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Crusaders of Might and Magic

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Crusaders of Might and Magic
Crusaders of Might and Magic cover
Developers
3DO
Publishers
Retail 3DO
Digital Ubisoft
Engines
Emotive Animation Technology (EAT)
Release dates
Windows December 20, 1999
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres ARPG
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Might and Magic
Crusaders of Might and Magic on HowLongToBeat
Crusaders of Might and Magic on IGDB
Crusaders of Might and Magic guide on StrategyWiki
Crusaders of Might and Magic on MobyGames
Crusaders of Might and Magic on Wikipedia
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic (series)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions 2013
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

Crusaders of Might and Magic is a singleplayer third-person ARPG game in the Might and Magic series.

The game is entirely different from the PlayStation 1 version.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Demo/free trial

A free demo version is available on Archive.org.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Media\Movies\.
  2. Delete or rename 3do.bik and CMMIntro.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Gamers\latest.cfg[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Gamers\*.sav[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert-; 2D elements stretch from 4:3.
Multi-monitor
Vert-.
Ultra-widescreen
Vert-.
4K Ultra HD
Vert-; Use LegacyD3DResolutionHack.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Dialog and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Disabled by default; enable in Graphics Settings, Show Dialogue Text.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Change 3D Audio Support to CL EAX.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Polish
Local retail version only.
Russian
Local retail version only.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
Z3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues unresolved

Game doesn't start on later versions of Windows 10

Issues fixed

Game defaults to 24 Hz refresh rate on HDMI displays

Use a wrapper to force the refresh rate[3]
  1. When using dgVoodoo 2, make sure to move the DLL files from MS/x86/ into <path-to-game>, run dgVoodooCpl.exe and select <path-to-game>.
  2. In the General tab, check the box Enumerate refresh rates.
  3. Set the desired resolution in the DirectX tab.
  4. For 60 Hz refresh rate, pick the resolution with @59Hz or @60Hz at the end.

Notes

The game's main menu might suffer from some lag when using dgVoodoo2.

Game doesn't hook ddraw.dll from its own directory

There is a chance that dgVoodoo2 won't get hooked by the game because of some Windows registry values being hard-coded to a single ddraw.dll location.
Use narzoul's DDrawCOMRedirection fix[4]

Notes

This will add registry entries that enable games to hook ddraw.dll from their own directories, instead of using the system's default.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Minimum required version is 6.0.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video Version 0.8i, used for intro videos.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MMX
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 290 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw-compatible


Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References