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Unofficial patches for Thief and other PC games

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by spekkio, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Heavy Metal FAKK 2 and American McGee's Alice are the games I've played a lot as a kid and they're very dear to me. They're both based on almost exactly the same fork of Q3, which has many improvements (e.g. skeletal animation and a very extensive scripting language) and is very different from the vanilla Q3 engine.

    Tried them again on my new Win 10 laptop a while back, and Heavy Metal FAKK 2 mostly runs fine (you just need to patch FOV in the game DLL), while Alice is stretched to all hell and back. Thinking about making a patch for Alice that would stop all the stretching (I want the UI look the way it does in HMF2, i.e. no scaling at all), automatic FOV calculation, being able to skip starting logos etc.

    Yay/Nay/Fuck off back to making UAP 2.0???
     
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    Alice: Madness Returns included a version of 1 which was updated for modern machines; did it fix the resolution issues etc.?
     
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  3. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Also, speaking of Q3 engine games. Most (all?) of them have an annoying bug. If you run the game in a resolution where either width OR height is not a power of 4 (the most common of these is 1366x768, fucking hate this laptop industry standard), the game will crash and burn when taking a screenshot. The fuck does it matter, right? Well, most single player Q3 games take a thumbnail screenshot when saving, so will crash every time you save, and a lot of these games auto-save all the time, so yeah.... you get the picture.

    An easy fix is to create a custom 1364x768 resolution, 1364 can be divided by 4, so all is well, and you only lose 2 pixels of width, ain't nobody gonna notice that.

    But I'd love to fix that function on the engine level. I've looked at it a bit in HMF2, and from what I've gathered it just constantly subtracts 4 from width and height until they're 256x256, which is the thumbnail size. Well, it can't do that with 1366, so it crashes with a memory write out of bounds exception. Need to think of another implementation.
     
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  4. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Yeah I have that version and it's so shitty I've no words really. All they did is make widescreen resolutions available in the options, added some rudimentary gamepad support and disabled the fucking console, so you can't even apply any other fixes you might want.

    They didn't fix either the FOV or stretching. Just... nothing. You can p much treat it as a very very late and very very small patch that adds xbox three shitty gamepad support to an oldschool PC game meant to be played with mouse and kb.

    Fuck EA in the ass.
     
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  5. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Also, here's how you can fix FOV in the original American McGee's Alice, don't think this is available anywhere online. Most guides simply recommend constantly inputting the FOV command, which is reset on every game load, don't do that.

    Open fgamex86.dll, the offset you need is 0xA5590, and the value is FOV x2. The default value is 0xB4 = 180 = 90. So, e.g. to get fov 112 (suitable for 16:9), write 0xD6, which is 224. I'll probably think up a suitable formula for automatic FOV calculation in ASM and make it automatic when I get to patching Alice.

    Feel free to link this post.
     
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  6. agris Arcane Patron

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    https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/American_McGee's_Alice is a good place to start
     
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  7. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    spekkio, probably should link this thread in the first post or the Steam guides I've created.

    Also, the UAP page has been moved to http://terra-arcanum.com/drog, please change the link accordingly, this will be the permanent address.
     
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  8. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Bought Jade Empire on Steam during this sale, and sadly the Steam version is broken. It either doesn't run at all ("Failed to find Steam") or exhibits problems like the mouse cursor not showing. Seems like GOG and Origin versions are fine.

    Anyway, the fix is to simply use the EXEs from the GOG version. This also removes Steam DRM, but ehhh, who cares.

    Other fixes you might want to apply:
    - Change ClampFPS in JadeEmpire.ini from 1 to 0, this will remove the 30 FPS lock.
    - Stuttering fix.
     
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  9. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Also I'll probably do a no HUD stretch patch for Jade Empire, found the code that controls this.

    Will update this post at a later date.
     
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  10. Drog Black Tooth Self-Ejected

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    Fixes for the Steam version of Quake II:

    - Install the Yamagi source port. It's an-up-to date modern source port that just removes software rot and doesn't add any maxx grafikk full retard features. The game won't run on Windows 7 or above otherwise. Just extract this zip into your Quake II folder in \Steam\steamapps\common\Quake 2.
    - The mission pack Steam shortcuts don't work because they fucked up the command line parameters (as you can see on SteamDB). Unfuck them by right-clicking on Reckoning/Ground Zero in your Steam library and then going into Properties -> General -> Set launch options... and adding +set cddir "" (basically negating that erroneous command line arg).
    - The CD audio is obviously missing, but the Yamagi source port that you've just installed supports OGG tracks, I might upload them at a later date.
     
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    BROs, some slight incline.

    There's a new site for this patch, with working download.

    I was able to find the snapshot of this site on WebArchive
    Files were gone, but I've found Jam2Bink Converter on some Spanish juarez site. Anyway, here it is:

    Blood Omen - Legacy of Kain Jam2Bik Movies Converter

    IMO it's not needed ATM, since unofficial patch works with original videos (see below).

    These Spanish fags also linked to another (~2015) fix for the game, made (?) by some fag called tatapindi.

    Working link here (! Warning - Avast marks it as a virus)

    It's a different .exe than the older one, used in CubanRaul's 2.0 Unofficial Patch (~2010). It works just like the vanilla exe, that is all "splash screen" movies play every time you start the game, while the CubanRaul's exe skips those after first run.

    Anyway, I've tested the game AGAIN (Win7 x64), and:

    1) It installs fine via the original installer. But you should use the CubanRaul's one anyway.
    2) Game works fine both with the CubanRaul's .exe and tatapindi's .exe. No need to convert the movies to .bik, they work fine.
    3) No need to use any CPU cycle-stealing software, no hang-ups.

    As always, 3 display modes available (640x480):

    a) The "HD" one. Only the "zoomed-out" display:

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    b) The regular, "pixelated" one. 2 levels of zoom:

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    c) The regular, "scanlined" one. 2 levels of bloom:

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    Vae Victis. :obviously:

    Found the backup on WebArchive. Files are still available, but I re-upped them just in case.

    UTPG Patch .440
    UTPG Patch .451b

    That is all... :obviously:
     
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    Hey, these "spanifags" are from Abandonsocios, a webpage I recommended already in another thread. They may be Spanish, but they do good work (except when they forget to update their upload links, which sometimes happen, such as with this one :decline:).

    Moreover, according to the second path's instructions written in Spanish, you can copy all of the files from the CD and play normally by removing the 'Read only' condition from all of these, then running KainXP. Assuming it works you can make it a portable game.
     
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    Butthurt spaniard detected. :obviously:

    As for the "portability", CubanRaul's Patch does p. much the same (copies files from CD to HDD).

    OFC, thanks for the info.
     
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    Figured, I would post this here as well since you did mention the thread and casting a wider net and what not.
    Patch for Blade Runner, that fixes cpu speed issues and allows it to be installed on modern operating system. Make sure to grab the HDFrames.dat file as well to avoid missing sprites and images from disc 2 onwards.
     
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    Just gonna say two things:

    # The readme for the unofficial Diablo: Hellfire patch gave me a few laughs, so thanks for that.

    # This thread is amazing, keep up the good work spekkio :brodex:
     
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    ET: Legacy for Wolfenstein Enemy Territory

    Comes with ET, Omni bots and supports modern resolutions out of the box.
     
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    Why do the Prince of Persia trilogy games have such bad framerates when there's a lot of light or effects? Is there some fix for this? It doesn't seem to be something that can be fixed by messing with in-game settings. Even if I turn all effects, lighting and textures off/low the same areas still have poor framerates.
     
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    Commander Genius Commander Keen source port.


    Features
    • Keen 1-6 and Dreams support
    • Four Player Mode
    • Fully customizable button layout on keyboards, gamepads and other input devices
    • Graphic scalers
    • Hardware acceleration
    • Six difficulty modes in all the Commander Keen games
    • Mods support
    • Automatic extraction of data (sounds, story, etc.) from exe-files
    • Ingame Music support using HQP (Yes, music in the Invasion of the Vorticons series! Get it from our download page. It's absolutely free!)
    • New graphical effects
    • Much faster, because no emulation layer
    • HUD in Invasion of the Vorticons like you enjoyed it in Galaxy
    • High Quality Pack for Graphics, Sound effects and music
    • and much more...

    Don't worry the scalers, new sfx and such are all optional.
     
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    Divinity: Original Sin 2
    If you want to play properly Manhunt without any crashes and in proper widescreen mode unzip the contents of the archive to the game directory.

    Manhunt Reborn

    Show Spoiler


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    I made these

    Sin + Wages of Sin
    Half-Life 2 + Episodes
    Team Fortress 2 texture LOD fix

    EDIT: The Sin patch is actually compatible with both the Steam and fully updated retail versions of the game, and also includes patches for the expansion pack as well (which can be played on the Steam version with this patch). I probably should have mentioned that to begin with, but I guess I was too lazy or something. The patches for Valve games are for the post-Steampipe update versions from 2013 and onward, so if you have older (i.e. pirated) versions of the games, it won't be of any use to you.
     
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