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Play Strife again on Windows 10

Strife: Veteran Edition on Windows 10.Strife is a first person shooter from 1996, based on the Doom engine. Other than Doom it contains RPG (role playing game) elements. Your character is also able to talk with other characters from the game. Gameplay depends on the choices the player makes during the game. The game is perfectly playable with DOSBox, but there are some other options which allow you to play enhanced versions of the game directly on Windows 10 and Windows 8.

Strife: Veteran Edition

At the end of 2014, Strife: Veteran Edition was launched. The Veteran Edition is a re-release with some enhancements, which include widescreen support, custom resolutions with proper aspect ratio, and dynamic lighting and bloom effects. It also completes missing and unfinished options in the original game, such as: the planned "Capture the Chalice" multi-player mode, marking of current objectives on the auto-map, and a special HUD for the Torpedo weapon. You can get your copy of Strife: Veteran Edition from Gog.com for a very humble fee.

Play Strife with the ZDoom engine

Strife on Windows 10, Windows 8 with ZDoom engine.If you own the game and don't want to spend a few bucks on the Veteran Edition, you can also play Strife in any resolution using the ZDoom port. The Strife game files (STRIFE1.WAD and VOICES.WAD) cannot be used by the Doomsday engine, hence this additional ZDoom guide. It works pretty good on all major Windows systems including Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7, but it's less configurable compared to the Doomsday Engine.

Basic needs

  • Download Strife if you don't have the game
  • You'll need the STRIFE1.WAD and VOICES.WAD files from the downloaded zip file
  • ZDoom engine installed (see below)

Installation of ZDoom

  • Download the latest version of the ZDoom engine (zdoom-2.7.x.zip)
  • Copy the contents of the downloaded ZDoom zip file to an empty folder of choice, for example c:\games\zdoom
  • Copy the Strife game files (STRIFE1.WAD and VOICES.WAD) to the ZDoom folder (in this case c:\games\zdoom)

Start and configure ZDoom

  • Start ZDoom by double clicking zdoom.exe
  • If there's no other WAD file in the ZDoom folder, Strife will automatically start
  • Remember to check the video settings for optimal gaming pleasure! Click options and then display options and set video mode.
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