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I saw the comments about CMBB and CMAK available on gog.com for $6 each.  Thought, what the heck?  Bought them and was immediately reminded why I have such fond memories.  To me, they are much more of a joy to play than CM2.  CM2 has a lot going for it, but the slow pace of development and patches has soured me on them a little.  The refurbished CMBB and CMAK are a breath of fresh air, if you can get around the clunky mouse interface.

The thing that really shocked me was the smoothness of running the game on a modern system.  Its glass smooth relative to CM2.  and the little dxcfg program  that gog includes with the game actually makes a very big difference in texture quality.  Is it the same level of graphics quality as CM2 game...absolutely not.  But the gog versions install with no hassle, no DRM keys, no errors, and stable as hell.

I have an i7-8750 with a GFX 1070 and in a mid-sized game of CM2 its still a little choppy on mid-settings.  In CMBB and CMAK, it doesn't even tickle the fan on my laptop.  Again, it lacks a lot of the modern sophistication, but its a lot friendlier to my laptop.  And the scope of WW2 combat they cover is so much more than all the CM2 WW2 titles.  As more modules eventually come out for CMRT and maybe CMFI, I'll get drawn back to CM2.  But for now, I am going to hang with my old friends for a bit.

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On 6/23/2019 at 6:35 PM, Thewood1 said:

I saw the comments about CMBB and CMAK available on gog.com for $6 each.  Thought, what the heck?  Bought them and was immediately reminded why I have such fond memories.  To me, they are much more of a joy to play than CM2.  CM2 has a lot going for it, but the slow pace of development and patches has soured me on them a little.  The refurbished CMBB and CMAK are a breath of fresh air, if you can get around the clunky mouse interface.

The thing that really shocked me was the smoothness of running the game on a modern system.  Its glass smooth relative to CM2.  and the little dxcfg program  that gog includes with the game actually makes a very big difference in texture quality.  Is it the same level of graphics quality as CM2 game...absolutely not.  But the gog versions install with no hassle, no DRM keys, no errors, and stable as hell.

I have an i7-8750 with a GFX 1070 and in a mid-sized game of CM2 its still a little choppy on mid-settings.  In CMBB and CMAK, it doesn't even tickle the fan on my laptop.  Again, it lacks a lot of the modern sophistication, but its a lot friendlier to my laptop.  And the scope of WW2 combat they cover is so much more than all the CM2 WW2 titles.  As more modules eventually come out for CMRT and maybe CMFI, I'll get drawn back to CM2.  But for now, I am going to hang with my old friends for a bit.

Which version of CMAK did you get? Was it the fully patched 1.04 version? Thanks.

The CMx1 games are still not available in the new Battlefront store.

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On 7/12/2019 at 6:48 AM, Thewood1 said:

I am assuming you saw I bought them on Gog.  They are fully patched.  Why not just go there and take a look?  I am not sure your point.

Thanks for letting us know about gog. I just saw now in a comment that it is patched only to 1.03 which should be fine they say. I bought it. Thanks again.

The reason I asked about patches was, if you see the other threads, people have trouble getting it patched depending on how they acquired the game.

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On 6/23/2019 at 8:35 PM, Thewood1 said:

and the little dxcfg program  that gog includes with the game actually makes a very big difference in texture quality.  Is it the same level of graphics quality as CM2 game...absolutely not.  But the gog versions install with no hassle, no DRM keys, no errors, and stable as hell.

What is this dxcfg program?  I have Version 1.04 from Battlefront and have two graphics problems:

1)  the screen resolution is too long and narrow; I've tried changing the game's resolution, but the only other available options were worse; and

2)  the in-game graphics are much clunkier than I remember them being, they look almost like lego models...

Any tips?

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The CMX1 games lack true widescreen resolutions. If you're running standard HD (1920 x 1080), then CM's closest resolution would be 1600 x 1200, which may result in some 'stretching' on your screen. I believe, but haven't used it myself, the dxcfg.exe program that GOG provides can adjust the display/video driver so that the image isn't stretched, but instead 'centered' (and thus there will be a black border around the game). I'm not certain what else it may do.

The clunkiness of the 3D models can't really be changed, though there are texture mods that can make some things look a little better. I think the GOG version may have a lot of those mods included (though not installed and running by default).

If you purchase the GOG distribution, you could use the dxcfg program with your standard 1.04 programs from Battlefront (as far as I know).

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The mods make a huge difference.  I still hold that at level 3 or 4 and higher, a heavily modded CM1 game looks about as good as CM2.  At close up obviously there is no contest of course.

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