STAR WARS: Dark Forces – How to Play DF1 with Definitive Way with The Force Engine (W7/W10/W11)

How to Install

  1. Download latest version from here.
  2. Extract downloaded zip to steamapps\common\Dark Forces\DosBox
  3. Rename TheForceEngine.exe to dosbox.exe
  4. Launch game from Steam – you might need to change in the settings “game source data” point to the Dark Forces install directory
  5. Enjoy following features!

Full Dark Forces support, including mods. Outlaws support is coming in version 2.0.

Mod Loader – simply place your mods in the Mods/ directory as zip files or directories.

High Resolution and Widescreen support – when using 320×200 you get the original software renderer. TFE also includes a floating-point software renderer which supports widescreen, including ultrawide, and much higher resolutions.

GPU Renderer with perspective correct pitch – play at much higher resolutions with improved performance.

Extended Limits – TFE, by default, will support much higher limits than the original game which removes most of the HOM (Hall of Mirrors) issues in advanced mods.

Full input binding, mouse sensitivity adjustment, and controller support. Note, however, that menus currently require the mouse.

Optional Quality of Life improvements, such as full mouselook, aiming reticle, improved Boba Fett AI, autorun, and more.

A new save system that works seamlessly with the existing checkpoint and lives system. You can ignore it entirely, use it just as an exit save so you don’t have to play long user levels in one sitting, or full save and load with quicksaves like Doom or Duke Nukem 3D.

Optional and quality of life features, even mouselook, can be disabled if you want the original experience. Play in 320×200, turn the mouse mode (Input menu) to Menus only or horizontal, and enable the Classic (software) renderer – and it will look and play just like DOS, but with a higher framerate and without needing to adjust cycles in DosBox.

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My first game was Naughty Dog’s Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) back in 1996. And since then gaming has been my main hobby. I turned my passion for gaming into a job by starting my first geek blog in 2009. When I’m not working on the site, I play mostly on my PlayStation. But I also love outdoor activities and especially skiing.

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