Aliens versus Predator 2

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Aliens versus Predator 2
Aliens versus Predator 2 cover
Developers
Monolith Productions
Primal Hunt Third Law Interactive
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Fox Interactive
Japan Capcom
Engines
Lithtech Talon
Release dates
Windows October 30, 2001
macOS (OS X) July 2003
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Key points

GameSpy online server browser has stopped working; use the Default Online Methods (now known as Master Server Patch Mod/Evolve/GameRanger) for a player-run replacement. Tutorial for Gameranger is available here.

General information

Xenopedia - A wiki for the Aliens series
Aliens vs. Predator Nation - mods, maps, skins, sound packs
Aliens vs Predator Unknown - master server patch support, skins, mods, maps and sound packs
Alien vs Predator Universe with some useful links
Alien vs Predator Central lists and articles exploring the lore

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 4.54.00.0018 DRM.
SecuROM 4.77.00.0002 DRM for Primal Hunt.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
The game is not sold digitally due to various legality issues with several parties.

Demos[edit]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Primal Hunt
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

v1.0.9.6[edit]

  • The patch is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Korean and Spanish. It can be downloaded from the Files section (mirror)

Map Updates[edit]

Make sure the game is patched to v1.0.9.6 before installing the updates

Skip intro videos[edit]

Intro videos can be skipped by clicking on Options in the launcher and ticking Disable Logos.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\Player_0
macOS (OS X)

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use widescreen hack[1]
  1. Install Patch 1.0.9.6 and Single Player Map Update #1 (see Patches).
  2. Install custom launchers for the base game and expansion.
  3. Run the custom launcher and configure desired settings.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
in the French retail version only
German
Italian
Korean
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 GameSpy online server browser has stopped working; use the Master Server Patch Mod or for a player-run replacement.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2300-2400, 7000-10000
UDP (outbound) 27888-27900

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows 8 low frame rate in fullscreen[edit]

Use low frame rate fix[citation needed]

Use Windows 8/8.1 DDRAW FPS Fix.

Uncontrollable mouse movement[edit]

Mouse moves in wavelike pattern when attempting y-axis movement.
Decrease mouse polling rate to 125[citation needed]
Use DI-wrapper[2]
  1. Download DI-Wrapper and copy it to installation folder.

Cutscenes play too fast[edit]

The game won't launch[edit]

If nothing happens when you click the .exe you might have to try running the game in Windows 98 compatibility-mode. To do this right-click avp2.exe, click options and go to the compatibility-tab. Check the compatibility-box and choose Windows 98.[citation needed]

If it says something about "MFC Application Client" - Check the Windows Event Log for the application error - if it refers to a \system32\HID.DLL then you're probably using a gaming-keyboard or similar, try disabling the HIDs related to your gaming-peripherals or you can also set the compatibility. This error seems to also occur more often when running in Fullscreen mode; consider using Windowed mode (possibly in conjunction with the Borderless Gaming utility).

MSI Afterburner overlay makes the game crash[edit]

Change the settings in RivaTuner[citation needed]
  1. After launching MSI Afterburner, open the Riva Tuner Statistics Server from the system tray.
  2. Add lithtech.exe from <path-to-game> to the settings.
  3. Set Stealth mode to "ON".

MFC Application Client crashing when load levels[edit]

Find lithtech.exe click properties compatibility tab check run this program in compatibility and choose Win98/ME and check run as admin and click apply

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy GameSpy online server browser has stopped working; use the Master Server Patch Mod or for a player-run replacement.

Modding[edit]

Complete Texture Overhaul Mod[edit]

Replaces most textures in the game with higher resolution ones.
The mod drastically changes the game's overall aesthetic, aiming for more gritty, desaturated look, which may be unacceptable for a lot of players.

Ultimate Map Pack[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 750 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible

References