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SeriTonin
06-12-07, 03:14 PM
http://firingsquad.com/news/newsarticle.asp?searchid=15929

Late last month, Microsoft released the PC versions of Halo 2 and Shadowrun. Both games can only be played on Microsoft's Vista OS, but a company called Falling Lead Studios has announced that it will be releasing software programs that it claims will allow both games to be played on the far higher installed base Windows XP. According to the site the release of these software programs will be made by late July. No pricing for the programs has been announced. There's also no word if Microsoft might try to stop these programs from being released.

ViN86
06-12-07, 03:16 PM
theyll stop them from being released. anything to push vista sales, even in the smallest amount.

only way they will get the software out is if it's open source.

flukester
06-12-07, 03:26 PM
I still wouldn't buy either game. Both stink. HALO 2 looks dated and Shadowrun is for a select few gamers that might think it's decent, but certainly doesn't attract to many. That was the basis of reviews I read. But if they released that software, it could jeopardize Microsoft BS of requiring Windows and DX10 people will strip the code down and do what's necessary to avoid needing Vista... (at least in my mind)

I am actually surprised as hell MS has gone this long with tying DirectX10 to Vista and requiring anyone wanting DX10 to have to get Vista. Did we not just have a massive court case because Microsoft apparently tied Internet Explorer into XP?

Dragunov
06-12-07, 05:24 PM
Well I just love this, I think it's a good thing to stop adding new features to older OS, XP is 5 years old and lot did happen in the meanwhile in every possible direction

So, yeah DX10 is Vista and I like this :)

Q
06-12-07, 09:31 PM
Well I just love this, I think it's a good thing to stop adding new features to older OS, XP is 5 years old and lot did happen in the meanwhile in every possible direction

So, yeah DX10 is Vista and I like this :)

Neither of those two games are DX10, so why are they Vista only? It's not about adding new features to an old OS, its about keeping games off of a system just to strong arm consumers into buying a new OS.

jolle
06-12-07, 09:33 PM
Neither of those two games are DX10, so why are they Vista only? It's not about adding new features to an old OS, its about keeping games off of a system just to strong arm consumers into buying a new OS.
Well it would be about bypassing the installers check I guess.
And possibly enable Live Anywhere! on XP?
And that installfree installer thing...

mynakedrat
06-12-07, 10:21 PM
i dont hink either of those games could possibly steer more than a few thousand people to vista anyway, i mean really, has anyone tried these...dirt....

jAkUp
06-12-07, 10:42 PM
Actually, Halo 2 for Vista is selling really good right now, even with the requirements.

1) World Of Warcraft - Vivendi
2) World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Expansion Pack - Vivendi
3) The Sims 2 Seasons Expansion Pack - Electronic Arts
4) Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars - Electronic Arts
5) Halo 2 - Microsoft
6) The Sims 2 Celebration Stuff Expansion Pack - Electronic Arts
7) Civilization IV - 2K Games
8) The Sims 2 Deluxe - Electronic Arts
9) Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows Of Angmar - Midway
10) Half-Life 2: Episode 1 - Electronic Arts

jolle
06-12-07, 11:00 PM
That doesnt count Xbox Halo2 sales then?
odd that so many would buy it, maybe xbox users who want the slighly updated graphics, higher res and MP on PC part..
beats me..

JasonPC
06-12-07, 11:27 PM
Hahahahaha, this is coming from the same person who says he's going to allow directx 10 games to run on XP. I don't have a lot of faith in this at all.

jAkUp
06-12-07, 11:50 PM
That doesnt count Xbox Halo2 sales then?
odd that so many would buy it, maybe xbox users who want the slighly updated graphics, higher res and MP on PC part..
beats me..

That is PC only sales.

Surprises me, I didn't think it would sell very well with its heavy O.S. requirement.

nutcrackr
06-13-07, 03:27 AM
The number of people that bought it without knowing it was vista only I'm sure is probably near 50%.

Shadowrun for pc didn't do too well though :lol:

WeReWoLf
06-13-07, 03:49 AM
Strange, you'd think they'd be able to read. Under the Games for Windows Logo is three words that are clearly stated. "Requires Windows Vista"

Bokishi
06-13-07, 06:42 AM
The number of people that bought it without knowing it was vista only I'm sure is probably near 50%.


I think that too lol

Dragunov
06-13-07, 09:16 AM
Neither of those two games are DX10, so why are they Vista only? It's not about adding new features to an old OS, its about keeping games off of a system just to strong arm consumers into buying a new OS.

Yeah, that's a bad move indeed.

But DX10 is Vista and has nothing to do with those two games :)

They could have made them XP and Vista

flukester
06-13-07, 12:02 PM
That is PC only sales.

Surprises me, I didn't think it would sell very well with its heavy O.S. requirement.

Doesn't say how many 'units' are sold and imo, PC games aren't selling all that well these days, I mean look CiV 4 is back on there as is HL2 EP1....:rolleyes:

Shamrock
06-13-07, 10:22 PM
It's not called Falling Lead...it's Falling Leaf (with an F, not a D). It's called the Alky Project.

Here is the website:
His blog...
http://alkyproject.blogspot.com/

Official website...
http://www.fallingleafsystems.com/

SH64
06-23-07, 02:18 AM
Halo 2 XP patch in the torrents ... any idea if its working or just another tricky file ? (size 119k :bleh:)

nutcrackr
06-23-07, 02:23 AM
download it and report back before the virus rapes your computer.

XxDeadlyxX
06-23-07, 02:40 AM
Halo 2 XP patch in the torrents ... any idea if its working or just another tricky file ? (size 119k :bleh:)

Works 100%, thanks a lot (nana2) :captnkill:

Now I can play it on XP before I switch back to Vista next week when the 8800 DV driver comes :captnkill:

If you dont trust my word for it, I will post a screenshot.

So much for 'paying' for it on XP :D

jAkUp
06-23-07, 02:50 AM
Doesn't say how many 'units' are sold and imo, PC games aren't selling all that well these days, I mean look CiV 4 is back on there as is HL2 EP1....:rolleyes:

PC Gaming is selling better this year than past years.

But even so, it is still in the top 10 list, meaning it is one of the top 10 selling PC Games, regardless of how many units are sold.

XxDeadlyxX
06-23-07, 02:58 AM
Ok perhaps I spoke too soon.... for some reason even though I'm signed into Live the Network and Live buttons on main screen are greyed out...

Also performance seems.... BAD lol... I have no idea why.. ran decent on Vista when I had Vista installed recently. Also the audio seems to be stereo only, whereas 5.1 worked in Vista. Not sure what's up with that, I thought it was an OpenAL game (hence 5.1 working on Vista).. perhaps it's something different again... (Xaudio?)

Hmmm... I'll be back on Vista soon anyway

Jonelo
06-23-07, 03:02 AM
Performance goes up 30% with XP. Graphics detail high! Everything loads faster too!

:D :D :D


http://i18.tinypic.com/4zdq5ht.jpg
http://rapidshare.com/files/38788150/WowLoader-0.2.rar

Installation Instructions:
1) Extract the archive.
2) Insert the Halo 2 DVD
3) Run Startup.exe on the Halo 2 DVD using the included Loader.exe
Ie.: Loader.exe D:\Startup.exe
4) Install the game.
5) Install XLiveRedist1.0.6027.msi and vcredist.msi from the \redists dir on the Halo 2 DVD.
6) Copy the following files into the directory you installed Halo 2:
dwmapi.dll, mf.dll, MFPlat.dll
7) Finished. To play the game, run halo2.exe using the included Loader.exe
Ie.: Loader.exe "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Halo 2\halo2.exe"
--

Performance goes up 30% with XP. Graphics detail high! Everything loads faster too!

MEGAUPLOAD:
*********


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/Erincito/Dibujorrrrtt.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/Erincito/Dibujoww.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/Erincito/Dibujodvcsdv.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/Erincito/Dibujorrrr.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/Erincito/Diybujo.jpg

nutcrackr
06-23-07, 03:29 AM
lol can u play online with it?

Trizae
06-23-07, 06:55 AM
thats awesome! wonder if it works with Shadowrun too?