Might & Magic 8 VS Windows 7


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Scarab Sages

I've been playing Might & Magic 6 and 7 on my Windows 7-running computer for some time with no problems - now that I try to play Might & Magic VIII, however, it doesn't work. At all. This makes no sense. It may be something to do with Direct-X being too advanced (but again, that makes no sense when the previous two games worked just fine).

Can anyone possibly help with this?

Scarab Sages

WEIRD UPDATE: I tried it on my other computer, which runs the same system, and...it works! Go figure.

Scarab Sages

If I recall correctly, Might & Magic VIII uses physx drivers. Try installing the physx legacy drivers or (if any) the physx drivers delivered with the game.


Part of it could have been one is 32 bit and one is 64 bit. I don't think MM likes 64 bit as much as 32 bit.

Also, make sure admin rights are enabled.

The other problem could be that your Video card in one machine isn't designed to run games in such low resolution. In that instance you'd need to run it in non-native resolution by using your graphics card software to enable it to do so.

If you run into other problems, you could always try the Gray Face patch.

Scarab Sages

All I can say for sure is that the old Might and Magic games canbe run on win 8.1 and win 10 - at least the GOG versions, I tried them all out (I-IX) today, just after reading the Harlequins post ;-) - so at least there is nothing there that inherently prevents them from running on a modern system - the bad news is that I had to do nothing by myself to make them run - so I can't help I'm Hiding in Your Closet out. That and that I am stuck playing World of Xeen for some time now...

Scarab Sages

Unrelated by do you know of any games that act as spiritual successors?

Scarab Sages

XEEN ETERNAL!!!

I'm in the middle of that myself; I just killed Lord Xeen and am about to venture into the Dark Side.

@BMovieMonster: GREAT question. Ubisoft makes some good games, but without the science-fantasy mythos, how dare they call it Might & Magic?

Scarab Sages

While they are in no other ways related to Might and Magic, the Sacred games (1&2) have prominent futuristic elements in an otherwise more or less traditional fantasy setting - also they are pretty good hack and slay rpgs - but similar (or more modern ES like games), sadly I know none.

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BMovieMonster wrote:
Unrelated by do you know of any games that act as spiritual successors?

The Legend of Grimrock games both follow in the vein of the old Might and Magic / Ultima / Wizardry games. They're not expensive either, so giving them a shot may be up your alley.

Scarab Sages

So here's the deal: I have it running - SORT OF - on VirtualBox; it looks like it would work, IF ONLY it would recognize that the CD is in the drive. It keeps demanding I put Might and Magic VIII CD in, WHEN THE CD IS ALREADY IN!!!

I don't know if anyone can help me with this?


Is virtual box pointing to the wrong cd drive?

Maybe virtually mount the cd also. With Deamon Tools you could do that and rename the drive to whatever letter you needed.

Scarab Sages

"Pointing?" It's unclear where it's looking - one concern is that my laptop has a busted CD-ROM, so I use one of those "prosthetic" ones, and it may be insisting on looking in the busted one. I don't really know.


That may be what's happening. What drive letter is the new cd rom?

Now that I think about it, maybe the game itself is is trying to access your busted cd rom and is not recognizing your new drive.

Did you install the game from your new, I assume USB cd rom?

Scarab Sages

Yes. The funny thing is that it recognizes the correct CD-ROM enough to run autorun every time - it's when I click "Play" and the initial loading screen shows up that it all breaks down.


BMovieMonster wrote:
Unrelated by do you know of any games that act as spiritual successors?

Well, there's MIGHT & MAGIC X: LEGACY, which is the actual successor. It was pretty well-received but I haven't played it myself.

LEGENDS OF GRIMROCK 1 and 2 are more successors to the DUNGEON MASTER/EYE OF THE BEHOLDER school of grid-based, real-time dungeon crawlers. There's enough similarity that you might enjoy them as well.


I really like the Legend of Grimrock games, although I do wish the magic system was less awkward.

Scarab Sages

Okay, so...we couldn't get Daemon Tools to work right, apparently (I'm being helped with this). Installing it required the installation of something else, and it wouldn't install...or something like that.


Ack, sorry to hear that. Back when I used daemon tools, many many moons ago, it didn't have any bloatware with it.

I still think it's a drive naming issue. Can you go into the bios and rename your new USB drive to the same as your broke one ("D" I'm assuming) and rename the broke one to like Z or something?


GOG.com has M&M VIII all set up for modern systems for 5.99.

Here

Scarab Sages

Molten Dragon wrote:

I still think it's a drive naming issue. Can you go into the bios and rename your new USB drive to the same as your broke one ("D" I'm assuming) and rename the broke one to like Z or something?

No, that cannot be done with this BiOS.


Matt Filla wrote:

GOG.com has M&M VIII all set up for modern systems for 5.99.

Here

For this weekend, I believe it's actually even cheaper. It looks like it is 1.97 for this weekend only.

On that note, is Might and Magic any good. With it at that price, I might be tempted to get it.


GreyWolfLord wrote:
On that note, is Might and Magic any good. With it at that price, I might be tempted to get it.

It depends what you are looking for in an RPG. If you don't mind bad graphics (and they were bad when the games came out), no AI to speak of (enemies attack you in a straight line and you can get them stuck behind objects quite easily), a hugely repetitive grind, no real story progression and no characterisation, than the MIGHT & MAGIC VI-VIII trilogy is playable. I did have fun with them, wandering around with bows, swords, magic and (later) laser rifles killing demons and dragons, but I played them on their original release in the late 1990s. I tried to go back after playing the likes of BALDUR'S GATE, PLANESCAPE: TORMENT and ANACHRONOX and it was just impossible. The near-total lack of character and narrative interaction became unbearable.

MIGHT & MAGIC IX is unplayably awful, but the recent X has gotten some very good reviews and is a reboot of the series set on a new planet, so there's no prior need for familiarity with the series.

Scarab Sages

I disagree near-wholly with Werthead's negative characterization (there is too story progression! And who cares if the graphics are dated? Not bad, just dated - this was back when the market was irrationally obsessed with the latest and greatest graphics, but New World Computing intelligently chose to focus on making a good game rather than screwing with a working formula). Might & Magic is practically my religion.

I have to agree about MM9, though. I tried playing that once when it came out, and I quit in disgust after what couldn't have been more than half an hour. I'd never done that before.

Anyways, I got it from GoodOldGames, and while I'm unhappy we were unable to figure out how to do it with my old CDs, this downloaded version is working just fine (except for some nasty sound problems in the ArcoMage game).

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I was just thinking: GoodOldGames.com should have a sister site that exclusively deals in games for a "mature" audience, so you could have GOG and MA-GOG.

Scarab Sages

On a related note to all this, I'm thinking of getting Planescape: Torment from GoodOldGames - my question is, how does one add patches (like the ones mentioned here specifically in the GoodOldGames context) to games downloaded from GooldOldGames?


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
On a related note to all this, I'm thinking of getting Planescape: Torment from GoodOldGames - my question is, how does one add patches (like the ones mentioned here specifically in the GoodOldGames context) to games downloaded from GooldOldGames?

I'm unclear on your question - doesn't the page you linked to have instructions specifically for installing them on a GOG version?

Scarab Sages

Does it? Pardon me, failed my Perception check. I've been having a very crappy life recently.


It lists the default directories where you need to put files based on a standard GOG install, so I think it has what you need.

Hope the life improves.

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