April 17, 2012

HOMM3 -- bad end

In baseball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains.

In a computer game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes Windows pops up a box saying the game has executed an illegal operation and will be terminated.

And that's happened to me the last two times I tried to play Heroes of Might and Magic 3. It rather takes the fun out of the game. Yeah, the game auto-saves, though I don't have the slightest idea how often, but that's no answer. The second time I was only about three turns into the game when it died. It isn't worth dealing with something that unreliable. (I'm also really tired of the game locking up for a second or two every time it decides to play a special sound. At least that's what I conjecture it's doing; I play with the sound muted.)

The crashes may not be the fault of the game; they may be the fault of the "high definition" modified-version of the game that I'm using, which permits me to run the thing at a reasonable size on my 1920*1080 display.

If I run the standard version, it goes into full screen mode, and the aspect ratio is crap so it looks weird. If I hit F4, which is supposed to switch it from full-screen to windowed mode, it tells me I can only do that if my Windows desktop is set to 16-bit graphics mode.

And I'll be damned if I'll change my display settings just to play this SOB.

There's one last chance here: I also have HOMM4. It was created later, and maybe, just maybe, it plays nicer with modern Windows computers. But I'm not really very enthusiastic about trying it. I'm feeling just a bit gunshy at this point.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Gaming at 04:19 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
Post contains 303 words, total size 2 kb.

1 If you have XP Mode, it might circumvent these problems.

Posted by: RickC at April 17, 2012 07:07 PM (WQ6Vb)

2 I actually remember the game being pretty unstable when it was released.  Of course *everything* was unstable back then...  If I'm remembering right, it was pretty picky about a lot of things such as video driver version, certain processors, etc.  There was a period when XP was fairly new that I had three computers, and some games would only run reliably on one of the three, and which one it was varied from game to game.  I don't know how you'd correct for those kind of issues when trying to run such a game on a modern machine, although XP mode might help, and certainly couldn't hurt.  But I certainly wouldn't jump through that level of hoops when I could just move to the next iteration of the game.

Posted by: David at April 17, 2012 07:22 PM (Kn54v)

3 Sorry to hear about the stability problems. I suspect you are correct about the HD modification being the problem. I run the GOG version of HOMM3 in fullscreen with a lower resolution (which is how I remember the game anyway, so it does not bother me) and have had no stability issues at all.

Which as David noted is certainly a nice change from the original release, which was quite buggy way back when. HOMM3 had at least 4 patch versions that I remember and maybe more. (Just checked, and I still have the patches! )

I am not sure if HOMM4 would be more stable or not, as I have not tried the GOG version of it.

Posted by: haphazard1 at April 18, 2012 10:33 PM (9yBYR)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
      [spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)

At Chizumatic, we take pride in being incomplete, incorrect, inconsistent, and unfair. We do all of them deliberately.

How to put links in your comment

Comments are disabled. Post is locked.
7kb generated in CPU 0.02, elapsed 0.0287 seconds.
20 queries taking 0.0199 seconds, 20 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.