Okay. So apparently I bought or was gifted “Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire” some weeks or months ago on Steam. I didn’t remember that but I stumbled upon it on a boring evening and decided to play it. So I installed it on my Windows8 (64bits) and when I started it, the game immediately “has stopped working”, as Windows puts it so nicely.
Wow. It’s too late to ask for a refund now, I guess. And I actually want to play it. So my good buddy Google lead me to this thread on the Steam community, where I found a solution.
Here’s what I needed to do, to get JA2WF working:
Download WineD3D v1.1.37. Grab the .exe file (!) from here (and: Yes, this is not the most recent version. I tried the most recent version first, and it was missing a file, so use this one).
Download 7-Zip and install it, if you haven’t already (even my grandma has 7-Zip installed).
Now right click on the WineD3D .exe file, go to the 7-Zip submenu and extract the contents (sorry for the ugly German words on the following screenshot, just extract it anywhere).
You’ll find three folders in the extracted contents. Go to the $SYSDIR folder, and copy all files within…
…and paste them into the root of your “Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire” folder. If your Steam library is in the default location, it will be “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\ja2_wildfire”, but this path depends on your Steam settings.
Allright. That’s it. Try to start the game by double clicking the WF6.exe.