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  • Atrox is definitely not Starcraft. Isometric RTS with three asymmetric factions of future humans, advanced robots and fleshy monsters? Total coincidence, mate. Blog 810: Atrox
    Med. MapGuy
    Med. MapGuy
    So Liquidation began as a Warcraft II clone called "Loria". A demo was released and people found it pretty faithful to the classic WC1/WC2 gameplay setup, if a bit bland.

    Loria Demo:

    From what I understand (since I only learned about it this year), there weren't that many updates from the dev for a while, and then all of a sudden, he releases an alpha and of his new game which became a Warcraft III/Warhammer knockoff. He started a Kickstarter just last month and cancelled it after a week or so due to personal / health reasons. There seems to be no updates since... A strange, fairly ambitious project that sadly, didn't quite make it (for now).

    Liquidation Trailer:

    Kickstarter Link:
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    Damn, that does look pretty nice. Not nice enough that I'd Kickstart it though, so yeah, that'd do it. xD
    Med. MapGuy
    Med. MapGuy
    Yeah, I kinda think he leaned a bit too hard on the Warhammer units...
    Elex is a post-apocalyptic open-world RPG whose central plot device is magic space crystals -- on paper, right up my street. What could possibly go wrong? Blog 807: Elex
    MasterHaosis
    MasterHaosis
    I remember you being an expert in robots. We used to talk about meches and terminators back then. I remember you did not like that liquid metal haha
    Meanwhile they invented many fancy things, but all without soul and style. Too many robots, meches in media, but nothing special. They adapted to modern kids. They cannot match good old RDZ style based on 90s :cgrin:
    MasterHaosis
    MasterHaosis
    Oh and terminators, they replaced liquid metal with metal-sand :cgrin: and in newest fiasco, I meant creation.... they made two in one, liquid metal merged with regular one. Nothing impressive. I remember recently, when new Terminator came out, they asked about main villian ,,why back then in 90s villian looked badass, and now the modern one looks like a college student beaten by girls" hahahahaha!
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    I actually rewatched Terminator 2 recently and, for all that, it's still a very good film. Excellent lighting, pacing, and that intro sequence with all the lasers and robots... mmmm. :cgrin: Anything after that can get in the sea, though. :cwink:
    pyf
    pyf
    For more realistic proportions between buildings and units in WC3, maybe you will want to give this mod a try:
    https://www.moddb.com/mods/tiny-units-warcraft-iii

    One can better fine tune the camera distance with the famous (and outdated) camera hack mix file (which is designed only for TFT 1.26a)
    One can also use WFE instead (it has a *lot* of features for many previous versions of the game)
    https://www.hiveworkshop.com/threads/wfe-warcraft-feature-extender.310863/

    For the record, the latest versions of WFE do not allow to get rid of parts of the ingame console/interface, because of a bug. Therefore, if you want to also use this feature, then please use WFE v2.19
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    I don't care that much. I totally understand why the designers did it and it gives WC3 a lot of personality that makes its artwork timeless (and an HD remake utterly unnecessary), it just isn't to my personal tastes.
    pyf
    pyf
    Its artwork is timeless, but the size of the 3D buildings of this 2002 game is wrong, when compared to the size of the 2D buildings of AoE II, a 1999 game. The mods I linked to allow to alleviate that.

    The zoom feature from WFE allows to finetune the Tiny Units mod (with it, the units are a bit too small imho, for this mod to be really playable and enjoyable)
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    So the OverrideEdidFlags0 trick did _something_ -- it made the nVidia drivers treat my monitor as a _different kind_ of TV. Which is really infuriating, because it shows this would be a viable fix, if only I knew what the binary flags actually meant so I could fudge them myself. Sigh. :(
    pyf
    pyf
    Maybe there is a nVidia tweaker somewhere that could be helpful? nVidia hardware is highly configurable afaik...
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    Update: I bought a new (normal widescreen) monitor that has waaay more scaling options and it's now pillarboxing correctly! NVidia drivers are still confused about it being a TV, but the monitor is doing all the work instead so it doesn't matter anymore.
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    pyf
    pyf
    I do not remember Halo: Combat Evolved to be anything special.

    It is Halo 2 which propelled the series to stardom in 2004.
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    I think the grapevine rumour that I've heard is that it was the first to do analogue-stick aiming with any degree of competence, so it was the first 'good' shooter _on console_. Whereas the rest of us always had mice that Just Worked and that was nice.
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
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    Haosis
    New
    Year!
    :cgrin:
    MasterHaosis
    MasterHaosis
    Hello man! I am really glad to see you. We survived so far.
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    And to you and yours! It'll take more than a global pandemic to keep me down ;D
    Regarding WC3 v1.13, another way to play this version could be to download from Blizzard's servers the free v1.27a digital version. And then you can downgrade it to 1.13 with a third-party downgrader.

    These third-party downgraders each have their own specific merits and downfalls. afaik none of them will give you an exact binarily identical set of folders and files, especially when compared against a properly upgraded 100% official WC3 game. But hey, neither is the official v1.27a digital version to begin with when compared to a genuine 1.27a. The reason is, this version is an "a2" version, despite the full version number being identical to the one for v1.27a
    pyf
    pyf
    I understand you. I myself have downgraded from 1.27a digital (which sets up any needed compatibility flags btw) to 1.26a with ReplayKit, so I can use all my extra enhancements again. This was my setup on my now defunct XP laptop. Ah, nostalgia...

    v1.27 has some memory management issues and the environmental audio has been disabled, which is imho a sin (it was restored in 1.30.0). Therefore, it is not the same WC3 experience. I want some enhancements, but I also want most of the classic code to be retained whenever possible.

    The real problems started happening with 1.28.0. v1.27a/b is still ok overall imho.

    Version switchers are a mixed bag. Therefore, I used to do the same thing as you for WC3 v1.26a/1.27a/1.27b only, as well as for StarCraft Classic (especially because of v1.12). But as time passes, I am getting older and lazier...
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    God, if environmental audio was disabled in 1.27 it can definitely fuck right off. That should simply never have shipped.
    pyf
    pyf
    Well, it was written in the patch notes, that they disabled ambient sounds:
    https://liquipedia.net/warcraft/Patch_1.27a
    => deal breaker for me. Another good reason to stay at 1.26a imho.

    Another (never mentioned) deal breaker was that they had dropped W98SE/2000 compatibility as well, with 1.27a onwards

    Trivia: in Diablo II LoD 1.14b on Windows 10 v1909, I can restore 3D sounds with IndirectSound, but not environmental audio effects. yet.
    Out of curiosity, since my post here
    https://www.hiveworkshop.com/posts/3444534/
    ... are you now enjoying your 1.27a digital version? And if yes, then what is your point of view regarding Blizzard's current attitude to preservation of classic WC3 as far as you are concerned?
    pyf
    pyf
    Out of curiosity, have you downloaded any of these legacy versions for D2, WC3 and SC, so this download service does not get shut down by Blizzard because of a lack of traffic, and also so that more of these official full standalone offline installer versions might eventually be added by Blizzard in the future, for those who need them?

    I *really* do not want this download server to get decommissioned. I would like it to get enhanced and improved. But for that, it must bring Blizzard good PR stuff, and my belief is that is up to us all to do our small part (should we want to, that is).

    As for me, I have already downloaded D2+LoD, SC+BW and WC3+TFT (this last game two times, for testing purposes), all three games in American, English and French, all for PCs.
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    I've never played or owned D2 so that holds nothing for me, and I do have a retail GOTYE version of SC but I never liked it so have no particular interest in preserving it beyond whatever is on those discs. (Honestly don't think I've even touched SC since the first play-through at the time. After so much of the WC3 community raving about it, SC was a massive disappointment. Totally did not live up to the hype.)

    So yeah, just got the 1.21 WC3 installers from whenever those first went up.
    pyf
    pyf
    Yeah, the digital release from 2008 of WC3 v1.21b is also worth preserving imho. It used to still be downloadable (though not freely afaik) at least on January 2019 from Blizzard's Legacy download service (there are traces of a 121b folder on the Legacy Downloads service). Unfortunately, it has been replaced by 1.27a digital.

    I hope those two versions, as well as several other, more recent ones, will be available someday in the same way. But this will not happen all by itself just like that.

    Now, if only the Legacy Downloader was enhanced with a drop down menu, which would allow anybody to download some of those few desirable versions which are in high demand, so we later can install whatever we want whenever we want wherever we want, ideally regardless of any internet connection... Ideally too, those versions would be fixed ones so they do not interfere in any way with v1.32.8 >, which is the version we are supposedly all to embrace blindingly (rotfl!).
    ;D
    SeedinAethyr
    SeedinAethyr
    Just played through it last night. Wondeful experience. Somehow, I ended up missing the _entire_ Murloc quest line plus the pig quest even though I thought I was being thorough when playing through. The last time I played through it was many years ago, and I didn't remember how many optional quests there were or what they were, but it seemed wrong to only have completed two optional quests when I finished in aiming for 100% completion. <.<
    I checked the blog and saw that I had in fact missed most of the optional quests, so I reloaded my only save... which happened to be during the AoS section vs. Pyraeus. Juggling battling him and completing the rest of the optional quests probably added on an additional two hours to my gameplay and made everything three times harder because Pyraeus was able to reach maximum level without me pushing to end the game, but I eventually did win.
    Onto This Wreckage!
    Rao Dao Zao
    Rao Dao Zao
    lol! Yes, you're kinda supposed to have finished all the side quests by the time Pyraeus comes on the scene, but I didn't add any explicit blocks either... erk.

    I'm currently doing compatibility and bug fixes for This Wreckage, so you may want to hold off for a bit (unless you fancy getting in early and helping me with a test run?). Alas, Reforged has done so many weird little annoying things, so I hope you'll still play it on 1.26... :E
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