Aleste 2 - Strange behaviour

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Door snout

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19-06-2003, 20:28

Ok, I was in the mood for gaming and decided to play a bit of Aleste 2. I already had taken disk images of my floppys, so I inserted my CF cartridge and set out for a game of....

being shot down hopelessly fast

Was it really true?
Had I become THAT bad at a game I used to play so often???
There were times I could reach level 3 with my eyes close and now I was happy to get my weapon powered-up a bit.

No, something was wrong. This couldn't be right.

I grabbed my disks, rebooted my MSX and started the game from floppy disk.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE

the game was actually playable again! It took only little testing to notice that when I run disk images from compact-flash, something changes in the game which makes it nearly impossible to play. I have no clue what this could be. I used HDDEMU for running the disk images and - yes - my turboR was in plain Z80 mode. Any ideas?

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Van wolf_

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19-06-2003, 20:46

I had the exact same stuff here.. I played aleste2 and actually got quite far too.. dunno level 8 orso..

But when playing in nlmsx.. I play like a n00b.. Smile

Van snout

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19-06-2003, 20:49

So the same thing happens in emulators? Do all emulators do this? Smile

Van BiFi

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19-06-2003, 20:55

Maybe the play level (the one you can select in the BGM player) is set higher using non-floppies somehow?

Van Latok

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19-06-2003, 21:23

Must be the play level. I remember I got shot fairly quickly myself in Aleste2 often....It always showed I had play level much too high. On 'normal' playlevel, I have finished aleste2 only recently!! But no enddemo :/ That was really something ARGH......But I remembered then this is common with illegal Aleste 2.....It has a problem with the enddemo Tongue

Van snout

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19-06-2003, 21:46

Hmm, but this difficulty setting is only approachable by a cheat, right? And by default it should be on 'playable', right? So why doesn't that work on disk images?

Van BiFi

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20-06-2003, 09:17

It's what you call 'a cheat'. There many more games in which you can select your game level. In that case it's found in options, but it's till possible. And a music replayer really can't be called a cheat. But you're right about one thing, the play level is defaulted 'normal', not 'easy' or 'don't have anything better to do?'. We already figured out Japanese coders can be quite genious on many occasions. So how this is done, I don't know. Anybody willing to find out what happens here?

Van Latok

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20-06-2003, 09:36

BiFi, could you be a bit more specific on HOW to get into that menu? You give a clue with your select remark, but how exactly does one get into the BGM player? Is it on disk A? Should I keep select pressed during booting? Or just when in introscreen?

Van BiFi

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20-06-2003, 10:03

Booting the game disk while SELECT pressed. Either game disk A and B will do.

Van Latok

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20-06-2003, 12:13

Thx!

Van snout

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20-06-2003, 13:58

Ok, then my question remains. Why does the default setting change when you run Aleste from a disk image?

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