Total Annihilation

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Total Annihilation
Total Annihilation cover
Developers
Cavedog Entertainment
Publishers
GT Interactive
Wargaming.net
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) 1997
macOS (OS X) April 23, 2013[1]
Total Annihilation guide at StrategyWiki
Total Annihilation at Wikipedia
Total Annihilation
Total Annihilation 1997
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms 1999

Key points

Modding tools are available
Small but dedicated community

General information

Total Annihilation Wiki - A wiki for everything Total Annihilation.
Total Annihilation Universe - A huge fan site for the entire Total Annihilation series.
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
Windows
Mac OS
GamersGate
DRM-free after installation (requires an internet connection during installation)
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Total Annihilation: Commander Pack
Windows
Total Annihilation: Commander Pack includes both The Core Contingency and Battle Tactics expansions.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Core Contingency
Windows
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Battle Tactics
Windows
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

official patches

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\
  2. Delete or rename 1.ZRB and 2.zrb.

Official downloads[edit]

All of the official content for the game (patches, units, utilities, etc.) can be found here.

Unofficial patch[edit]

Unofficial patches made by TA community TA Patch Resources v1.0 and TA Patch v3.9.02 Beta.[2] This patch has been know to cause a crash at startup, notes on the cause and how to fix it can be found here.

Game data[edit]

In-game interface settings.
In-game interface settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cavedog Entertainment\Total Annihilation\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/298030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVEGAME\
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/298030/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For custom/unlisted resolutions see Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Add the parameters -screenwidth XXXX -screenhight XXXX

Windowed[edit]

Windowed without Unofficial patch[citation needed]
  1. Add -d to the end of the shortcut target
This will mute all sound effects, regardless of Sound settings.
Windowed with Unofficial patch[citation needed]
  1. Download and install TA Patch Resources v1.0
  2. Download and install TA Patch v3.9.02 Beta
Use Total Annihilation.exe instead of TotalA.exe

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Can only change scroll speed
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game music settings.
In-game music settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
servers were down
Hosting/Discovering game lobbys on a LAN network[3]
  1. Download ipxwrapper-0.5.0 from http://www.solemnwarning.net/ipxwrapper/
  2. Unzip the ipxwrapper files into the total annihilation folder (example: "C:\CAVEDOG\TOTALA")
  3. If you have a 32 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win32.reg" as administrator.
    or
    If you have a 64 bit OS, run the file "directplay-win64.reg" as administrator.
  4. Pick "IPX Connection for DirectPlay" and leave the search address blank.

Notes

This fix may not be necessary for versions of Windows older than XP

Other information[edit]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker
Multiplayer DirectPlay

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 100 MHz Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 48 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.1 GB
Video card (GPU) VGA 256 colour or better

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>/298030/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (298030) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References