Space Empires V

Space Empires V

CharlieBrown Feb 25, 2013 @ 3:05pm
This game is in an unacceptable condition for current PC's
Steam should be ashamed of themselves. Once again I trusted - once again I was let down.
Some points. Most people are using System 7 32 or 64bit systems by now.
Most Graphics cards are probably less than 3 years old
On my Win 7 64bit system the game runs appallingly badly (5fps) - unplayable.
I get constant video flashing - again unplayable.
I have read the forums on how to try and fix this or that - and even the recommendations of reducing screen real estate to the old 1024x768 and low res - only gives me an extra 10 FPS making it 15-17fps - again totally useless.

PEOPLE - do not waste your time with this game unless you are caught in a time warp and your system is a very old PC with windows xp and old graphics drivers...
Don't expect any help from STEAM support to resolve these issues
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Tripitaka Feb 25, 2013 @ 8:41pm 
There are no fixes for this. Emulated GDI is just too slow for a game with complex graphics.
Last edited by Tripitaka; Feb 25, 2013 @ 8:43pm
bill.kress Feb 25, 2013 @ 11:19pm 
You are absolutely right, I can't believe steam sells this--and I don't think I even saw a warning about it not running on any hardware from this decade. Furthermore when I went to "Steam Support" they forwarded me to the game companies support line, as though steam was denying responsibility for choosing to sell a game that wouldn't run.

This game has significantly changed my opinion of steam... Hope it was worth the $3. I can't even really complain about it because of the price... don't need my money back really (cost was hardly anything), Guess it was $3 to learn not to trust Steam automatically.
IdentityMatrix Feb 26, 2013 @ 3:54am 
I just wish to chip in, this game runs too slowly on my system too, even though it's capable of playing Crysis3. This game should be fixed/updated/made compatible with modern systems or removed from sale and we should be refunded. It's the first game that I've purchased that I've been unable to play. Contacting Steam support, like a person who posted above, I was just redirected to external support.
ritualnoise Feb 26, 2013 @ 5:00am 
Honestly it's just as well. Space Empires IV is/was a much better game than V unfortunately.
jmp120 Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:07am 
I was going to get this game but I'm glad I read this forum post. I looked at their website and this is in the Tech Notes section about this game. In the Setup menu, do you have your 3D Device set to Direct3D and not Software Emulation?
Flarestar Feb 26, 2013 @ 5:52pm 
I've tried all of the recommended fixes. The game still runs like crap, and having to set everything to medium and play in a tiny window to avoid the game giving me seizures between low fps and the random white flashes is completely ridiculous.

Sadly, this level of incompetent is common for Strategy First.
Sleepmonger Feb 26, 2013 @ 8:22pm 
Win 7 64bit and a "less than 3 years old" video card here... yet, the game runs just fine.

Though, waiting the amount time it takes to end turn in the late game, with lots of AI, is pretty tedious.
CharlieBrown Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:52pm 
Sleepmonger - OK I'll bite - What is your video card? Are you running the latest video drivers?
Have you applied all the recommended work arounds?
If so - what worked for you?
Heisenberg Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:10pm 
Terrible game.
Sleepmonger Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:24pm 
An almost (but not quite) 3 year old 6870, and no on the latest drivers, 12.10

I have not had issues with white flashing with this card or any previous cards, but I did set the game to run on one core when I installed win 7 because of occasional crashes and someone recomending it.

I just fired it up on two cores, it ran fine for the 5 minutes I played, but wasnt any faster.

I get between 30-60fps depending on whats going on, except during turn processing when it drops down to 15 or so. Havent had a large battle while watching fps, I assume it drops below that.

Edit. Oh and 1920 x 1200 32bit rez
Last edited by Sleepmonger; Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:26pm
daztheviking Feb 27, 2013 @ 2:30pm 
Originally posted by Sleepmonger:
Win 7 64bit and a "less than 3 years old" video card here... yet, the game runs just fine.

Though, waiting the amount time it takes to end turn in the late game, with lots of AI, is pretty tedious.

Same here. Win 7 64 and 1 year old card. Runs nice enough
StephenJackson Feb 27, 2013 @ 3:54pm 
I bought this a while back and couldn't run, but steam were kind enough to give me steam credit, although I paid about £8 last year :P
Frog-Fest Feb 27, 2013 @ 5:20pm 
I'm ♥♥♥♥♥♥, too! White flashes on the screen almost every second. Win 7 64 Bit, lots of RAM, AMD 7870. Next time I'm reading the boards BEFORE I buy a game. Will save me some bucks in the future, I'm sure.
Lavaflow Feb 27, 2013 @ 6:04pm 
I just found that if you go to \data\settings.txt and change multithreading to TRUE, it helps a lot. went from 20 fps in game/10 in in-game menus to a solid 60 fps consistently (laptop <1 year old).
bill.kress Feb 27, 2013 @ 6:24pm 
Sweet find on the multithreading, my FPS jumped to 5 (from 1-2)! I don't have the best laptop, but Skyrim and most other games I try on it play quite well. Amazing that going through virtualization sucks so much away.
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