Problems running Re-ACT

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#1 by fuukanou
2019-09-12 at 18:06
I'm having difficulties running both Melty Blood and Re-ACT on Windows 8.1.
Melty Blood (first release disc if that makes any difference) crashes at the OP movie, and even if you skip that, you still only get 10-20 fps in game.
Melty Blood Re-ACT loads fine, gets 59-61 fps in game, works fine for one fight, but the minute you go into another fight (e.g. your second VS mode fight or stage 2 in arcade mode), the character portraits VS screen pops up as usual, the screen goes to black, and the game just sits on that black screen until you manually end the process.

I've tried the game on Japanese Windows XP by virtualisation, there MB gets 60fps but Re-ACT only gets 20ish fps. I believe neither of them hang after the second VS screen like Windows 8.1. I also have tried it on Windows 10 and (apart from font display problems on the launcher) the game runs fine. However, it wasn't my computer so I can't play it on Windows 10.

I've tried running in admin mode (game doesn't even boot unless in admin mode), all compatibility modes up to Windows XP SP3 work, anything above crashes at bootup. I've tried moving to a non-Japanese named folder, fiddling with different combinations of 16 and 32 bit graphics settings, windowed and fullscreen.

Can anyone think of any potential solutions?
#2 by lucumo
2019-09-12 at 18:17
Hm, weird. I had no issues at all on Windows 7 and I've played every single version (not the Steam-DRM one though) released on PC. No fiddling around with Japanese language settings either since I've always played with the fan patches (with the exception of Current Code).
#3 by fuukanou
2019-09-12 at 18:32
#2, funny thing, I just tried the English patch just now and it seems to work (apart from the clear inherent piracy in updating Re-ACT to Final Tuned...)

I don't really want the translation though so I'm trying to work backwards to untranslate it...
#4 by lucumo
2019-09-12 at 19:08
Depends on how you look at it. I own one of the Melty Blood games (Cadenza Ver. B) and am not that troubled to play a previous version (or Current Code as it was gated behind that limited BD release). Still would like to buy the games new, however, they aren't really available (and I actually look every single day).

Well, at least now you know that the problem lies with the Japanese settings.
#5 by fuukanou
2019-09-12 at 19:17
#4, if you don't mind used, you can get both Melty Blood and Re-ACT for less than 1k total on Suruga-ya (link , link). If you want new though... well sounds like a very expensive dream.
#6 by lucumo
2019-09-12 at 19:37
I'm very much against used, as I've had bad experiences pretty early in my life even and it's also why I mentioned looking for them in "new" condition. There is a Melty Blood on Yahoo Auctions but that one costs 13500 Yen...which is way too much in my opinion, as the original game cost 3000 Yen. My guess is that the (unfortunate) popularity of the Fate universe propelled that price up as well. It's been sitting at that price point forever too but apparently the seller doesn't mind.
Though, my time will come eventually, I'm certain of that.
#7 by fuukanou
2019-09-12 at 19:47
#6, personally, 13.5k sounds pretty reasonable to be all things considered- it's a game with a probably very limited run from getting onto two decades ago, that has been left unopened in pristine condition. I doubt anyone would sell it under 9k even if they were looking for a quick sale. I wish you luck in your search though, I know the feeling of trawling multiple times a day for half a year through Yahoo Auctions for rare goods...
#8 by lucumo
2019-09-12 at 20:16
I wouldn't say "pristine condition", the shrinkwrap doesn't look that good (I really pay attention to that). And that amount of money doesn't seem fine since no one has bought it at all over the long time it's already been listed there. Personally, I would go for twice the retail price...but I also have lots of other stuff I need to buy (I have 27 links for YA alone, add another 20 for Amazon...and yeah).
Hehe, as long as it's just half a year. What makes it worth it though, when you finally find the thing you are looking for and then also get it. Of course, it can also be the other way around. I got outbid twice for some games I was really looking for. For one, the retail price was 2800 but the other person went above 10000 Yen at which point I passed. Similarly, recently I stopped at 12500 Yen while the other person went even higher. For some reason, it's always one person making it difficult. Though, I'm generally happy enough as (also recently) I found a game from 2000 in new condition which was only available via mail order back in the day. Cost me 10000 Yen but worth every single one.

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