Star Wars: Battlefront II

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Star Wars: Battlefront II
Star Wars: Battlefront II cover
Developers
Pandemic Studios
Publishers
LucasArts
Disney Interactive Studios
Engines
Zero
Release dates
Windows October 31, 2005
Star Wars: Battlefront II guide at StrategyWiki
Star Wars: Battlefront II at Wikipedia
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront 2004
Star Wars: Battlefront II 2005
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 2015
Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) 2017

For the 2017 game, see Star Wars Battlefront II (2017).

Key points

The GOG.com and Steam versions were updated with multiplayer support in October 2017.[1] Crossplay between these versions is available.[2]
Old versions of AMD's Crimson drivers can't load and display graphics correctly. See Glitchy textures on AMD graphics cards.
Crashes often on more modern systems. See Crash to desktop after loading a map.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Official LucasArts Battlefront II Forums
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Steam serial keys work on retail version.
Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
CD-ROM edition with 4 discs and a DVD-ROM version.
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.1. The GOG.com and Steam versions are already up to date.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameData\SaveGames

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The UI is stretched, and the HUD distorted in widescreen resolutions.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Some interface elements don't appear at this resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Lock 80 FPS Default, Unlock by using /fixedrate [number]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Command line parameter[citation needed]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Set the values to the desired resolution. For example, /resolution 1920 1080
  3. This does not appear to work on Steam version of the game. Edit "vidmode.ini". See this post.
  4. -resolution 1920 1080 works on Steam "Set launch options..."

Notes

The custom resolution will always take precedence and as such it cannot be overridden from the options menu.
The menus may become messed up or unusable after forcing them to certain resolutions.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV[citation needed]
  1. Download and install UnOfficial v1.3 Patch.
  2. When you start playing, pause the game and choose Fake Console.
  3. Set your FOV value and confirm.
This will result in incomplete first-person models on higher FOV settings.

Windowed[edit]

Command line parameter[citation needed]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use /win

Input settings[edit]

Only two bindings can be assigned to a single command.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Used by both the mouse and the controller.
Controller
Controller support
See Incorrectly bound controller movement if movement is incorrectly bound.
Full controller support
Menu can only be brought up with the "Esc" key.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Subtitles are only for in-game movies.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Use the Join or Create buttons in order to skip the main GameSpy login prompt.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
64
Online play
64 Native for GOG.com and Steam. For retail use SWBFSpy or GameRanger.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Dedicated Server software is available.
Direct IP
Use the +connect parameter followed by the IP and the port.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 3658-3659, 6500, 27900
UDP (outbound) 3658-3659, 6500, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

Audio looping and stuttering[edit]

Command line argument[3]
  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use /audiomixbuffer 50

Incorrectly bound controller movement[edit]

Correctly binding the controller's movement axis[citation needed]
  1. Set the Left and Right movement stick to the X+ axis.
  2. Set the Up and Down visuals stick to the Y- axis.

Crash to desktop after loading a map[edit]

Enable stereo mix[citation needed]
  1. Open Control panel and select Sound.
  2. Change to Recording tab.
  3. Right click and select "Show Disabled Devices" and enable stereo mix.
Connect an audio device[citation needed]
  • Either connect a pair of Headphones, a Webcam, a microphone or any other audio device with 3.5mm jack.
Run the game in a windowed mode[citation needed]
Set CPU core affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open Task Manager and go to Battlefront's executable.
  2. Set Affinity to use only one or two cores to improve overall stability.

Low frame rate and long loading times[edit]

Run the game in a windowed mode[citation needed]

Glitchy textures on AMD graphics cards[edit]

Fixed with Crimson ReLive Edition version 17.2.1 WHQL.[4]
Download WineD3D[citation needed]
  1. Download the 1.7.52 Version (Recommended).
  2. Extract its contents to <path-to-game>\GameData\.
Download old AMD DLLs[5]
  1. Download the 15.10 Version.
  2. Extract its contents to <path-to-game>\GameData\.

Notes

Better performance than the first solution.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 1.1
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Galaxy GameSpy is used in Retail version, both GOG.com and Steam use the Galaxy API

Mods[edit]

A collection of mods can be found here. For more general mods, go here.

Conversion Pack[edit]

Adds 25 new maps (including the ones from Battlefront 1 and the Xbox-exclusive DLC maps) and 5 new game modes.
Ensure the 1.3 revision patch is installed to prevent unreadable text and bugs.
May not be compatible with vanilla multiplayer servers.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.1 GB
Video card (GPU) Hardware T&L capable
64 MB of VRAM
Hardware VS/PS capable
128 MB of VRAM

References

  1. http://steamcommunity.com/games/6060/announcements/detail/1487735649730776315
  2. https://www.gog.com/news/star_wars_battlefront_ii_now_supports_crossplay
  3. https://www.gog.com/forum/star_wars_battlefront_ii/sound_repeating_issue
  4. Steam Community :: Guide :: AMD Graphics Issues Fix - last accessed on 2017-02-24
  5. https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsBattlefront/comments/514uw3/bought_bf2_on_steam_for_old_times_sake_for_some/d79b85h