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Carmageddon Countdown

Carmageddon.com now offers a countdown timer that looks like it will reach zero on June 1, suggesting an announcement is coming just in advance of this year's E3. The original Carmageddon was a 1997 DOS release, and the most recent installment was Carmageddon: Total Destruction Racing 2000 more than a decade ago. Thanks Computer and Video Games.

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57. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 27, 2011, 14:49 Dtrick
 
swaaye wrote on May 26, 2011, 13:47:
Actually it's a terrible racing game.

It is an awesome pedestrian slaughter fest and destruction derby game though. Hell there's even a bit of world exploration to do with the crazy maps.

Your right, "racing game" is not very acturate, I dont ever recall winning a race by finishing the laps. I always destroyed the opponents to win each race. I have tried and tried to get C1 to run on my win7 machine, I tried dosbox and so far have been unable to play it. I keep gettin an error sayin fullscreen mode not supported.

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56. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 26, 2011, 21:33 Sepharo
 
Thanks for the boilerplate Bumpy  
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55. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 26, 2011, 13:47 swaaye
 
Dtrick wrote on May 23, 2011, 10:54:
The first carmageddon was one of the best racing games ever and my all time fav, I cant wait to see what is done with a new ver.
Actually it's a terrible racing game.

It is an awesome pedestrian slaughter fest and destruction derby game though. Hell there's even a bit of world exploration to do with the crazy maps.
 
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54. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 26, 2011, 11:54 Bumpy
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 26, 2011, 05:53:

Yea, I have run into the same issues trying to reinstall and play both of them. I really wish someone would get ahold of them and make them compatible....

I've actually emailed GOG asking if they would or could please patch up then sell the old Carmageddons, this was their reply:

Hello,

I'm afraid that I can't comment on whether or not we'll be releasing certain titles. I can only assure you that we're doing everything possible to get our hands on the best good old games.


Unfortunately the process is very complex and difficult. Not all publishers wish to sell their back catalog, not all can be convinced that "no DRM" is a good idea, and sometimes it's just plain impossible to research who (if anyone) has the rights to a certain title. Getting an old game to work on modern systems often proves to be the easiest task.

Check out this Q/A video, featuring one of my superiors - Marcin Iwinski, for a first-hand view of how it works:

http://www.youtube.com/user/GOGcom#p/u/17/mrk7R5mSgzI


Finally, please stay tuned and check out our news page every week for new release info.
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53. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 26, 2011, 05:53 xXBatmanXx
 
Bumpy wrote on May 23, 2011, 11:38:
Dtrick wrote on May 23, 2011, 11:05:
I completely agree, my question to you is where did you find both C1 & C2 to buy and how did you run them? Still have a comp using win95/98? I would love to play Carmageddon again.

half.com and ebay.com

C2 runs great in compatibility mode as it is more current and engine more up to date.

C1 requires DosBox and has definite frame rate issues in -hires or high yon(.ini draw distance) settings. 3dfx emulation works and allows high resolutions but again at higher gfx settings has frame rate issues. Something in how DosBox works or how the old game engine works doesn't allow our super fast computers of today to make it fly; the game is throttled some how.

According to http://vogons.zetafleet.com/ , currently C1 pretty much still requires actual original hardware to run at decent frame rates if you want extra high settings.

Yea, I have run into the same issues trying to reinstall and play both of them. I really wish someone would get ahold of them and make them compatible....
 
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52. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 11:38 Bumpy
 
Dtrick wrote on May 23, 2011, 11:05:
I completely agree, my question to you is where did you find both C1 & C2 to buy and how did you run them? Still have a comp using win95/98? I would love to play Carmageddon again.

half.com and ebay.com

C2 runs great in compatibility mode as it is more current and engine more up to date.

C1 requires DosBox and has definite frame rate issues in -hires or high yon(.ini draw distance) settings. 3dfx emulation works and allows high resolutions but again at higher gfx settings has frame rate issues. Something in how DosBox works or how the old game engine works doesn't allow our super fast computers of today to make it fly; the game is throttled some how.

According to http://vogons.zetafleet.com/ , currently C1 pretty much still requires actual original hardware to run at decent frame rates if you want extra high settings.
 
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51. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 11:05 Dtrick
 
Bumpy wrote on May 23, 2011, 09:33:
Having recently, last week actually, purchased both C1 and C2. I also prefer the sprites, music and gameplay of C1. While C2 certainly is more polished, easier to run; the missing blood tire tracks, driver audio, driver face expressions, level design and quantity of peds are just better done in C1.

C1 has a more psycho, raw, personal feel to it. C2 starts to feel more like a sanctioned racing, car combat game. C1 feels like madness, randomness, free for all on the streets.

I completely agree, my question to you is where did you find both C1 & C2 to buy and how did you run them? Still have a comp using win95/98? I would love to play Carmageddon again.
 
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50. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 10:55 Beamer
 
I still think everyone is wrong about I76. Yeah, the atmosphere was great but the game was just dogfighting in 2 dimensions. Circle circle circle get behind get some shots off circle the other way circle the other way.

I'll take a WWI/II flight sim over it any day so I get that third dimension.
 
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49. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 10:54 Dtrick
 
The first carmageddon was one of the best racing games ever and my all time fav, I cant wait to see what is done with a new ver.  
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48. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 10:02 Zoom
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 23, 2011, 07:57:
Other fun game that are similar:
Rollcage
Rollcage 2
TreadMarks
Interstate '76
Interstate '82
In this list only Interstate 76 has some merit, and it was mostly because it was similar to classical mech combat, mixed with some kind of racing. Both rollcage games are bland racing games and i'82 wasnt really worth compared to the first iteration.
And none come close to the ultra violence of Carmageddon, where you HAD to be aggressively massacring pedestrians in order to avoid the "game over" message.
 
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47. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 09:33 Bumpy
 
Having recently, last week actually, purchased both C1 and C2. I also prefer the sprites, music and gameplay of C1. While C2 certainly is more polished, easier to run; the missing blood tire tracks, driver audio, driver face expressions, level design and quantity of peds are just better done in C1.

C1 has a more psycho, raw, personal feel to it. C2 starts to feel more like a sanctioned racing, car combat game. C1 feels like madness, randomness, free for all on the streets.
 
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46. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 07:57 xXBatmanXx
 
Other fun game that are similar:
Rollcage
Rollcage 2
TreadMarks
Interstate '76
Interstate '82
 
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45. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 05:44 Dmitri_M
 
Sepharo wrote on May 22, 2011, 19:42:
I don't remember playing the 2nd, but comparing the first linked video to this one makes me think the 1st was probably better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqrftlCAic0

yeah it was better. and looking at that video it's held up pretty well (in an old school kinda way). the pedestrian sprites have charm. compared to the obviously dated 3d meshes from the sequel.

i remember massive lans with c1 (massive as in 8..or however many players were allowed). alternating quake 1 and c1.
 
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44. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 23, 2011, 04:11 Zoom
 
I hope it's at least as good as the first game. That means, having the same features, blood, mindless violence, the splatter bonus, the idiotic transformations, vehicle deformations, wonky but coherent physics that give a feeling to each vehicle...
We'll have the answer soon, if the game is banned in several countries we know it's a success.
 
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43. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 21:48 Ant
 
Wallshadows wrote on May 21, 2011, 17:03:
The original Carmageddon was a 1997 DOS release

Wow, I feel....old.
Oh hush. I was in college back then and playing it on my Pentium 1 lappy. Get off my lawn!
 
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42. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 20:57 Beamer
 
Oddly, I have no recollection of the in-cockpit camera, which these days is jerkier than an animated gif, but is kind of a nice touch that's well synched with the action.  
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41. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 19:42 Sepharo
 
PunkiBastardo wrote on May 22, 2011, 05:31:
Ah so many lol times with this game...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEYRpXdJJNo

I loved both C1 & C2 but for me the Iron Maiden soundtrack the second one had was totally fit for this kind of game.

I don't remember playing the 2nd, but comparing the first linked video to this one makes me think the 1st was probably better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqrftlCAic0
 
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40. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 19:33 Heltorne
 
Hell yeah! I've been saying that GTA owes them gratitude for years and noone usually knows what I mean or have heard of Carmageddon! Iron Maiden rules! let's hope the game that is original master of fun in such environments returns! and has multiplayer  
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39. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 16:37 Jerykk
 
It's every bit as violent as the first game, but the 3d models are comepletely deformable, and the cars come apart wheverver they're hit.

The deformation in C2 was actually more limited than in C1. In C2, once a car exploded, that was it. It couldn't be deformed any further. In C1, you could keep smashing into the wrecks until they were completely unrecognizable. I spent many an hour pushing wrecks against walls, driving to the other side of the map, then charging into the wreck at maximum velocity.

I hope the new game not only increases the vehicle destructibility but also the environmental destructibility. I'd liked to see different materials have different properties. For example, if I smash into a thin brick wall, I should go right through it. Conversely, if I smash into a thick concrete wall, I'd be stopped in my tracks.
 
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38. Re: Carmageddon Countdown May 22, 2011, 15:45 killer_roach
 
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2011, 14:59:
Did I read this is a Square Enix game? When's the last time they've done anything worthwhile?

SCi (the original publisher) was bought by Eidos when they went bankrupt, and Square Enix bought Eidos before they could file for bankruptcy (and Eidos' balance sheet might do the same thing to Square before too long).
 
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