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Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn Tweak Guide (Page 3/4)

Posted: November 8, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

Gameplay Tab

This tab, surprisingly, isn't limited just to what is controlled by the sliders under the basic tab, but many of the settings do overlap. I'll only cover the ones that I haven't already otherwise covered.

- Cache Size - This determines the amount of space used on the hard drive to store data. The minimum value for this is 180 MB, or 300 MB if you plan on playing multiplayer, however, either way I recommend at least 400 MB for peak performance.
- Frame Rate - I know I've already covered this, but with this slider you can go all the way up to 60 fps - which speeds up the game significantly. If your machine can handle it, turn it up - because it will shorten the tedium of walking around towns and such when you aren't being constantly attacked. However, if you find it's too fast to give commands in real time, you will need to turn on some of the auto-pause functions in the game.
- Critical Hit Screen Shake - This enables/disables screen shaking every time someone scores a critical hit within the game.
- No High Memory Ambient Sounds - This will turn off some of the ambient sounds.
- Disable all Ambient Sounds - This will disable all of the ambient sounds within the game.
- Duplicate Floating Text - This will copy the floating text to the text log.

Graphics Tab

This tab, as well as the gameplay tab, has some settings that aren't covered by the sliders in the beginning of the configuration utility. There are a few very important ones, as follows:

- 2D Color Depth - because this game is, for the most part, a 2D game, setting this to 32-bit is unlikely to cause a problem, so go for it.
- Game Resolution - there is a setting in there that allows you to unlock higher resolutions. If you feel like it, and you've got a large monitor and a decent CPU, go for it - it may very well improve the game for you.
- Use 3D Acceleration - if you have this available and have 3D animations turned on, by all means use 3D acceleration to speed it up. If you are using an older 3dfx card, make sure you uncheck the 32-bit color animations or else you might get corrupt textures on the characters.

After you have everything set up, click on the Test Settings button to make sure you'll be able to get into the game after making these changes, and off you go.

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