Unreal II: The Awakening

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Unreal II: The Awakening
Unreal II: The Awakening cover
Developers
Legend Entertainment
Publishers
Retail Atari
Unreal Anthology Midway Games
Digital Epic Games
Engines
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows February 3, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 75
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Unreal II: The Awakening on Wikipedia
Unreal
Unreal 1998
Unreal Tournament 1999
Unreal Tournament 2003 2002
Unreal II: The Awakening 2003
Unreal Tournament 2004 2004
Unreal Tournament 3 2007
Unreal Tournament 4 EA

Key points

Comes bundled with modding tools.

General information

Liandri Archives - A dedicated Unreal wiki site that collects information about all the games in the series
Unreal Wiki - A wiki on how to use Unreal Editor, UnrealScript and other technical aspects of Unreal Engine
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check. Disc check removed from Unreal Anthology version.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition. Includes the eXpanded MultiPlayer (XMP) expansion.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Expanded Multiplayer (XMP) Available for free. Included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition. See Expanded Multiplayer (XMP) for details.
Windows

Demos

Essential improvements

In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.

Patches

The latest version available is v1403.

The patch is available for the following versions:

  • North America (US)
  • Europe (UK)

They can be downloaded from the Files section.

Expanded Multiplayer (XMP)

The expansion cannot be installed with the Steam version

Included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition, it is an official expansion to the game adding multiplayer functionality (with 8 maps). The expansion is available for free for regular copies of the game. Note that the PLAY disk for Unreal II: The Awakening is required to install the expansion.

Bonus Content

Solaris Base Bonus Map is an additional map created by Matthias Worch.

Unreal Editor

Unreal Editor is the official modding program for the Unreal 2 engine. It is used to create professional levels and full scale conversions for the game.

Version 3 of the editor comes bundled with all versions of Unreal 2.

It can be found in the Systems folder in the installation folder.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\Unreal2.ini[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13200/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\System\User.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13200/pfx/[Note 2]
The save files do not store which story missions you have unlocked. That is stored with the user's input settings in <path-to-game>\System\User.ini, in the variable AutoSaveIndex=0. For example, if you have finished the game and unlocked all the chapters it will be AutoSaveIndex=22

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game shadows settings.
In-game shadows settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Image is Vert-. FOV can be increased to compensate. See Field of view (FOV).
Multi-monitor
See Field of view (FOV).
Ultra-widescreen
See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
See Field of view (FOV).
Field of view (FOV)
Defaults to 90° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
<path-to-game>\System\Unreal2.ini -> LevelOfAnisotropy
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia cards can force MSAA, TrSSAA, SGSSAA, OGSSAA, etc. through Nvidia Profile Inspector without compatibility bits.[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Field of view (FOV)

Set FOV in console[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\System\
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Change bCheatsEnabled=false to bCheatsEnabled=true.
  4. Open the console in-game (~).
  5. Enter SetFOV 100 (replace with the desired FOV).
  6. Optionally, use the Cutscene FOV Fix to fix FOV during cutscenes.
Set FOV in User.ini
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\System\
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Change both DesiredFOV=90 and DefaultFOV=90 to your desired values.
  4. Optionally, use the Cutscene FOV Fix to fix FOV during cutscenes.
If adjusting FOV to obtain Hor+ scaling for widescreen or ultra-widescreen, to maintain identical vertical FOV to the default 4:3 FOV at 16:9 resolutions, use 106.270273206. At 21:9 resolutions, use 121.66.

Input settings

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output; see Surround sound.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.[4] Update the game to fix crashes

Surround sound

By default the game ouput to stereo on modern versions of Windows. This will force the game to use the system openAL device as ouput and restore surround sound.
Restore surround sound
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\System\Unreal2.ini.
  2. Set Use3DSound=true and UseDefaultDriver=false and save.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail version only. See here for GOG.com and Steam versions translation.
German
Retail version only. See here for GOG.com and Steam versions translation.
Italian
Retail version only. See here for GOG.com and Steam versions translation.
Spanish
Retail version only. See here for GOG.com and Steam versions translation.

Network

Requires the eXpanded MultiPlayer (XMP) expansion (included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition and available as a free upgrade)

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
A guide can be found here
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and enter open followed by the IP and port.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 7777, 7778, 27900, 28900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D
User created profile, requires D3D8to9 , see here

Issues fixed

Steam Screenshot Fix

Edit user.ini[citation needed]
By default F12 changes your contrast, if you're trying to take a screenshot with Steam's default key, it will undesirably change the contrast.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Open user.ini
  3. Change F12=BumpContrast to F12=

Long Load Screens

Disable Vsync/remove frame cap[citation needed]
Load Screens are tied to frame rate. If the frame rate is capped, either by V-Sync or a frame rate limiter software, loading times will be artificially increased. The lower the cap, the slower the load screens (eg. V-Sync at 60Hz will result in longer loading times than V-Sync at 120Hz).

Windows 10 D3DERR_DEVICELOST

This option also seems to have fixed the random mouse jump/spin problem.

Edit Unreal2.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Open Unreal2.ini
  3. Change ReduceMouseLag=True to ReduceMouseLag=False

Run the game at screen refresh rate

Maximum selectable refresh rate is 85 Hz. This does not limit FPS, but may set your monitor's refresh rate to 100 Hz, which may result in screen tearing on a 120 Hz or 144 Hz monitor.
Set fullscreen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system.
  2. Open Unreal2.ini.
  3. Find this line: DesiredRefreshRate=60.
  4. Change the value to set your monitors refresh rate. For example 120 or 144.

Notes

Modifying any video options will undo the custom refresh rate.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Can run under Direct3D 9 via the D3D8To9 wrapper DLL, which should be placed in the "Unreal II The Awakening\System" directory next to the game executable.
Shader Model support 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 MX
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/13200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References