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Tribes 2 - Training & Game
There are 2 areas in Tribes 2. "Solo & LAN" and "Online". Below is what you'll find when you launch the "Solo & LAN" option.
You will want to come here early on to play around with the various
settings. Don't be afraid to change a few keys if you find the default keys
are in an awkward place, although keep a note of which keys you move because
every key on the keyboard is assigned a task and you'll need to re-map any
keys you overwrite.
Video: Leave these on the default settings, unless you have
problems with OpenGL (In which case use D3D).
Graphics: Leave on defaults, but feel free to tweak the gamma and
come back here if you find your machine is having problems running the game.
Lowering some of the details down slightly should improve performance.
Textures: You may need to apply "Texture Compression" and possible tweak some of the other settings in here.
If the game runs slow or you suffer slow down problems at times then playing with settings in this section will help.
Sound: Again defaults, but ensure "MP3 Music" is not on. When playing Tribes 2 you want to hear the enemy
come up behind you and not to be drowned out by music!
Voice: Here's where you get to play with the microphone settings. If you don't want to use a mic then make sure
the "Microphone Enabled" light is off.
Controls: You can change your keys, save the config and if later on you have any problems you can reload the
defaults. Just make sure when you move a command assigned to a a new key you don't forget to reassign the key your
overwriting. Keep track of what commands/keys you've moved! There's nothing worse than entering a game and realising
you can't find your "Use pack" key.
Network: Select one of the "Presets" buttons for your connection. Make sure the "Check Email..." is off (this will
save unexpected pauses in game), and turn on "Disconnect from chat" because this to can cause unwanted effects, and
you'll be unable to see the chat screen in the Tribes 2 browser as you play anyway.
In the latest patch (released 5th July 2002) the network area has had an overhaul to make it easier to use. The following is taken from the "UpdatePatch.txt" file.
The packet rate and packet size sliders have been removed. More connection choices have been added to the preset list. NOTE: Your connection has been forced to 56K modem for now. If you would like to change those settings, you should go to SETTINGS/NETWORK and try one of the other presets.
*** NOTE *** You should go to your Network Settings and choose the Preset that you want to use. Please do this EVEN if you have a 56K Modem, just to be sure that the settings are recorded in your prefs file correctly.
When connected to a server a new graph display will be shown in the network settings dialog. Each metric can be toggled on/off by clicking on the text whose color corresponds to the line in the graph. The user will want to maximize throughput while minimizing packet latency. The 'send packets' metric corresponds to the 'Client Update Rate' slider.
The user needs to be careful not to set network settings too high. When connected to a small game with little action, a modem user could probably get away with setting their network preset to 'Cable' or 'T1/Lan'. But, when connected to a game with many players and vehicles and lots of action, the user could experience stutters and high latency with that setting.
The user can activate the network hud by pressing 'ctrl-n'. This hud has two states, the first being identical to the graph in the Network Settings dialog. Pressing 'ctrl-n' a second time will toggle the hud into it's other state. This hud shows the ping (ms) and packet loss (%) on the top and has two progress bars to display packet throughput. The top bar measures the percentage of maximum packet send throughput given the settings you have selected. The bottom bar measures the maximum packet receive throughput. These bars will not necessarily reach peak, since the server may be capping the number of packets the user receives per second. They will indicate, however, when there is a problem with the network connection. If these bars become erratic or drop to their minimum position, then the user is probably experience connection problems with the server.
For the moment select "56k modem" or the other connection type you have and leave the rest alone for the time being. Once you have had a few games of Tribes 2 online then head back here to tweak the settings or see what is causing the game to be slow e.t.c.
Game: Tweak these options to suit you. There are 6 options:
- 3rd Person Vehicle: When you jump into a vehicle you'll instantly be switched to 3rd person view (instead of the default 1st person, through the eyes view)
- Invert Vehicle Y-Axis: When playing flight sims you move back to fly up and move down to fly up. BUT in the game as you run around on the ground you'll be using the mouse, and when it moves forward you look up, and if you move back it makes you look down. If you find your having trouble flying once you enter a vehicle inverting the Y-axis will help give you the flight sim and normal control method of a vehicle. Not everyone will need to use this option, and most will be used to pushing up on the mouse to move up in a vehicle as it makes them look up on the ground.
- Enable Bad Word Filter: Any bad works will be displayed as a mixture of characters. Like (in game: You stupid "Krel")
- Skip Intro: Does exactly what it says it will do.
- Enable Force Feedback: Only enable this option if you have hardware with force feedback capabilities.
- Show Personal Skins: Default skins are one colour for each team, but having this option on allows you to see other coloured skins which the players have selected.
This section allows you to choose:
- Race/Gender: (male, female, bioderm).
- Skin: (starwolf, diamond sword, phoenix, inferno, blood angel, storm, and any custom skins).
- Voice: Choose a voice which will be heard when you use the in game voice communications menu.
The New / Delete Alias options allow you to change your name. For example my player name is "SAS", but I
could create an alias like "Dave". Note when in game if you look at the main score board (ESC key) you'll see player's
names = Grey, Players using aliases = Blue.
Some reasons why this "alias" option is useful:
- A player may find he's bored of his old player name and wants a change.
- When creating a name for the first time in Tribes 2 (more on this later) their favourite player name may already be taken, so they will need to alias if they want to use their favourite name when in the game.
Host Game: Create a LAN game where others can join or you can add bots to practice with on a map.
Join Game: List all games that are on the network your connected to.
Once you've completed the training missions and had a look at all the settings you'll be itching to start facing some real human opponents online...
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