Developed By Pandemic Studios
Published By Activision
[ FULL README ] - [ Instructions ] - [ System Req. ] - [ Video Card Info ]
## This demo is intended for use with US English Language Versions of Windows® 95 or Windows® 98 only. Windows NT® is not supported ##
Download 34MB dr2demo.exe: pandemicstudios.com
This demo contains two single player levels from Dark Reign 2. Download the demo and, if necessary, the DirectX® 7.0a installer from the Microsoft® DirectX Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/directx/
How do I install the demo?
The file that you download (Dr2demo.exe) can be executed from anywhere on your hard drive. Just double-click on it, choose Setup to continue the installation, or Cancel to abort the installation. Follow the prompts. When you have installed the game continue to the section below called LOADING DARK REIGN 2.
Download times should be...
· 153 minutes at 28.8
· 82 minutes at 56
· 36 minutes on ISDN
...depending on how busy our server and the Internet are at time of download.
How do I remove the demo?
Under your programs menu select the Dark Reign 2 Demo menu. Within the Dark Reign 2 Demo menu is a selection for Uninstall Dark Reign 2 Demo. Select "Dark Reign 2 Demo" to uninstall the demo.
Demo System Requirements:
US English Language Version of Windows® 95 or Windows® 98
Pentium® II 233 Mhz processor
64 MB of RAM
100% DirectX® 7.0a compliant 4MB 2D Card (or 2D capable 3D card*) and Drivers
100% DirectX 7.0a compliant 3D Card and Drivers **
100% DirectX 7.0a compliant true 16-bit sound card and Drivers
100% Windows 95/98 compatible mouse or trackball and Drivers
100% Windows 95/98 compatible keyboard
Requires DirectX 7.0a or higher
Supported 3D Chipsets for Windows 95/98***
3DFx Voodoo 2
3DFx Voodoo 3
ATI Rage 128
NVIDIA GeForce 2
* Some 3D cards do not have refined 2D capabilities. Your 3D card may meet this requirement without the need for additional hardware. Please contact your 3D card manufacturer for further information on your card's capabilities.
** 3D Accelerator Card Required - A 100% DirectX 7.0a (or higher) compliant 3D video card and driver with z-buffering capability is Required to play Dark Reign 2. Dark Reign 2 uses Microsoft's Direct3D to support 3D hardware acceleration. It has been tested on many, but not all of the major cards incorporating the chipsets whose names are listed above. Some 3D accelerator card brands utilizing the chipsets whose names are listed above may not be fully compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Dark Reign 2.
*** Some, but not all of the cards with the chipsets above have been tested on Windows 2000. For Windows 2000 3D Support, please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX 7.0a (Direct 3D) compliant Windows 2000 Drivers.
Un-Supported 3D Chipsets for Windows 95/98
3DFx Voodoo 1 *
3DFx Voodoo Rush *
3DFx Voodoo 5/5500 **
ATI Rage Pro *
Intel i740 *
Intel i810 *
NVIDIA Riva128 ***
S3 Savage 4 *
S3 Savage 2000 ****
* This chipsets performance is below Dark Reign 2's minimum requirements, however no other graphical problems were exhibited. If you play with this card you will experience slower performance in Dark Reign 2. We also suggest keeping your graphical settings on low. Some of these cards also require reference drivers to run Dark Reign 2. Please read the section below about reference drivers.
** At the release of Dark Reign 2 this card was not available in stores. We have tested Dark Reign 2 on the beta hardware and release drivers and no issues were found.
*** This chipsets performance is below Dark Reign 2's minimum requirements, and some minor graphical issues were present using the latest reference drivers. If you play with this chipset you will experience slower performance in Dark Reign 2. We also suggest keeping your graphical settings on low. Please read the section below about reference drivers.
**** This card exhibits graphical artifacts in the loading screens causing a vertical line and a horizontal line on the screen. Also on mouse roleover text in the game there is a minor flickering effect on the text. This was occuring with the latest shipping drivers as of 5/30/00. This did not effect the gameplay performance and no other issues were present.
[Note on Reference Drivers]
Video and 3D Cards are a combination of a core chipset and additional electronics added by the card manufacturer to implement special features outside of the capabilities of the core chipset (i.e. Diamond uses the Voodoo 2 chipset by 3Dfx as the core of their Diamond Monster 2).
Reference drivers are drivers made for the core chipset by the chipset manufacturer. They tend to only support features that are supported by the core chipset itself. The card manufacturer uses these drivers as the starting point to create the manufacturer's drivers for their card. Manufacturer's drivers typically are more fully featured, and support all features built into the card.
It is not always a safe assumption that the reference drivers are the best drivers for your card, since some of the features added by the manufacturer of the card may require a substantial change in the reference drivers before they will work on the card.
Dark Reign 2 does not support video or 3D card reference drivers. It is suggested that code released DirectX 7.0a compliant drivers be used. We will however note where we have seen improved stability and performance in the reference drivers as an indication of what should be available when that version of the reference drivers is integrated into your manufacturer's drivers.