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Haven Editorial: Running Red Alert on Windows 10

I love Command and Conquer, but EA shafted that franchise rather hard. Yet the games can be bought in a neat package at Origin. Electronic arts game platform. However making the older game run is a chore. 

Windows 10 64 bit is not the intended architecture at all. Even more problematic to record any gameplay what so ever. But I did find a workaround. One that can not be done with the origin version.

But first let’s look at the annoying issues.
Tiberean dawn can for the most part run, with the dangers of crashing. Compatibility mode is not very helpful here. Same rings true for Red Alert. Technically there exist an open Ra, which has a new engine and most of the missions. But I never got that bugger to work more than once.

There also exist a fan patch that even works with Dune 2. With custom resolution, but it crashed, then refused to start.

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Alt tab out of the games is a no go. The screen goes black with the sound still playing. I sincerely though the idea of using Origin was to make the games playable on modern systems.

Red Alert 2 has issues with a black screen that I fixed with a custom fan patch. It’s still very unstable and likes to tab out on its own and then refuse to enter the game again.

Multiplayer is no problem at all with Yuri’s Revenge, since CnC net fixes all of that. A quite good fan fix. Does not with well with the story mode though.

Command and Conquer renegade was an almost flawless experience. But as we all know almost is seldom good enough. It decided to crash after a while and the game could have been a bit better in the first place.

I have yet to fiddle around with Tiberian Sun, which is a fantastic game, but a bit poorly programmed and almost as neglected as an orphan.

The easiest way is to install Virtual Box, get Windows XP, then set it up to run virtually with Windows. In window mode, then record the window. For this to work I had to install the disc version of the games. Because the Origin version refuse to let me play then without the software itself installed.

This solution allows software like Obs (open broadcasting software) to record and stream Command and Conquer games without too many problems. It took me a lot of time to find the solution, but it works wonders. Or you could emulate the PSX version of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, which runs at 15 fps, but has superior audio quality on the music.

Njål Sand

haven Reviews: V2000

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Retro games and insane challenges is a thing these days. Let me give you a challenge and a treat; A real lesson in game design for all those hard core macho players out there. V2000 is a very odd game with a fun concept but a very flawed execution. According to the story and in-game intro dragons attacks a series of small worlds with a contagious virus and giant bugs among other things.
In order to fight this infestation a weird vtol (vertical take of and landing) craft is deployed

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The main reason why the game is so damn hard and broken, is the controls. The craft can’t slide sideways and aiming is quite shit. Nor can the camera actually rotate, which makes this a very tricky business. However the game is far from impossible and each level is unique and interconnected. In order to win the nest has to be destroyed and the infestation must not reach critical mass. Or enough civilians die. Tough at that point it’s just to hit restart. Sure there are extra lives, but those are limited. There are only so many medals to collect. On is gain from finishing the level, while the other ones are hidden in various spots.

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The other challenge is that each level is a puzzle of sorts and usually require weapons from another world. Hover these weapons can only be unlocked by ferrying civilians off to the factory, where they will produce new upgrades and guns. After all some enemies are bullet proof to the max. The craft itself has two modes, flying and floating and can be submerged by carrying a weight.

Graphically the game was quite decent for its time, with waves in the ocean, some physics and in full 3D. Naturally the physics is what makes things so hard at times. Touch trees, fences, buildings and such and the craft takes damage. Not only that it will also be bounced backwards as the thing in question usually explode. Which makes the fixed camera and floaty craft a real thorn in the buttocks to deal with. Which surprises me a little that games like the Silver Surfer has been been completed and recorded. One of the very noticeable challenges in V2000 includes, drowning white lizards things through mind control. Rolling boulders down a cliff and have them crush various hives, which otherwise are immortal and a slew of other challenges. Each world is different and very, very challenging.v3

Back in the day the PC version apparently had a versus mode as well. Tough the PC version will not keep the save file when exiting. Naturally this makes the Playstation the best version, if you can get a copy and get it running. Emulators can be a fickle mistress when it comes to weird old and virtually forgotten games. Also, good luck searching for a copy, V2000 is a painfully generic title.

Njål H Sand

Haven Editorial: Let’s Play: SlamScape

Slamscape [U] [SLUS-00080]-frontImagine being in a car crash. Imagine being taken to the hospital by the paramedics, through long corridors, elevators and faulty lighting. Then imagine having your eyes impaled and being stuffed into a virtual reality. Where your objective is to get the for Orbs as they are called. Four glowing bright balls must be collected to open the exit.

It’s highly recommended to find a copy of the manual, just to read the description of the dangers in the game. Such as the Umjella, a flying umbrella that shots bombs. Don’t ask me where I got this, I only know that I have a copy and its a very obscure game, with a faulty execution.

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Giant enemy crab and weird multi-eyed missile creature.

The rest is a psycadellic mix of colors, beats and very little control. This game is someones demented pinball machine. On the flip side, it runs at 60 fps and is fast paced. The core mechanics are simple. There is boosting, breaking, shooting and being bounced back when hitting environmental objects, much like a pinball. Jumping is also very important. The biggest fault is the lack of a definite way to slide sideways. This is what makes the game very hard, aside from some very odd design decisions. On the original disc there was also several songs from the band “God lies underwater”. I can only assume they are the ones behind the score, since this was an MTV release. Rumor has it that the music television channel actually hosted music and put band names on the map. Though I wouldn’t know anything about that, since I don’t watch telly.

Regardless, everything in the game have a beat, and each health pickup that gathers in a tail behind the thing you control have it’s own sound. So not only do you shot and slam into things to escape, you’re also in a trippy beatbox. However I must admit that the score is good, especially since there are no lyrics.elephant-ball

Yes this is a bouncing ball of elephant feet.

Each level have a unique challenge that must be overcome to get the orb. Such as a rain cloud, a giant ball of fused elephant feet. Don’t ask difficult questions, it was probably made on acid. In this day and age players like a good challenge and trying obscure retro titles. So here is one for all of you. This highly experimental game is more of a curio than anything else and is not recommended for sort tempered people and children. Or anyone with a chance of epilepsy.

Incidentally I made a let’s play of the game.

As always they can be found on our YouTube channel, by following the link below.

Njål Sand