Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Xenon II - STE - Megablast!


Xenon 2 is pretty much Marmite to most, they either they love it or hate it. Well, I love it because it's one of my favourite shooters with superb power-ups and freaky baddies. Also, it's technically a coding masterpiece with outstanding graphics and sounds that prove just what the Atari ST is capable of when programmed by developers who have talent and commitment in equal measure. We need no custom chips or lame Amiga ports!!

Okay, rant over. Here is a Xenon II upgrade for 1MB Atari STe computers and all that's required is a decent hard drive or an Ultrasatan. This new version features 25KHz stream music, during gameplay, all thanks to the DMA Audio hardware. This means no CPU time is used and any piece of music can be played - so long as it's converted to 8-Bit @ 25033Hz using a program like Audacity. I have a range of ZZ Top songs already stored on my Ultrasatan :)

This great shooter just got even better and I hope Peter converts more games to use the DMA audio co-processor lurking inside the Atari STe because the possibilities are almost endless. Perhaps I should send him a wishlist...

LINKS

 - Xenon II w/ improved music can be downloaded now from 8BitChip.
 - Use Audacity to convert your tunes into an STe friendly format.