Sonic Heroes

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Sonic Heroes
Sonic Heroes cover
Developers
Sonic Team USA
Publishers
Sega
Engines
RenderWare[1]
Release dates
Windows November 17, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 66
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Contemporary
Series Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic Heroes on HowLongToBeat
Sonic Heroes on IGDB
Sonic Heroes guide on StrategyWiki
Sonic Heroes on MobyGames
Sonic Heroes on Wikipedia
Sonic CD (1996) 1996
Sonic's Schoolhouse 1996
Sonic 3D Blast 1997
Sonic & Knuckles Collection 1997
Sonic R (1998) 1998
Sonic R (2004) 2004
Sonic Adventure (series)
Sonic Heroes 2004
Sonic Mega Collection Plus 2006
Sonic Riders 2006
Sonic Racing (series)
Sonic 3D Blast (2010) 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2010
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine 2010
Sonic Spinball 2010
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2011
Sonic 3 & Knuckles 2011
Sonic Generations 2011
Sonic CD (2012) 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II 2012
Sonic Dash 2014
Sonic Lost World 2015
Sonic Mania 2017
Sonic Forces 2017
Sonic Colors: Ultimate 2021

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Key points

Most of the fixes documented in this article target the DRM-free executable and will not work with other versions.
Keyboard controls cannot be remapped, and some controllers (particularly XInput ones) may not work properly with this game. See here for a workaround for XInput-based controllers.

General information

Sonic Retro - A huge fan site for everything Sonic the Hedgehog. Mods for all the games can be found here.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Korean releases has simple disc check.
Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Available in the "Sonic PC Collection" bundle.[4]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.
Released on 2 CD's.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Sega\SONICHEROES\sonic_h.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Sega\SONICHEROES\SONICHEROES_##

Video[edit]

Video settings from external configuration launcher.
Video settings from external configuration launcher.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Supports 4:3 resolutions only. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Amount unknown.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be hacked through GPU control panel.[5]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be hacked through GPU control panel.[5]
60 FPS
Single-player modes runs at 60 FPS, however, split-screen multiplayer is rendered at 30 FPS (frameskip). See Frame rate (FPS).
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Download and install Reloaded II along with Heroes Graphics Essentials and Widescreen Revamp or the Flawless Widescreen script.[6][7]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Change with Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
  1. Download ThirteenAG's Widescreen Fix (developer build).
  2. Open SonicHeroes.WidescreenFix.ini.
  3. Change FOV_Zoom_Factor = 1 as needed.

Windowed[edit]

Enable Windowed mode through configuration launcher[8]
Set Screen_Full to 0 in sonic_h.ini[8]

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Install Heroes Graphics Essentials through Reloaded II[6][9]
  • Enable Borderless Windowed in Heroes Graphics Essentials' configuration menu in Reloaded II.

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Split-screen multiplayer is capped at 30 FPS by default.
Disable 2P frame skip[6]
  1. Install Heroes Graphics Essentials (requires Reloaded II).
  2. Make sure "Disable2PFrameskip": true is set in Graphics.json.

FMV (Full Motion Video)[edit]

The PC version uses the FMV movies from the GameCube version, while the Xbox port's FMVs are much better in terms of video and audio quality.
Download and install Xbox FMVs[10]
  1. Download the Xbox version's FMVs of your desired language from the following links: English, Japanese.
  2. Extract the files from this archive.
  3. Copy them from the folder and replace the .sfd files with these ones in the <path-to-game>/dvdroot/movie.

Input[edit]

Mouse remapping from external configuration launcher.
Mouse remapping from external configuration launcher.
Controller remapping from external configuration launcher.
Controller remapping from external configuration launcher.
Controller remapping from in-game Pause menu.
Controller remapping from in-game Pause menu.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse remapping only. Refer to Strategy Wiki for keyboard controls here.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Uses DirectInput. See Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Basic button remapping available in external launcher and in-game options. PC version lacks camera rotation when using the right analog stick without a workaround.[11] See Controller support.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
XInput-compatible controllers work at a basic level correctly via the DirectInput interface.[12] See Controller support for improved XInput support.
Xbox button prompts
A mod that replaces the generic prompts with ones from the Xbox port can found here.
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Supported via DirectInput.[13]
DualShock button prompts
A mod that replaces the generic prompts with ones from the PlayStation 2 port can found here.
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired, Bluetooth
V2 controller tested.[13]
Generic/other controllers
May cause spinning camera on some controllers due to wrong axis being interpreted as the right analog stick.
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg A mod that replaces the generic prompts with ones from the GameCube version can found here.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Not supported by default. See Controller support for hotplugging.
Haptic feedback
Off by default in the Options menu. Supported on some DirectInput controllers. See Controller support to restore haptic feedback for XInput controllers.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

The PC version of Sonic Heroes does not read trigger information from DirectInput controllers. The game still supports pressure sensitive rotation using the trigger buttons.[14] The following solution can restore trigger rotation functionality, providing pressure sensitive trigger rotation.
Camera controls with the right analog stick and hotplugging support in the PC version can be restored.
Install Controller Hook and Custom Mapping for Controller Hook through Reloaded II[15]
  1. Install the following mods through Reloaded II:
    • SH Essentials: Controller Hook (sonicheroes.controller.hook)
    • Custom Mapping for Controller Hook (sonicheroes.controller.hook.custom)
  2. Select the Sonic Heroes' executable from Reloaded II, click SH Essentials: Controller Hook from the list of enabled mods and click Configure Mod, then check UseOriginalInput to retain keyboard support.
  3. Next select Custom Mapping for Controller Hook click Configure Mod and click Configure Mod, then remap the controls of the game from the Input Configurator window.
  4. Launch the game, then reconfigure your controls from the in-game based on the controls of the console version. Refer to Strategy Wiki for the console version's controls here.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings from external configuration tool.
Audio settings from external configuration tool.
Language settings from the Options menu.
Language settings from the Options menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for SE/Voice and BGM in external configuration launcher, both of which can also be muted.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D.[16]

Localizations

The non-Japanese versions only includes the English voice-over tracks, and lip-synching during FMV sequences are synched up to the English dub.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dubtitles.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Lacks dual-audio support in non-Japanese releases (i.e. cannot select Japanese voices with English subtitles).
Japanese voice mod, download. See FMV (Full Motion Video) for the Xbox-quality Japanese FMV files.
Korean
Spanish
Castilian. Contains some translation errors.

Disable voices[edit]

This setting will disable most in-game voice-overs without muting sound effects altogether, however, voice-clips that also have subtitles will still play out as normal.
Add Charmy_Shutup to sonic_h.ini[17]
  1. Open sonic_h.ini with a text editor. See Configuration file(s) location.
  2. Add the line Charmy_Shutup 1 to the end of the file.
  3. Save the file.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Hold A Button + Y Button after you select a level to turn your team into "Metal Heroes".
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

This section may require cleanup to meet basic quality standards. The specific problem is: A bunch of these fixes are overwelming/convoluted hex edits; consider converting those to Reloaded II mods. You can help by modifying the article. The discussion page may contain useful suggestions.

Game refuses to start[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting[citation needed]

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) setting is set to Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only or add a DEP Exception for Tsonic_win.exe, and reboot.[18]

Slow or choppy motion[edit]

Force GPU scaling[citation needed]
Graphics problem.
  1. Open Catalyst Control Center or Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Force GPU scaling on.

Missing voice effects[edit]

Certain voice effects are missing in some releases of the PC port.
Use Sonic Heroes Missing Audio clip fixes[19]

Missing explosion effects from Espio's shurikens[edit]

Re-import the blue crescent effects into the PC port[20]
The blue crescent particle textures are not included in the PC port of the game.
  1. Download the texture dictionary file from here
  2. Extract the file from this archive.
  3. Copy the cmn_effect.txd and replace the original file with this one in the directory "/dvdroot/textures".

Egg UFO sign light not animating[edit]

Arrow Light fade animation fix[citation needed]
Arrow lights don't animate fade.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Paste write the following offsets:

123C10:
83 EC 08 A1 64 34 AA 00 56 8B F1 8B 4E 2C 89 44 24 04 8B 41 18 F6 C4 04 75 29 0F B6 51 2B 42 89 54 24 08 51 DB 44 24 0C D8 0D 28 A0 78 00 D9 C0 D8 C9 D9 1C 24 DD D8 E8 64 A5 F1 FF 83 C4 04 85 C0 75 76 8B 56 2C F6 42 18 04 75 6D A1 E4 77 A7 00 8A 48 1F 84 C9 74 08 8D 46 30 8D 4A 0C EB 50 81 C6 B8 00 00 00 D9 06 D8 05 DC A0 78 00 D8 54 24 04 DF E0 F6 C4 01 75 04 D8 64 24 04 D9 1E 8B 0E 57 8B 7E 04 51 E8 85 E2 FE FF A1 48 86 A7 00 83 C4 04 85 C0 5F 74 09 50 8B 46 08 E8 21 00 00 00 81 EE B8 00 00 00 8B 56 2C 8D 46 30 8D 4A 0C 5E 83 C4 08 E9 47 55 F3 FF 80 4E 08 01 5E 83 C4 08 C3 6A 00 68 41 3F 52 00 50 E8 61 78 14 00 FF 74 24 10 E8 48 03 00 00 83 C4 0C C2 04 00

123F41:
8B 40 18 6A 08 50 E8 04 AD 14 00 83 C4 08 C3

Fire UV problem on grind[edit]

Flame UV border fix[citation needed]
White borders appear when grinding on splines.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Hex edit the following offsets:
F9A4D

0A --> 02

F9A6C

02 --> 03

F9A6E

0A --> 02

F9AA4

0A --> 02

Frog feet z-buffering[edit]

Transparent feet fix[citation needed]
See through frog feet.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Hex edit the following offsets:
EE3ED

C7 05 E4 AB 7B 00 70 2E 40 00

468A20

04 --> 12

468A44

04 --> 12

Grand Metropolis Energy pipe not using indirect[edit]

Restore indirect archive check from console versions[citation needed]
Doesn't scan for high quality object archive for lava indirect.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x4DB12C.
  3. Paste write the bytes to B0 3B 57 00 AD 3C 57 00 62 3B 57 00.
  4. Then paste write these bytes to 0x173B62 to put it in effect:

6A FF 68 EB 7E 71 00 64 A1 00 00 00 00 50 64 89 25 00 00 00 00 51 8B 15 00 EE 9D 00 B9 C0 00 00 00 E8 F8 46 EB FF 31 C9 89 04 24 85 C0 89 4C 24 0C 74 0C 8B 0D B4 78 A7 00 50 E8 34 01 00 00 8B 4C 24 04 64 89 0D 00 00 00 00 83 C4 10 C3 83 EC 20 A1 18 67 8D 00 85 C0 74 02 8B 00 50 68 F4 E6 76 00 8D 44 24 08 50 E8 A5 67 10 00 68 28 3D A2 00 E8 0D 00 00 00 58 E8 BF FE FF FF 83 C4 0C 83 C4 20 C3 A1 B0 D8 9D 00 8B 80 1C 8C 00 00 83 EC 20 85 C0 0F 84 AE 00 00 00 53 55 56 57 50 E8 2B A8 0D 00 5B E8 F5 D8 0C 00 8B 15 4C 78 A7 00 8B 82 50 0A 00 00 8B 6C 24 34 55 E8 DF B4 EB FF BF D4 42 8B 00 31 ED 83 C5 06 8B 47 04 50 8D 4C 24 14 68 70 E1 76 00 51 E8 35 67 10 00 8B 15 4C 78 A7 00 8B B2 50 0A 00 00 83 C4 0C 8D 4C 24 10 8B C6 E8 28 B6 EB FF 8B D8 8B 44 24 34 50 8B C6 E8 9A B4 EB FF 85 C0 74 21 8B 4E 40 56 8B C3 E8 CB B7 EB FF 85 C0 74 12 89 07 6A 00 68 D0 15 64 00 50 E8 B8 78 0F 00 83 C4 0C 83 C7 0C 4D 75 9A A1 B0 D8 9D 00 8B 88 1C 8C 00 00 51 E8 9E D8 0C 00 83 C4 04 5F 5E 5D 5B 83 C4 20 C3 56 57 BE D4 42 8B 00 31 FF 83 C7 06 8B 06 85 C0 74 0D 50 E8 9B 7F 0F 00 31 C0 83 C4 04 89 06 83 C6 0C 4F 75 E7 5F 5E C3 64 A1 00 00 00 00 6A FF 68 7E 8C 71 00 50 64 89 25 00 00 00 00 53 55 56 57 8B 7C 24 20 8B C7 E8 67 F5 EC FF 31 DB 8D 47 28 89 5C 24 18 E8 19 A3 EC FF 8D 77 30 31 C9 41 89 5E 10 66 89 5E 08 66 89 5E 02 66 89 5E 0A 66 89 4E 04 66 89 4E 06 89 5E 78 C6 44 24 18 02 8B 0D 60 43 8B 00 BD 60 D8 77 00 89 28 83 C5 04 8B 47 2C 89 2F 8B 68 2C 89 4F 04 66 C7 47 1E C0 00 8A 45 00 38 D8 7C 04 3C 04 7C 03 88 5D 00 8B DF E8 4E 03 00 00 E8 29 02 00 00 8B 15 4C 0A 8E 00 6A 30 FF 92 34 01 00 00 8B D8 83 C4 04 85 DB 74 30 6A 30 68 30 43 8B 00 53 E8 45 66 10 00 80 4E 09 80 83 C4 0C 8B CE 89 5E 10 66 C7 06 04 00 66 C7 46 0A 01 00 E8 99 37 E9 FF 8B DE E8 72 09 EA FF 8B 47 40 85 C0 74 22 D9 45 04 8B DE D8 48 14 D9 58 14 D9 45 08 D8 48 18 D9 58 18 D9 45 0C D8 48 1C D9 58 1C E8 49 09 EA FF 8B 4C 24 10 8B C7 5F 5E 5D 64 89 0D 00 00 00 00 5B 83 C4 0C C2 04 00 CC CC

  1. Also paste write for the checking with the enabler at 0x173A60:

8B 48 40 8B 91 E0 00 00 00 39 C2 75 0B 8B 50 3C 89 91 E0 00 00 00 EB 1B 8D 4A 3C 56 39 01 74 0C 8B 11 8B 72 3C 39 C6 8D 4A 3C 75 F4 8B 48 3C 89 4A 3C 5E 31 D2 C7 40 3C 00 00 00 00 C3 66 81 3D 2C 51 AA 00 01 01 72 F4 E9 38 01 00 00

Grand Metropolis Energy pipe glass see through walls[edit]

Remove obvious Z-buffering from the model[citation needed]
Incorrect material flag.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x174130.
  3. Change the byte from 64 to A4 (additive alpha, double sided) or B0 (regular alpha).

Inconsistent Teleporter warp light appearance[edit]

Make warp light brighter as on the PlayStation 2 console release[citation needed]
Warp light inconsistent mixture.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offsets 0x1BAD5, and 0x1B877, then change both from 06 to 02.
  3. Download the fixes from the Xbox mod.

Laser indirect effect[edit]

Enable indirect flag for Final Fortress laser effects[citation needed]
Laser indirect disabled.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Hex edit the following offsets:
31A800

40 --> 50

31A950

40 --> 50

31AAA0

40 --> 50

31AB79

40 --> 50

Shadow's tornado effect is single sided[edit]

Disable culling for Shadow the Hedgehog's tornado effect[citation needed]
Incorrect culling materials applied to the model.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Then, Go to offset 0x23FEC7 and change the material bytes to 14 E8 E3 CA for double sided tornado effect.

Signal Monitor flickering[edit]

Re-add flickering signal flicker[citation needed]
Flickering animation removed from signals from console releases.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Next, Go to offset 0x86C30 and paste A1 E4 77 A7 00 83 EC 10 57 8B F9 8A 48 20 84 C9 0F 85 F4 00 00 00 55 8B 68 30 8D 87 BC 00 00 00 8B 08 8B 50 04 8B 40 08 89 4C 24 08 8B 0D 4C 0A 8E 00 89 54 24 0C 8D 54 24 08 89 44 24 10 8B 01 52 50 C7 44 24 1C 00 00 70 41 E8 C1 3E 1C 00 83 C4 08 85 C0 0F 84 AF 00 00 00 8B 47 2C 8B 40 18 C1 E8 12 24 07 04 04 78 09 3C 13 7D 05 A2 76 DD 9D 00 53 8A 1D 76 DD 9D 00 56 BE B8 D8 9D 00 E8 EC FB F9 FF 0F BE 87 B8 00 00 00 B9 20 7D A7 00 5E 5B 8B 44 81 0C 8B 09 50 51 E8 70 00 00 00 C1 E5 0B 83 C4 08 81 E5 FF FF 00 80 79 08 4D 81 CD 00 00 FF FF 45 81 E5 FF FF 00 00 D9 04 AD 08 EE 9D 00 D8 05 74 9F 78 00 D8 0D 54 60 74 00 E8 CD 0A 29 00 D1 E8 0F B6 80 78 6F 48 00 BA 24 7D A7 00 8B 44 82 20 8B 12 50 52 E8 F2 68 1E 00 8B 87 E0 00 00 00 6A 00 68 F0 C0 42 00 50 E8 0F 48 1E 00 E8 BA 47 1E 00 83 C4 14 5D 5F 83 C4 10 C3 FF 74 24 08 FF 74 24 08 E8 C4 68 1E 00 8B 04 24 03 05 7C 18 8E 00 8B 00 85 C0 89 04 24 74 22 A1 E4 77 A7 00 8B 40 30 83 E0 03 0F B6 80 78 6F 48 00 8B 04 85 90 7C A7 00 89 44 24 04 E8 90 68 1E 00 83 C4 08 C3 A1 E4 77 A7 00 83 EC 1C 57 8B F9 8A 48 20 84 C9 0F 85 D9 01 00 00 81 BF E8 00 00 00 00 24 74 C9 0F 84 C9 01 00 00 55 8D AF E4 00 00 00 68 00 40 1C 47 68 00 00 70 41 8B CD E8 0E 11 1A 00 83 C4 08 85 C0 0F 84 A5 01 00 00 56 8D 4C 24 18 51 6A 0E E8 26 5C 1C 00 6A 00 6A 0E E8 CD 5B 1C 00 D9 87 C0 00 00 00 D8 A7 E8 00 00 00 83 C4 10 C7 44 24 1C 00 00 C8 41 C7 44 24 20 00 00 80 3F D8 0D 04 5C 74 00 C7 44 24 24 00 00 88 41 D8 2D 74 9F 78 00 D9 54 24 0C D8 1D 00 62 74 00 DF E0 F6 C4 41 75 26 31 F6 46 E8 91 48 1B 00 8B 54 24 0C 52 8D 44 24 20 50 8D 87 F0 00 00 00 55 E8 6B 49 1B 00 83 C4 0C E8 83 4C 1B 00 53 B3 10 BE B8 D8 9D 00 88 1D 76 DD 9D 00 E8 40 FA F9 FF A1 1C 7D A7 00 85 C0 5B 0F 84 F4 00 00 00 8D 4C 24 10 51 6A 0A E8 86 5B 1C 00 8D 54 24 1C 52 6A 0B E8 7A 5B 1C 00 8D 44 24 1C 50 6A 14 E8 6E 5B 1C 00 6A 05 6A 0A E8 15 5B 1C 00 6A 02 6A 0B E8 0C 5B 1C 00 6A 01 6A 14 E8 03 5B 1C 00 8B 0D 1C 7D A7 00 8B 71 04 6A 00 68 28 2C 75 00 56 E8 5D 57 1C 00 8B 97 F4 00 00 00 6A 02 52 68 C8 2E 74 00 56 E8 29 59 1C 00 8B 87 F0 00 00 00 83 C4 4C 6A 02 50 68 BC 2E 74 00 56 E8 12 59 1C 00 8B 8F F8 00 00 00 6A 02 51 68 D4 2E 74 00 56 E8 FE 58 1C 00 6A 02 55 56 E8 15 57 1C 00 8B 0D 28 7D A7 00 83 C4 2C 85 C9 74 18 0F BE 87 B8 00 00 00 83 F8 03 77 0C 8D 04 85 F4 D1 8D 00 8B 10 89 51 04 A1 1C 7D A7 00 50 E8 B5 45 1E 00 8B 4C 24 10 51 6A 14 E8 69 5A 1C 00 8B 54 24 1C 52 6A 0A E8 5D 5A 1C 00 8B 44 24 28 50 6A 0B E8 51 5A 1C 00 83 C4 1C 8B 4C 24 18 51 6A 0E E8 42 5A 1C 00 83 C4 08 5E 5D 5F 83 C4 1C C3 00 02 01 02 CC CC CC CC.
  3. Go to the offsets and replace the bytes in these addresses:
    1. 0x64E8F - E8 AB 1E 02 00
    2. 0x7348E - E8 AC 38 01 00
    3. 0x793D9 - E8 61 D9 00 00
    4. 0x352C0C - 84 6D 48 00
  4. Download the modified comobj.one and replace it in the dvdroot folder.

Theater Light dark[edit]

Camera light 2D blend correction[citation needed]
Dark light effect.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Paste write the call offset at 0x4A20C to E8 74 27 2D 00, then place the array to 0x31C984
8D 44 24 FC 50 6A 14 E8 40 B0 F2 FF 6A 02 8B 46 0C 85 C0 74 6F 8B 40 24 85 C0 74 68 8B 88 B0 00 00 00 8B 80 AC 00 00 00 85 C0 74 58 8B 00 85 C0 74 52 2D 00 01 00 00 51 69 D1 00 01 00 00 8B 4C 24 04 83 F9 01 75 23 83 7C 10 04 01 75 07 83 4C 10 08 04 EB 05 83 64 10 08 FB 50 6A 02 6A 14 E8 98 AF F2 FF 83 C4 08 58 EB 0C 83 7C 10 04 01 75 05 83 64 10 08 FB 59 49 75 BD E8 8D FF D2 FF FF 0C 24 75 8A 83 C4 04 E8 70 AF F2 FF 83 C4 08 C3

Odd Vertex Paint rendering for the root ball in Frog Forest[edit]

Correctly render the floating root ball[citation needed]
The vertex paint disappears from the model at some positions.
  1. Open Tsonic_win.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0xDDC4B, change the material flag pointer byte from 60 to 78 to remove the bug and then save. The vertex paint will remain on the model at all costs.

Transparency bugs for certain game objects[edit]

Fixes various alpha blending issues by (mostly) tweaking individual object blend modes.
Use Sonic Heroes Transparency Blending Fixes[21]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Minimal required DirectX version listed is 9.0b, however the game uses D3D8 for rendering. For D3D9 support use external wrapper such as D3D8To9[22]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Criware ADX format music files.
Cutscenes Criware Sofdec format FMV files.

Mods[edit]

Modding essentials[edit]

How to install Reloaded II[23]
  1. Download and install the required dependencies for Reloaded II from the following links:
  2. Download the latest stable release of Reloaded here.
  3. Extract the contents of the Release.zip file to its own folder in a convenient location on your computer.
  4. Launch Reloaded-II.exe, then click the Add Application button (represented by a single + symbol) → New, then add Tsonic_win.exe to the loader. Click the Advanced Tools & Options drop-down menu and click Deploy ASI Loader and check Auto-Inject to load mods automatically.
  5. Click the Download Mods (represented by a gear with a + symbol) and install the following mods through Reloaded II and/or these links:
  6. Click Manage Mods (represented by three gears) and ensure the mods you have downloaded are enabled for Sonic Heroes' mod manager. Note: Reloaded II Sharp Lib mods are not required to appear in the game's mod manager and will work in the background.
  7. Click the game's executable icon in Reloaded II, and re-arrange the dependencies for mods to be on top. Recommended mod order example:
    1. TONNER
    2. CRI FileSystem Hook
    3. Reloaded File Redirector
    4. SH Essentials: Graphics
  8. Go to SH Essentials: GraphicsConfigure Mod and adjust video settings of the mod as desired, and click Save to save the changes.
  9. After configuring and arranging your mods, now click Launch Application to launch the game. The game should be able to launch with the mods installed.

Featured mods[edit]

Bug fixes/Improvements

  • Widescreen Revamp - Updated GUI assets remade from official art for 16:9 and 21:9 resolutions. Should be loaded under any mods that replaces GUI assets.
  • Extended Draw Distance - Increases the rendering draw distance of levels.
  • Amy's Hammer Fix - Corrects the inverted color scheme of Amy's hammer.

Audio/Visual enhancements

Miscellaneous

  • E3 Title Screen - A recreation of the game's title screen from the E3 prototype (which are left in the final version's files) and supports up to 18:9 aspect-ratios. Should be loaded under Widescreen Revamp to take effect.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 866 MHz
AMD Athlon 850 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256
ATI Radeon SDR
16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]

References

  1. renderware - clients & titles - last accessed on 2007-01-28
  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. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-08-03
    CRC32: 821662F7. SEGA officially shipped crack by Warez group "Reloaded".
  5. 5.0 5.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
    Author of the solution.
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
  8. 8.0 8.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
  10. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-24
    Tested my own Japanese FMVs pack and Brandondorf9999's English FMVs pack, both of which are higher quality than the stock PC FMV files.
  11. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
    No such option for right stick camera looking exists in the PC version from what I can tell without mods.
  12. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
    Tested with Xbox One controller.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-25
  14. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
    Reverse Engineering of input handling code.
  15. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26
    Tested this fix with an Xbox One controller.
  16. Sonic Heroes with 3D spatial sound 🎧 (OpenAL Soft HRTF audio)
  17. Sonic Heroes Hidden Setting - The Cutting Room Floor
  18. Verified by User:Cheatfreak47 on 2018-12-12
  19. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26
    Stock PC voice effects files is smaller than this fix.
  20. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26
    This fixed the mission shuriken effects with a vanilla copy of the game.
  21. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-27
    Tried this fix with a vanilla installation of the game and these fixes solved the issue.
  22. Verified by User:Sewer56lol on 2019-11-03
  23. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26