It was with some surprise that I revisited some old PC games on Windows 8.1 and found them working again for the first time since Windows XP.
Often you need fixed versions to remove copy protection that no longer works and if they are running from protected locations (like your system’s Program Files folder), they will need Run as Administrator set in the Compatibility properties page.
Here are some Steam custom images to integrate them into your Steam library.
Cannonball is a reassembly of the OutRun arcade machine and adds widescreen and 60 fps support to your MAME-compatible OutRun ROM.
Juiced is a game with ambition and ideas and lots to do but it never quite found a big audience. It runs in widescreen resolutions and has full controller support.
To get Juiced to run:
- If you want to use a noCD patched version, copy the fixed Juiced.exe over the original.
- For Juiced.exe, set Compatibility Mode to XP Service Pack 3.
To set up controls:
- Copy diactfrm.dll, diamp.dll and Fix DInput.bat into Juiced folder (if this doesn’t work copy it to %windir%\SysWOW64 and run from there).
- Open an Administrator command window (or Right-Shift Right-Click and Run as Administrator) and run Fix DInput.bat. This registers diactfrm.dll using the command: regsvr32.exe /s diactfrm.dll
- Run JuicedConfig.exe and set Juiced to 640×480 Windowed Mode.
- Run Juiced and select Controls from the Options menu. Now you can assign your controls using the old Direct Input controls editor.
- In Juiced’s options, adjust steering sensitivity to a preferred value as it will be a bit too sensitive for a gamepad.
- Then you can exit and set Juiced back to full screen using JuicedConfig.exe
- Located in %appdata%\THQ
Le Mans 24 Hours aka Test Drive: Le Mans, the 2002 game from Melbourne House and Infogrames is one of the best racing games of all time.
It has full controller support and recognises all 4:3 ratio screen sizes registered to your display. (4:3 on a 1080P display is 1440×1080 pixels.) All controls are rebindable.
- If you don’t want to see the intro movies you can rename or delete the Data/FMV folder.
- You can force anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering using your graphic card’s control panel.
Sega GT was Sega’s attempt to produce a Gran Turismo class game. It spawned a really good Xbox-exclusive double sequel (Sega GT 2002 and Sega GT Online) but the original game was let down by baffling handling. The game surrounding it was quite good but the core gameplay was not. The chance to race around original, non-real world tracks is worth it though and the tracks in the sequels are superb.
The Dreamcast version was good-looking but the PC version was not. With your graphics card control panel you can force anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering but it will still only be 640×480.
To get Sega GT to run:
- Set Compatibility Mode for SegaGT.exe to Windows 95.
- If you don’t wish to see the intro movies which pop up in silly little ActiveMovie windows, simply delete or rename them. The game will then launch directly.
Sega Rally is the PC version of the original arcade game. It is surprisingly good, arguably better than Sega Rally 2 thanks to more consistent and understandable handling.