Monster Truck Madness 2

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Monster Truck Madness 2
Monster Truck Madness 2 cover
Developers
Terminal Reality
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows April 30, 1998
Monster Truck Madness 2 at Wikipedia
Monster Truck Madness
Monster Truck Madness 1996
Monster Truck Madness 2 1998

Key points

Game is DRM-free and natively portable due to one-size-fits-all installation size.
Massive selection of free tracks and trucks from community sites.
Issues using Direct3D renderer under modern operating systems.

General information

MTM2.com for a database of Monster Truck 2 tracks, trucks, and fan sites.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Demo

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[1]
  1. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, select "Options".
  2. From the drop-down menu which appears, select "Game".
  3. Uncheck "View Intro Movies".
  4. Uncheck "View Clip Scenes" if you also want to skip videos shown between races.

Skip title screen[edit]

Disable title screen[1]
  1. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, select "Options".
  2. From the drop-down menu which appears, select "Game".
  3. Check "Skip title screen".

Import original Monster Truck Madness tracks into Monster Truck Madness 2[edit]

Add GAME.POD and TRUCK.POD to Monster Truck Madness 2's list of tracks[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open pod.ini.
  3. Add lines to the end of the file that includes the paths to two files installed with Monster Truck Madness: game.pod and truck.pod (files located in the System folder where you installed Monster Truck Madness, or in the System folder on the Monster Truck Madness disc).
  4. Change the number at the top of the file to reflect the total number of pods listed (i.e., if you added game.pod and truck.pod to the list, change the number at the top of the file from 19 to 21).
  5. Save and close pod.ini.
  6. Start Monster Truck Madness 2 and navigate to the Races screen. The Monster Truck Madness classic circuit and rally tracks are included in the Track list (they're listed after the Monster Truck Madness 2 tracks and Summit Rumbles).

Play in Windows 10[edit]

Monster Truck Madness 2 can be run in Windows 10 and even in 64-bit. There's a few tweaks that are required in order to make this game made in 1999 work on new hardware.
Play in Windows 10[citation needed]
  1. Install Direct Play.
    1. Boot your PC in Safe Mode. Easiest way is to go to your Start menu, click the power icon as if you're shutting down, but instead of clicking Shut Down, hold SHIFT on your keyboard and click Restart. From there, navigate to rebooting into Safe Mode.
    2. From Safe Mode, press Windows + X or open the Control Panel and look for "Turn Windows features on or off"
    3. Look for "Legacy Components" and tick "Direct Play"
    4. Wait for it to install and confirm it's done
    5. Reboot normally
  2. Install the game as usual. If you can't install the game, run the installer as an admin with compatibility mode set to Windows XP SP3 then it will work. After installing, right click on the game's icon and go to Properties. Under the tab labelled Compatibility, check the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and select Windows XP (service pack 3). Also check the box labelled "Run this program as an administrator".
  3. Install the official MTM2 patch (made by developers of the game). After that, download the Community Patch and extract it into MTM2's game folder (usually C:\Program Files x86\Microsoft Games), overwriting files when prompted. The community patch fixed issues and enables high resolutions.
  4. Install nGlide. You don't need to change any settings in nGlide. This allows the game to be rendered using 3Dfx, which makes it look much better.
  5. Use a software to cap the frame rate at 30 FPS (see Frame rate capping). Limiting the FPS to 30 fixes problems in the game like the AI trucks not knowing how to drive.
  6. In MTM2, go to the Options > Graphics and then change the renderer to 3Dfx. Click OK and restart MTM2.
  7. In MTM2 go to Options > Graphics and change your resolution to whatever your screen resolution is (such as 1920x1080). Under Graphics > Hardware Options, don't enable reflections or truck reflections but everything else can be enabled and turn up to the max. Also under Graphics, uncheck the box "Automatic fullscreen" and don't enter fullscreen mode or the game will crash.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
3D Hardware Options.
3D Hardware Options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4:3 resolutions only; use nGlide for higher 4:3 resolutions.[3]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced in your GPU's control panel when using Direct3D or Glide renderers.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Replace antialiasFlag=0 with antialiasFlag=1 in <path-to-game>\Monster.INI.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Requires an AGP-compatible graphics card or better
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Playing without the game CD forces each race track to use a single, unique music track.
Sound settings.
Sound settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Uses MSN Gaming Zone (no longer available).
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2400, 47624
UDP 2300-2400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game crashes to desktop during races while using Direct3D renderer[edit]

Set compatibility options[1]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Right-click Monster.EXE and select "Properties".
  3. Click on the "Compatibility" tab.
  4. Check checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", and from the dropdown box which becomes enabled, select "Windows 95".
  5. Check every checkbox except for "Run in 256 colors".
  6. Run the game as normal, selecting "yes" for the UAC prompts which appear.

Notes

Fix tends to be unreliable and only prolongs the time until a crash to the desktop occurs while racing.
Forces game to start windowed if intro movies are played.
Glide renderer can be used as a much more reliable substitute.
Use Glide renderer[1]
  1. Download and install nGlide.
  2. Run Monster Truck Madness 2.
  3. Click on the "Game" menu from the top menu bar.
  4. Click on "Graphics" from the drop-down menu which appears.
  5. From the list of renderers, select 3Dfx.
  6. If prompted regarding potentially-incompatible settings, click OK and restart the game.

Notes

Fix is far more reliable than setting compatibility options.
Gilde renderer has noticeably-muddier textures than Direct3D renderer.

Issues fixed[edit]

"Feature not included" or "Help not supported" error when trying to open help files[edit]

Windows Vista and later need an update to open legacy Help files.
Install Windows Help program[5]
  1. Install the Windows Help program.
  2. Restart your computer if prompted.

CD music not available[edit]

CD music requires the disc in the first drive (CD-ROM 0).
Some virtual drive software might not support CD music.
Check drive is CD-ROM 0

Check that the drive is set to CD-ROM 0.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5
Software renderer
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer MSN Gaming Zone Shut down as of June 16, 2006.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, NT
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 (133 MHz)
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA-compatible
DirectX 5.0 compatible
Other

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References