on August 16, 2001 by Thomas
Giants: Citizen Kabuto is
a revolutionary new style of action game by Planetmoon
Studios, combining RTS elements like base building & resource management
in a simple & easy to understand way that has never been seen before.
also pushes the limits hardware wise, with vast viewing distances, huge enemies,
32bit textures & support for Hardware T&L. This guide will show you how
to get the best out of Giants, be it improved graphics quality, audio quality,
performance or whatever.
it; get the latest patch for Giants, currently that is the 1.4 available here.
You can also download a Red blood patch from here
for those of you who purchased the version of Giants that contained Green blood
rather than the original, uncensored Red blood.
8.0A, or later, on your system if not already installed. This is a
requirement to correctly use the latest (Or future) patches anyway.
it is essential to get the latest
drivers for you video card & sound card. You can find links to many hardware
manufacturers on our Drivers
page. This can solve (some) display or audio problems you may have
If you experience
static noise or irregular audio playback, try the following (assuming that
installing the latest drivers donít fix the problems):
Click on Start, Settings, then Control Panel. If you
have Windows 2000 or Millennium Edition installed note the icon names as shown
in brackets below.
Open the Multimedia (Sounds & Multimedia) icon.
Select the Audio tab & then hit the Advanced Properties
Select the Performance tab.
the Hardware acceleration slider to the 2nd notch from the left (Basic
Acceleration). Move the Sample rate conversion quality slider to
the middle notch (Improved sample rate converter).
If you are having
problems running the game (Performance or otherwise) on Windows 2000 then try
checking our Windows
2000 Compatibility & Gaming Performance guide.
Giants can be sensitive to overclocking, if your system is overclocked & you
have problems running Giants, e.g. lockups during the game, try restoring the
system or graphics card to its default speed, or applying more cooling.
Although not a
tweak as such, your settings for Giants are stored in the registry. If you wish
to backup your current configuration click on Start, Run, type in regedit
& hit Enter. Open the following registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PlanetMoon\Giants\IDs\Username].
Simply Export the registry key of
your corresponding Username(s) to backup your configuration settings. This can
then be re-imported should you ever feel it necessary to restore your
contains many command line switches that can be used for
troubleshooting/performance purposes. Where appropriate these switches are
listed in their appropriate section. To add command line switches take the
following steps. Right
click on your
Giants shortcut & select Properties. In the Target field is
where these extra settings will be added.
enter a switch, simply insert them in as shown in the example above. The
following general settings available are as follows;
This setting enables support for 3DNow optimisations on AMD processors.
CPU specific optimizations are generally auto-enabled whenever a
supported processor is detected, although this setting will force 3DNow to be
used. This should only be necessary if you wish to skip auto-detection or want
to ensure that your 3DNow is being utilized (May be useful for future
This setting enables support for SSE optimisations on Intel processors
(Pentium 3 or greater & some AMD processors). CPU specific
optimizations are generally auto-enabled whenever a supported processor
is detected, although this setting will force SSE to be used. This should only
be necessary if you wish to skip auto-detection or want to ensure that your SSE
is being utilized (May be useful for future processors).
This setting disables any CPU special instructions. This may allow the
game to run correctly on certain processors (Particularly future processors
which may have compatibility issues).
This shortcut should already exist in your Start menu, if you deleted it for
some reason adding this setting will run Giants in Safe mode. This is useful for
troubleshooting purposes only.