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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
 
Examining CrossOver Games
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

bit-tech.net recently posted a hands on review of CodeWeaver's CrossOver Games. The software allows users to play some Windows games on their Intel Macs without having to install a copy of Microsoft's operating system. The review includes screenshots of CrossOver Games in action.

Unsupported games are a broad topic on Crossover Games...mostly because there are so damn many. Anything that is not specifically listed and advertised is considered 'unsupported.' Does that mean they don't work? Absolutely not.

However, caveat emptor. Several games actually don't work, and that's putting it lightly. What I'm quite surprised about are the games that do work and I'd dare say that the list is bigger than those that work in Vista!

Functional games are pretty much anything that's been made from 2005 or earlier. These engines are all using stable code and standard API calls from DirectX 9.0c or previous. Pretty much anything that runs DirectX 8.0 or older runs with no issues, even many Windows 95/98 games that did not play well with XP or Vista without serious tweaking.

"New games" really depend on the engine anything based on the Source or Doom 3 engine seem to run without a hitch. Games with their own high-end engines are quite hit-or-miss - Bioshock did not run at all, while Neverwinter Nights 2 did not run due to a possibly fixable problem with the .NET Framework 2.0. I've not had the opportunity to actually fix that problem, but it is indeed reportedly fixable.
Head over to the site below to read the rest of the review.

bit-tech.net: CrossOver Games Hands-On Review
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