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What games can Windows 8 play?

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    Another thing I could reflect on here would be the noticable difference typically seen with each newer version of Windows to begin with. Many XP games simply won't go Vista whether they install and simply do not want to run or won't install even with the compatibily mode for XP and run as admin options used. Yet those same some written strictly for XP titles would go right on and run on the 32bit not 64bit 7 showing where one version fails to see results the next one to come along could!

    Since 8 is just recently out of the RTM box like each previous version you will see the trial and error start all over again with some having problems with certain titles others wont. And this can be caused by a number of things other then which version of Windows you are running.

    What would those be? System protections, video card softwares, how you are connected online, etc. as the list can expand. Antivirus and firewall programs are long time well known to cause problems. You end up needing to disable or shut those down before each gaming session.

    For video card more so then with any separate sound cards not including integrated video or sound the ATI Catalyst as well as the NVidia Desktop/Profile manager have seen the need to be turned off at times with a number of titles over the years more so with ATI prior to being bought out by AMD as for the Catalyst side of things. Some sound cards with the mixer portion of their wares has been a problem in some cases as well. Generally the main software has to be turned off especially the OverDrive causing situations when cards are cranked up a bit.

    As we all know integrated video and sound can be very limited and generally doesn't provide a great deal for a gaming rig to begin with. Sometimes the onboard audio is pooched especially with Realtek seemingly the most popular for seeing this type of problem. You can install drivers all day but if the SoundMax app is toast you won't get far. Then you have a software not driver bug to work out.

    The most common problem seen so far with 8 that wasn't seen with 7 by the way is the "lack of" 8 drivers it seems. Nearly four months later drivers are still in wait. This was a headache for Vista as well due to extended delays with drivers taking upto a full year to appear by some manufacturers if at all.

    With 7 on the hand MS pressured the OEMs to have driver support there ahead of time. Beta drivers that were found to be Vista/7 compatible were found at support sites in Dec. 2008 nearly two months before the beta was made public back then. Yet despite not seeing all the drivers for 8 out some have found that substituting certain 7 drivers like those for ATI cards actually has helped in prevently OpenGL type errors with some of the older titles. This is mainly due to what level of hard coding an older game would see.

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  2. #42


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    What would those be? System protections, video card softwares, how you are connected online, etc. as the list can expand. Antivirus and firewall programs are long time well known to cause problems. You end up needing to disable or shut those down before each gaming session.
    That's how it goes.

    I would create a rule in the firewall/AV to allow the game rather than disabling the defenses.
    That's why I like Windows Defender and Firewall: you can easily add rules, put folders on the non-scan list: like the VM folder, those are VHD's VMDK's that cannot be seen from the host or they will take too much time to scan them, and it will decrease performance during use. That can be the case for a game folder as well especially on HDD's but even on SSD's. Why not gain a bit of performance if it's possible?

    The most common problem seen so far with 8 that wasn't seen with 7 by the way is the "lack of" 8 drivers it seems. Nearly four months later drivers are still in wait. This was a headache for Vista as well due to extended delays with drivers taking upto a full year to appear by some manufacturers if at all.
    It looks like Vista all over again. It seems that it gets hard after a popular release because OEM's have to gain interest in the newer version first.
    Luckily I have all needed drivers here, sometimes you have to search a bit more and mostly when there are none, use those from Vista/7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    nor does Max Payne 2
    Wenda.
    Max Payne-2 works without any issues under Windows-8-Pro-WMC-x64. No compatibility-mode / settings needed. Game is patched to v1.01 and I also installed the 2 additional maps (* Upper East Side* Mona's Playground).

    I can't double-check Deus Ex-2, as I only have Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    What would those be? System protections, video card softwares, how you are connected online, etc. as the list can expand. Antivirus and firewall programs are long time well known to cause problems. You end up needing to disable or shut those down before each gaming session.
    That's how it goes.

    I would create a rule in the firewall/AV to allow the game rather than disabling the defenses.
    That's why I like Windows Defender and Firewall: you can easily add rules, put folders on the non-scan list: like the VM folder, those are VHD's VMDK's that cannot be seen from the host or they will take too much time to scan them, and it will decrease performance during use. That can be the case for a game folder as well especially on HDD's but even on SSD's. Why not gain a bit of performance if it's possible?

    The most common problem seen so far with 8 that wasn't seen with 7 by the way is the "lack of" 8 drivers it seems. Nearly four months later drivers are still in wait. This was a headache for Vista as well due to extended delays with drivers taking upto a full year to appear by some manufacturers if at all.
    It looks like Vista all over again. It seems that it gets hard after a popular release because OEM's have to gain interest in the newer version first.
    Luckily I have all needed drivers here, sometimes you have to search a bit more and mostly when there are none, use those from Vista/7.
    Here I never use the Windows Firewall but see that option included in the av software since the firewall also includes the additional protection of web filtering which actually blocks out many pages as soon as something is detected as not being right. Yet when going to run any game old or more recent you wouldn't even know the av program is active except for it notifying you that the scheduled weekly system scan has begun. Even in a Steam title the popup will find a way to leak through the full screen game map for those few seconds. The intrusion as far as stalling a game isn't there however as the program was well written to be non intrusive even when running a more demanding app like video capturing which can be sensitive to anything in the background at times.

    As for drivers and unpdates the tv tuner/captrure card waited a full year to see any Vista updates released back in the 2007-08 time frame. Fortunately 7 only seldomly needed 7 drivers since Vista drivers can easily work as well on 7 there. That was a great help when 7 was first out as well as while in beta and RC form.

    With 8 however there is a new compatibility issue at times while 7 drivers can still be used but where some will get caught in situation until the updates appear. 8 and 7 won't be seeing the same closeness compatibility wise that Vista and 7 shared by any means. This may also effect a list of game titles in some way as well. XP games often wouldn't go onto Vista or run on Vista while they could still be installed regardless of what you tried. 7 took the advantage with the 32bit Win 7 that is and was found it could run what Vista couldn't! MS is back to the every other version not so friendly and OEMs behind again.
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  5. #45


    Quote Originally Posted by kirbs2002 View Post
    Games that I have tested to work with no noticeable issues:
    • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (+ Missing Link)
    • Doom 3 (both original and BFG edition
    • Fallout: New Vegas
    • Rage
    • Hydrophobia: Prophecy
    • Magicka
    • Payday: The Heist
    • Portal 2
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Metro 2033
    • Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition
    • Bioshock
    • Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition



    Not working at all for me

    • Borderlands (Stack overflow crash)
    • Crysis (stack overflow crash)


    Rumor has it that EA has a patch in the works that will fix the Crysis issue.
    I loved hydrophobia very much its a unique game but its not popular
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    What would those be? System protections, video card softwares, how you are connected online, etc. as the list can expand. Antivirus and firewall programs are long time well known to cause problems. You end up needing to disable or shut those down before each gaming session.
    That's how it goes.

    I would create a rule in the firewall/AV to allow the game rather than disabling the defenses.
    That's why I like Windows Defender and Firewall: you can easily add rules, put folders on the non-scan list: like the VM folder, those are VHD's VMDK's that cannot be seen from the host or they will take too much time to scan them, and it will decrease performance during use. That can be the case for a game folder as well especially on HDD's but even on SSD's. Why not gain a bit of performance if it's possible?

    The most common problem seen so far with 8 that wasn't seen with 7 by the way is the "lack of" 8 drivers it seems. Nearly four months later drivers are still in wait. This was a headache for Vista as well due to extended delays with drivers taking upto a full year to appear by some manufacturers if at all.
    It looks like Vista all over again. It seems that it gets hard after a popular release because OEM's have to gain interest in the newer version first.
    Luckily I have all needed drivers here, sometimes you have to search a bit more and mostly when there are none, use those from Vista/7.
    At the time I didn't have too much worry using the note updated form of the MS Security Essentials named Windows Defender in 8 that replaced the old and useless WD found in Vista and 7! I didn't enable the firewall on the CP or RP builds and was waiting to see if I would be getting 8 retail and then installing a separate av with firewall/web filtering where no problems with any game have been seen.

    As for looking like Vista all over again I can easily agree since MS put the squeeze on OEMs to have drivers ready for 7 after Vista but so far slumped for 8. It usually takes enough customer complaint to get them motivated of course.

    Likewise some other 3rd party apps took over a year to finally come out with a Vista update for their products and why back then and up until the 7 RC was out I had keep a dual boot of XP with Vista running with the newer being the primary OS. At least with 7 you could still use a good number of Vista driver sets and some 7 drivers are still good to go on 8 while they are still lagging behind for the actual 8 updates that will be needed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    What would those be? System protections, video card softwares, how you are connected online, etc. as the list can expand. Antivirus and firewall programs are long time well known to cause problems. You end up needing to disable or shut those down before each gaming session.
    That's how it goes.

    I would create a rule in the firewall/AV to allow the game rather than disabling the defenses.
    That's why I like Windows Defender and Firewall: you can easily add rules, put folders on the non-scan list: like the VM folder, those are VHD's VMDK's that cannot be seen from the host or they will take too much time to scan them, and it will decrease performance during use. That can be the case for a game folder as well especially on HDD's but even on SSD's. Why not gain a bit of performance if it's possible?

    The most common problem seen so far with 8 that wasn't seen with 7 by the way is the "lack of" 8 drivers it seems. Nearly four months later drivers are still in wait. This was a headache for Vista as well due to extended delays with drivers taking upto a full year to appear by some manufacturers if at all.
    It looks like Vista all over again. It seems that it gets hard after a popular release because OEM's have to gain interest in the newer version first.
    Luckily I have all needed drivers here, sometimes you have to search a bit more and mostly when there are none, use those from Vista/7.
    At the time I didn't have too much worry using the note updated form of the MS Security Essentials named Windows Defender in 8 that replaced the old and useless WD found in Vista and 7! I didn't enable the firewall on the CP or RP builds and was waiting to see if I would be getting 8 retail and then installing a separate av with firewall/web filtering where no problems with any game have been seen.

    As for looking like Vista all over again I can easily agree since MS put the squeeze on OEMs to have drivers ready for 7 after Vista but so far slumped for 8. It usually takes enough customer complaint to get them motivated of course.

    Likewise some other 3rd party apps took over a year to finally come out with a Vista update for their products and why back then and up until the 7 RC was out I had keep a dual boot of XP with Vista running with the newer being the primary OS. At least with 7 you could still use a good number of Vista driver sets and some 7 drivers are still good to go on 8 while they are still lagging behind for the actual 8 updates that will be needed!
    DONT FORGET that windows 8 is new not bad it needs time to grow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuren Inferno View Post

    I loved hydrophobia very much its a unique game but its not popular
    Well, part of its lack of popularity is how short it is. I beat it fresh in only 3 or 4 hours.

    Also, for what it's worth, I guess I solved why Borderlands wasn't working, though I don't know how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuren Inferno View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post

    That's how it goes.

    I would create a rule in the firewall/AV to allow the game rather than disabling the defenses.
    That's why I like Windows Defender and Firewall: you can easily add rules, put folders on the non-scan list: like the VM folder, those are VHD's VMDK's that cannot be seen from the host or they will take too much time to scan them, and it will decrease performance during use. That can be the case for a game folder as well especially on HDD's but even on SSD's. Why not gain a bit of performance if it's possible?


    It looks like Vista all over again. It seems that it gets hard after a popular release because OEM's have to gain interest in the newer version first.
    Luckily I have all needed drivers here, sometimes you have to search a bit more and mostly when there are none, use those from Vista/7.
    At the time I didn't have too much worry using the note updated form of the MS Security Essentials named Windows Defender in 8 that replaced the old and useless WD found in Vista and 7! I didn't enable the firewall on the CP or RP builds and was waiting to see if I would be getting 8 retail and then installing a separate av with firewall/web filtering where no problems with any game have been seen.

    As for looking like Vista all over again I can easily agree since MS put the squeeze on OEMs to have drivers ready for 7 after Vista but so far slumped for 8. It usually takes enough customer complaint to get them motivated of course.

    Likewise some other 3rd party apps took over a year to finally come out with a Vista update for their products and why back then and up until the 7 RC was out I had keep a dual boot of XP with Vista running with the newer being the primary OS. At least with 7 you could still use a good number of Vista driver sets and some 7 drivers are still good to go on 8 while they are still lagging behind for the actual 8 updates that will be needed!
    DONT FORGET that windows 8 is new not bad it needs time to grow
    When Vista was out for some time there were still a number of driver issues while the main companies were set to go like ATI, NVidia, Creative at least had their beta drivers by the launch date. With 7 the OEMs were on the spot having beta versions at least before the beta was released at the end of January 2009. The beta drivers for Creative were listed in Dec. '08 ahead of time for pre-public testers apparently as well as having foresight on the bulk of Creative customers who would be in need of drivers to try 7 out.

    This time around however everybody has been generally using the existing 7 drivers. Now for certain games to run on 8 a few have been finding that running with 7 drivers has seen some better results especially with some older titles. Here I was able to get Direct X 9c to go on the 8 RP VM still running with one specific MS DX download option found at Download Download and Install DirectX9 End User Runtime | Install DirectX, DX9 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    The main and likely reason that worked over the stand alone installer is this one is cross version compatible while the other was mainly released for Vista/7 back in 2009. The web installer is more flexible which made the difference in case you have any old games that run into any OpenGL or older DX requirements with some games including their own DX installers in them but may not run without seeing the "incompatible with this version of Windows" error message appearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirbs2002 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Shuren Inferno View Post

    I loved hydrophobia very much its a unique game but its not popular
    Well, part of its lack of popularity is how short it is. I beat it fresh in only 3 or 4 hours.

    Also, for what it's worth, I guess I solved why Borderlands wasn't working, though I don't know how.
    I totally forgot its so short
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