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Heh. It has been so long since I posted about a game that I am sure that many of you were wondering what had gone wrong. Well, never fear, things have just been a bit busy around here. So, today I was reminiscing about about old Tex Murphy games - and thought I would dust off some of my games to see how they went under Virtual PC.
Mean Streets is the first Tex Murphy game - and it has an intriguing plot where you play the role of Tex Murphy, a private investigator in a post-apocalyptic world. You start off investigating the death of a professor who was working on a secret project.
The oddity of this game was that it constantly switched between traditional 'talky' style - where you had to interrogate people and choose the right conversation options - and a 3D flying hovercar mode which you use to travel between each location. Both of these aspects were quite top notch for the time the game was created in - but I was always annoyed by having to deal with these two opposites of game play jammed together.
So how does it run under Virtual PC? OK -
There are two notable issues when running the game under Virtual PC:
I've had it installed for quite some time - it's one of my favs. Martian Memorandum plays as well.
The only improvement these old games still need under VPC is sound - it's really bad for most of them. DOSBox runs Win 3.1 (w/Games installed) with perfect sound - can't VPC address this directly?
I'm a big VPC fan by the way - just looking for some improvement.
I think that a new Tex Murphy game would be awesome on the 360... Just think about using MS' highly touted WMV 10 HD codecs for some awesome FMV scenes. I would sell school kids into slavery for even just a 720p Tex Murphy trailer. I'd certainly buy an HD-DVD drive for a full game, and that would decide the format war for me personally...
Unfortunate that Microsoft had to help kill one of the more truly unique game franchises...
I've got Under A Killing Moon, which I tried running under VPC about a year ago. It acted pretty funny, but it kinda played. It would probably have worked better if I had not lost the manual over the years - the controls were not exactly intuitive!
Dang I loved that game. State of the art multimedia in it's day, and it even ran smoothly on my 486dx4-100 with 4 megs of ram... Oh where has the technology curve taken us?
Hey, ya, Max - you are on to something there.
Someone alert the XBox Live Arcade team - I WOULD DEFINITELY PAY 800 to 1000 points to play each of these again!
Dude... Mean streets. The soundtrack was the best EVAR. Also: "They're in my head! THEYRE IN MY HEAD!!!" And it all played through the system speaker, no sound card needed.