Unreal II: The Awakening

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Unreal II: The Awakening
Unreal II: The Awakening cover
Legend Entertainment
Epic Games
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows February 3, 2003
Unreal II: The Awakening at Wikipedia
Unreal 1998
Unreal Tournament 1999
Unreal Tournament 2003 2002
Unreal II: The Awakening 2003
Unreal Tournament 2004 2004
Unreal Tournament 3 2007
Unreal Tournament 4 2014

Key points

Comes bundled with modding tools
Small community

General information

Liandri Archives - A dedicated Unreal wiki site that collects information about all the games in the series
Unreal Wiki - A wiki on how to use Unreal Editor, UnrealScript and other technical aspects of Unreal Engine
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM disc check. Disc check removed from Unreal Anthology version.
Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition. Includes the eXpanded MultiPlayer (XMP) expansion.
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Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Expanded Multiplayer (XMP) Available for free. Included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition. See Expanded Multiplayer (XMP) for details.


Essential improvements[edit]

In-game HUD settings.
In-game HUD settings.


The latest version available is v1403

The patch is available for the following versions:

  • North America (US)
  • Europe (UK)

They can be downloaded from the Files section.

Expanded Multiplayer (XMP)[edit]

The expansion cannot be installed with the Steam version

Included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition, it is an official expansion to the game adding multiplayer functionality (with 8 maps). The expansion is available for free for regular copies of the game. Note that the PLAY disk for Unreal II: The Awakening is required to install the expansion.

Bonus Content[edit]

Solaris Base Bonus Map is an additional map created by Matthias Worch.

Unreal Editor[edit]

Unreal Editor is the official modding program for the Unreal 2 engine. It is used to create professional levels and full scale conversions for the game.

Version 3 of the editor comes bundled with all versions of Unreal 2.

It can be found in the Systems folder in the installation folder.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\System\Unreal2.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game shadows settings.
In-game shadows settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Field of view (FOV).
See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
See Field of view (FOV).
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
<path-to-game>\System\Unreal2.ini -> LevelOfAnisotropy
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Modern Nvidia cards can force, MSAA,TrSSAA,SGSSAA,OGSSAA,etc through Nvidia inspector without compatibility bits.[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set FOV in console[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\System\
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Change bCheatsEnabled=false to bCheatsEnabled=true.
  4. Open the console in-game (~).
  5. Enter SetFOV 100 (replace with the desired FOV).
  6. Optionally, use the Cutscene FOV Fix to fix FOV during cutscenes.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.[4] Update the game to fix crashes


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Requires the eXpanded MultiPlayer (XMP) expansion (included with Unreal II: The Awakening Special Edition and available as a free upgrade)

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
A guide can be found here
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and enter open followed by the IP and port.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP (outbound) 7777, 7778, 27900, 28900

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

Steam Screenshot Fix[edit]

Edit user.ini[citation needed]
By default F12 changes your contrast, if you're trying to take a screenshot with Steam's default key, it will undesirably change the contrast.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Open user.ini
  3. Change F12=BumpContrast to F12=

Long Load Screens[edit]

Disable Vsync/remove frame cap[citation needed]
Load Screens are tied to frame rate. If the frame rate is capped, either by V-Sync or a frame rate limiter software, loading times will be artificially increased. The lower the cap, the slower the load screens (eg. V-Sync at 60Hz will result in longer loading times than V-Sync at 120Hz).

Windows 10 D3DERR_DEVICELOST[edit]

Edit Unreal2.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system
  2. Open Unreal2.ini
  3. Change ReduceMouseLag=True to ReduceMouseLag=False

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The in-game refresh rate option can only go up to 85 Hz.
Set fullscreen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system.
  2. Open Unreal2.ini.
  3. Find this line: DesiredRefreshRate=60.
  4. Change the value to set your monitors refresh rate. For example 120 or 144.


Modifying any video options will undo the custom refresh rate.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.1
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 733 MHz
Intel Pentium III 1.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 384 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce2 MX
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
Nvidia GeForce3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 MB of VRAM


  1. http://min.us/mtretumRdIufa
  2. Unreal II: The Awakening | WSGF
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. EAX Featured Game: Unreal II: The Awakening - EAX.CREATIVE.COM (retrieved)