I am going to move on from the Command and Conquer series. The reason for this is that I cannot get the remaining games to run under Virtual PC. Command and Conquer – Tiberian Sun – has a copy protected CD that does not seem to work inside of Virtual PC. Command and Conquer – Generals – requires 3D video support which we do not provide.
So – the next series to look at under Virtual PC is the X-COM series. This is another classic set of games. I have spent many days playing the first game in this series, X-COM: UFO – Enemy Unknown. This is an excellent combination of resource management and base building along with turn based battles. It was also very atmospheric for it’s day (especially when performing a night raid on an alien mothership).
The only problem I have encountered running UFO – Enemy Unknown under Virtual PC is that my computer is too fast. The best way that I have found to deal with this is to use the ‘SlowDown’ tool from http://community.the-underdogs.org/pub/tools/slowdown/. I have found this tool to be much more effective than the usual ‘MoSlo’ utility – and it works with batch files (such as are used by UFO – Enemy Unknown). On my AMD Opteron 246 I need to run ‘SLOWDOWN /P:40′ in order to have the game remain playable.