First post, by tincup
I picked this up when it came out in 2000 and found it to be a reasonably fun 'sim lite' with one fatal flaw; the view system. It has neither the time honored fixed views around the cockpit, nor a pan mode. To steer one's eyes it was necessary to *repeatedly* tap the NumPad keys to slowly inch the POV around - horrific, impossible.
The game was roundly panned by critics and received zilch support from Psygnosis and no patches. I played the first four or five missions (with a fixed forward view only - sort of arcade style) and put the game down meaning to resume at some point. The point really never came, so recently I tried reinstalling to see what I could get out of it again. Immediately there were tech issues:
Win7 Fatal error "can't read animation format"
XP CTD just clicking on the icon regardless of compatibility mode
W98SE CTD trying to access the Settings menu; but game playable in a default Direct Draw mode
W95 - Dx6.1 same (this is the Dx that shipped with the game)
W95 - Dx8.0a same
Issues with W7/XP no doubt systemic and don't really matter. But it surprised me that I couldn't access the Settings menu in *any* of the 5 W9x boxes I tried it with. Back in the day I did not have that problem.
On the other hand I discovered that the in-cockpit view could be moved freely with the mouse + right button (one of a frustrating number of undocumented commands), so there was a potential to overcome the game's gravest limitation.
After creating a pilot and starting a mission the game creates a file called lastsavedstate which can be opened in Notepad. From here you can hand edit resolution without too much trouble, and if I knew what the verbiage was for the various supported 3D modes video could probably tweak that as well. But for now I can only get measly Direct Draw to run properly.
Has anyone got this oddball running? Anyone with a config file setup for D3D/Glide mode I can crib from?