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Warcraft 2 Combat Edition

I  wanted to play Warcraft II again on Battle.net but I don’t have the time right now to spend hours trying to find my original CDs, figure out how to install Warcraft 2 on Windows 7, and try to get logged onto Battle.net (if its even still running for WC2). My favorite aspect of any classic game is typically the multiplayer and the ability to play it with my friends who also enjoyed these games so that is really what I wanted to install it for anyway.

I stumbled upon “Warcraft 2 Combat Edition”.  You can download Warcraft 2 Combat Edition from the creators site  located at: http://server.war2.ru/modules/mydownloads/

Warcraft 2 Combat Edition is a single install file of about 13MB which includes everything you need to play online through the war2.ru gateway. Simply go to the above page, download the file which is the first link on the list and install it. The install was easy on a Windows 7 PC and took less than a minute. I launched the application and it fired right up, and I was ready to play multiplayer on Garden of War! When I logged in there were approixmately 60 people online playing, more than I thought there would be. This application is Multiplayer Only, there is no campaign in Warcraft 2 Combat Edition.

Steps to Play:

1. Run the installer from the above link. Once installation is complete, double click the shortcut on your desktop. My title screen was a little messed up, but that went away once the game loaded. If you put the game in 256 color mode, that would probably fix it.

2. When the menu loads, click “Multiplayer”

3. Click “Enhanced”

4. Select Battle.net and keep the default gateway of war2.ru.

If you have problems hosting games, troubleshooting steps are below:

http://server.war2.ru/modules/news/index.php?storytopic=1

A short video available on their site is below:

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jDOOM — Doom Port with High-Res Graphics

Recently I’ve been discovering some amazing open source ports for my favorite classic games. Doom is no exception! A couple of years ago I downloaded Doom Legacy and played through the classic doom game. Although it supported OPENGL and much higher resolutions than the original doom, it was still making my eyes bleed after playing for a while.

I came across a 3d Engine (Similar to the OPENRA engine posted in the C&C section), that actually has different games as “add-ons”  to the engine. The name of this engine is jDoom. jDoom is an open source 3D engine that has DOOM, Heretic, and Hexen available as mods.

The graphics are MUCH higher resolution than the any of the other Doom ports I’ve seen (with the exception of the Doom3 Classic Mod).

You can find out more about the jDoom project and download it for yourself at: http://www.dengine.net/addons

OpenRA: Play C&C or RA Multiplayer no IPX!

Lately I’ve been attempting to figure out a way to play the original Command & Conquer (Tiberian Dawn) as well as the original Red Alert on Windows 7 machines that do not have the IPX protocol installed.  Of course CNCNet, Hamachi, and other applications were available to connect to a master server on the internet and then “emulate” IPX across the internet using TCP/IP connections.

Although this worked, I was more interested in finding a solution I could use without access to the internet since some of our LAN parties consist of only a router and no external internet access depending on location.

This evening I’ve stumbled across an application called OpenRA. It is an Open Source game engine that has both the original Command & Conquer and Red Alert built in. It has both an online game lobby and a direct connect feature. It is a 2-3 MB installer download. Once you install OpenRA, you can select to play C&C or Red Alert. Once you make a selection you will be prompted to either load the files from a CD or download them directly from the internet.

Main Menu of OpenRA

The entire installation takes a little less than 10 minutes, and I can say this is one of the few video game mods/remakes that I am truely excited to play! The beauty of this application is that it seems to be geared exclusively towards multiplayer….which is exactly what I was looking for.

Visit the Offical OpenRA page at: http://openra.res0l.net/

Cant Use IPX? Use TCP-Com Instead!

Many old games require the IPX protocol to play multipayer over the network with your friends (or at all).  Unfortunately with Windows Vista and Windows 7 the IPX protocol is no longer included in the Windows Installs.

When looking for a utility I could use to play older games that would emulate an IPX environment locally, I came up empty. Of course there are programs like Hamachi, GameRanger, and even Kali that will emulate an IPX connection over the internet, but I wanted something that I could use on an internal network (with no internet access) to play these games.

I stubled across a Serial (null modem) to TCP/IP emulator. This allows 2 players to direct connect using most games Null modem or serial functions, while still remaining inside the local network.

It is simple. Run this program on both machines, one is the server and one is the client. Use your local network IP’s (assigned by your router). Go into your game, such as Warcraft 2, and use the Serial/Null Modem/Direct Connection option.

http://download.cnet.com/TCP-Com/3000-2085_4-10246138.html

You can download the utility at the above location. The only downside of this is that it is limited to two players…..

EDuke 32 — Duke 3D for Windows

So I’ve been on a Duke Nukem 3D kick lately, as you can tell from my previous post on the Duke Nukem High Resolution pack.

For those of you wanting a more up to date version of Duke 3D, designed to work with Windows (or MAC, Linux, look no more! EDuke 32 is a free application (that requires a legal copy of Duke 3d to run) that you can download from: http://www.eduke32.com/

From their website ” EDuke32 is an awesome, free homebrew game engine and source port of the classic PC first person shooter Duke Nukem 3D— Duke3D for short—to Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, several handhelds, your family toaster, and to your girlfriend’s vibrator. We’ve added new renderers, hundreds of cool features and upgrades for regular players, and thousands of additional editing capabilities and scripting extensions for mod creators. EDuke32 is completely free, open source software.

Developed between August 2004 and now by Duke community leader Richard “TerminX” Gobeille and NVIDIA software engineer Pierre-Loup “Plagman” Griffais—and incorporating work by 3D Realms/Ken Silverman/Jonathon Fowler/Matt Saettler, what started as a learning experience and an excuse to learn C soon rose from obscurity to become the best Duke Nukem 3D port ever”.

You can buy a copy of Duke 3D for 5.99 on their website if you have lost your copy.

Duke Nukem 3D High Resolution Pack

I remember spending hours upon hours playing Duke Nukem 3D both in single player mode and on Kali (back in the day when games required IPX emulation to play online). As you’ve probably guessed from the name of this blog site, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for all the old classic video games from when I was growing up.

Lately, I’ve been getting back into Duke Nukem 3D and the other original First Person Shooters after seeing an advertisment on TV for a game that looks like an original FPS. The problem with playing the classics is that the graphics can be so chock full of blocky pixel goodness that small amounts of playing can make your eyes feel like they are bleeding……

Unless your using the Duke Nukem 3D high res pack! This is a pack of higher resolution sprites that replace the original artwork sprites in the game with much nicer sprites. Take a look at these screenshots:

In order to use these you will need an original (legit) version of Duke Nukem 3D. Please buy the game online for $5 instead of pirating it, just to support 3d Realms for making a quality game.

If you just want to try the high-res pack out, it WILL work on the Shareware version of Duke3D which is free and includes the entire first episode. It can be downloaded from 3d Realms page at: http://www.3drealms.com/downloads.html

The high-res map pack can be downloaded from the creator’s website at: http://hrp.duke4.net/download.php

Check it out!

Red Alert 1 Remake for Yuri’s Revenge

While browsing the internet for articles on how to make the original Red Alert work on Windows 7 (for the purposes of an old-school lan party), I came across a MOD that any fan of the original game should try out. It is a complete remake of Red Alert, using the Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge engine. It has been released and can be downloaded to play currently.

The name of the mod is “It Came from Red Alert!”. It does require that you own Red Alert 2: Yuri’s Revenge V1.001. I’m not sure if the version of Yuri’s revenge included in the “First Decade” pack would work for this mod, but I may try it with that version and post an update. It looks very cool and I’m in the process of downloading it right now.  Acording to their website, this mod has been around for quite some time.

Also, this mod DOES include the “secret” ant missions!

You can see a screenshot of an Allied base below.

Allied base in "It Came From Red Alert"

 Check it out, you can download the MOD at their MODDB page located at: http://www.moddb.com/mods/it-came-from-red-alert