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Posted: September 10, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
As I'm sure you already know, this game stars the 'leading lady' from the Heavy Metal movie - you know, that Julie Strain chick. They had her model for the heroine as well as do all of the in-game voices for the character. And, to be honest with you, this is one of the first decent 'movie-based' games I've played. Now, I can't say I've had the opportunity to even play through a large portion of the game, but from what I've seen... damn. And that brings me to this point: This game is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely the Quake 3 engine at its best. However, as you might remember with Quake 3, getting the engine to run well takes a little bit of work - and hopefully this guide will help you do just that. Those of you who have Quake 3 and are used to the Q3 console are in for a treat - it's still kicking here in FAKK2 and it uses the same syntax as it did before. Talk about making my life easier…
There are two main installation options for Heavy Metal: FAKK2 - Run from CD and typical (or maximum). Run from CD only copies the barest essentials to the hard drive, while the typical/maximum installs the entire game to the hard drive (sans the CD Music). If you've got the extra hard drive space and you need to increase in-game performance, I would recommend doing a complete (typical / maximum) install of the game. Since the game won't have to search the CD-ROM every time it needs a new file the game will run significantly faster.
Installing the latest game patch is one good way of increasing the performance of the game. And at the same time you get the latest fixes for any game bugs that may have cropped up into the code over time. While the Quake 3 engine works beautifully, it isn't without its small problems that have to be fixed from time to time, and that's what a patch will do for you. You can download the latest patch from Ritual or you can grab it from some place like 3DFiles.
Another thing you might want to consider when you are trying to get a game to run as fast as possible is upgrading your sound and video card drivers. Because FAKK2 is 3D accelerated, like most games today, upgrading the video card drivers will speed up the entire rendering process and leave more CPU time for other intensive operations. Sound drivers take on a special role in FAKK2 - because the game almost exclusively supports 3D sound as opposed to the old methods, having the latest drivers for your sound card won't simply just speed up any 3D sound acceleration you might have, it will speed up the whole game because it takes most of that burden off of the processor.
If you have a 3D accelerator that supports hardware T&L, make sure it is enabled from within the drivers. Since this is a Quake 3 engine game (and hence runs OpenGL through and through), it should fully support T&L.