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'Hidden & Dangerous 2' - MP Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2004 @ 6:07 p.m. PST

Take 2 UK has now also released a multiplayer demo for Illusion Softworks' third person tactical shooter Hidden & Dangerous 2. You lead a small squad of Allied soldiers deep behind enemy lines, to carry out secret missions during World War II. The demo features an Occupation map called Normandy3 as well as an Objectives map titled Czech, which are compativle with the retail version of the game (thanks 3DGamers). Read more for download links ...

Get the H&D 2 MP Demo off Worthplaying (195mb)

Get the H&D 2 StandAlone Server off Worthplaying (220mb)

Run the above executable file to install the Hidden & Dangerous 2 Multiplayer Demo.

Players who own the full retail version will be able to join games created on a demo server, but demo users will not be able to join retail game servers.

Contents

Select: Start MenuProgramsIllusion Softworks Hidden & Dangerous 2 MP DemoRun Hidden & Dangerous 2 MP Demo to run the demo

The demo contains two modes of play over 2 maps.

  • Occupation: Normandy3
    • Fight in teams to capture control of the bridge. Vehicles are used on this Map.
  • Objectives: Czech3
    • One member of the Axis team will be designated the VIP, the Allies must kill him at all costs as well as completing the secondary objective of photographing German documents. The Axis team must defend the house and protect the VIP.

All other multiplayer options that are in the retail version are available in the demo in order to customise the game.

2. GENERAL GAME PERFORMANCE

If you are experiencing any lack of performance when running the game, it is recommended that the level of detail be lowered in the in-game options as described in the manual.

To also help improve performance these options can be enabled in the H&D2 Setup options:

Enable Hardware Transform and Lighting.
Enable Compressed Texture Quality.
Disable the Truecolour Texture Quality/Size.
Disable Fullscene Antialiasing (FSAA)
Disable Software Mixing Only (recommended for Creative brand sound cards).

To run the Setup program select the option from the Windows Start Menu located in 'ProgramsIllusion SoftworksHidden & Dangerous 2 MP demoSetup'. As
default, when an option is pressed and highlighted it is Enabled.


3. SOUND PERFORMANCE

If you are experiencing problems with the sound in the game, please ensure that you have the latest drivers for the make and model of your sound card and that
the drivers are DirectX 8.1 (or higher) certified. H&D2 may not support some makes and models of sound card.

If you experience any stuttering or distortion when sounds or music is playing ensure that these have been selected in the H&D2 Setup options:

Disable EAX
Enable Software mixing.

To run the Setup program select the option from the Windows Start Menu located in 'ProgramsIllusion SoftworksHidden & Dangerous 2 MP demoSetup'. As
default, when an option is pressed and highlighted it is Enabled.


4. GRAPHICS AND DISPLAY PERFORMANCE

If you are experiencing problems with the graphics in the game, please ensure that you have the latest drivers for the make and model of your graphics card
and that the drivers are DirectX 8.1 (or higher) certified. H&D2 may not support some makes and models of video card.

Below are options that can be selected from the H&D2 Setup option to help address any problems that you may be experiencing. These are recommended if
your video card has a small amount of video RAM.

To run the Setup program select the option from the Windows Start Menu located in 'ProgramsIllusion SoftworksHidden & Dangerous 2 MP demoSetup'. As
default, when an option is pressed and highlighted it is Enabled.

The Texture Quality/Size option selected in the setup is related to the amount
of video memory and resources your PC may have. If for any reason you
experience problems with the graphics in the game ensure that you:

Disable Fullscene Antialiasing (FSAA).
Disable the Truecolour Texture Quality.
Enable Compressed Texture Quality.

Other options:

Reduce the resolution that the game is running in.
Run the game in Full Screen mode, not in a Window.
Disable Triple Buffering when running in Full Screen Mode.

Notes:

On older graphics card the 16 bit colours can force the card to use 16-bit depth buffer instead of 24 bit. This can result in seeing graphical artefacts.

When 16 bit colours are selected and the compression is turned off, the game will create files within the MAPS directory that will amount to around 400MB
using the full 2.4GB of required hard drive space.

ATI video card users:

You may experience slow down when rendering on ATI Radeon 7200, 7500, 8500 video cards.

This is probably caused by using the Catalyst drivers version 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7. Whilst ATI resolve this, it is recommended that the version 3.4 drivers be used.


5. MULTIPLAYER (Advanced Users)

Hidden & Dangerous 2 can be run from the DOS command line and as a dedicated server, examples of command line execution are (Note, do not included the
symbols when entering commands):

hd2.exe c

Activates the H&D 2 command console window.


hd2.exe cmd exec runserver.txt

Activates the H&D 2 command console and executes commands from the file runserver.txt (or any text file containing H&D 2 commands).


hd2.exe -cmd -sessionname testgame -style deathmatch -mapname normandy3 -dedicated 1 server

Activates the application and executes the typed commands from the DOS command line, like the example below.

NOTE: The syntax the game uses is "hd2.exe -cmd [-command parameter] [-command parameter].

NOTE: After running hd2.exe c to open the dedicated multiplayer console, use the listmaps command to display the name of the multiplayer maps in the form that must be typed when entering commands or creating a file containing a list of commands (see section 7 below).


6. VOTING

Voting can be initiated by the server or by clients; the following commands can
be voted on.

pointlimit
roundlimit
roundcount
warmup
respawntime
allowrespawn
friendlyfire
autoteambalance
3rdpersonview
inversedamage
spawnprotection
fallingdmg
restart
kickplayer

Voting consists of vote + command + parameters, for example: vote respawntime 10

After this has been typed respawntime 10 voting initialised will be displayed on all machines and players have 15 seconds to type voteyes if they agree. If
more than half of the players vote YES the changes will be made on the server.

Only one voting session can take place at any one time, so until the 15 seconds have elapsed for voting on respawntime 10 and new vote cannot be started.


7. DEDICATED SERVERS exec COMMAND

The exec command can be used for executing batches of commands to make starting
dedicated servers quicker from the DOS command line.

Assume that you have created two text files:

Name: server-occupation.txt

With the content:

sessionname testserver
style occupation
mapname normandy3
mapname africa2
domain internet
dedicated 1
server

and

Name: server-objectives.txt

With the content:

sessionname testserver
style objectives
mapname africa3
mapname normandy1
domain internet
dedicated 1
server

NOTE: When entering the list of commands there has to be an empty line below last command. In this case that means pressing enter after typing server.

There are then two ways to create the server using either file.

1. Open the multiplayer dedicated multiplayer console window by typing hd2.exe c in the DOS command line.
2. Then type exec server-objectives.txt" or "exec server-occupation.txt to start the preferred game server.

Alternatively execute the batch file without opening the dedicated multiplayer console window by typing "hd2.exe cmd -exec server-objectives.txt" on command.


8. THE CMD COMMAND

When used, for example hd2.exe -cmd -sessionname testgame -style occupation mapname normandy3 -dedicated 1 server

-cmd will not create the dedicated multiplayer console leaving the option to enter further commands via the syntax "hd2.exe -cmd [-command parameter]
[-command parameter].

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