Old wolf back in the game

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Re: Old wolf back in the game

Post by perceval » Sun, 1. Nov 20, 19:57

Yeah, thanks a bunch for all the tips. Do you know if tht GOG version has less problems than the Steam version? Perhaps I'll turn towards that alternative...

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Re: Old wolf back in the game

Post by Alan Phipps » Sun, 1. Nov 20, 20:17

They should be identical in game file terms apart from GOG not using the Steam redirect exe and DRM obviously.

There's possible use of different versions of standard libraries, although I don't know about that for sure.
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Re: Old wolf back in the game

Post by perceval » Wed, 4. Nov 20, 05:19

OK, I managed to get it working in the most recent Windows 10 build. I have tried so many combinations for compatibility settings, that at some point out of desperation, I finally bought the GOG version (a big 2$ !) to check if I could have better luck. After playing a while once again with some settings, I found THE setup that works for me. So if some of you feel a draft of nostalgia and ever want to to give X-Tension a spin, you can try this. I've tested it in both, Steam and GOG versions and this procedure works just fine.

Those who like me, have a 1440p monitor (mine is 3440x1440), may find it to be an exercise in frustration but this recipe should work for you as well. Here are the steps to follow:

1- Compatibility settings must be the same for BOTH executables, runme.exe AND X-TENSION.exe.
2- In the compatibility settings tab, check "Run this program in compatibility mode for" : Windows 98 / Windows Me
3- In the compatibility settings tab, check "Reduced color mode" : 16-bit (65536) color
4- Set your desktop resolution to 1920x1080 (NO, 1920x1440 or 2560x1440 does not work ; at least for me)
5- Start the game and un-check "Use settings"

The game should start normally. You can then set the settings you like. However, I noticed 2 things :

1- The sound settings panel does not want to close if I ever open it. I must close the application.
2- I read a post from someone who claimed to be able to play at any "desired" resolution. As far as I'm concerned, and as opposed to X-BTF, there's nothing higher than
1280x1024 available in the resolution dropbox. So I'd like to know how if possible, I could play in 1440.

Thanks everyone who offered some advice through this cumbersome process. Much appreciated and see ya all in Argon Prime! :mrgreen:

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