Well, after spending much of the afternoon into the early evening getting the driver update (it took three attempts), I finally upgraded the card. Funny thing, on rebooting the system, Titan Quest came up for some reason. But that was okay, because I wanted to see how it looked, and it was fine. “Look Ma, no smears!”. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Mage Knight.

It’s still smeary, but at least the game is playable. I don’t know what’s going on here but I will try to find out and see if it can be fixed. Anyway, it begins with choosing a character (I took the Amazon), doing some minor edits to things like face, hair color, etc., and then into the tutorial.

A little screen comes up with advice and information as you go along. My initial goal was to reach the Dwarven settlement of Silverholt, but first I had to help a Troll (a friendly one, by gosh!) get his tools back from some Orcs (they seem to be pests in almost every game these days).

I did start with some armor and weapons: a two-handed sword (not all that great) and a bow (also not that great). They were already set up for me, with sword on the left mouse and bow on the right mouse. No weapon swapping needed, which is nice.

As you might expect, combat is point and click, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to stand in place, such as holding down the shift key. I overran a target a few times, but nothing serious.

I am having a little trouble getting used to the views. You can shift the camera around (something as in Neverwinter Nights) by holding the spacebar and moving the mouse. Zoom is available that way, also by using the scroll wheel.

There’s a minimap in the upper right, as in Titan Quest, but for some reason, I’m having a hard time coordinating my movements with it. I guess it will take awhile to get used to this new display.

Anyway, after retrieving the tools, I had to make my way through a small section of swamp, naturally full of Orcs. It was also, sigh, dark. So it was a little tough, but I managed to get through it without dying.

So I made it to Silverholt, and of course the first thing that happens is they want me to go out after some bad guys (the bad guys here are Atlanteans). They also mentioned mages, so I may be going up against a spellcaster or two, as well. That just makes my day ;)

That’s where I left it; stay tuned for more tomorrow, sports fans.