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3DO M2 game made available.

Post by will2097 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:22 pm

Very few people, if any, remember the 3DO let alone its never-released successor the 3DO M2. (Although traces of its DNA can be found in the 360 apparently!)

For those that do remember there were two games that most people were anticipating and got the lions share of the marketing budget. One was D2 by Warp which is apprently been lost forever, the other was IMSA Racing, which was made available today.

http://3do.cdinteractive.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=1792

See the game running here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjOnJkJRzsI

Does anyone on here have an M2? I don't.

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Post by NonShinyGoose » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:15 pm

will2097 wrote: Does anyone on here have an M2? I don't.
They're rarer than rocking horse poo, but I think a couple of working prototypes have turned up on eBay before.

And then there's that infamous story of the guy in the US who found one at a jumble sale... :mrgreen:
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Post by Tabe » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:08 am

That IMSA racing game looks really nice for the era. Cool to see footage of an M2 game after all this time.

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Post by nakamura » Wed Jul 28, 2010 4:39 am

Wow that would have bombed! Looks pretty bad albeit smooth for its time. It doesnt seem powerful enough to have warranted a purchase at the time.
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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:39 am

That looks really nice... Even got to see the control pad too (something I've never seen, for some reason or other). What's the story behind the 360-link?

I remember reading CVG in 1996, and there was a small preview of D2 for the M2... Is it the same D2 that found a release on the Dreamcast?
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Post by Megamixer » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:45 am

nakamura wrote:Wow that would have bombed! Looks pretty bad albeit smooth for its time. It doesnt seem powerful enough to have warranted a purchase at the time.
Well the vid description does say that the game is in an extremely early state. Also, was that the start of a B&W FMV clip just before the main menu?
TwoHeadedBoy wrote:That looks really nice... Even got to see the control pad too (something I've never seen, for some reason or other).

I remember reading CVG in 1996, and there was a small preview of D2 for the M2... Is it the same D2 that found a release on the Dreamcast?
That's the pad which was apparently designed before the release of the N64 pad. As for D2, I'm sure I read that it's an entirely different game to the DC version.
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Post by nakamura » Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:34 am

Megamixer wrote:
nakamura wrote:Wow that would have bombed! Looks pretty bad albeit smooth for its time. It doesnt seem powerful enough to have warranted a purchase at the time.
Well the vid description does say that the game is in an extremely early state. Also, was that the start of a B&W FMV clip just before the main menu?
Yes I would most likely say so.
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Post by NonShinyGoose » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:12 am

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:That looks really nice... Even got to see the control pad too (something I've never seen, for some reason or other). What's the story behind the 360-link?

I remember reading CVG in 1996, and there was a small preview of D2 for the M2... Is it the same D2 that found a release on the Dreamcast?
Nope - M2 DS was set in a gothic mansion. The Dreamcast one was mostly set outside in a snow-covered wasteland.
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Post by AmigaJay » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:38 pm

nakamura wrote:Wow that would have bombed! Looks pretty bad albeit smooth for its time. It doesnt seem powerful enough to have warranted a purchase at the time.
Yeah the game looks pants gameplay wise, but technically this was around late 1995 before a 1996 launch on hardware that looked more powerful at a higher res than the n64 more than a year earlier, back then a year in hardware terms was a long time in which new hardware was released nearly every year!
Shame the M2 got canned, by then though the psx had truely grabbed most of the Market share and it was probably a good call.

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Post by thevulture » Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:07 am

Assume the M2 was somewhere between say N64 and DC in terms of power?.Demo?Looked smooth enough, but for a driving game? No sense of speed, cars looked like they were going at a snails pace.But, in fairness, very early demo.Do recal all the Tech.demos doing the rounds at the time-The cow behind fence, lass vs Dino. etc.The other game demo. i saw was Iron and Blood, but did`nt that turn up on Ps1? (and was pretty rubbish at that?).

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Post by will2097 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:30 am

There were five games released on M2 Hardware. Konami used M2 hardware in their arcade machine so:

Polystars, Total Vice, Battle Tryst, Evil Night / Hell Night and Heat Of Eleven '98 were all running on M2 based hardware.

Not the best video's in the world but:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaCDPTF7nTM (Evil Night)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uWHpedmQUo (Battle Tryst)

D2 for the 3DO M2 was more of a sequel to D, the version that came out for the Dreamcast was more Enemy Zero mixed with D.
It looked like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fmesm0azh8M

The M2 was going to have a DVD Drive fitted, which may have been an upset for Sonys PS2, especially since the M2 was two years ahead of the PS2.

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Post by killbot » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:47 am

It looks a bit better than a PSone/Saturn game and about on a par with the N64. Was that good enough for what was being touted as a 'next gen' machine? No. It seems to me like a tacit admission that the stock 3DO was underpowered and that fans of the machine would need to buy an entirely new console if they wanted to play games comprable to what was already available on other consoles.
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Post by Lorfarius » Thu Jul 29, 2010 3:59 am

killbot wrote:It looks a bit better than a PSone/Saturn game and about on a par with the N64. Was that good enough for what was being touted as a 'next gen' machine? No. It seems to me like a tacit admission that the stock 3DO was underpowered and that fans of the machine would need to buy an entirely new console if they wanted to play games comprable to what was already available on other consoles.
Rubbish, the 3DO was far from underpowered. Just look at Need for Speed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIaozoknTyY

None of the later released ports were as good.
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Re: 3DO M2 game made available.

Post by killbot » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:15 am

Lorfarius wrote:
killbot wrote:It looks a bit better than a PSone/Saturn game and about on a par with the N64. Was that good enough for what was being touted as a 'next gen' machine? No. It seems to me like a tacit admission that the stock 3DO was underpowered and that fans of the machine would need to buy an entirely new console if they wanted to play games comprable to what was already available on other consoles.
Rubbish, the 3DO was far from underpowered. Just look at Need for Speed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIaozoknTyY

None of the later released ports were as good.
It looks like a first gen PSone game. Compare that to Sega Rally or Gran Turismo.

I don't think I'm alone in considering the 3DO underpowered - clearly Trip Hawkins thought it was too or why would he have a replacement ready less than three years later?
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Re: 3DO M2 game made available.

Post by will2097 » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:21 am

killbot wrote:
Lorfarius wrote:
killbot wrote:It looks a bit better than a PSone/Saturn game and about on a par with the N64. Was that good enough for what was being touted as a 'next gen' machine? No. It seems to me like a tacit admission that the stock 3DO was underpowered and that fans of the machine would need to buy an entirely new console if they wanted to play games comprable to what was already available on other consoles.
Rubbish, the 3DO was far from underpowered. Just look at Need for Speed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIaozoknTyY

None of the later released ports were as good.
It looks like a first gen PSone game. Compare that to Sega Rally or Gran Turismo.

I don't think I'm alone in considering the 3DO underpowered - clearly Trip Hawkins thought it was too or why would he have a replacement ready less than three years later?
Need for Speed 3DO was out two years before the PS1. I think we are talking at cross purposes here.

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