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Xpand Rally

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Racing
Developer: Techland

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Xpand Rally' - Multiplayer Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Aug. 26, 2004 @ 12:24 p.m. PDT

Get the Xpand Rally Multiplayer demo off WP (147mb)

Please notice that this is a work-in-progress demo, and does not represent the
quality and content of the final product.

CONTENTS

I MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
II RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
III INSTALLATION
IV DEFAULT KEY SETTINGS
V XPAND RALLY MP DEMO SAFE MODE
VI MULTIPLAYER INFORMATION
VII GAME PERFORMANCE
VIII FAQ
IX KNOWN COMPATIBILITY ISSUES
X ODE LICENSE


I MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
P III/AMD Athlon processor with 1.3 GHz
256 MB RAM
Video card with 64 MB, compatible with DX 8.0 (GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 9200)
Sound card DX 8.0 compatible
300 MB of free space on hard drive
DirectX 9.0c
56k Modem (for Internet multiplayer mode)


II RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
P IV/AMD Athlon processor with 2.0 GHz
512 MB RAM
Video card with 128 MB, compatible with DX 9.0 (GeForce 5700 or ATI Radeon
9600)
Sound card DX 9.0 compatible
300 MB of free space on hard drive
DirectX 9.0c
ISDN Internet connection (for Internet multiplayer mode)
Please notice that these are requirements for single player game - requirements
for multiplayer game are slightly higher.

This Demo was not tested with onboard graphics/sound cards, including laptops.

III INSTALLATION

To install Xpand Rally MP Demo:
1. Double mouse-click "Xpand Rally MP Demo" executable.
2. Choose destination folder and click "ok" button.


IV DEFAULT KEY SETTINGS

Accelerate – up
Brake – down
Turn left – left arrow
Turn right – right arrow
Gear up – A
Gear down – Z
Hand brake – space
Camera – F1
Road lights – L
Horn - H
Respawn - R
Say - S

You may also check wheel/pad default options in controllers menu (choose
options, then controllers) to configure your driving wheel/pad (change dead
zone, saturation, axis and buttons).


V XPAND RALLY MP DEMO SAFE MODE

The safe mode should be used when the game won't run on your machine - it
alters the default settings to lower settings, this will then allow you to boot
up the game and tweak the options for your machine. To run Xpand Rally in safe
mode choose "Xpand Rally MP Demo Safe Mode" shortcut from Start bar (it's
located in Xpand Rally MP Demo group).


VI MULTIPLAYER INFORMATION

Q: I can't join internet games and people can't join my internet servers?
A: Please check if after clicking on update and refresh button below servers
list you will be able to join one of the existing Xpand Rally MP Demo servers.
A: You will need to check that your firewall (if you're running one - please
remember that Windows XP has built-in firewall) is setup to allow Xpand Rally
through it, the ports that need to be opened for this are ports from 28000 to
28050, although this can be set in the server settings section of the game.
A: If you are using two network interfaces (i.e. one for LAN card and modem for
Internet connection) you have to disable the one that is not responsible for
Internet connection in order to connect to Master Server and join Internet
games.
A: Please remember that both the server and client must be of the same game
version in order to connect (represented by green icon before server name).

Q: My Multiplayer Server is too slow when hosting a MP game?
A: General rule of thumb for hosting faster multiplayer games is that the
better the computer you are hosting it on, the better the game will run.
Another alternative for running faster multiplayer games is to use the
Dedicated Server function within the game. This allows you to host a game for
others to play, but you will not be able to play on this machine, only host the
game. As well as this another thing that will restrict the speed of the
multiplayer game is the bandwidth of the line you are playing the game on, the
faster the bandwidth the faster the game will be.

Q: Can I sort internet servers?
A: Yes - choose 'server filter option' to sort game servers, or click on server
name, IP, latency to sort by these fields.

Q: How can I run Xpand Rally dedicated server?
A: Best way to create Xpand Rally dedicated server is to run the game, choose
multiplayer game then setup all options (if server has to be LAN or Internet,
maps/cars available on server, etc.) and then exit game and run the game with
" Run Xpand Rally MP Demo dedicated server" icon from start menu (server will
start with latest options).


VII GAME PERFORMACE

If the framerate of your game seems to be low, try lowering some of the video
or audio settings to rectify the problem.
Please check if turning off tapes physics will help to improve framerate on
your machine. Make sure you have the latest video/audio/motherboard drivers
installed on your computer.
Please also check if using ghosts cars instead of collisions mode will help to
improve the framerate. Make sure that you have closed all unnecessary programs
running in background before running the game. If you are using onboard sound
card please check if lowering sound quality will help to improve the
framerate.


VIII FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why doesn't the game start?
A: Make sure there is DirectX 9.0c or newer installed on your computer. If not,
download it from www.microsoft.com
A: Check the BIOS settings if the AGP Fast Write Control is set to Disabled and
the Graphics Aperture Size is set to Minimum 64MB.

Q: Why is an error message displayed while executing the game?
A: Make sure you have the latest video/audio/motherboard drivers installed on
your computer.
They are usually available for download from the vendor's website.
Check these sites for Video card drivers:

www.ati.com for ATI drivers (we recommend Catalyst 4.7 or higher)
www.nvidia.com for nVidia drivers (we recommend ForceWare 61.76 or higher)

Q. I can't hear some environment sounds and engine sounds.
A: If you are using 4.1 or better speaker system please check if it is set
properly in your sound card properties. You may also try changing speaker
system to 2/2.1 and then check out if you will hear all sounds.


IX KNOWN COMPATIBILITY ISSUES

In all cases check that you have installed the latest drivers from your
hardware manufacturer's website.
Please note that video cards that do not support T&L in hardware do not fully
meet the games minimum spec and will therefore suffer performance issues.

-GeForce 4 MX 440
On some PC's with this video card you may experience problems with slowdown, if
this is the case try lowering the detail levels in the options to improve
things.

If you have noticed that there is no fog in the game please check if
installation of different video card drivers will help to solve this problem.


X ODE LICENSE

This product makes use of Open Dynamics Engine system

This is the BSD-style license for the Open Dynamics Engine
----------------------------------------------------------

Open Dynamics Engine
Copyright (c) 2001-2004, Russell L. Smith.
All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
are met:

Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice,
this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.

Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice,
this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation
and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

Neither the names of ODE's copyright owner nor the names of its
contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from
this software without specific prior written permission.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
" AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT
OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR
PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING
NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS
SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


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