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Outlaws

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Outlaws
Outlaws cover
Developers
LucasArts
Publishers
LucasArts
Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
Jedi
Release dates
Windows March 31, 1997
Outlaws at Wikipedia

Key points

Installer is 16-bit only. Use the Alternate installer for 64-bit versions of Windows.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Paleface - Fan site
TheOutlawdad - Fan site

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes the Handful of Missions pack
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Includes the Handful of Missions pack
Windows
A preconfigured WINE wrapper for Linux is available.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Handful of Missions
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Alternate installer[edit]

Allows the game to be installed from the original CD on 64-bit Windows.
Also patches the game, rips the music from the CD, adds winmm.dll to play the music from the hard drive and removes the CD check.

Patches[edit]

The latest version is 2.0.1. Install the 1.1 Update, 2.0 Update, and 2.0.1 Update.
Use the Outlaws D3D Update to add Direct3D rendering and support for higher resolutions (requires the 2.0.1 Update).

Outlaws Mouse Helper[edit]

Enables changing weapons by scrolling the mouse wheel up/down and other useful functions with the mouse wheel and the middle and right mouse buttons.

Higher quality graphics[edit]

The dgVoodoo wrapper, unlike nGlide, allows for enabling translucency effects, anisotropic filtering and antialiasing.

Use the dgVoodoo 2 wrapper[1]
  1. Download the dgVoodoo 2 wrapper. It may be necessary to use version 2.54 instead of version 2.55.4.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe, MS\DDraw.dll and MS\D3DImm.dll to the installation folder. Don't extract the MS folder, itself.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe from the installation folder.
  4. Click the .\ button in the upper-right corner to set the config folder to your game folder.
  5. On the General tab, set Scaling mode to Stretched, keep Aspect Ratio if you don't want gameplay or movies stretched wide.
  6. Click on the DirectX tab and set Resolution to Max, Filtering to Force anisotropic 16x and Antialiasing (MSAA) to 8x.
  7. Remove the checkmark from dgVoodoo Watermark at the bottom and click the OK button.
  8. Run olcfg.exe.
  9. Select Direct3D [HW Accelerated].
  10. Select 640x480. This won't be the game resolution. It's just for 2D overlays, so that they aren't smaller than designed to be.
  11. Click on Advanced and enable everything except the bottom two options (which both cause problems). Click Accept, then OK.

Notes

Alternatively, see Software rendering mode.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\LucasArts Entertainment Company\Outlaws\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/559620/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

On the left, the Outlaws Registry; on the right, in-game general settings.
On the left, the Outlaws Registry; on the right, in-game general settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Using nGlide or dgVoodoo lets you customize resolutions.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Software renderer only. Disables mouselook. Use DxWnd for Direct3D mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be enabled in dgVoodooCpl.exe when using the dgVoodoo wrapper
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be enabled in dgVoodooCpl.exe when using the dgVoodoo wrapper
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be enabled in dgVoodooCpl.exe when using the dgVoodoo wrapper
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

A collection of screenshots from in-game input options.
A collection of screenshots from in-game input options.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Allows two bindings per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
X and Y sensitivity can be changed separately.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Has a dedicated menu and will not overwrite keyboard controls.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
With A3D
Subtitles
alt + T
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.x support was added with the 1.1 patch

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphics smear trying to enter buildings[edit]

This happens only in native Direct3D mode.

Switch to 3Dfx Glide mode in olcfg.exe[2]
(Alternative) Use dgVoodoo for Direct3D, instead[1]

Black screen or other issues with 3Dfx Glide[edit]

The version of nGlide (the Glide wrapper) that comes with Outlaws is outdated.

Update nGlide[3]
  1. Download and install the latest nGlide.
  2. Delete the three glide*.dll files from <path-to-game>. That forces the game to use the newly installed versions.
  3. Run nglide_config.exe and set Screen resolution back to By desktop and 3Dfx logo splash screen back to Off (and Aspect ratio back to 4:3, if you don't want the game stretching to fill the screen), since the installer resets them.

HUD is missing[edit]

Try pressing the - and / keys (separately) to bring it back[4]

Full-sized HUD and sepia effects missing[edit]

These features of the game require software rendering mode.

Windows mouse pointer is periodically visible[edit]

The Windows mouse pointer (or the blue, "working" circle) briefly flashes on screen while playing.

Enable Vsync[citation needed]
  • If using dgVoodoo, run dgVoodooCpl.exe, click on the DirectX tab and check Force vSync.
  • If using nGlide, run nglide_config.exe, and set Vertical synchronization to On.
  • If using neither, try forcing Vsync in your video card's control panel.

Dark screen after loading underwater save[edit]

Load a different save first, then the underwater save[6]

Cutscenes play too fast (XP)[edit]

Disable audio acceleration[7]
  1. Click on Start, then on Run and enter DxDiag.
  2. On the Sound tab, move the Hardware Sound Acceleration Level slider all the way to the left, until it says No acceleration.

No music during gameplay[edit]

Rename the file olwin.exe in the game directory to anything else. Be sure to launch the game from this file.

OR

Use this registry file.[8]

Menus either flash black or are blocked by a blob of glitched colors[edit]

Disable FRAPS[9]
  1. Fraps may cause the game's menus to glitch and should be disabled if this occurs.

Unable to access control remapper[edit]

Switch to windowed mode in olcfg.exe[citation needed]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 5 Added in 2.0 patch
Glide 2.1.1, 2.3 Added in 1.1 patch
Software renderer
64-bit executable

A3D audio[edit]

Enabling A3D audio adds some environmental audio effects

Enable A3D[citation needed]
  1. Install A3D-Live. You may get a warning when you run it, but it's a safe package.
  2. Run olcfg.exe from the installation folder and enable Aureal A3D Interactive on the Sound Configuration page.

Software rendering mode[edit]

Using software rendering restores the game's original, full-sized HUD (with the gold bar along the bottom) and sepia effects.

Patched re-releases of the game allow software rendering only in windowed mode. The instructions below allow it in fullscreen.

(DirectX 10+) Use the dgVoodoo 2 wrapper[5]
  1. Download the dgVoodoo 2 wrapper.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe, MS\DDraw.dll and MS\D3DImm.dll to the installation folder. Don't extract the MS folder, itself.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe from your game folder.
  4. Click the .\ button in the upper-right corner to set the config folder to your game folder.
  5. On the General tab, set Scaling mode to Stretched, keep Aspect Ratio.
  6. Click on the DirectX tab and set Videocard to dgVoodoo Virtual SVGA Card (this step forces software rendering).
  7. Remove the checkmark from dgVoodoo Watermark at the bottom and click the OK button.
  8. Run olcfg.exe.
  9. Select Direct3D [HW Accelerated] and your desired resolution (the higher, the better), then click OK.
  10. Once you're in a level, press the - (minus) key to bring up the full-sized HUD, if you want it.
(DirectX 9 and earlier) Use the dgVoodoo 1.50 wrapper[5]
  1. Download the dgVoodoo 1.50 Beta 2 wrapper.
  2. Extract dgVoodooSetup.exe, glide.dll and glide2x.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Download and extract this DDraw wrapper to the installation folder.
  4. Run olcfg.exe and select 3Dfx Glide mode.
  5. Once you're in a level, press the - (minus) key to bring up the full-sized HUD, if you want it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 60 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) 256-color SVGA
Sound (audio device) SoundBlaster compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/559620/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (559620) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References