too fast. It means it can appear smoother, but the music seems to break up a lot (probably tweaking DOSBox settings would help).
So, onto the Windows version... the installer won't work as it's 16 bit, and copying the game files to the computer and replacing it with a newer setup32.exe doesn't work either. So you'll need a virtual machine first (I used Win98 in VMware Player, but you could try XP in that or another virtual machine). Install the game into the virtual machine, then simply copy the install folder (I put it in c:\DD2) over to your Win8.1 machine (in my case I put it in d:\games\DD2). Then simply run dd2h.exe to play. No compatibility settings needed!
Note: dd2.exe (low res version) seems to crash, but who wants 320x240 res when you can have 640x480, eh?!
Note 2: the Windows version is throttled, so seems to run at (I'd guess) 25fps maximum (if not less), so it does seem more jerky. The sound effects are also more fuzzy and quiet, but the music doesn't skip or stutter the gameplay (as the DOS version does in a default version of DOSBox).
Anyway there you go, try it if you have the game (and a Virtual machine handy!).
p.s. The PlayStation version through an emulator will ALWAYS look better 😉
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