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Battlezone

Full official expansion pack for Battlezone.

Application Details:

Version: The Red Odyssey 1.3
License: Retail
URL: http://www.activision.com
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.3.10

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What works

Installs and runs well.
Hardware accelerated graphics and sound effects.
Singleplayer missions.

What does not

Some non-essential HUD elements missing (line to selection square / target lead)

CD Audio through the game (mixed-mode CD, can be played in background)

Game resolutions above 1280x1024 (never in original Battlezone)

Workarounds

What was not tested

Multiplayer (rarely used in BZ community)

Later singleplayer levels

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

Requires Battlezone 1.4, so install run before attempting install of The Red Odyssey (TRO). The process to get TRO to work is almost identical to that of Battlezone (at the time of report). 1) Use wine to install the expansion pack - it will default to ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/The Red Odyssey 2) Patch the expansion pack to 1.3 - the patch can be found in various places (unfortunately the creators of the pack are no longer around) such as here: http://www.battlezone1.net/extras/ (under odysseypatchv13.zip). The patch works fine in wine. 3) Use winetricks (sh winetricks dsound) to load dsound - this helps with annoying background audio effects 4) Rename or delete the 'anims' folder in the /The Red Odyssey base directory 5) Modify 'render.cfg' (in /The Red Odyssey base directory) to allow higher resolutions, triple buffer and mipmaps..and disable zbuffer (helps greatly with graphics performance) 6)In Wine Config, set the main odyssey.exe to Windows 98 7a) If wanting to play in fullscreen - untick 'Emulate a virtual desktop', 'Allow the window manager to control the windows' and 'allow the window manager to decorate the windows' in the graphics tab..and tick 'allow directx apps to stop the mouse leaving their window' 7b) If wanting to play in a window (safer) - *tick* 'Emulate a virtual desktop', 'Allow the window manager to control the windows' and 'allow the window manager to decorate the windows' in the graphics tab and set the emulated window to something 1280x1024 or under (the max resolution for Battlezone / TRO) depending on your screen resolution. *Untick* 'allow directx apps to stop the mouse leaving their window' TRO can now be played via wine odyssey.exe - you will need to change the game resolution in the options in-game. It may well be possible to enable the multiplayer by the addition of a servers.dat file (see the main Battlezone entry), but it has been a long time since MP has been used in TRO. It is considered a challenging extra set of SP missions in the main.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jan 02 20111.3.10Yes Yes SilverMatt Bee 

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HowTo / Notes

HOWTO
Battlezone works fairly well with the old 1.4 patch, but has to be tweaked an awful lot, especially if you want it to be full-screen and play in multiplayer.

1) Install CD

2) Download and install the 1.4 patch - can be located still on activision's servers here: download.activision.com/activision/battlezone/patch/bzpat14.exe

3) Delete or rename the 'anims' folder in the Battlezone base directory

4) Modify 'render.cfg' (in the battlezone base directory) to allow higher resolutions, triple buffer and mipmaps..and disable zbuffer (helps greatly with graphics performance)

5) Download dsound via winetricks (sorts out some background noise problems)

6) In Wine Config, set the main bzone.exe to Windows 98.

7a) If wanting to play in fullscreen - untick 'Emulate a virtual desktop', 'Allow the window manager to control the windows' and 'allow the window manager to decorate the windows' in the graphics tab..and tick 'allow directx apps to stop the mouse leaving their window'

7b)If wanting to play in a window (safer) - *tick* 'Emulate a virtual desktop', 'Allow the window manager to control the windows' and 'allow the window manager to decorate the windows' in the graphics tab and set the emulated window to something 1280x1024 or under (the max resolution for BZ 1.4) depending on your screen resolution. *Untick* 'allow directx apps to stop the mouse leaving their window'

8) You can now run the bzone executable (wine bzone.exe) to avoid the slow splash screen and run the game in single player. If you want to play multiplayer (well worth it)..then you will need an up-to-date servers.dat file in the base battlezone directory..the one that is generated will not show any servers. One can be found here: www.battlezone1.net/downloads/

9) In MP, excessive FPS causes problems with other players..so limiting FPS by enabling 'Sync to Vblank' in Nvidia / ATI control settings is helpful (it will just cap at your refresh rate).

For some reason, Wine doesn't seem to cope well with mixed-mode CDs so CD audio / music doesn't seem to happen..

Worth noting that Ken Miller, one of the original programmers, is at work creating a 1.5 patch which addresses many of the current problems and necessary tweaking.

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