I picked up a few missing PC Zone’s recently (at some expense). I’ll get around to scanning them in full eventually but in the meanwhile, I thought I’d have a look through them all to see if there was anything Origin.
I love this Wing Commander 3 review from the February 96 issue. It’s written in the form of a choose your own adventure complete with a choice of final scores. As much as I like the game, the comments on performance on lower performance machines are fair enough.
Also from the same issue, a quick interview with Mark Hamill. There is more on his porn watching habits than Wing Commander 3 but this was PC Zone after all.
I’m breaking into the 1995 issues now with #33 from December. There is loads of good stuff in here with a nice smattering of Origin in the form of a Wing Commander 4 blueprint, Cybermage preview and a Crusader No Remorse review. There are also reviews of Phantasmagoria, Destruction Derby and Worms among others. It can be downloaded from here.
This weeks PC Zone scan is from March 1996. It was the last one missing from 1996 so it’s another year knocked off the list. The big reviews in this one all seem to be first sequels with Civilization 2, Warcraft 2 and Gabriel Knight 2. Origin gets a look in with a Longbow preview + keyboard overlay and there’s also an article on FMV games which are a not so guilty pleasure of mine. As ever, the pdf is available from here.
The updates for the Ultima Patcher are coming thick and fast this year. This latest one adds some tweaks from Natreg Dragon to Ultima 4, 7 & Serpent Isle. The most major of these is an EGA downgrade patch for the VGA upgrade. While this might initially sound counterproductive, it can be used to play the game with the original graphics but with the added enhancements the VGA patch offers such as music. The previous music only patch had major issues with low CPU cycles in DOSBox and I’ve dropped this from the patcher.
The tweaks to Ultima 7 and Serpent Isle are more minor and are detailed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/UltimaDragons/permalink/10156908034553797/. This patch will fix the ability to fish in both games and the Eiko/Amanda/Iskander is also fixed in Ultima 7. I’ve also added the earthquake fix to Serpent Isle.
The latest version can be downloaded here. Beyond checking that the patches apply, I’ve not done any testing of these so please let me know if I’ve missed anything.
This week’s PC Zone scan is the April 1996 edition featuring a review of the stomach churning Descent 2. This was definitely one of the best games on a VFX-1 provided you made sure not to eat first. It also covers Top Gun which I’m slightly intrigued by as it passed me by at the time but the joystick I use on my DOS PC is a Thrustmaster Top Gun and I’m wondering now if it was tied in to the game.
At any rate, this issue can be downloaded along with the others from here.