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Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin Demo Released
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

As promised, Battlefront released a demo for their upcoming 3D war strategy sequel, Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin yesterday. The Mac version of this 60MB download coming in three languages, English, German, or French, and contains two scenarios, a tutorial, and even multiplayer modes. Those wanting to run the game should look at the required minimum system, though some forum posters are hinting even lower system can get by with the game:

  • G3
  • 16Mb Video card capable of running in 800x600 resolution or higher
  • 64Mb of RAM
  • 1.2 Gigabytes of Hard Drive space required (160Mb required for Demo)
  • 28.8 modem or Network/Internet access for multiplayer
They strongly suggest you head to the Battlefront forums if you're having trouble with the demo.

It should be noted that, due to the engine's exclusive use of the now-defunct RAVE API on the Mac, the demo does not run natively under OS X (which only supports OpenGL for 3D). The word from the company is that the next full rewrite of the engine (for Combat Mission 2) will be OS X compatible, but as of now it doesn't seem possible to run in OS X's Classic environment. One forum poster did find a way to ensure the game will run in full 3D mode in OS 9, while not messing up the Classic environment:

1. Upgrade to Jaguar (OS 10.2)
2. Launch any Classic App (say Graphic Calculator)
3. Accept the dialogue box about upgrading system components (gives you Classic Rave 1.8.1)
4. Goto [OS X's] System Prefences and select "Startup Disk"
5. Pick the same System Folder that Classic uses (i.e it includes the Classic Rave extension)
6. Restart
...In the meantime if you have OS X.2 reboot into 9.2.2 and everything is fine (Classic Rave 1.8.1 is OK).
If you have OS X.I.V its a bit more complex (either removing the Classic Rave extension everytime, or having a 2nd OS 9.x System Folder or using a utility (such as Conflict Catcher or Extension Manager) to ensure that Classic Rave 1.7.2 is turned off when you start up.
Many users are also reporting running the demo fine with 8MB video cards, as well, though your experience may vary.

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