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    Unreal Tournament Tweak Guide

    Introduction:

    I was immediately intrigued by the introduction Unreal Tournament had to offer. What people do not understand is the importance of introductions. It sets a mood for the game that will almost always have a huge affect on the remaining parts of the game. Immediately I was reminded of my Half-Life experience, the train ride that brought you into a game that would end up being the Game of the year and win more than 45 different awards.

    Unfortunately, it didn't run too well until thoroughly tweaking it. Here is a little system specifications for what I consider to be High and Low. These can vary a bit with graphics, so don't yell at me if you have a mix of these and get poor results. You just have to fool with it a lot!

    I searched around the web and some items in here are those from other web sites. I of course gave credit when credit was deserved. Have fun browsing, and I hope this helps!

    HIGH
    Processor
    : P3 | 733 - P2 | 450
    RAM:128 MB
    GRAPHICS: TNT 2

    MEDIUM
    Processor
    : P2 - 266
    RAM:64 MB
    GRAPHICS: TNT 2

    LOW
    Processor
    : P1-200
    RAM:32 MB
    GRAPHICS: Voodoo 2

    The introduction got a bit on my nerves after a while, so I decided to try and disable it. After a few times looking in the unrealtournament.ini file I figured it out.

    Disable The Flyby Sequence

    To disable the fly by [movie] sequence at the load up of Unreal Tournament you have to edit  /unrealtournament/system/unrealtournament.ini file. In the first section of the file, replace LocalMap=CityIntro.unr with LocalMap=UT-Logo-Map.unr.

    Demo Recording / Playing

    DEMOPLAY [filename_without_extension]?3rdperson
    same as the above command, but with 3rd person view enabled.

    DEMOREC [filename_without_extension]
    records current game into a file

    STOPDEMO
    stops the current demo recording

    DEMOPLAY [filename_without_extension]
    re-plays the appropriate demo that you choose by typing into the console. Remember not to type in the extension of the file. Also, its in first person mode!

    Cheat Codes

    If you need help beating the game, or just want to have some fun mocking your opponents, enter these cheat codes into the console by hitting the tilde key (~) below escape key. I referred to planet unreal here.

    God - you cannot be killed
    loaded - all weapons
    iamtheone - needed to activate cheat codes
    ghost - you can travel anywhere, outside or inside of the map
    fly - fly mode!
    walk - walk mode [turns of fly]
    allammo - all ammo in all of your weapons
    killall [class] - kills every enemy [by class]
    playersonly - pause the game
    behindview 1 - get a behind view
    behindview 0 - normal view
    addbots [#] - adds bots # to the map
    open [mapname] - lets you change maps
    summon [item] - creates an item at your location
    summon unreali.[itemname] - make an [itemname] appear at your location
    summon unreali.[opponentname] - lets you go against an opponent at your location.

    Summon Items and Opponents

    Summon - Items or [itemname]: Summon - [opponentname]:  
    WarHeadLauncher
    Enforcer
    DoubleEnforcer
    Minigun2
    PulseGun
    ShockRifle
    SniperRifle
    UT_BioRifle
    UT_Eightball
    UT_FlackCannon
    Chainsaw
    Dispersionpistol
    Stinger
    Automag
    Asmd
    Clip
    Rifleround
    Flakshellammo
    Defaultammo
    Chainsaw
    Rifle
    Razorjack
    Gesbiorifle
    Minigun
    Flakcannon
    warlord
    titan
    stone titan
    squid
    slith
    skaarj
    skaarjwarrior
    skaarjscout
    skaarjlord
    skaarjberserker
    skaarjassassin
    iceskaarj
    skaarjtrooper
    skaarjsniper
    skaarjofficer
    skaarjinfantry
    skaarjgunner
    queen
    pupae
    nali
    nalipriest
    mercenary
    mercenaryelite
    manta
    giantmanta
    cavemanta
    krall
    parentblob
    horseflyswarm
    esserkrall
    krallelite
    gasbag
    giantgasbag
    fly
    devilfish
    cow
    babycow
    tentacle
    brute
    lesserbrute
    behemoth
    bots
    skaarjplayerbot
    humanbot
    malebot
    maletwobot
    malethreebot
    maleonebot
    femalebot
    femaletwobot
    femaleonebot
    nalirabit
    horsefly
    blobelt
    biterfish
    bird1
    parentblob
    horseflyswarm

    UT One-On-One Tournament Settings

    Cliff Bleszinski has provided the following information to help level the playing field when playing one-on-one tourneys in UT: Found this on Planet  Unreal.


    One on One
    ----------
    Weapons Stay- OFF
    Game Speed- DEFAULT
    NO TRANSLOCATOR
    NO BOTS (duh)
    Game Setting- HARDCORE
    Mutators- NO REDEEMER, NO POWERUPS
    Frag Limit- 20>
    Time Limit- 10>

    Suggested 1 on 1 Maps (my personal opinion)
    -------------------------------------------
    Liandri>
    Codex
    Grinder
    Turbine
    Malevolence (to be released in upcoming free Bonus Pack)

    Patch Up!

    I recommend getting the latest patch available by heading here or via the Download Latest version link that is inside Unreal Tournament's menu. For NgStats, get the latest update to that by heading here.

    CD Problems with Patches

    If you installed Unreal Tournament with the Minimum install, then you probably installed the latest patch. If you did, it overwrote some of the files and the game now does not know how to find the content off the cd.  You will see an error on the screen saying it cannot find the entry or the entry file. To fix it your gonna need to go into UnrealTournament\System folder. 

    This is a common error with UT, I am sure by now it is fixed, but if you did happen to install the first patch, your files could have gotten messed up and therefore would require the fixing below.

    Open UnrealTournament.ini and Default.ini.

    Add the following lines:

    CdPath=D:

    ContentOnCD=True  

    Unreal Tournament Load Times

    Find your way into the advanced options by typing preferences in the console, then open up advanced, then game engine settings. Set CacheSizeMegs to around 4 or 8 Megs. (My system is totally custom built and edited greatly, I run a self modified version of explorer using Litestep with some built in desktop enhancements so my system varies. I make sure and test on other systems before to guarantee results. 

    Open up Unrealtournament.ini. Locate the line of code LocalMap=CityIntro.unr and change it to LocalMap=UT-Logo-Map.unr and save. The game now loads the logo map file and produces a performance gain.

    Video Tweak Section

    Go into the preferences menu, and click on the Video TAB. You'll notice what I am talking about below.

    Skin detail, set this to MEDIUM for a MEDIUM PC. Set to LOW for a LOW PC, and HIGH for a HIGH PC. Check the introduction for what classifies Low, Medium, and High Pc's.

    Keep your resolution below 1280x1024, the graphics won't improve any higher than 1024x768, and just slow you down.

    Leave World Texture Detail on High, or the game will become blurry. The only reason I would recommend setting it to Low, is for performance increases on a slow computer.

    Video Tweak Section [Advanced]

    Go into advanced options, then under display, choose GameRenderDevice. Select Direct 3d, or if you use 3dfx cards try Glide. Open GL is worth a shot, but not recommended.

    Set the Brightness to your own preference, but in multiplayer tend to set it higher for better frag counts. Set Capturemouse to true (unless for some odd reason you don't have a mouse)
    CurvedSurfaces,this should be set to false because they improve performance greatly and don't affect anything except the player models (unnoticeable).

    Leave decals to true for offline and false for online play (if you have a low-barely medium pc). Decals are blood splatters, bullet holes, etc) and will aid in performance if set to false, set this to False for better visuals. Set this to True to improve performance a little.

    MinDesiredFrameRate, set to 30, unless you have a low end system then set to 20. It is what you want to have as your lowest desirable framerate.

    ScreenFlashes, set this to True, this is used when the screen changes color when you get hit, or are in underwater.

    SlowVideoBuffering, ignore unless using software rendering [doubtfull you are anyway] 

    NoLighting,leave this on False!! If you need the speed and are on a very low end system like a Pentium 133, keep it true.

    StartupFullscreen, you have no choice if you are using a 3d card.

    In the case of TNT1 cards, do not to set texture detail to high, you could easily run out of texture memory.

    UseDirectDraw, keep it on true for minor performance increases.

    UseDirectInput, keep it on true for minor performance increases. 

    Net play

    Find your way into Preferences, then go to network tab and select your connection type (modem, lan). Now go into the advanced options menu.

    use the stat net command in the console and if needed the netspeed xxxx command.

    A lot of people recommend, including myself, you bind a key to keep tabs on the quality of connection and where if any at all problems are occuring. Go into the advanced options menu, proceeding by clicking on the + sign next to Raw key bindings, then fill in the command, etc. Find an unused key that would be appropriate and enter stat net.

    If you hate typing commands to set your latency try binding a key to the numpads. I have my 5th button mouse set to stat net, but I would recommend something in the area where the insert, home etc keys are (above the arrow keys). bind a key to netspeed 3000 (33.6) and one for netspeed 2500 (33.6). I have my connection set on around 3500-4500 depending on hour of the day and I use a 56k modem. Try various settings.

    For more information check out my reference guides, which can be located at one of the following major gaming web sites.


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