I recently had the pleasure of setting up Unreal Tournament 2004 on my Windows 11 system. It took quite a few steps to get everything set up right, so I thought I'd share what I've done here so anyone else can benefit from it.
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Issues with the vanilla install
The main quirks I found when installing on a modern system were a lack of options for the following through in-game options menus:
- modern resolutions such as 2560x1440
- proper widescreen support
- anisotropic filtering
- frame-cap of VSync
- ability to connect to online servers
The following readme should fix up all of those concerns plus address a few additional things such as low FPS cap during online matches.
Note I installed from my original discs. Remember those? I'm not sure what updates or inclusions have been made to the digital distribution versions of the game.
- Install to C:\ut2004.
- Install patch ut2004-winpatch3369.exe (get here: https://unrealarchive.org/patches-updates/unreal-tournament-2004/patches/patch-7-3369/index.html).
- Copy 64-bit client t2004-win64-3369.zip contents into install directory.
- Copy contents of foxWSFix-v126.96.36.199z into install directory (get here: https://github.com/alexstrout/foxWSFix-UT2k4).
- Launch game from 64-bit .exe. run game in DX9 mode.
.ini file configuration
Note, these settings are based on my 2560x1440 165Hz monitor, so YMMV, adjust to suit your config.
There's 2 config file located in install directory "system" we need to work with:
Firstly, in ut2004-win64.ini, make sure of the following entries for resolution:
Multiplayer framerate settings - explained in detail here: https://www.utzone.de/forum/showthread.php?t=4326
VSync and frame rate limit to keep the FPS in check. AF setting also. These entries will work for other renderers as well:
This needs to be added entirely so a firewall error doesn't appear:
To reduce unnecessarily high GPU usage (explanation here: https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Unreal_Tournament_2004):
Secondly, in User.ini, make sure of the following entry for high FPS in multiplayer:
This is so you can just type "H" in multiplayer mode and FPS will shoot to 144:
This is for the widescreen fix mod. Find the following line under [Engine.PlayerController] and [XGame.xPlayer] (if it's not under either heading, add it):
and change to:
This can't be done in-game or through the .ini configuration files. You'll simply need to force this through your graphics drivers.
- To show FPS in game, type "~" to bring up the console, -> then type "stat fps".
- To show network stats, press "F6".
BTW, I installed the game in a VM first and then copied the install directory out to a separate drive on my host machine. If you're doing that, you just need to export the registry entries from [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Unreal Technology\Installed Apps\UT2004] from the client machine and import them to the host and adjust the "Folder" value as necessary.
So after all that, you should end up with a game that looks something like the following: