Just saw the article, and searched the 3 pages here to see if there was a topic already (don't want to repeat Michael Jordan: CITWC lol)
I loved Crusader: No Remorse. Never played No Regret. I played No Remorse on the Saturn... while most hated it I for some reason really dug the isometric violent action, that had minor elements of "stealth" ... also loved the gruesome deaths one can inflict on the enemies.
^ lol, so true. A close 2nd I say would have to be Elevator Action Returns. Metal Slug's was alright, but a bit too "comic-y" for my tastes regarding burnt enemies. (at least I remember it being comic-y anyhow!)
... y'know, that's a good idea. I guess I could use my own computer in my room... there's only one that's currently functional in the house and... hmmmmmmmmmmmm... if I go through with it, I may need a bit of assistance. Any tutorials out around there to set up DOS games? Sorry, but DOS just seems so far away in this modern age.
Post by Discoalucard on Sept 4, 2006 21:59:10 GMT -5
If your computer is fast enough, Crusader might run on DOSBox OK. I haven't tried it yet though. A lot of 3D games tend to screw it up, which would explain why Blood doesn't run well, but Crusader is entirely 2D.
Assuming you have enough RAM and the right sound card, Crusader shouldn't be too hard to get working. As long as you familiarize yourself with the basics, it'll be fine. It works just like Windows, as far as going through folders/directories, except instead of clicking on stuff, you type "cd <directory name>" to navigate or the name of the executable to start.
It's intimidating at first but really easy to use once you get the hang of it, as long as you're a decent typist.
As far as Dosbox goes, I've got Crusader running on a 3 GHz Pentium 4 with hyperthreading (though I doubt the hyperthreading makes a difference as far as the emulation goes) - all it needs is 15600 cycles. Adjust frameskip accordingly, and if all else fails, try turning off the features you don't need individually (for instance: GUS emulation, MPU-401, IPX, PC Speaker, Adlib, etc) and setting the sample rate down to 22050 if it's not already.
If you're looking to use a real machine instead of an emulator, I've got No Remorse and No Regret running on a system as slow as 166 MHz with no MMX, and a Sound Blaster 16 ISA card. Said system has about 64 megs of RAM, but I doubt you'd need much more than 16 megs for Crusader.
It's still an official distribution for the platform despite it using the basic DOS files (and a MacOSX build of DOSbox). No different than compilations of arcade and genesis games on modern platforms.
Now if it wasn't an official release, sure, I can see arguing it....but it's the first time the game has been officially made available on the platform.
If only we could get our hands on the source code, and have a modern source port. It could be rendered in 24-bit colour depth widescreen OpenGL, and it could be ported to every platform out there. We could fix the controls (which were unworkable for me) and we could replace the MOD player with a more up to date one with low-pass filtering and 16-bit dithering. The movies would need to go, so we'd have just an expertly crafted game (controls aside) with no Z-grade acting tainting the experience.
Nah, leave the Z-grade acting, but make the subtitles more consistent with what's actually being said. It might not come as a surprise, but The Weasel (the arms dealer) is probably the best character in the game.