Aliens versus Predator 2

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Aliens versus Predator 2
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Monolith Productions
Primal Hunt Third Law Interactive
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Sierra Entertainment
Fox Interactive
macOS (OS X) MacPlay
Japan Capcom
Lithtech Talon
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) July 23, 2003
Metacritic 85
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Aliens versus Predator
Subseries of Alien
Subseries of Predator
Aliens versus Predator 1999
Aliens versus Predator 2 2001
Aliens vs. Predator 2010

General information

Xenopedia - A wiki for the Alien, Predator, and crossover universe
AvP Universe with some useful links


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


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Primal Hunt

Essential improvements



  • 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

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 settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
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.
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use dgVoodoo 2.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. 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

Use widescreen hack[1]
  1. Install Patch and Single Player Map Update #1 (see Patches).
  2. Install custom launchers for the base game and expansion.
  3. Run the custom launcher and configure desired settings.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
in the French retail version only
Fan translation, for the base game is here, for the expansion pack is here

VR support

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


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types


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.

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.
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.
Decrease mouse polling rate to 125[citation needed]
Use DI-wrapper[2]
  1. Download DI-Wrapper and copy it to installation folder.

Cutscenes play too fast

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


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


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.


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 more gritty, desaturated look, which may be unacceptable for a lot of players.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 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


  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).