Metaltech: Earthsiege

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Metaltech: Earthsiege
Metaltech: Earthsiege cover
Developers
Dynamix
Publishers
Retail Sierra On-Line
Digital Hi-Rez Studios
Release dates
DOS July 1, 1994
Taxonomy
Series Metaltech
Metaltech: Earthsiege on MobyGames
Metaltech: Earthsiege on Wikipedia
Metaltech
Metaltech: Earthsiege 1994
Metaltech: Battledrome 1994
Earthsiege 2 1996
Starsiege 1999

Key points

Re-released as a free download for the series' 20th anniversary.[1]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Official website
DRM-free
Free download, English CD version.
DOS

Version differences[edit]

The CD version of the game included the Speech Pack as well as a special video intro sequence in place of the typical slides. It also supported multiple install sizes. The CD version of the Expansion Pack similarly included a new video for the introduction of the addon campaign in addition to the original video intro for those who had the floppy version of the base game. The CD version of the expansion also included new voiceovers for it's mission briefings in addition to the regular Speech Pack, though unlike the base game these new voiceovers were not available separately. Additional miscellaneous differences were that both CD versions included numerous demo or shareware games (ImagiNation Network, Aces of the Deep, etc.)

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Speech Pack Adds digital voices, included in the free version.
DOS
Expansion Pack English floppy version released as freeware with main game, downloadable here.
DOS

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are available. Patch 1.01 is included in the Expansion Pack.

Run in DOSBox[edit]

Change cycles=auto to cycles=50000 and mpu401=intelligent to mpu401=uart.[2]

Modern Windows installer[edit]

The Sierrahelp Metaltech: Earthsiege Installer automatically applies the latest patch and configures DOSBox with optimal cycles and MIDI settings as well as to play the game from the hard drive.

Works with the freeware release.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\DATA\PREFS.CFG
<path-to-game>\RESOURCE.CFG
PREFS.CFG contains in-game settings.
RESOURCE.CFG contains audio settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\CAR
<path-to-game>\BAR
\CAR holds base campaign saves.
\BAR holds expansion campaign saves.

Video[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Usage of a joystick is highly recommended.
Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Layout is quite archaic compared to modern standards. See the Earthsiege manual, page 64, for a list of this game's controls. It might be possible to forcibly remap them using the DOSBox keymapper.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Only able to switch between presets for walking and aiming. Configuring it for walking will cause the arrow keys functions to be changed to aiming.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound Effects and Speech; toggle on/off only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Set Speech in Preferences to Text and Voice.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Audio requires Speech Pack or CD version; Expansion Pack voices only available in CD version.
German
Audio requires Speech Pack or CD version; Expansion Pack voices only available in CD version.
French
Audio requires Speech Pack or CD version; Expansion Pack voices only available in CD version.

Issues fixed[edit]

Expansions won't install[edit]

Sometimes you'll get an error with the floppy versions' installer and it simply wont install the expansion.

Extract and install the files manually[citation needed]
  1. Use the expansion's included UNCHUNK.EXE to manually open the files with the following command: unchunk RESOURCE.000 [folder of you choice, ".\" for same folder] and let it finnish extracting the files. repeat the command but with RESOURCE.001 and RESOURCE.002 and so on.
  2. Manually merge the extracted files with the game's files, overwriting anything.

Intro cutscene issues[edit]

Copy to disk and edit cfg files[citation needed]
  1. Copy the FLIC folder and PLAYFLIC.EXE file off the game disk and place them in the installation folder. It's preferable to use these files from the CD version of the expansion, if you have it, as it includes the base videos in addition to the addon campaign one.
  2. Open RESOURCE.CFG and edit the line pathFlic=D:\flic\ and change it to pathFlic=.\flic\ (the D: may be a different letter depending of the drive you used to install the game). Now open up ES.BAT and edit the line set ALT_DRIVE=D: (again may be different depending on the drive you used to install it) and change the D: to the letter of the disk you have the game installed on (usually C:).
  3. If you installed the expansion and the video intro no longer plays, rename the ES.EXE to ESCD.EXE and use ES.BAT to run the game. This is a common issue with installing the floppy version of the addon to the CD version of the base game.
This fix assumes you used the complete install option for the game. This may also work on real classic PCs.
The video intro sequence can be added to the floppy version by transplanting the files from a cd version using the steps above. The same is true for the expansion. Note however you may also want to copy the CD expansion's PSPEECH.VOL (or PGSPEECH.VOL or PFSPEECH.VOL for German and French) file to enable the briefing voices that the floppy expansion lacks as they were not sold separately like with the base game's Speech Pack.
Removing the letter from the set ALT_DRIVE= line in ES.BAT will restore the slideshow intro, replacing it with a .\ will completely disable the intro.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes VGA

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Human Machine Interface (HMI) audio drivers

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) MS-DOS 5.0
Processor (CPU) 80386/33DX
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 27 MB (extra 8 MB needed for Speech Pack)
Video card (GPU) VGA
CD version requires a Sound Card with a Digital Analogue Converter (DAC) to play the video intro sequence; playing without one will cause it to play too fast.

References