UFO – Enemy Unknown under Virtual PC

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.

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Cheers,
Ben