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Giants: Citizen Kabuto tweak guide

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.

Giants 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.

Troubleshooting

Patch 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.

Install DirectX 8.0A, or later, on your system if not already installed. This is a requirement to correctly use the latest (Or future) patches anyway.

Drivers, 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 encountered.

If you experience static noise or irregular audio playback, try the following (assuming that installing the latest drivers donít fix the problems):

1.       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.

2.       Open the Multimedia (Sounds & Multimedia) icon.

3.       Select the Audio tab & then hit the Advanced Properties (Advanced) button.

4.       Select the Performance tab.

  1. Move 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.

Overclocking, 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.

Settings

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 configuration settings.

Command line

Giants 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.

To enter a switch, simply insert them in as shown in the example above. The following general settings available are as follows;

-amd3dnow. 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 processors).

-intelsse. 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).

-nocpuext. 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).

-safemode. 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.

 



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