Impossible Creatures Multiplayer Stress Test

Gamers who download Impossible Creatures will be treated to...

Impossible Creatures Multiplayer Stress Test

Gamers who download Impossible Creatures will be treated to a tutorial, three multiplayer maps and a pre-built army of combined animals. Impossible Creatures is the next 3-D real-time strategy game from the creators of the Homeworld. Create and control an army of half-breed animals to save the humanity of our planet from an evil madman!

IMPORTANT NOTE

: The multiplayer feature of the Impossible Creatures beta version supports only high-speed broadband connections, such as DSL, cable modem, and LAN-to-Internet. Attempts to use a low-speed modem connection may result in poor gameplay performance.

Impossible Creatures

Microsoft & Relic Entertainment Inc

Readme File

??Copyright and (P) 2002-2003 Microsoft Corp. All rights reserved.

??Copyright?1998 - 2002 Relic Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

Relic and the Relic Entertainment Logo are trademarks of Relic Entertainment Inc.

Impossible Creatures and the Impossible Creature Logo are trademarks of Relic Entertainment Inc.

Microsoft, Direct3D, DirectX, MSN, and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other Countries.

Uses Miles Sound System, Copyright ? 1991 - 2002 by RAD Game Tools, Inc.

Uses Bink Video. Copyright ? 1997 - 2002 by RAD Game Tools, Inc.

MPEG Layer-3 playback supplied with the Miles Sound System from RAD Game Tools, Inc. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression technology licensed by Fraunhofer IIS and THOMSON multimedia.

Welcome to Impossible Creatures!

This file contains late-breaking information not included in the in-game Help or printed manual.

PLEASE UNINSTALL ALL OTHER DEMO VERSIONS OF IMPOSSIBLE CREATURES BEFORE INSTALLING THIS DEMO.

CONTENTS

A. DirectX Troubleshooting

B. Audio Troubleshooting

C. Video Troubleshooting

D. Performance Troubleshooting

E. Other Issues

F. Impossible Creatures Information

A. DirectX Troubleshooting

DirectX® 8.2 or later must be installed on your computer before you can play Impossible Creatures. Impossible Creatures Setup will install the correct version of DirectX on your computer, if it is not already installed.

If you experience sound or video problems using DirectX, go to http://support.microsoft.com/support/directx/ for the latest troubleshooting information.

You should also check with your video or sound card manufacturer for the latest DirectX-compatible drivers.

B. AUDIO TROUBLESHOOTING

• Creative SoundBlaster Extigy

A warning dialog may display during Setup stating that Impossible Creatures could not detect an audio device if the power to your SB Extigy is off. Exit Setup, turn on the power to your SB Extigy and relaunch Setup.

C. VIDEO TROUBLESHOOTING

• Ati Radeon DDR

o Compatibility issues cause incorrect graphics and menu display. Please update to latest drivers.

o These video cards do not support color options in cursors so the cursor color will default to black and white.

• Compaq GeForce 2MX

Textures may be inconsistent. Please update to latest drivers.

• Elsa Erazor III (TnT2)

You may experience display issues. Please update to latest drivers.

• Nvidia

o You may experience display issues. Please update to latest drivers.

o You may experience your mouse pointer displaying as black and white instead of color. Please update to latest drivers.

o Systems running Windows® 2000 with Riva TNT 1 may experience problems running the demo. These may include failure to launch or a hardlock on launch. If these problems occur, reinstall earlier Nvidia driver 28.32 as the more recent drivers no longer support the Riva TNT 1 card. After installing the older drivers, the more recent drivers can be installed.

• VooDoo 4500

There may be a display issue for ground and water when dynamic shadows are enabled. Please update to latest drivers.

D. Performance Troubleshooting

There are several ways to improve the game's performance. For example, the game will run faster if you use the least demanding game settings, such as:

Graphics Tab:

• Setting the screen resolution to 800 x 600.

• Setting the color depth to 16.

• Setting the shadows to Off.

• Setting the texture detail level to its lowest (far left).

• Setting the object detail level to its lowest (far left).

• Setting the creature detail level to its lowest (far left).

• Setting the preferred frame rate to its highest (far right).

• Making sure the shiny objects check box is unchecked.

Audio tab:

• Setting the SFX channels to its lowest (far left).

• Setting the sound quality to low.

• Making sure the ambient world sounds check box is unchecked.

These improvements can be made from within the game. On the main menu, click Options, then click Graphics. You can choose Low-End System Settings, or customize each setting individually. If you are playing a game, click the Menu button, and then click System Options. Please note that some of these options, at their lowest settings, can affect ease of play.

FRAMERATE

If you are experiencing frame jitter, lower your Color Depth and/or Resolution on the Graphics option Screen.

INCREASING THE VIRTUAL MEMORY OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM

You may wish to increase the virtual memory of your operating system (Impossible Creatures requires 256 MB of virtual memory).

WINDOWS 98 GOLD, WINDOWS 98 SE & WINDOWS MILLENNIUM

1. Right-click My Computer and choose Properties, or click Start->Settings->Control Panel->Settings.

2. Click the Performance tab.

3. Click the Virtual Memory button in the lower-right area.

4. Choose Let me specify my own virtual memory settings.

5. Set the minimum field to 256.

6. Set the maximum field to any number higher than 256 (500 or higher is best) .

7. Click OK to the warning message.

8. Click OK to exit the Settings screen.

9. Click the Yes button to restart your computer.

WINDOWS 2000

1. Right-click My Computer and choose Properties, or Start->Settings->Control Panel->Settings.

2. Click the Advanced tab.

3. Click the Performance Options button.

4. In the Virtual Memory area, click the Change button.

5. Under the “Paging file size for selected drive” section, set the initial size to 256.

6. Set the maximum field to any number higher than 256 (500 or higher is best) .

7. Click OK on each screen to exit.

WINDOWS XP

1. Right-click My Computer and choose Properties, or click Start->Control Panel->System.

2. Click the Advanced tab.

3. Under the Performance heading, click Settings, then click the Advanced tab.

4. Click the Change button in the section titled Virtual Memory.

5. Enter 256 into the Initial Size field.

6. Set the maximum field to any number higher than 256 (500 or higher is best).

7. Click OK.

E. Other Issues

UI / HOTKEYS - Numeric keypad keys used as hotkeys do not work if the Num Lock feature is on. Be sure to turn Num Lock off after returning to the game.

KEYBOARD COMMANDS

For a full list of the keyboard commands see the IC Controls document located in the Goodies folder of the directory where you installed Impossible Creatures.

WINDOWS 98 GOLD VERSION

This operating system requires Internet Explorer 5 or later to be installed. No version of IE is included on the game CDs.

CONNECTION SPEED

The multiplayer feature of the Impossible Creatures beta version supports only high-speed broadband connections, such as DSL, cable modem, and LAN-to-Internet. Attempts to use a low-speed modem connection may result in poor gameplay performance such as lagging framerate or disconnects, and so on.

F. Impossible Creatures Information

For more information about Impossible Creatures, visit either of the following Web sites:

• http://www.microsoft.com/games/PC/impossiblecreatures.asp

• http://www.relic.com/product/impossiblecreatures/

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