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Stohgee™ Aug 6, 2013 @ 6:00pm
3.24 Unofficial Patch / Vanilla Quake 2 / Widescreens / Music
Although most people suggest using source ports for certain things, I tend to like the way Vanilla Quake 2 looks instead, but yet I still wanted widescreen support and music without the CD.

Well this is something for those people who want it!
I do not care nor will bother with comments with things like "yeah well sourceport x is way better" or "why not take advantage of sourceport y's features such as custom menus n' blah?"

All this little Self extracting Archive will do is extract the necessary things to enable these features in a very minimal way to keep things as Vanilla as possible:

  • Update Quake 2 to Knightmare's Unofficial v3.24 Quake 2 (<=- THIS IS NOT KMQUAKE2)
  • Set Default Resolution to 1280x720 (720p)
  • Allow other Widescreen modes
  • Setup no-CD music

This will also regardless if you have them or not, install everything needed for the mission packs for Quake 2 as well.

Here is the link for this tool:

Just set the install path to the Quake 2 folder in your Steamapps/common folder. It should be set to install INSIDE Quake 2 folder, it will not make its own Quake 2 folder!

I would like to thank Knightmare and the community that still keep Quake 2 at least a little bit active, for we wouldn't have the soundtracks or these nice tweaks that help us enjoy Quake 2 today. :spycon:

*Update: This post has been made into a guide for easier finding, under the same name as the post title.

And please, to avoid me getting flamed for a possible mistake you may have made using this, PLEASE back up your config's for your controls n' such if you REALLY care about them that much, some people are really picky about their controls and don't really want to re-do their controls over.

If your Quake 2 or mission pack launches but does not show up on screen but you can see the taskbar button and hear the music, force close it, go to the specific game (whether it be baseq2, xatrix or rouge folders) and delete the config.cfg file. Then relaunch the game, it should work.

Last edited by Stohgee™; Dec 26, 2013 @ 10:55pm
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Tal Dale Dec 23, 2013 @ 3:07am 
Very nice.
Bloodshot Dec 25, 2013 @ 11:28pm 
Exactly what I was searching for. Ty.

(Haven't tested it yet, still setting up Q1, but ty ty ty)
Soot Leopard Dec 28, 2013 @ 11:24am 
This looks quite good, going to try it out in a couple minutes once Steam is done downloading.
Mutant1988 Dec 31, 2013 @ 1:57am 
Just what I needed. Thank you so much.

I HATED the way the Ultimate Patch made the game look.
Goser Apr 22, 2014 @ 5:39am 
Do i need anything more than {LINK REMOVED}
Wanna play Q2 and both addons.
Last edited by Goser; Apr 22, 2014 @ 5:40am
Stohgee™ Apr 22, 2014 @ 7:38am 
nope, just make sure if you wanna play both addons, you install those along with quake 2 first, then run the patch
Goser Apr 22, 2014 @ 10:16am 
thx q2 finished now. Again one of the best games (mutliplayer) of all times.
binaryrooster May 8, 2014 @ 5:03am 
Brilliant work! I now have fullscreen Quake 2 and the mission packs work once more. Many thanks.
Strangerhand May 14, 2014 @ 6:29pm 
Great, I guess. But for widescreen only. Is there anyway to make this work @ 1792 x 1344 in fullscreen?
Stohgee™ May 31, 2014 @ 7:09pm 
You can set custom resolutions through the game's config file located in the resources folders
such as baseq2, rogue and xatrix folders. Before you do, launch the game, go into Video settings and tick the resolution to custom by tapping left on your keyboard. Then navigate to wherever Quake 2 is installed, then go into the baseq2 folder (if playing regular Quake 2), then open the config file. Look for two commands described as:

set r_customwidth "1280"
set r_customheight "720"

Change these numbers to your desired resolution, and hope this helps.
Apologies for the delay. :trainbowbarf:

@WinstonSmith6079 so obviously your numbers would be set up as

set r_customwidth "1792"
set r_customwidth "1344"
Bobbi Kritical Oct 7, 2014 @ 4:49am 
do i have to have the addons installed for this patchto work with the add ons? or can i install the patch and then install the add ons at a later date?

also, does this patch increase the brightness? as i noitice the game is alot brighter after applying the patch

btw, you are amazing for this! been wanting to play the original quake 2 without any updated or changed textures and stuff. thanks alot!
Last edited by Bobbi Kritical; Oct 7, 2014 @ 5:14am
Psalterion Dec 20, 2014 @ 10:51am 
Thanks, man!
StupsiWupsi Jan 2, 2016 @ 12:12pm 
YES it works, thank you!!!
Jacques Krige Jan 5, 2016 @ 5:22am 
You could also try UQE Quake 2.

I developed it a while back because I wanted something that kept the game as close as possible to the original game itself with the minimum BS needed to update it and get it going.

The were loads of under-the-hood fixes, but if I should pick a few favourites I'd say:

- OGG music playback
- Widescreen Support
- Scaled 2D art (menus etc)
- Proper CIN playback (the original rescaled cinematics in OpenGL to 256x256)

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