Postal 2

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Postal 2
Postal 2 cover
Developers
Running With Scissors
macOS (OS X) Ryan C. Gordon
Linux Ryan C. Gordon
Publishers
Retail Whiptail Interactive
Apocalypse Weekend Tri Synergy
Digital Running With Scissors
Engines
Unreal Engine 2
UnrealScript components Unreal Engine 1[1]
Release dates
Windows April 13, 2003
macOS (OS X) April 15, 2005
Linux April 15, 2005
Postal 2 guide at StrategyWiki
Postal 2 at Wikipedia
Postal
Postal 1997
Postal 2 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016

General information

Developer website
Postal Wiki
PostalSite.info - Fairly active community hub
Resurrection-Studios - Modding site for the game
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Some copies use SafeDisc 3 DRM[Note 1], some use StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2] (primarily Russian copies), some use SecuROM 4 DRM, and others use simple disc checks.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Developer website
DRM details are not known
Physical and Steam versions.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
Comes bundled with Postal 2 Complete original version.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Can be played without Steam if launched directly through Postal2.exe and ParadiseLost.exe (Paradise Lost expansion).
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Demo and Free Multiplayer Version (Downloads section)

Version differences[edit]

Share the Pain is an updated version of the game that includes various bugfixes, two new areas, multiplayer mode and POSTed (SDK/level editor).[8][9]
The Mac and Linux versions as well as GOG.com and Steam versions are already upgraded to this version.[10]
The Fudge Pack, Postal X: 10th Anniversary edition and Postal XX are compilation packs that includes Postal Plus, Postal 2: Share the Pain along with the "Apocalypse Weekend" expansion and several popular mods (Eternal Damnation, A Week in Paradise, A Very Postal Christmas). Some later versions also includes Steam keys for the digital version.[11][12]
POSTAL 2 Complete features huge amount of bug fixes, many additional options and extra content. Updated GOG.com and Steam versions are renamed to simply as POSTAL 2.[13][14] It should be noted that this version includes "A Week in Paradise" mod but some content altered/missing for unknown reasons, though it can be restored.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Apocalypse Weekend Included in GOG.com and Steam versions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Corkscrew Rules! Russian licensed add-on.[15] Freeware, available here
Windows
Paradise Lost Available only for GOG.com and Steam versions.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

GOG.com and Steam versions already include these patches.
All patch notes (both retail and digital) can be found here

Restore content in A Week in Paradise[edit]

Use the following workshop mods[17][18][19][20][21]
Can only be applied to the Steam version.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Postal 2/System
Linux ~/.lgp/postal2/System

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Postal 2/Save
Linux ~/.lgp/postal2/Save
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.
Saves are cross platform, but for intra-platform Steam sync to occur, files must be manually moved between operating systems. Inter-platform Steam sync is not available.[22]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
200 MB available.
Steam Cloud
Approx. 477 MB available.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game general video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game general video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game advanced video settings (Share the Pain).
In-game advanced video settings (Share the Pain).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions. Added in 1412 update.
May require fix for other versions, see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-110°. Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions.
Added in 1412 update. For other versions, see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Select in-game or toggle with Alt+ Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions. Added in 1417 update.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x. Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions. Added in 1412 update.
For other versions, see Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through graphics card control panel, but makes the frame rate rather unstable.[23]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default in non-digital versions.[24] See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Replace the Postal2Game.u file and modify Postal2.ini[25][26]
  1. Download the patched file
  2. Extract the contents of the download to the configuration file(s) location.[Note 3]
  3. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  4. Change the values of FullscreenViewportX and FullscreenViewportY to your desired resolution.
  5. Save the changes.
To make the game Hor+ set the field of view (FOV) according to the given values.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Open the console (~) and use FOV followed by your desired value[24]
Modify User.ini[25]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the User.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  3. Change the values of DesiredFOV and DefaultFOV to your desired value.
  4. Save the changes.

Hor+ field of view (FOV) values[edit]

Aspect ratio or resolution Field of view (FOV) value
16:9 101.4
16:10 95.43
2560x1080 116.91
1366x768 101.43
1360x768 101.18

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[24]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  3. Change the value of LevelOfAnisotropy to:
    • 2, 4, 8 or 16 to enable anisotropic filtering (AF)
    • 1 to disable anisotropic filtering (AF)
  4. Save the changes.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[24]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  3. Change the value of UseVSync to:
    • False to disable vertical sync (Vsync)
    • True to enable vertical sync (Vsync)
  4. Save the changes.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Some keys are not displayed in the menu: B (text chat), V (team chat), L (toggles hints), F9 (takes screenshots); H, Y and J (various gestures in multiplayer).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For 360 style controllers, try the following layout
Full controller support
Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions. Added in 1417 update.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Controller hotplugging
[25]
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
[25]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official Steam Controller bindings only.
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings (Share the Pain).
In-game audio settings (Share the Pain).
In-game audio settings (Paradise Lost).
In-game audio settings (Paradise Lost).
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
music volume, sound volume
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[27] Can be added through OpenAL by following this guide
Subtitles
Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions. Added in 5022 update.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Hungarian
Fan translation, download
Japanese
Fan translation, download
Polish
Audio localization is only available in local retail release.
Fan translation for digital versions: Postal 2, Paradise Lost
Russian
Spanish
Portuguese
Turkish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 Versus
Online play
16 Versus
Native support in GOG.com and Steam versions.
For other versions, see Online play.

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[25][28]
UDP 7777-7779
This game does not support Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Online play[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[29]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  3. Replace all instances of master.gamespy.com with master.333networks.com
  4. Save the changes.

Co-op[edit]

Though not officially supported, two methods for playing the game in co-op exist.
  • Follow this guide for info on converting the single player maps to multiplayer. Note that missions will not work with this method.
  • Use Nicks Coop which is a truer co-op experience but is only available for Windows.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black-red screen in fullscreen mode[edit]

Set Brightness, Contrast and Gamma to 10 and then back to your desired values[30]

Low performance on modern PC[edit]

Modify Postal2.ini[31]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the Postal2.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.[Note 4]
  3. Change the value of ReduceMouseLag to False
  4. Save the changes.
Change the number of prerendered frames[32]
  1. Go to the Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Set the maximum number of prerendered frames to 1.

A Week in Paradise crashes (non-digital/original only)[edit]

Also known as general protection fault.
Change performance settings[33][34]
  1. Turn off limb and head fix (Dismemberment Physics).
  2. Reduce Corpse population to 0 or reduce Ragdolls to 5 or below.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8 Can be made to work with Direct3D 9 using this wrapper
OpenGL 1.2 Can be selected in-game but may require restart to apply.[25]
64-bit executable

Console commands[edit]

Open the console (~) and use one of the following commands.
Command Description
FOV Sets the field of view (number).
BEHINDVIEW Switches between first and third-person perspective (0-1).[35]

Mods[edit]

Eternal Damnation[edit]

Download

In order to use the mod, you have to downgrade the game to version version 1409 (Steam/GOG.com). Alternatively, you can also install the free Share the Pain mod.
It's recommended that you install the patch before starting a new game.
The 1409 version are prone to crashing, see general protection error.

A Very Postal Christmas[edit]

Download: Original mod, Steam conversion

Not compatible with GOG.com version.

A Week in Paradise[edit]

Download: Original mod, Digital conversion

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.13 GHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 384 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1200 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 series
AMD Radeon Video Card
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible
Nvidia GeForce3 series
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6
Processor (CPU) 700 MHz 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 384 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1200 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 series
ATI Radeon
32 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce3 series
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM
Processor specs are strangely wrong for Mac as Steam is only supported on Intel Macs and POSTAL 2 Complete's Steam executable itself has no PPC code upon inspection with the file -b command.[36]
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.13 GHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 384 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1200 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 series
AMD Radeon Video Card
32 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce3 series
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[4][5][6][7] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. Replace the file(s) when prompted.[25]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 If the file(s) do not exist, launch the game at least once.[25]

References

  1. Unreal Wiki - Legacy:Postal 2 - last accessed on 2015-04-22
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Windows Vista support - StarForce Support
  5. Windows 7 support - StarForce Support
  6. Windows 8.1 support - StarForce Support
  7. Windows 10 support - StarForce Support
  8. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2: Share The Pain
  9. Postal Wiki - POSTed
  10. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:1043:7C69:FDB9:94C8 on 2018-01-02
  11. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:2CCE:7FF:ADCD:D9D on 2018-01-02
  12. Postal Wiki - Fudge Pack
  13. Steam News - Upcoming New DLC/Patch
  14. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2 Complete
  15. Postal Wiki - POSTAL 2: Штопор ЖжОт!
  16. Postal Wiki - 1409X Multiplayer patch
  17. Steam Community Discussions - AWP in the Steam version?
  18. Steam Community Discussions - Eternal Damnation mod request
  19. Steam Community Discussions - GORE
  20. Steam Community Discussions - please someone make a gore mod
  21. Steam Community Discussions - Postal 2 Complete = No Gore????
  22. Verified by 1.123.157.15 on 2015-11-08
  23. Verified by User:TheFreeman on 2017-04-17
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2016-02-02
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Verified by User:Orzelek303 on 2018-10-20
  26. Steam Community Discussions - [Release] Widescreen fix
  27. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  28. Verified by User:Aemony on 2018-10-17
  29. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:49BB:80C7:7B73:DB85 on 2018-01-09
  30. Steam Community Discussions - Black - red screen when I try to play with full screen
  31. Steam Community Discussions - Speed issues resolved for Dual Core CPU
  32. Verified by 91.122.160.133 on 2013-09-09
  33. Steam Community Discussions - awp crash general fault error how i fix it ??
  34. Resurrection-Studios - Postal 2 AWP random Crash/Freeze
  35. Verified by User:2600:8801:2180:2E17:70FC:F0E1:34D8:9884 on 2018-01-08
    Note however that there are some glitches in the third-person pistol animation when sprinting and the HUD is not displayed in third-person perspective.
  36. Verified by 2600:8801:2180:2E17:F4E1:C953:1635:DDE2 on 2018-01-04