Aliens versus Predator 2

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Aliens versus Predator 2
Aliens versus Predator 2 cover
Developers
Monolith Productions
Primal Hunt Third Law Interactive
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Fox Interactive
macOS (OS X) MacPlay
Japan Capcom
Engines
Lithtech Talon
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) July 23, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 85
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Vehicles Robot
Art styles Stylized
Themes Horror, Sci-fi, Space
Series Aliens versus Predator
Aliens versus Predator 2 on HowLongToBeat
Aliens versus Predator 2 on IGDB
Aliens versus Predator 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Aliens versus Predator 2 on MobyGames
Aliens versus Predator 2 on Wikipedia
Aliens versus Predator
Subseries of Alien
Subseries of Predator
Aliens versus Predator 1999
Aliens versus Predator 2 2001
Aliens vs. Predator 2010

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Aliens versus Predator 2 is a singleplayer and multiplayer horror sci-fi FPS in the Aliens versus Predator series set in space and developed by Monolith Productions.

The game was released to Windows on October 23, 2001. The following year in August 2002 an expansion pack developed by Third Law Interactive titled Primal Hunt was released. In May 2003 the Gold Edition was released which bundled the base game with the expansion pack. Two months later on July 23, 2003 an OS X port developed by The Omni Group was released.

As the multiplayer service GameSpy has terminated its services, the game requires either a community-created Master Server Patch or the use of the third-party software GameRanger to enable online functionality.

General information

AvP Universe with some useful links

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4.54.00.0018 DRM.
SecuROM 4.77.00.0002 DRM for Primal Hunt.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The game is not sold digitally due to various legality issues with several parties.[citation needed]

Version differences

Gold Edition released in May 2003 bundles the base game with the Primal Hunt expansion pack.

Demo

A singeplayer demo as well as a multiplayer demo are also available.

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Primal Hunt Expansion pack which adds new weapons and multiplayer maps as well as a singleplayer prequel campaign to the base game.
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

v1.0.9.6

  • The patch is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean and Spanish. It can be downloaded from the Files section

Map Updates

Make sure the game is patched to v1.0.9.6 before installing the updates

AvP2 Master Server Patches

An unofficial patch that provides fixes to the Base Game and Primal Hunt to bring new servers online as well as fixes for modern systems like widescreen and high resolution support, mouse input fix and frame rate issues.

It can be downloaded from the AvPUknown Website.

Notes:

You still may be required to use something like dgVoodoo to fix black screen issues.

Skip intro videos

Intro videos can be skipped by clicking on Options in the launcher and ticking Disable Logos.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\Player_0[Note 1]
macOS (OS X)

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution. HUD does not scale well at very high resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or install the base and/or Primal Hunt versions of LithFix.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Sound and animation issues at higher frame rates. Cap the game at 60 fps to prevent these.

Widescreen resolution

Master Server Fixes for the Base Game and the Primal Hunt expansion pack:
  1. Install the Master Server Patches from the AvP2 Master Server Patches section.

Notes:

You still may be required to use something like dgVoodoo to fix black screen issues.

Alternatively

Use widescreen hack[1]
  1. Install Patch 1.0.9.6 and Single Player Map Update #1 from the Patches section.
  2. Install custom launchers for the base game and expansion.
  3. Run the custom launcher and configure desired settings.
The custom launchers need to be run with administrator privileges in order to launch.
Edit autoexec[2][dubious – discuss]
  1. Install Patch 1.0.9.6 and Single Player Map Update #1 from the Patches section.
  2. Open up your autoexec.cfg file located in <path-to-game>/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2/ with Windows Notepad.

For Primal Hunt, the autoexec.cfg is found in <path-to-game>/Fox/Aliens vs. Predator 2 - Primal Hunt/. Search (Ctrl + F) for the following entries:

"SCREENWIDTH" "#"
"GameScreenHeight" "#"
"SCREENHEIGHT" "#"
"GameScreenWidth" "#"
Change the resolution numbers that appear after those entries to your desired screen resolution. You may use resolutions that go beyond AvP2's resolution settings, but if you access and modify the display settings on the game launcher, your custom resolution will be immediately overwritten.

Input

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
in the French retail version only
German
Hungarian
Fan translation, for the base game is here, for the expansion pack is here
Italian
Korean
Requires patch v1.0.9.6 installed.
Spanish
Only for specific releases, official translation for base game can be downloaded from here. For its expansion, Primal Hunt download

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 GameSpy online server browser has stopped working; use the Master Server Patch or GameRanger for a player-run replacement.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 7000-10000
UDP 27888-27900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
Z3D
User created profile, requires DGvoodoo2 v 2.6 (DX6), see vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Windows 8 low frame rate in fullscreen

Use low frame rate fix[citation needed]

Use Windows 8/8.1 DDRAW FPS Fix.

Uncontrollable mouse movement

Mouse moves in wavelike pattern when attempting y-axis movement.
Master Server Fixes for the Base Game and the Primal Hunt expansion pack:
  1. Install the Master Server Patches from the AvP2 Master Server Patches section.

Notes:

You still may be required to use something like dgVoodoo to fix black screen issues.
Alternate method: For the Primal Hunt expansion pack, use LithFix for raw input:
  1. Download LithFix and copy it to installation folder.
  2. Remove any custom rez files and add -rez lithfix to advanced command line in the launcher.

Notes:

Custom Launcher has basic support for LithFix since version 1.3.0 (AVP2) or 1.1.0 (AVP2PH).
Alternate method: Decrease mouse polling rate to 125 Hz.[citation needed]
Alternate method: Use DI-wrapper.[3]
  1. Download DI-Wrapper and copy it to installation folder.

Black screen when using alternative visions with the Alien and Predator

In recent graphics drivers, some pc's don't display the proper alternative vision modes, instead showing a black screen.[4][5]
Install Aliens vs. Predator 2 Vision mode fix
  1. Download the file and unzip it in the custom folder located in <path-to-game>\Fox\Aliens vs. Predator 2. If the folder doesn't exist create it.
  2. In the launch settings go to options, then type in the command-line parameters -rez custom/visionfix.rez

Alterntatively you can add the same command as a launch option, by typing it at the end of the target within a desktop shorcut.

Cutscenes play too fast

Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS[citation needed]
Set monitor on 60HZ[6]

The game won't launch

If nothing happens when you click the .exe you might have to try running the game in Windows 98 compatibility-mode. To do this right-click avp2.exe, click options and go to the compatibility-tab. Check the compatibility-box and choose Windows 98.[citation needed]

Running the game as an administrator has also prove useful in launching the game for some people.

If it says something about "MFC Application Client" - Check the Windows Event Log for the application error - if it refers to a \system32\HID.DLL then you're probably using a gaming-keyboard or similar, try disabling the HIDs related to your gaming-peripherals or you can also set the compatibility. This error seems to also occur more often when running in Fullscreen mode; consider using Windowed mode (possibly in conjunction with the Borderless Gaming utility).

MSI Afterburner overlay makes the game crash

Change the settings in RivaTuner[citation needed]
  1. After launching MSI Afterburner, open the Riva Tuner Statistics Server from the system tray.
  2. Add lithtech.exe from <path-to-game> to the settings.
  3. Set Stealth mode to "ON".

MFC Application Client crashing when load levels

Find avp2.exe and lithtech.exe (located inside the game's root folder, where the .exe file is) right click on lithtech.exe properties compatibility tab check run this program in compatibility and choose Win98/ME and check run as admin and click apply. Right click on avp2.exe properties, compatibility tab check run as admin and click apply

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0i
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0h
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy online server browser has stopped working; use the Master Server Patch or GameRanger for a player-run replacement.

Modding

Complete Texture Overhaul Mod

Replaces most textures in the game with higher resolution ones.
The mod drastically changes the game's overall aesthetic, aiming for a more gritty, desaturated look.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 750 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 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).

References