Last Resort Mod Blog

Swat3 installed into "Program Files (x86)" - February 1, 2015

I am thinking of releasing a new version of the Last Resort mod but I need to solve a problem when people install Swat 3 into the Program Files (x86) folder.  What is happening is that Windows doesn't like the fact that I am reading and writing to files in the Swat 3 folder which happens to be in the Program Files (x86) folder.  Windows does this to protect the OS but is a pain in the ass.

With Windows 8 this can be fixed by making the Last Resort Launcher run in Windows 7 compatibility mode.   What is strange on my Windows 8.1 laptop is that if I place it in Windows 8 compatibility mode it also works fine.  Go figure.

The moral of the story is don't install Swat 3 to the Program Files (x86) folder if you want to use the Last Resort Mod.   It is better to store it in a custom folder like Games\Swat3 so you don't have strange problems like this.

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Last Resort Launcher Bug - December 6, 2014

I recently found out that the Last Resort launcher has a bug in it when run under Windows 8.  You should make the Last_Resort.exe run in Windows 7 compatibility mode (or even Windows XP Service Pack 3 mode) if you are having problems with it in Windows 8.

I was completely unaware that Windows 8 is very strict about saving the LastResort.ini file that stores the launcher's settings.   Windows 8 redirects the file into a Virtual Store folder as a way to make the operating system more secure.   The Last Resort launcher gets confused about the location of the file and crashes.  Perhaps including a manifest file will fix this problem in future releases or perhaps saving the settings file to AppData.   I will need to research this.

I understand why Microsoft does this but it doesn't mean I don't think it is a total pain in the ass.

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Swat 3 in Windows 8 (holy lag!) - December 5, 2014

I recently visited the Swat 3 forums at GOG.com and saw that there were a lot of people with technical problems running Swat 3 under Windows 8.   The biggest problems was extremely low frame rate issues.   I just bought a Windows 8 laptop so I figured I would install Swat 3 and test things out.

Boy, they weren't joking about how laggy the mouse movement was!  I was getting 2 frames per second in the menus.  A user in the forum, AdamK47, posted a fix that really helped a lot. 

I started a page on this website for all the Swat 3 and Last Resort fixes for Windows 8.

I also looked through this website and fixed any dead links I found.  I also updated the Swat 3 Patch Wizard to reflect URL changes to the patches.

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Domain Name Renewal - November 20, 2014

I just renewed the website domain name for another year.  I haven't given up yet on this project and hope to do some more work on it this winter.

Once again much thanks to Haystakk for hosting this website for free.  He may no longer play Swat 3 but he has always been a huge fan of it.

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Blame Grand Theft Auto Five - October 4, 2014

Okay, I admit that I really haven't touched the Last Resort mod in about a year but Grand Theft Auto 5 is to blame.  Rockstar shouldn't make such fun games.

My real life work is starting to slow down for the fall so hopefully I can find the free time to release a new version of the mod or at least work on the hires version of the Import Store map.

Below are the last screen caps showing some of the new buildings added beside and across the street from the Import store.    This is still a work in progress and the texturing, geometry and the lighting still need a lot of refinement.

 

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Texture Comparison - November 5, 2013

Below is new texture that I made a week ago that is a good example of what can be done to improve Swat 3 using the Last Resort Mod

This screenshot shows what the original Swat 3 texture looks like compared to new higher resolution version.

I am working on a new version of the mod that will include some texture improvements (this will be an on going process)

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