If you thought copyright enforcement was getting strict these days, be thankful you don’t live in the future envisioned in Fury 3. In 2482, intellectual property theft has become so rampant that it has started an all-out intergalactic war. During this conflict, the Terran peace council developed a race of warriors called the Bions. Far from simply suing people for illegally downloading the latest beats on the intergalactic internet, these super soldiers could wipe out an entire planet in a matter of hours. Of course, like all science fiction super soldiers, they got a little bored after the IP wars ended and decided to turn on their creators. After dispatching the Bions, the Terran Council of Peace naturally had its funding cut and after it was discovered that a few Bions had actually survived to plan a counterattack, the council could only spare one measly fighter to counter the threat. As the office intern you have been tasked with piloting this space craft and bringing down the Bions once and for all. Succeed and you’re almost guaranteed a paid job next year.
Fury 3 must be installed manually on modern versions of Windows. To do so, simply insert the CD into your computers optical drive, then browse to the CD in Computer/This PC. On the root directory of the CD there is a folder called “Fury3”. Copy this entire folder to your hard drive.
Setting compatibility options
If you want to play with a modern gamepad, such as an Xbox 360 controller, be sure to set the compatibility options on “FURY3.exe” to run the game in Windows 95 compatibility mode. No other compatibility options should be necessary.
Using game controllers
Fury 3 has limited controller support. By using an Xbox 360 controller you can use the left analogue stick to pilot your craft. You are only able to assign functions to the first four buttons, but if you use a utility such as Xpadder you can map keyboard functions to the remaining buttons as desired.
Troubleshooting and known issues
Cannot open the help file:- Fury 3 comes with a full help file that contains the back story to the game as well as the keyboard commands needed to play. This file is in an older format and will not open directly on modern versions of Windows. Microsoft offer a free download to fix this problem, simply attempt to open the Help file and follow the on-screen instructions. Many users have reported having issues with this download however, with the downloaded update claiming it is “not suitable for your system”. If you need to, use this link to download a program called “winhlp32”. Extract this program from the zip file and run it, you can then open your help file using this program.
Game does not run full screen:- It is not possible to put the game into full screen mode, attempting to do so will usually just crash the game. This is possibly due to the game being so old that its full screen resolution is smaller than modern graphics cards and monitors can typically display.
Sound playback issues:- On our test machine, sound playback in Fury 3 was blighted by clicks and stuttering. We were not able to find a workaround for this problem apart from running the game in a Windows 98 virtual machine, which then prevents game controllers working correctly.
Windows 8 incompatible:- We were not able to run this game on our Windows 8 machine, running the game gave us this error message:-
Other reports on the internet suggest this may be an anomaly on our machine and the game may work for you, but of course there are no guarantees.
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