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Thanks to Danielle and Dave for getting me a sealed, boxed copy of this 2005 game in 2019...
This was a fascinating game to play. The visuals were unique to say the least. The gameplay was fast and fluid and the game served up some excellent weapons and equipment to use on the enemy.
On top of that, you were able to find out how the story, that began in MADia's previous game; Echelon, and continued in Echelon: Wind Warriors, concluded.
Shortly after the game was released, the studio closed.
The below 3rd party patch is available that corrects a lot of the issues with the game:
Unofficial Music, Sound & Re-Localization Patch
The music that the above patch adds to the game is excellent.
If the game had been polished a little more; given better English-language localisation, it would have been a cracker.
This really is the gift that keeps on giving ...
Apparently, there is a second 3rd-party patch that improves the game's lighting, textures and bump maps.
The original sites that hosted this file have disappeared but I managed to track it to the Mod DB:
Operation: Matriarchy Enhancement Add-on Mod
I think I'm going to need to do a playthrough again with this mod enabled. The screenshots look very impressive.
There is also an alternative soundtrack. This requires the Devisraad patch to be installed.
WK Duffy alternative soundtrack
One tip for anyone wanting to try it out: The application doesn't like display resolutions wider than 4:3. If you try to set it to 1920x1080, for example, the health and armour indicators get sheared off below the bottom of the screen.
1280x1024 or 1280x960 work well, as you can see below.
The game doesn't seem to remember your chosen display resolution persistently when you close and restart the game. That's why the screenshots below are at different resolutions.
Instead, it tries to change it back to your display's native resolution when the game boots.
Aside from that, I had no issues getting the application running under Windows 10.
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