Rayman 2: The Great Escape

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Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Rayman 2: The Great Escape cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montpellier
Publishers
Ubisoft
Poland Licomp Empik Multimedia
Engines
Ubisoft OpenSpace
Release dates
Windows October 29, 1999
Reception
IGDB 90
Rayman 2: The Great Escape on IGDB
Rayman 2: The Great Escape on MobyGames
Rayman 2: The Great Escape on Wikipedia
Rayman 1996
Rayman Designer 1997
Rayman By His Fans 1998
Rayman 60 Levels 1999
Rayman 2: The Great Escape 1999
Rayman M 2002
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc 2003
Rabbids (series)
Rayman Origins 2012
Rayman Jungle Run 2013
Rayman Legends 2013
Rayman Fiesta Run 2014
Rayman Mini 2019
Rayman Redemption (Unofficial) 2020

Key points

Based on the Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast versions, rather than the PlayStation 2 remake.
The retail game cannot be installed on 64-bit computers; see Issues fixed.
Character animations are capped at 30 FPS.
Does not support Alt+Tab while in-game; see Windowed or Game breaks after task switching.

General information

RayWiki - An active wiki dedicated to the Rayman Franchise
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)
Uses SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] Also released with Rayman 3-Pack and Rayman 10th Anniversary Collection.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Comes pre-configured with nGlide, but it may be outdated.
Windows
Uplay
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Included with Uplay+. Comes pre-configured with WineD3D library (DX6).
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are available here. Digital versions are already patched.

Play the game on modern systems[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Run nGlide Configurator from the start menu.
  3. Select your screen resolution. Change Aspect ratio to Fit to Screen if you want to play in widescreen, and click Apply.
  4. Run <path-to-game>\GXSetup.exe (causes screen to momentarily flicker).
  5. Change Renderer to Glide2 (1.0.0) Voodoo Graphics Glide 2 Driver and click OK.
  6. Run Rayman2.exe as an admin (causes screen to momentarily flicker).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Options\[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\ubi.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\SaveGame\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game 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.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use nGlide and force MSAA or SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Use nGlide and set in nglide_config.exe.
60 FPS
Character animations are capped at 30 FPS.[3]
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 63 FPS.[4]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen resolutions[5]
  1. Download and extract the Rayman 2 Widescreen Patch pack.
  2. Navigate the folders for your game version and desired aspect ratio.
  3. Place the files into <path-to-game>, replacing the old ones.
  4. For resolutions greater than 2048 pixels, use a wrapper such as nGlide or dgVoodoo 2 and set it in GXSetup.exe or edit ubi.ini.
  5. Make sure your aspect ratio settings are set to fit to the entire screen, if you are using a wrapper.

Notes

HUD scaling is fixed.
Setting a 4:3 resolution in the ubi.ini configuration file with a bigger panoramic resolution than in the wrapper's configuration, will force a higher resolution in the game, with a less distorted typeface for text (at the cost of a very slight graphic sharpness change though).
Objects at screen edges will disappear with Hor+ aspect ratio. See here for a non-permanent workaround. For some people using this permanent patch helped.
Binaries with bigger FOV can be found here

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[6]
  1. Set the game to Glide mode with nGlide.
  2. Download and run DxWnd.
  3. Click on Edit, then Add.
  4. Set the name and executable path.
  5. Set Do not notify on task switch.
  6. Set the window position and size.
  7. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  8. Click on Input tab, set Hook dinput.
  9. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX9.
  10. Click OK, then File and Save.
  11. Run the game from DxWnd.
Windowed mode in some cases can be forced by pressing Alt+ Enter, but task switching may still not work correctly.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Using A3D. See Restore 3D sound.
Subtitles
Most speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
The game uses Aureal A3D (not EAX).[7] See Restore 3D sound.

Restore 3D sound[edit]

Restore A3D effects[8]
  1. Install Creative Alchemy (for non-Creative cards, see here).
  2. Add and enable the game in Creative Alchemy.
  3. Copy these files to <path-to-game>\DLL\.
  4. Install A3D Live. (After installing, you can go to %WINDIR% and delete the a3dsplhs.exe file to prevent the A3D splash screen from popping up).

Notes

In case of burdensome crashes, use this .ini, and uninstall A3D Live. Alternatively, see the video description from here.
Some sounds may play in the wrong pitch/volume and may cause the game to crash even with the workarounds mentioned above.
A3D Live may prevent sounds from disappearing on some configurations.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
Local retail release only - MULTI2 version with French or MULTI5 with additionally Italian, German, Spanish.
Irish
Fan translation.
Portuguese
Fan translation.
Russian
Fan translation.
Slovak
Fan translation.
Swedish
Fan translation.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game repeatedly changes resolution before launch[edit]

This is a side effect of the way Rayman 2 checks for the available resolutions when using the Glide renderer. Setting a forced resolution in the nGlide settings minimizes the effect.[9]

Issues fixed[edit]

Blurry and distorted graphics[edit]

See Play the game on modern systems[citation needed]

32-bit depth not available (only for Glide)[edit]

Use nGlide and copy the files[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Copy GliVd1vf.dll from folder "Rayman 2\DLL" to folder "Rayman 2\DLL\Glide"
  3. Set Glide in GXSetup.exe
  4. Edit ubi.ini and replace x 16 to x 32

Or instead of points 3-4, copy and overwrite following content of ubi.ini:
[Rayman2]
GLI_DllFile=GliVd1
GLI_Dll=Glide2
GLI_Driver=
GLI_Device=
GLI_Mode=1 - 1024 x 768 x 32
Language=English
ParticuleRate=High

Notes

32-bit in ubi.ini works only with the Glide renderer and after copying the file.
To set your desired resolution go to nGlide Configurator.
nGlide provides the best performance among other wrappers and stable 60 FPS with no drops, in comparison to DirectX6 renderer and its wrappers.
Use dgVoodoo and copy the files
  1. Download dVoodoo and copy 3Dfx\x86\Glide2x.dll to the game folder
  2. Follow steps 3-4 above
To fix some FPS issues, copy also dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf to the game folder, then run the first, and pick 2048 kB TMU, force emulating true PCI Express, Onboard RAM 8MB, set your resolution and apply. The most importantly, copy this library to DLL folder

Game breaks after task switching[edit]

Update nGlide[10]
  1. Download the latest version of nGlide.
  2. Open the nGlide setup with 7-Zip.
  3. Extract the contents to the installation folder and overwrite the original files.
(for nGlide) Use combination of Win+Tab and Alt+Tab alternately

During the first minimization, use Win+Tab , during the second minimization, use Alt+Tab and so on. In the main menu, (before loading a save) use only Alt+Tab . In the case of using Aureal 3D, and closing version notification on startup, don't use Alt+Tab twice in a row (to come back to the game after closing notification, and later to minimize in the main menu). Don't press on the game icon in taskbar more than once at a row, use Alt+Tab instead. Game breaks can still occur though, but less often.

Or see Windowed[citation needed]

Game runs twice as fast (GOG/Uplay versions)[edit]

Change the refresh rate in nGlide

When playing Rayman 2 with the default nGlide settings, it's possible that the game's speed may be running twice as fast than normally intended. To fix this, open the nGlide Configurator and set the refresh rate to 120 Hz or lower, depending on your monitor's refresh rate, instead of the default value. Alternatively lower your refresh rate to 60Hz, or for the same problem on 60Hz monitors, turn off vertical synchronization.

Game runs in windowed mode (fullscreen fix)[edit]

Use nGlide (see above)[citation needed]
Use DxWrapper (for use with DirectX 6 renderer instead of Glide)[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWrapper (recommended and verified to work on v1.0.2383.20)
  2. Copy dxwrapper.dll, ddraw.dll (from "stub" directory), dxwrapper.ini into Rayman 2 directory (in Windows 1909 if ddraw.dll is ignored and there is no effect, rename it to dsound.dll)
  3. In case of blurry graphics use dxwrapper.ini from here (mirror) but don't use draw.dll from this package (FPS issues).
  4. Edit dxwrapper.ini: FullScreen = 1
  5. In case of a resolution enumerating error, run as administrator and set Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode in GXSetup/Rayman2.
  6. If you previously used Glide, run GXSetup to choose DirectX renderer or paste this ubi.ini content:

[Rayman2]Choose = 1GLI_DllFile=GliDX6
GLI_Dll=DirectX6
GLI_Driver=display
GLI_Device=Direct3D HAL
GLI_Mode=1 - 1920 x 1080 x 16
GLI_DllFile=GliDX6
Language=English

It was one of the best DX6 wrappers for this game. Behaved smoother than WineD3D. Less 30 FPS dips. dgVoodoo DX6 with this patch behaves better for now.
Overlays cause major FPS drops (e.g. Fraps, Steam, Uplay, MSI Afterburner). It's just enough to hide them by keyboard shortcut if available, or just close them. Alternatively open dxwrapper.ini and edit this line: Force32bitColor = 1 to fix it.
Use dgVoodoo (instruction for DirectX 6 renderer set)
  1. Download dgVoodoo
  2. Copy dgVoodoo.conf, dgVoodooCpl.exe and \MS\x86\DDraw.dll, D3DImm.dll to the game folder
  3. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe and in DirectX set Fast Memory Access to fix some 30 FPS dips
  4. Make sure you have DirectX6 renderer set
For constant 30 FPS drops download this and replace in Rayman 2\DLL - the game will start to work in 60 FPS[11] Don't run the game from Rayman Control Panel to avoid FPS drops. Alternatively to run the game with RCP, launch it without admin privileges, and the game "as administrator" using Options>Launch Options in RCP.
Download lastest dgVoodoo (2.7 and up) for a fix for small game window, very low FPS, no resolution to choose in dgVoodoo Control Panel on DX10 cards (tested on 9XXX GT, W10 1909, dgVooodoo 2.55.3).

No options to choose in GXSetup (GOG/Uplay versions)[edit]

Copy lacking files from retail version[12]
  1. Download https://yadi.sk/d/0EpVFRPe3U9Lf7
  2. Unpack files to the Rayman 2 directory.
  3. Run GXSetup as administrator.
  4. Now GXSetup should list all renderers (useful for changing DX6 to (n)Glide and opposite, instead of editing ubi.ini).
  5. If only Glide is shown on the list, run GXSetup in Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode.
Or simply if you use e.g. Uplay version there will be a dll named GliVd1vf.dll in C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft Game Launcher\games\Rayman 2 The Great Escape\DLL\Glide. You need to move this library from the Glide folder to the DLL folder instead, then GXSetup should show Glide as an option.[13]

Game refuses to close after an unsuccessful ALT+TAB / no CTRL+ESC reaction[edit]

In Windows 10, press Win+Tab, then drag & drop Rayman 2.exe to "Desktop 2" (create if doesn't exist), then close application in Task Manager

Install the game on modern systems (Retail)[edit]

The retail game cannot be installed on 64-bit computers because the DRM in the installation disc is 16-bit.
Use Rayman 2 x64 Patcher[citation needed]
Use Rayman Control Panel[citation needed]
Use winevdm

"Please insert CD" message with pirate head image (Retail)[edit]

At the end of The Echoing Caves an anti-piracy message will appear and stop progress, even when using a legitimate copy of the game.[14]
This has been fixed in the GOG release. You can copy your save file to that version and continue playing.
Add missing files not copied from retail installer[15]
  1. Download missing files.
  2. Copy the DATA folder to the installation folder.

Crash to desktop on Windows 8.1 (GOG.com)[edit]

Install the game outside of the default folder[16][17]
Close MSI Afterburner (fixed in new versions of AB/RivaTuner/AMD drivers)
Set 1024 x 768 in ubi.ini[18]
Change Data Execution Prevention setting[19]

Add a DEP Exception for Rayman2.exe. Sometimes reboot needed afterwards.

Fixes the problem of crashing on Woods of Light and other levels loading.
For newer GOG releases and W10 builds[20]
  1. Copy these files to your game folder
  2. Install nGlide and in nGlide Configurator choose your resolution and Vulkan renderer


Low frame rate on Windows 8/10[edit]

Use nGlide[citation needed]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Run <path-to-game>\GXSetup.exe.
  3. Set Renderer to Glide2.
Use DDRAW FPS Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download DDRAW FPS Fix.
  2. Extract the appropriate ddraw.dll to the installation folder.
Use DxWrapper (see Game runs in windowed mode (fullscreen fix)
See Windowed[citation needed]

Uplay version or Vulkan in nGlide setting cause stuck at startup white window[edit]

Wait ~1 minute until the game shows up.
See Use nGlide or DXwrapper or DDRAW FPS fix or latest WineD3D

"Graphics Dll not found, run install" [sic][edit]

See Use nGlide
Copy files into Rayman 2 folder
Open GXSetup and choose renderer and resolution
Make sure you didn't set "x 32" instead of "x 16" in ubi.ini while using DirectX 6 renderer, or for Glide without the present GliVd1vf.dll file in \DLL folder (you may copy it from DLL\Glide).
Check whether your ubi.ini contains line GLI_DllFile=GliDX6 or GLI_DllFile=GliVd1 instead of GLI_DllFile=Dll which can occur when you run GXSetup on newer GOG releases

"Display initialisation error : could not find any resolution"[edit]

Run the game with Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode

Cannot load saved game[edit]

Run the game as admin

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6 Retail default renderer (Uplay version is already pre-configured with WineD3D wrapper).
Glide 2 Needs to be set in GXSetup.exe or ubi.ini (GOG.com version is already pre-configured with nGlide).
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Modifications[edit]

  • Rayman 2 Fun Box - Adds first-person camera mode and other misc. mods.
  • OpenSpace Toolbox - Adds level switching, bookmarking your position, and hotkeys to reload levels and save/load positions.
  • Rayman 2 Reshade with SweetFX mod - Complete "revamp" of lighting and graphics.
  • RayTwol - Level editor with the ability to modify the position of most of the objects in any given level. Modifications can saved and experienced in-game, simply through exiting and re-entering the level. Online map viewer can be found here.
  • Rayman 2 PC AI Upscaled Texture Pack - Replaces all textures for those of better quality. Created using ESRGAN with the Fatality MKII algorithm, which was pretrained for use with pixel art.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 3Dfx Voodoo
DirectX 6.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 6.1 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/15060/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15060) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Verified by User:Keith on December 5, 2016
    When making a comparison between 30 and 60 FPS video captures, 60 FPS version has duplicate frames in the animation when frame stepping through it, and not in the 30 FPS version
  4. Verified by User:Keith on 2019-09-18
    rayman_2_gog-1_(17797), nGlide210
  5. Rayman Pirate-Community - Rayman 2 Widescreen Patch
  6. DxWnd / Discussion / General Discussion: Rayman 2 inputs still being received
  7. Aureal A3D Central - 3D Sound Software list
  8. Verified by User:Deton24 on 2019-09-18
    Tested on GOG.com version, nGlide, W10.
  9. Rayman 2 repeatedly changes resolution before launch, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  10. Windowed mode and Edge AA added to nGlide 1.05 - last accessed on 2016-01-30
  11. https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=74077&p=857570#p857570
  12. Rayman 2 fullscreen bug, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  13. https://raymanpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=28791
  14. Rayman 2 pc bug. help needed - Forum - ubi.com
  15. New Rayman 2 PC Widescreen Patch (16:9, 16:10, 21:9, ...) | PC 32 bit depth fix - Page 3 - Rayman Pirate-Community
  16. Rayman Series GOG Forum - Crash to Desktop on Win 8.1 64x
  17. https://www.gog.com/forum/rayman_series/rayman_2_crashing_after_the_slide/post4
  18. [1]
  19. https://raymanpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=27571
  20. https://raymanpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1424893#p1424893