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Tizoc
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(10-06-2017, 04:10 PM)
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http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...eing-forgotten

Eurogamer just put an article about Westwood's Blade Runner game.
I've heard of the game and that it was well praised.

For anyone interested in playing it, do use this mod/fan patch to get it running on modern systems
https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Blade_Runner
Phediuk
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(10-06-2017, 04:11 PM)
I associate this game in my head with the adventure game "Ripper" that came out around the same time. I'm not sure which of my memories are from which game.
sangreal
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(10-06-2017, 04:11 PM)
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It's a great game, though I'm really not a fan of the random story mechanic
Mercurio
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(10-06-2017, 04:12 PM)
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GOG please.
GavinUK86
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(10-06-2017, 04:13 PM)
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LOVE this game. I wish someone would get the rights and remaster/remake it.
kris.
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(10-06-2017, 04:13 PM)
This is on GOG, right? I played Lands of Lore 2 way back when I was like 8 and it had a Blade Runner trailer attached to it and I remember thinking it was the coolest goddamn thing I'd ever seen but was a lil kid and didn't have the means to get it.
tuxfool
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(10-06-2017, 04:14 PM)

Originally Posted by Mercurio

GOG please.

The game, much like Blade Runner in general suffers from being in a licensing minefield. Also all the original assets of the game have since been lost, so a GoG release would be shoehorning the old binaries into modern systems.
Shake Appeal
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(10-06-2017, 04:14 PM)
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As the article mentions, people can't remaster it or put it up for sale because the source code has been lost.
Valar Morghulis
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(10-06-2017, 04:15 PM)
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I remember wanting to buy this game some years back, looked all over the place, couldn't find it. No wonder it's forgotten.
Un4
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(10-06-2017, 04:16 PM)
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I still have this boxed, somewhere. Too bad there is zero chance of a remaster.
RS4-
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(10-06-2017, 04:19 PM)
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I wish I kept my game instead of...trading it back into EB lol. I think I got stuck rather early in the game, somewhere around the time you do the CSI image enhancement thing :(
MisterCTwo
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(10-06-2017, 04:19 PM)
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One of my all-time favorite adventure games. I remember playing through it 2 or 3 times and each time being disappointed it had to end. It's a classic for sure.
KainXVIII
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(10-06-2017, 04:23 PM)
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Originally Posted by tuxfool

The game, much like Blade Runner in general suffers from being in a licensing minefield. Also all the original assets of the game have since been lost, so a GoG release would be shoehorning the old binaries into modern systems.

Like they always do.
N30RYU
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(10-06-2017, 04:25 PM)
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Never got to see Rachel in my multiple play troughts... she was Rendered on the back cover... so I asumed she was in.
Ian
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(10-06-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Awesome game. One of the few big box PC games I kept hold of.
Yohane
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(10-06-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Can you play it on modern systems? (with Wine or something similar)
nOoblet16
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(10-06-2017, 04:32 PM)
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A question, why don't they just make the IP unrestricted for old games like these that are not available anywhere, have their entire source files are lost (how does that happen btw?) as well as studio and publishers now defunct? Cause that way atleast someone can upload the game and make it legally available to everyone.
Grettir_the_Swole
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(10-06-2017, 04:38 PM)
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I love this game. It deserves all the hype it can get. I installed a Win 95 Plus (USB support, yo!) VM on my computer just so I could play my physical copy of the game. It's a shame its rising popularity is turning original standalone copies into scalper bait.

Originally Posted by Yohane

Can you play it on modern systems? (with Wine or something similar)

I had to install a VM as a method of last resort. DOS games don't play well on Windows 10.

Originally Posted by nOoblet16

A question, why don't they just make the IP unrestricted for old games like these that are not available anywhere, have their entire source files are lost (how does that happen btw?).

IIRC in an interview with one of the lead directors, the original files were physically lost when switching over to new computers. There was also an IP dispute early on as well. Common issue in early game development before remote storage became commonplace.
tuxfool
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(10-06-2017, 04:39 PM)

Originally Posted by nOoblet16

A question, why don't they just make the IP unrestricted for old games like these that are not available anywhere, have their entire source files are lost (how does that happen btw?) as well as studio and publishers now defunct?

Why?

Because copyright law is mostly a load of BS. There is the concept of Abandonware, but that is very much an untested grey area.
Kelas
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(10-06-2017, 04:44 PM)
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Another article here with some good images.

Originally Posted by Yohane

Can you play it on modern systems? (with Wine or something similar)

Follow the pcgamingwiki instructions linked in the op and it should. I played it a few years ago on a win7 machine with no problems. I followed a different guide but as far as I can remember the steps were the same.
smudge
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(10-06-2017, 04:45 PM)
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I also have this boxed somewhere, might be in my mums attic or something. I should have a look next time i'm there. Would be fun to play again. I remember the Voight-Kampff tests being real good fun.
Var
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(10-06-2017, 04:46 PM)
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One of my favorite games. I replay it about once a year.
JaseC
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(10-06-2017, 04:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Shake Appeal

As the article mentions, people can't remaster it or put it up for sale because the source code has been lost.

Well, the game as it currently exists could be made available, but there are a couple of legal wrinkles there:

1) Ownership of the game is split between EA and The Blade Runner Partnership, so the two would have to agree on a revenue split, and
2) EA would probably have to relicence the IP and no mega-publisher would do that just for a re-release
Rygar 8 Bit
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(10-06-2017, 04:56 PM)
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miss westwood so much i need nox 2 damn you EA
Acidote
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(10-06-2017, 04:56 PM)
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Took the chance to clean the dust.

rudger
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(10-06-2017, 04:56 PM)
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Is there any reason not to just buy this off eBay if interested? Doesn’t seem expensive for how supposedly rare it is
Xater
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(10-06-2017, 04:58 PM)
The game is a real gem. Got it day 1 back then. Westwood making a Blade Runner adventure was just a no brainer. I'm really sad I no longer have it around.
Sidewinder
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(10-06-2017, 04:59 PM)
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Still have my Cds somewhere, awesome game. I loved searching for clues in the photographs.
datruth29
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(10-06-2017, 05:04 PM)
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This was one of my first adventure games that I've ever played. Excellent game, would love to replay it again.
tkscz
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(10-06-2017, 05:06 PM)
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Anywhere I can get the game then? Sounds like fun and I missed a lot of PC games from back in the day.
Rygar 8 Bit
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(10-06-2017, 05:07 PM)
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Originally Posted by tkscz

Anywhere I can get the game then? Sounds like fun and I missed a lot of PC games from back in the day.

ebay
Honome
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(10-06-2017, 05:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by Tizoc


For anyone interested in playing it, do use this mod/fan patch to get it running on modern systems
https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Blade_Runner

wow! Thanks for the info, now i can finally play my copy on my windows 8. Too bad i don't have the cover box anymore only the cd box, at least the manual is still thete.
DominusLeges
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(10-07-2017, 11:52 AM)
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So long as I draw breath neither this game or any other Westwood Studios game will be forgotten. One of the most underrated development studios ever in my opinion.
StayDead
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(10-07-2017, 11:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by DominusLeges

So long as I draw breath neither this game or any other Westwood Studios game will be forgotten. One of the most underrated development studios ever in my opinion.

Until EA ran them into the ground like Bullfrog :(
StrategyFan
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(10-07-2017, 12:15 PM)
listened to a podcast about the making of this game and other westwood stuff

it was quite interesting. https://www.idlethumbs.net/designern...s/louis-castle
Mr_Moogle
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(10-07-2017, 12:16 PM)
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Damn I used to love Westwood's games but I never played Blade Runner.
Crispy75
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(10-07-2017, 12:20 PM)
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The really sad thing is that the voxel models shipped with the game were massively simplified from the originals. If the source data had been preserved (terabytes of it!), it could be truly remastered and look fantastic.
Shadow Ranger
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(10-07-2017, 12:32 PM)
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Remember this coming with my PC on a dvd. Spent a lot of time on this. Getting stuck. Forgot where but I think I ended up with a bad ending or just gave up. Did like what I played though.
Haunted
(10-07-2017, 12:37 PM)
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Ahead of its time back then in so many ways. Loved almost everything about it.
Creamium
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(10-07-2017, 01:03 PM)
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I got this when I was about 12 or 13 and actually played this before seeing the movie. It's one of the only old school big pc boxes I have. After playing it I even thought the game was better than the movie because of the multiple endings and variations throughout the game. I was floored by it and replayed it a couple of times. It was one of the first point and click adventures I played and I still consider it one of the best.

We should get a revamped version of this but we're probably never going to and that's a shame. Good thing that the new movie makes it get more attention though.
Sloane
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(10-07-2017, 01:26 PM)
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Fantastic game. Awful that the source code was lost, apparently they even could have re-rendered everything in much higher resolution otherwise for a remaster or whatever.
Bootador83
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(10-07-2017, 01:29 PM)
This and Spycraft were two of my childhood faves.
Rymuth
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(10-07-2017, 01:30 PM)
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It's a bonafide hidden gem.

Blew my mind at the narrative branches it possessed. At the time, my young mind couldn't wrap itself around how many paths you could take. Hell, you could pull out your gun at any time during the conversation and blast away.
DoctorFling
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(10-07-2017, 01:35 PM)
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Is this on GOG? After being thoroughly disappointed with the new film I want some more classic Blade Runner stuff in my life
KainXVIII
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(10-07-2017, 01:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by DoctorFling

Is this on GOG? After being thoroughly disappointed with the new film I want some more classic Blade Runner stuff in my life

No and maybe never will (copyright issues)
Tizoc
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(10-07-2017, 01:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by DoctorFling

Is this on GOG? After being thoroughly disappointed with the new film I want some more classic Blade Runner stuff in my life

Nope but if you want something with a Blade Runner esque theme or setting,
Check out Technobabylon
KLoWn
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(10-07-2017, 01:38 PM)
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I honestly thought it was better than the movie, which I've given 3-4 chances during the years in hope that it would grow on me, it didn't.

The atmosphere in the game is superb.
Rymuth
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(10-07-2017, 01:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by KLoWn

I honestly thought it was better than the movie, which I've given 3-4 chances during the years in hope that it would grow on me, it didn't.

The atmosphere in the game is superb.

McCoy >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Decker
storafötter
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(10-07-2017, 01:42 PM)
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One of the most breathtaking experiences with a point and click adventure. Oozes with so much atmosphere. First Blader Runner experience, so much better than the film.
Screaming Meat
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(10-07-2017, 01:44 PM)
Man, I loved this game. Super immersive.

I remember the first night my friend got it: we settled in for a long one and progressively worked our way through it. Got stuck a few times, but eventually got to the end. My mate's mum came in asking whether I had been to bed. That's when I realised my mate had ages ago and it was early morning. :D

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