Originally conceived as a 3D sequel to Sega’s classic Streets Of Rage series, Fighting Force sees you and an optional friend take on wave after wave of bad guys using just your knuckles and any weapons you happen to find lying around.
The game should install without any issues on modern PCs. Simply place the disc in the drive and follow the on-screen prompts. If the installer does not start automatically, browse to the CD in Computer/This PC and run the Install.exe file manually. Once installation is complete, you should reboot your computer.
In order to even start the game on a modern PC, you will need to use dgVoodoo2. The version we used for testing was version 2.52. Install dgVoodoo2 to your Fighting Force game directory (C:\Program Files (x86)\Core Design Ltd\Fighting Force by default) according to the tutorial here. Fighting Force is a DirectX game.
Running the game
Before you try to run the game for the first time, you should run the “Setup Fighting Force” program from your Start menu/screen. This will allow you to configure the games options.
Fighting Force is not fully compatible with modern versions of Windows. The only way we could persuade the game to start was to use this patch. To use the patch, simply download the file then copy the executable into the Fighting Force program directory, overwriting the existing file (you might want to take a backup first).
Even with this patch, the game also has no music on modern PCs. Using the _inmm.dll tool failed to fix the problem.
The game itself appears to be a straight port from the Sony PlayStation original, meaning there are few (if any) PC specific enhancements. With that in mind you may simply wish to configure a PlayStation emulator and play the PlayStation version instead of this seemingly poor port.
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