Star Wars: Force Commander

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Star Wars: Force Commander
Star Wars: Force Commander cover
Developers
LucasArts
Ronin Entertainment
Publishers
LucasArts
Release dates
Windows March 21, 2000
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Star Wars
Star Wars: Force Commander on HowLongToBeat
Star Wars: Force Commander on IGDB
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Star Wars: Force Commander on Wikipedia
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Key points

Installer is 16-bit only and will not work with 64-bit systems. Use the alternatve installer o winevdm
Game runs fine on Windows 10 64-bit with dgVoodoo 2 and compatibility fixes.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.1 is the latest patch available for the game, it adds stability and bug fixes for the multiplayer.
Saved games from the release version will not work if you install the patch. Player files are still compatible, so your campaign progress will not be lost.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Resource\Options\FoCom.opt[Note 1]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Force Commander\v1.0\Settings

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Resource\Players\FoCom<user-id>.sfe[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Resource\GameFiles\save<user-id>.sav

Video[edit]

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
A complete cutscene script is available on Disk 1 (go to Install\CINEMATICDOC.txt).
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Only in the game, not in video

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4
Online play
4

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Install on Windows 10 64-bit[edit]

Installing the game using a 16-bit emulator
  1. Go to winevdm and Download the last stable version, extract and install with it install.reg
  2. Start otvdmw.exe and look for the game installer path on the disc.
  3. Proceed with the normal installation of the game.
  4. Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of the game and edit Target adding quotes at the beginning and end of the path (Es. "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Force Commander\Force.exe").
Set the compatibility
  1. Download Windows ADK and install only "Compatibility Administrator".
  2. In Custom Database right-click on New_database(1) [Untitled_1] -> Create New -> Application Fix.
Give the name of the program to fix "focom" and the path (Es. "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Force Commander\Resource\focom.exe").

Don't set anything in Compatibility mode.

In Compatibility fixes set: RunAsAdmin and SingleProcAffinity.

proceed until saving 
Give the name of the program to fix "Force" and the path (Es. "C:\Program Files (x86)\LucasArts\Force Commander\Force.EXE").

Don't set anything in Compatibility mode.

In Compatibility fixes set: RunAsAdmin.

proceed until saving 
  1. Once the database is created go to File -> Save, in Database Name set "Force Commander" and save the file ForceCommander.sdb in the location of the executable.
  2. Right-click on the Database named "Force Commander" and Install.
Install and set dgVoodoo
  1. Download and estract dgVoodoo (the antivirus may react to dgVoodooCpl.exe but it is a false positive) and copy from the folder MS\x86 in focom.exe location: D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll.
  2. Set on dgVoodoo Control Panel in General -> Scaling mode: Stretched, keep Aspetc Ratio, in DirectX -> set Fast video memory access.
If you have more than one game running using dgVoodoo it is a good idea to save the dgVoodoo.conf file in the DLL location in order to have customized configurations for each game using the Add button to enter the path to the list of configuration files manageable by dgVoodooCpl.exe
If dgVoodooCpl.exe is not run as administrator it will not be able to save the dgVoodoo.conf file in protected folders (Es. C:\Program Files (x86) or C:\Program Files)
Set resolution and quality

The resolution and quality setting is managed by the launcher but not being able to recognize the video card does not allow all changes. You can change these values using the registry (regedit).

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC\Force Commander\v1.0\Settings\Screen

Allow32bpp: 1 (set resolution at 32 bit per pixel)
Size: 3 (set resolution at 1280x1024)
Use32BitTextures: 1 (use high quality 32-bit texture)
UseLowQualityTextures: 0 (disable low quality texture)
UseSoftwareCursor: 1 (disable hardware cursor)
If the launcher is not started as administrator the key path changes!

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Installer is 16-bit

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0a compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 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