Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Xenon II - STE - Megablast!


Xenon 2 is pretty much Marmite - some love it and some hate it. Well, I love it because it's one of my favourite shooters with fantastic power-ups and freaky baddies. It's also a technical masterpiece with outstanding aesthetics which prove just what the Atari ST is capable of - when programmed by developers with talent and commitment in equal measure. We need no custom chips nor those horrendous lame Amiga ports!!

Okay, rant over. Here is a brand new Xenon II upgrade for 1MB+ Atari STe computers with an UltraSatan or decent hard drive. This new version streams 25KHz music, during gameplay, thanks to the DMA Audio hardware. There is no CPU hit whatsoever so everything is as good as it ever was BUT with your choice of music :-)

All you need to do is convert a song to 8-Bit @ 25033Hz using a free program like Audacity. I have a massive selection of rock/metal songs stored and ZZ Top is currently playing from my Ultrasatan!!

Xenon II just got even better and I hope Peter converts many more games to make use of the DMA co-processor. The possibilities are almost endless... Hmm, perhaps I should send him a wishlist? LOL he'll block me!!

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