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The Elders Scrolls : Arena - Bethesda Softworks (1993)
Tested By: Tamentis

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
95% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.70 (supported)

runnable  -  playable  -  supported
80% (supported)
  DOSBox version: 0.58 (supported)


Adjusting framerate (2007-09-25 19:57) Ne-oh's
Im confused, how do you adjust framerate?
exits (2007-06-15 15:28) nickacorn
i can load the game and create a character and play through the first dungeon, but as soon as i make it through the shift gate, it says check prices for some random spells and then exits do dosbox. the dosbox out put reads "arena.exe complete"
i want to play the whole game.
any ideas?
CD-ROM Version (2006-03-08 19:38) Anamon
The CD-ROM version of this game does not seem to work. Application "ACD" (which is run from the mounted CD-ROM drive after running the game from hard disk) blocks instantly.
speed tips (2004-10-27 09:13) Mac
You probably know these already, but they're vitally important for 3D games like this:

*1* Do NOT use "output=surface". Any other output willl get you a 2X speed increase.

*2* Make sure you're running the newest DOSbox (of course)

*3* Try out the "cpu=dynamic" for another roughly 2X speed increase.

*4* Make sure you tune the cycles to work with your machine. Run in a window and have a CPU load monitor active. Try to hover around 95%, so that you can handle unusual circumstances. Do NOT just accept the default 3000, and do NOT just keep cranking it higher. Use CTRL-F12 and CTRL-F11 to adjust while the game is running, and when you find a good setting (in console window or main window's title bar), store that permanently in your dosbox.conf file.

Using these I have gotten Arena to run very smoothly at full detail level on a 3GHz P4 with 0.62. I don't use frameskip - I'm trying to get my framerate up, so frameskip defeats the purpose.
Note: (2003-05-16 11:09) Tamentis
Need a very fast computer to play this game.



Compatibility statistics (3875 games in database)
Version: Games broken: Games runnable: Games playable: Games supported:
DOSBox 0.74-2 (952) 41 (4.31%) 20 (2.10%) 36 (3.78%) 855 (89.81%)
DOSBox 0.73 (619) 14 (2.26%) 13 (2.10%) 13 (2.10%) 579 (93.54%)
DOSBox 0.72 (710) 41 (5.77%) 20 (2.82%) 28 (3.94%) 621 (87.46%)
DOSBox 0.71 (151) 28 (18.54%) 5 (3.31%) 7 (4.64%) 111 (73.51%)
DOSBox 0.70 (944) 21 (2.22%) 13 (1.38%) 30 (3.18%) 880 (93.22%)
DOSBox 0.65 (714) 35 (4.90%) 26 (3.64%) 39 (5.46%) 614 (85.99%)
DOSBox 0.63 (912) 75 (8.22%) 43 (4.71%) 45 (4.93%) 749 (82.13%)
DOSBox 0.62 (391) 54 (13.81%) 24 (6.14%) 27 (6.91%) 286 (73.15%)
DOSBox 0.61 (998) 87 (8.72%) 58 (5.81%) 68 (6.81%) 785 (78.66%)
DOSBox 0.60 (768) 109 (14.19%) 67 (8.72%) 72 (9.38%) 520 (67.71%)
DOSBox 0.58 (1141) 263 (23.05%) 14 (1.23%) 19 (1.67%) 845 (74.06%)






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