Shogo: Mobile Armor Division

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division

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Bad Sector Apr 17, 2017 @ 6:56am
You *need* dgVoodoo2 to play this on Win8 or newer (and really Win7 too)
The game uses a very old version of Direct3D and on top of that a 16bit color mode too. Since XP or so there are more and more glitches in every new version of Windows and since Windows 8 the 16bit color mode forces software rendering emulation (so you get like 20fps or so).

To play the game properly as it was meant to be played (or actually even better since you can also use antialiasing and such) you need to download dgVoodoo2 from:

http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2.html

Simply place the dll files from the ms folder to the game's folder and run the game. I have beat the game in Windows 10 so it should work fine there. This is necessary for Win8.x/10 because of the software emulation that Windows force, but i also recommend it for Win7 users because the 16bit color mode that the game uses is now poorly supported by GPUs compared to when the game was new. At the time GPUs used dithering for the colors that weren't possible to represent in 16bit mode but around mid-2000s or so GPUs dropped support for dithering and now the colors look like a banding mess. dgVoodoo2 uses 32bit color mode even if the game asks for 16bit so you get smooth colors.

(note: i have the GOG version but this should apply on the Steam version too)

You may want to check the PCGamingWiki page about the game for further improvements and fixes :

http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Shogo:_Mobile_Armor_Division
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donald.nintendo May 21, 2017 @ 8:45am 
its a virus. dont download it.
Bad Sector May 22, 2017 @ 12:42am 
This is a false positive, check the virustotal report:

https://virustotal.com/en/file/598ab66b8caa63c3f28cb59606f03970108cb4dd785d97979d43861167ac3280/analysis/1495437553/

While several antivirus programs flag it (18 of 58), they cannot find any specific virus or malware and instead report that this is a "generic" and "potential" threat. This is because there isn't any malware, but the antivirus programs think there is something suspicious.

This is normal, for dgVoodoo2 to work it needs to inject itself in the executable and replace bits of code in memory. This is also what many viruses do to attach themselves, but dgVoodoo2 does it to replace the buggy old DirectX API with a new layer that works with Direct3D 11.

It is a known problem with many antivirus programs flagging anything non-normal as viruses. You can read more about it from Dege (the creator of dgVoodoo) here:

http://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=9&p=423067&sid=ef01765d0a7ffe624ab4790714fc13d8#p423067

The same issue was mentioned by someone else in GOG (who also got the same response):

https://www.gog.com/forum/blood_series/concerns_about_dgvoodoo_2_for_blood_2

So, in short do not worry about your antivirus freaking out because of dgVoodoo2, most antivirus programs these days use guesswork to find viruses and other malware, but often they are wrong when it comes to community made stuff.

You may want to configure your antivirus to ignore the directory where you installed the game though (or disable the antivirus, but i think it is a better idea to keep it enabled and just whitelist the stuff you know are fine).
Ojama King Jun 23, 2017 @ 7:57am 
nothing new, nosferatu, blood II, and even UT 99 require some third party programs to run properly on newer windows.
Tchernobog Apr 1, 2018 @ 5:00am 
What should I mean under MS folder? I can't get this part of it.
Bad Sector Apr 5, 2018 @ 3:51pm 
When you download the dgVoodoo ZIP file, extract it somewhere, like C:\Apps\dgvoodoo. When you do this, you'll have a C:\Apps\dgvoodoo\MS folder with some DLLs inside (D3D8.dll, D3DImm.dll, DDraw.dll). Copy those DLLs to the game's folder.

Latest versions of dgVoodoo include documentation and instructions on how to use it which are quite details. Check the QuickGuide.html file in the archive.
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