The Elder Scrolls: Arena under Virtual PC

The Elder Scrolls: Arena under Virtual PC

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'The Elder Scrolls: Arena' is the first game in the Elder Scrolls series - the latest of which is the fantastic 'The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind' - available for X-Box and PC.  The makers of The Elder Scroll series have just recently decided to make this classic role playing game available for free download at:

http://www.elderscrolls.com/downloads/downloads_games.htm

Originally released in 1994 – this was one of the early generation of first person role playing games.  Unlike its peers – Arena had the player engage in live combat (rather than the turn based combat used by most other role playing games at the time).  'The Elder Scrolls: Arena' is set in the same world as the rest of the Elder Scrolls series (the land of Tamriel) and shares many features with its descendants.

The main story of this game is that the reigning emperor - Uriel Septim VII – has been imprisoned in another dimension, and an imposter has taken his place.  It is your job to try and defeat the imposter and restore the emperor to his position.  This is, of course, a drastic simplification – and their are many steps and discoveries that you need to make to achieve your end goal.  There are also a myriad of optional side stories / quests that you can investigate.

In order to get this running under Virtual PC you will need to:

  1. Configure the sound card to use IRQ 5
  2. Use F3 key to change the 'roll' setting to 'cross hatch'
  3. Use the F4 key to turn off pixilation effects
    1. Steps 2 & 3 are necessary to deal with video slow downs that happen with these two effects.
  4. Depending on the speed of your computer you may also need to use a slow down utility to get the speed right.

Then it is nothing but classic RPG goodness:

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Update – 5/23/2010:

This post was originally written using Virtual PC 2004.  I have confirmed that this also works in Windows Virtual PC in Windows 7:

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Cheers,
Ben

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  • Hi Ben,
    I looking for help... I read here that is possible to play Crusader no remorse under VirtualPC! (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/12/03/274205.aspx#274239) (http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2004/10/14/242169.aspx#243216)

    But I'm not able to run Crusader under VritualPC!!! I always got only this:

    Exception 14
    AX=3006 BX=0A7A CX=0278 DX=0000 SP=063E BP=0634 SI=26B3 DI=0A2E
    DS=0010 ES=0010 SS=19C8 CS=0008 IP=23DB Flags=3006 Error=002

    Runtime error 208 at 00DA:2912

    Please can you help me? Or can you give me some advice and tips???
  • Last time I tried Crusader with Virtual PC was with Connectix Virtual PC v5.1 and it worked fine. I've heard of people having issues with it with Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 but I haven't tried Crusader on that version yet.

    I do know that Crusader works fine on http://dosbox.sourceforge.net
  • Wow, can you read the text in that game?? It looks horrible in the screenshots.

  • Hi Mr. Ed,

    That's about as good as it gets with VGA graphics :-)

    Cheers,
    Ben
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