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First post, by SCAgent

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Hey everyone, I recently remembered and wanted to replay this old childhood classic of mine.
https://www.mobygames.com/game/prisoner-of-war-world-war-ii

It installed fine and runs with no problems (I used a no-cd fix, the game has safedisk drm, unplayable in windows vista and above)

However it has 2 issues, one the game has a darn 30fps lock on PC, and two it doesn't support 1080p resolutions.
For the first problem I wonder if anyone is tech savvy enough and has the time and interest to find a way to unlock the fps cap?

As for playing with higher resolutions, the game uses DX8.1 I tried using Dgvoodoo to force a higher res, unfortunately the game doesn't launch at all with dgvoodoo enabled (DX12 api), with DX11 it works but there is a font issue and everything in-game is white, I have an AMD card and as I know its a known problem and the only way to fix it is by using DX12 which is what I always do but in this case the game refuses to launch.

Can anyone offer some help here? I can provide you guys with the .ISO and the raw game files if you need them.

I would love to revisit this flawed classic with a bit of a modern touch, 30fps and low res is a bit of a dealbreaker, might try to emulate it on pcsx2, but i would love to try and see if there is any chance the PC version can become playable.
Thanks!

Reply 2 of 9, by SCAgent

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Yes sir, that fixed it!! I did have afterburner/rivatuner in the background, once I disabled them, it does launch now in DX12 and with a crisp and clean 1920x1080 resolution!!! I also added some MSAA and anisotropic filtering and the game looks much better now!!

Would you by any chance have any idea about the 32fps lock? Its really annoying, my young teenage self didn't mind back then but now its really noticeable

Reply 4 of 9, by SCAgent

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Been searching for a fix all day today , nothing on the net but some reddit and WSGF posts asking for widescreen fixes, the games config is pretty weird as well, its just a options.wiv file that can be opened with notepad++ but none of the options there are much help, its a forgotten game, it didn't even have a PCGamingWiki page until yesterday when I made one, first time I had that happen.

Funny thing, I got the game to work on pcsx2, it plays at 60fps smooth, but it does have some slow-downs so its not perfect, need to tinker with it a bit more, It does have a built in widescreen fix for it, so maybe it also unlocks the framerate, I believe the engine is the same one as Operation Flashpoint : Cold War Crisis (Real Virtuality) which does support 60fps, so I guess we can chuck it up to a bad pc port of the time, real shame 🙁

Reply 5 of 9, by Dege

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You could try to restart your computer to zero the OS uptime and see if anything changes. For example, Extreme G-2 is a game where the actual FPS depends on the uptime because of the inaccurate (float precision instead of double) internal timing calculations: the higher uptime, the lower FPS...

Reply 7 of 9, by diegoparedeshd1

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SCAgent wrote on 2022-05-08, 13:15:

Been searching for a fix all day today , nothing on the net but some reddit and WSGF posts asking for widescreen fixes, the games config is pretty weird as well, its just a options.wiv file that can be opened with notepad++ but none of the options there are much help, its a forgotten game, it didn't even have a PCGamingWiki page until yesterday when I made one, first time I had that happen.

Funny thing, I got the game to work on pcsx2, it plays at 60fps smooth, but it does have some slow-downs so its not perfect, need to tinker with it a bit more, It does have a built in widescreen fix for it, so maybe it also unlocks the framerate, I believe the engine is the same one as Operation Flashpoint : Cold War Crisis (Real Virtuality) which does support 60fps, so I guess we can chuck it up to a bad pc port of the time, real shame 🙁

that the pscx2 emulator says 60fps does not mean that the game runs at 60fps since those fps are the fps of the emulator not those of the game. Probably the game on ps2 also runs at 30fps internal by default