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When your boss isn’t happy, it can be a stressful time for anyone at work. While most of us can go and hide in the toilets and pretend to have a poo, poor Malachi isn’t so lucky. You see, his boss is none other than God, THE God, who knows all and sees all. As humanity gets ever more greedy and stupid, God’s displeasure grows and so Malachi takes it upon himself to go to earth and fight the totalitarian regime of the Fallen. Apparently, God isn’t too keen on mortal man paying a visit either, so he must also destroy a space ship mankind has been working on to prevent them reaching heaven before they die. Released in 1999 to a somewhat lukewarm reception, Requiem is languishing in limbo now that the original publisher, 3DO, is no more. Despite its lack of critical and commercial success, the game does have a number of interesting ideas, most notably the inclusion of various magical angelic powers that Malachi can unleash on his foes.
Requiem: Avenging Angel will install on most modern PCs without a hitch. The installer will, amusingly, tell you that your system is not up to spec, but this can safely be ignored. The installer will also offer to install DirectX 6.1, this step should be skipped. If the installer crashes before you can successfully install the game, browse to the CD on your computer and locate the “SETUP.EXE” file on the root of the CD. Right click on this file and set the compatibility options to run the game in Windows 98 compatibility mode then try again.
Like many old games, Requiem will place save game files in the same directory it is installed to. This can cause problems when running on more modern versions of Windows, so you might want to change the games default installation directory (to C:\Games or something similar) or manually set the read/write permissions on the folder after installation.
There were two patches released for the game and you should install both. The first patch can be downloaded here and the second patch here. Unfortunately, both patch programs are incompatible with 64 bit versions of Windows. The second patch (patch 1.2) updates only one file for DirectX 8 compatibility. If you are unable to apply this patch, simply download the executable here (link broken? Let me know here) and copy it into your Requiem installation folder. As our copy of the game was pre-patched to version 1.2, we were unable to determine which files are changed in the first patch and so unfortunately we are unable to offer any assistance with applying this first patch.
Running the game
Requiem: Avenging Angel was never the most bug free game even when running on the hardware it was originally designed for. When running it on more modern systems, you can only hope and pray it will work.
In Windows 7, the game can be made to run by browsing to the Requiem folder in Windows Explorer (which is located by default at c:\program files\3DO\Requiem). Once in this folder, firstly change both Requiem.exe and D3D.exe to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode. Next, open the Media sub folder, then open the Movies sub folder. In this folder there should be one file only, called “SMACKW32.DLL”. Delete this file. The game should now run, however this will completely disable the games introduction video and any cut-scenes. This workaround did not work for us when using Windows 8.
One workaround for these problems is to use Windows XP. If you have a copy of XP and you can set it up on a spare hard drive, or as a dual boot system, we found that Requiem ran well under Windows XP using the same modern hardware we used to test and run Windows 7 and 8. The only issue we had was with occasional colour corruption on some of the movies and menus.
Another workaround is to use the DXWnd compatibility tool. Download and configure the tool and use the Requiem Avenging Angel profile as per our tutorial here. Sadly, this workaround only works with software mode rendering, which limits you to 640×480 resolution and low visual quality. The latest version of DXWnd also includes an export file for the Direct3D version of the game, but we were not able to get it working on our test machine. If you want to give the Direct 3D version a try, remember you need to start the “D3D.exe” file in the Requiem folder, rather than the “Software.exe” file.
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