Postal 2

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Postal 2
Postal 2 cover
Developers
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
Publishers
Retail Whiptail Interactive
Apocalypse Weekend Tri Synergy
Linux retail Linux Game Publishing
Digital Running With Scissors
Engines
Unreal Engine 2
UnrealScript components Unreal Engine 1[1]
Release dates
Windows April 13, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 9, 2004
Linux February 4, 2005
Reception
Metacritic 50
IGDB 59
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Comedy, North America
Series Postal
Postal 2 on HowLongToBeat
Postal 2 on IGDB
Postal 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Postal 2 on MobyGames
Postal 2 on Wikipedia
Postal
Postal 1997
Postal 2 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016
Postal 4: No Regerts 2022
Postal: Brain Damaged 2022

Key points

Still getting updated, allowing for running on modern systems very easily.
Has an active modding scene and community that has added a lot of content over many years.
Due to the age of the engine, having very high speed single-core CPU performance is recommended to reduce slowdown in high effects\physics situations.
After the 4000 update, the game started looking different.
Newer versions are more prone to crashing.

General information

Official manual
Postal Wiki
PostalSite.info - Fairly active community hub
Resurrection-Studios - Modding site for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Some copies use SafeDisc 3 DRM[Note 1], some use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2] (primarily Russian copies), some use SecuROM 4 DRM, and others use simple disc checks.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Developer website
DRM-free
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20th Anniversary Collectors Edition.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Developer website
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Paradise Lost also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Paradise Lost also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be played without Steam if launched directly through Postal2.exe and ParadiseLost.exe (Paradise Lost expansion). Not available in Germany.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Fudge Pack Plus.
Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Your Mom's Box Set.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Demos[edit]

  • Singleplayer demo: here
  • Multiplayer demo: here
  • Multiplayer demo for Linux: here

Version differences[edit]

Share the Pain is an updated version of the game that includes various bugfixes, two new areas, multiplayer mode and POSTed (SDK/level editor).[8][9]
Digital versions have the standalone multiplayer-only movie tie-in version, but they can be downgraded.[10][11]
The Fudge Pack and Postal X: 10th Anniversary edition are compilation packs that include Postal Plus and Postal 2: Share the Pain along with the "Apocalypse Weekend" expansion and feature the mods A Week in Paradise, Eternal Damnation and A Very Postal Christmas.[12][13]
Postal 2 Complete features huge amount of bug fixes, many additional options and extra content. Updated digital versions are renamed to simply as POSTAL 2.[14][15] It should be noted that this version includes "A Week in Paradise" mod but some content altered/missing for unknown reasons, though it can be restored.
Postal 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition is a compilation pack that includes Postal Plus, Postal 2 Complete, Postal 2: Paradise Lost, Postal III and Postal Redux.
The Zoom Platform exclusive Your Mom's Box Set edition includes Postal Plus, Postal 2, Share the Pain (uncensored 2003 pre-release build and multiplayer-only movie tie-in version), Paradise Lost, Apocalypse Weekend, A Very Postal Christmas, Eternal Damnation, Corkscrew Rules and From Russia With Love, a Japanese version of Corkscrew Rules featuring an English dub by the original voice actors.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Apocalypse Weekend Included in Postal 2 Complete.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Corkscrew Rules Russian licensed add-on.[16] Freeware, available here, steam conversion here
Windows
Paradise Lost Available only for Postal 2 Complete.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Postal 2 Editor
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Postal 2 Complete already includes these patches.
All patch notes (both retail and digital) can be found here

xPatch[edit]

An unofficial patch for Steam/GOG version of Postal 2 and Paradise Lost.
Will be added as an official patch in the future.[18]
Bugfixes for the lingering issues found in the latest official patch.
Gameplay improvements, including Rebalanced weapons and QOL features.
Improved animations and texture fixes.
Allows GOG users to install workshop mods, for more info see this guide.

A Week in Paradise[edit]

Combines Postal 2 and Apocalypse Weekend into one game.
Allows for getting back the weapons found in the base game in Apocalypse weekend, as well as adding some new ones to the game.

A Week In Paradise: Classic[edit]

An up to date port of A Week In Paradise for digital versions.
Bugfixes for issues found in the AWP.
Manual installation only. Requires xPatch.
Currently in beta.

Restore content in A Week in Paradise[edit]

use the following workshop modifiers[19][20][21][22][23]
Disables achievements.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Postal 2/System
Linux ~/.lgp/postal2/System

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\[Note 3]
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Postal 2/Save
Linux ~/.lgp/postal2/Save
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Saves are cross platform, but for intra-platform Steam sync to occur, files must be manually moved between operating systems. Inter-platform Steam sync is not available.[24]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
200 MB available.
Steam Cloud
Approx. 477 MB available.

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game general video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game general video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game advanced video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game advanced video settings (Share the Pain).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support in Postal 2 Complete. Added in 1412 update.
May require fix for other versions, see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-110°. Native support in Postal 2 Complete.
Added in 1412 update. For other versions, see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Select in-game or toggle with Alt+ Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Native support in Postal 2 Complete. Added in 1417 update.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x. Native support in Postal 2 Complete. Added in 1412 update.
For other versions, see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through graphics card control panel, but makes the frame rate rather unstable.[25]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Ray tracing

Widescreen resolution[edit]

1409 and older versions have broken HUD and weapon positions in widesreen.
(Share The Pain) use the Widescreen Fix[26]
  1. Download the widescreen fix.
  2. Extract the folder system to <path-to-game>.
Makes the HUD display properly in widescreen.
Adds widescreen resolutions to the menu.
Works with mods, just replace the files in the mods' directories.
Some UI elements (Saving texts and the skull when at low health) are slightly misaligned to the left.
Still doesn't fix the broken weapon positions.
To make the game Hor+ set the field of view (FOV) according to the given values.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Open the console (~) and use FOV followed by your desired value[27]
Modify User.ini[28]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the User.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the values of DesiredFOV and DefaultFOV to your desired value.
  4. Save the changes.

Hor+ field of view (FOV) values[edit]

Aspect ratio or resolution Field of view (FOV) value
16:9 101.4
16:10 95.43
2560x1080 116.91
1366x768 101.43
1360x768 101.18

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[27]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the value of LevelOfAnisotropy to:
    • 2, 4, 8 or 16 to enable anisotropic filtering (AF)
    • 1 to disable anisotropic filtering (AF)
  4. Save the changes.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[27]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the value of UseVSync to:
    • False to disable vertical sync (Vsync)
    • True to enable vertical sync (Vsync)
  4. And/Or Change the value of OverrideDesktopRefreshRate to:
    • False to disable overriding Refresh Rate
    • True to enable overriding Refresh Rate
  5. Save the changes.
For Paradise Lost open ParadiseLost.ini

Input[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Some keys are not displayed in the menu: B (text chat), V (team chat), L (toggles hints), F9 (takes screenshots); H, Y and J (various gestures in multiplayer).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For 360 style controllers, try the following layout
Full controller support
Native support in Postal 2 Complete. Added in 1417 update.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
[29]
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[29]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official Steam Controller bindings only.
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings (Share the Pain).
In-game audio settings (Share the Pain).
In-game audio settings (Paradise Lost).
In-game audio settings (Paradise Lost).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
music volume, sound volume
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software or OpenAL.[30]
Subtitles
Native support in Postal 2 Complete. Added in 5022 update.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0.
DefOpenAL32.dll works as DirectSound3D driver which can be used with DSOAL to restore EAX.
Using Creative ALchemy or DSOAL will cause some voices to play at a much higher pitch.
Postal 2 has poor hardware-accelerated audio support and will often crash on real Sound Blaster hardware. DSOAL seems to work fine.[citation needed]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Hungarian
Retail only, Apocalypse Weekend wasn't localized. Dub for digital release here.
Hungarian
Fan translation for the base game here and for Apocalypse Weekend here.
Japanese
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Polish
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Polish
Fan translation for Paradise Lost, download.
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Official localization by «Akella».
Russian
Fan translation for Paradise Lost by CatBug TV, download.
Spanish
Turkish

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus
Online play
16 Versus
Native support in Postal 2 Complete.
For other versions, see Online play.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[31]
UDP 7777-7779
This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Online play[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[32]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Replace all instances of master.gamespy.com with master.333networks.com
  4. Save the changes.

Co-op[edit]

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Though not officially supported, two methods for playing the game in co-op exist.
  • Follow this guide for info on converting the single player maps to multiplayer. Note that missions will not work with this method.
  • Use Nicks Coop which is a truer co-op experience but is only available for Windows.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black-red screen in fullscreen mode[edit]

Set Brightness, Contrast and Gamma to 10 and then back to your desired values[33]

Low performance on modern PC[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[34]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the value of ReduceMouseLag to False
  4. Save the changes.
Change the number of prerendered frames[35]
  1. Go to the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Set the maximum number of prerendered frames to 1.

Game won't use laptop's GPU[edit]

Switch to OpenGL renderer[36]
  1. Switch to OpenGL renderer in options menu.
Use dgVoodoo2
  1. Place dgVoodoo.conf, dgVoodooCpl.exe and the DLLs found in MS\x86 folder except D3D9.dll in game folder.
  2. Try running the game using dGPU (don't try integrated, it won't launch).
  3. Tweak dgVoodoo settings, removing watermark and enabling scaler/AA if necessary.
Compatible with fullscreen D3D rendering, will utilize Nvidia/AMD GPU.

general protection fault (STP)[edit]

Change performance settings[37][38]
  1. Turn off limb and head fix (Dismemberment Physics).
  2. Reduce Corpse population to 0 or reduce Ragdolls to 5 or below.

Postal 2 and Paradise Lost crashes randomly[edit]

Switch to OpenGL renderer[39]
  1. Switch to OpenGL renderer in options menu.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
OpenGL 1.2
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
Linux

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

Console commands[edit]

Open the console (~) and use one of the following commands.
Command Description
FOV Sets the field of view (number).
BEHINDVIEW Switches between first and third-person perspective (0-1).[40]

Mods[edit]

AWP Mod[edit]

An addon for the A Week in Paradise mod.
Restores content from AW7, an older version of the mod.
Adds new game mode, cheats, option window, weapons and various bug fixes.
xMod[edit]
A steam equivalent to AWP Mod.
A modifier version of this mod which includes less content can be found here.

Eternal Damnation[edit]

In order to use the mod, you have to downgrade the game to version version 1409 (GOG.com/Steam). Alternatively, you can also install the free Share the Pain mod or get the steam port.
It's recommended that you install the patch before starting a new game.
The 1409 version are prone to crashing, see general protection error.

A Very Postal Christmas[edit]

A map for the original version is available here.
The steam conversion has a map, errands and fast ravel, but it cut a lot of things, like the new weapons, and has more bugs.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98/2000/ME
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 733 MHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2 series
AMD Radeon Video Card
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2 series
ATI Radeon
32 MB of VRAM
Processor specs are strangely wrong for Mac as Steam is only supported on Intel Macs and POSTAL 2 Complete's Steam executable itself has no PPC code upon inspection with the file -b command.[41]
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.13 GHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2 series
AMD Radeon Video Card
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[4][5][6][7] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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

  1. Legacy:Postal 2 - Unreal Wiki - last accessed on 2022-03-22
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Windows Vista support - StarForce Support
  5. Windows 7 support - StarForce Support
  6. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  7. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  8. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2: Share The Pain
  9. Postal Wiki - POSTed
  10. Verified by User:Averygoodperson on 2022-07-17
    At least on steam and GOG, not sure about ZOOM platform, but it's probably the same.
  11. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:1043:7C69:FDB9:94C8 on 2018-01-02
  12. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:2CCE:7FF:ADCD:D9D on 2018-01-02
  13. Postal Wiki - Fudge Pack
  14. Steam News - Upcoming New DLC/Patch
  15. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2 Complete
  16. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2: Штопор ЖжОт!
  17. Postal Wiki - 1409X Multiplayer patch
  18. The author confirmed it himself, most notably in his guide to install mods.
  19. Steam Community Discussions - AWP in the Steam version?
  20. Steam Community Discussions - Eternal Damnation mod request
  21. Steam Community Discussions - GORE
  22. Steam Community Discussions - please someone make a gore mod
  23. Steam Community Discussions - Postal 2 Complete = No Gore????
  24. Verified by 1.123.157.15 on 2015-11-08
  25. Verified by User:TheFreeman on 2017-04-17
  26. Verified by User:Averygoodperson on 2022-06-21
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2016-02-02
  28. Verified by User:Averygoodperson on 2022-06-22
  29. 29.0 29.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Orzelek303
  30. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  31. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-10-17
  32. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:49BB:80C7:7B73:DB85 on 2018-01-09
  33. Steam Community Discussions - Black - red screen when I try to play with full screen
  34. Steam Community Discussions - Speed issues resolved for Dual Core CPU
  35. Verified by 91.122.160.133 on 2013-09-09
  36. Why does my game keep crashing? Reddit
  37. Steam Community Discussions - awp crash general fault error how i fix it ??
  38. Resurrection-Studios - Postal 2 AWP random Crash/Freeze
  39. Why does my game keep crashing? Reddit
  40. Verified by User:2600:8801:2180:2E17:70FC:F0E1:34D8:9884 on 2018-01-08
    Note however that there are some glitches in the third-person pistol animation when sprinting and the HUD is not displayed in third-person perspective.
  41. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:F4E1:C953:1635:DDE2 on 2018-01-04