Generals graphics tip and how to increase zoom out distance

Not quite main page news but worthwhile for those of you who have a high-end machine and want to get a little more out of Generals. Especially the ability to zoom out further! I'll ganked this from the Gone Gold forums:

This is really only going to help those of you who have a computer that is more than powerful enough to run the game at maxed settings, but there's also some other useful information I've compiled from my postings at other message boards and from other users.

First of all, Generals has a frame rate cap of 30 that can be easily taken off.

The thing to do is to use a ini file called GameData.ini.
this file is inside the INI.Big file.
use this program to open the ini.big file http://www.genedit2k.com/downloads/u...
get the program XUCR.

Right click on and save the GameData.ini file (scroll down and look around) and save it to "yourgamedir/Data/INI"
you will have to make the INI directory yourself.

After that go into the gamedata.ini file (with wordpad) and change the:
UseFPSLimit = Yes
to:
UseFPSLimit = No
and save again
Also change the limit number from 30 to 75 (75 seems to be the max you can get in this game)

Thats how you change the cap, here's a few tips (mainly for Radeon users) that should help:

First of all, keep anti-aliasing OFF. I went down from an average of 60+ fps to half that with AA 4X on, and during large battles the frame rate occasionally dropped below 20fps. This is in skirmish mode, by the way.

Antisotropic Filtering doesn't hinder the performance all that much, you'll only notice the difference if your playing with the frame rate cap off cause I went from an average of 60+ fps to around 45+ fps. It doesn't seem to matter what level of AF you have on, there was no performance drop moving from 8x to 16x.

In addition to turning the frame rate cap off following Fuku's instructions, I think you have to change the actual limit number from 30 to whatever you want. I noticed in the game's menu the frame rate wasnt going above 32 and once I changed it from 30 to 85 (85 is my RR), I could achieve a higher frame rate. Actually, I think the game doesn't go above 75 no matter what.

Turning off 3D shadows did help performance a tiny bit overall, having it off pushed my average up around 5+ fps, but I'd rather just keep all the options on simply for the principle of it. My rig should be able to run everything maxed!

Thats all I have. The game runs extremely smoothly for me in all situations and especially during skirmish mode where I get an average of 60+ fps.

You can also change the maximum camera height, which is nice.

MaxCameraHeight = 610.0

310 is the default.

The zoom out thing works, I haven't really noticed a difference when removing the frame rate cap.

Cheers for the post Certis, the only niggle I''ve had is now sorted!!

I should warn you (just found out myself) that changing those files prevents you from joining any online games since it will fail the file system check. You just need to delete the INI folder you created when you want to play online.

""First of all, Generals has a frame rate cap of 30 that can be easily taken off. ""

Uhh... Why in hell would they cap the frame rate? And at 30? Why not 60 at least?

Anyway. My tips for increasing performance in most games:

1. Get a faster machine
2. Wait 2 years, then get a faster machine.

They work great for me. 8)

"Mex" wrote:

""First of all, Generals has a frame rate cap of 30 that can be easily taken off. ""

Uhh... Why in hell would they cap the frame rate? And at 30? Why not 60 at least?

Anyway. My tips for increasing performance in most games:

1. Get a faster machine
2. Wait 2 years, then get a faster machine.

They work great for me. 8)

I would assume they put a cap on the framerate so they could better control what the game looks like, but I''m just guessing. Plus, it allows them the test the game on a greater range of equipment, and likely lets them lower the minimum requirements some. If the game is trying to run at 60fps all the time, older machines won''t be able to handle it. More computers able to run the game means more sales.