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Deus Ex tweak guide
Last updated on December 11, 2000 by Thomas McGuire - Page 3/12


Load Deus Ex, select Settings then the Display option.

Adjust Brightness. Use this slider bar to adjust the brightness level in the game. Sliding it to the right may well improve visibility (quite useful in multiplayer), although it can the game look washed out if you set it too high & vice versa. You may need to test different settings to see which results in the optimum level of brightness for this setting.

Video driver. Select your graphics renderer using this option. You’ll only have to use this if you want to change renderer, as Deus Ex will detect the best renderer for you when you first load it.

Screen Resolution. Selecting a lower setting will improve performance & maintain a stable (hopefully higher) frame rate. Although, higher resolutions will look better, they will run slower.

Texture Colour Depth, Set this to 16 bit if you’ve got a 3dfx card (not that you’ll have a choice). If your card supports it, you can be select 32 bit. This should be selected for best visual quality, although performance will be much lower as a result. Software rendering will actually run faster in 32 bit colour than in 16 bit colour. The opposite is true of hardware rendering though. NOTE - Voodoo 4/5 users can force 32bit colour via the 3dfx Advanced Features menu, although it will not be selectable in the in-game menu when using Glide.

World Texture Detail, Set it to High if you can, although a lower setting is advised if you need the performance, it will give a more blurrier look to the game though. Setting World Texture Detail to High will improve visuals more than setting Skin detail (Advanced options menu) to High.

Object Texture Detail. I’d recommend setting this to High, the difference between High & Medium is fairly small generally though, although you usually get fairly close to objects in the game, so this will improve image quality close up.

Detail Textures. A detail texture is a very small, fine pattern which is faded in as you approach a surface, for example wood grain, or imperfections in stone. Set this to On for improved visual quality, although it may cause a severe performance hit on some graphics cards, particularly with older cards such as the TNT. Newer graphics cards should be able to set this to On without any problems, although this is a setting you may want to try toggling to test the effects it has on your frame rate. Set it to Off for increased performance.

Decals. Decals are the blood splatters or explosion marks that get left on terrain during the game. Set this to Off to improve performance, particularly with older graphics cards. If you have a fairly new graphics card you should be able to set this to On for improved visuals with little performance degradation.


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