This installation guide is written for Windows 7. For Windows XP and Windows 8 the process should be sufficiently similar, but I can't offer any insight for Mac OSX or the various Linux operating systems. If you know how to install Ballistic Weapons on either system, send me a copy of the instructions and I'll add them to this guide.
Installing Ballistic Weapons: WinRAR or 7z
Installing Ballistic Weapons is a very simple procedure, as Epic Games had the foresight to create Unreal Tournament with the intention of being extremely mod-friendly.
- In order to install Ballistic Weapons, you will first need to download the base pack (Ballistic Weapons: v2.5 Complete). While you're at it, grab the latest version of Azarael's Unofficial v2.5 Patch. This is not required for installation, but if you encounter any problems while playing it will save you a return trip to the website.
- Now that you've done that, get Sergeant Kelly's Weapon Packs (WD1) (WD2+3) for the latest community-created weapons, and Fische11's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Weapons Pack (not essential, but a great add-on).
- Move all the zip archives to an easy-to-reach spot (such as a folder on your desktop) and extract them. (For a tutorial on how to extract files and where to find WinRAR or 7z, consult the last section of this guide.)
Note: If you have not yet run Unreal Tournament for the first time, do so now. Otherwise, the required folders may not be there, and the first-time setup will become confused by the "improper" Ballistic Weapons files.
- Now that you've done that, open your Unreal Tournament 2004 folder. This is located under C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common for 64-bit computers, and C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common for 32-bit. If you cannot find any Steam files under C:\, then you may have installed Steam on an auxiliary hard drive. If so, just replace C:\ with the correct drive.
Find the following folders in both the extracted modpacks and the game's files:
- Copy all the extracted folders into your Unreal Tournament 2004 folder. When Windows asks you if you want to Merge the folders, select "Yes to All". If you encounter a conflict with the BWCache.ini file, select the largest version. If they are both the same size, it doesn't matter.
- Close all the folders and run the game. It will start up as normal, but that doesn't mean you're in the clear just yet. In order to check to see if the installation was successful, go to Settings, then click Weapon Database. Due to the sheer amount of new weaponry that Ballistic Weapons adds, it will take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on your system, to load all the information. Once it's loaded, click on a few of the new weapons (the GRSXX pistol and XMV-850 minigun are always at the top of the list for me when I install). If a 3D model appears in the preview window and is properly textured, then you should be good to go.
- Now select Instant Action from the main menu, look for a Ballistic Weapons game type and go to Game Rules. Look for the option labeled "Configure Ballistic settings" and open the menu. From here, you can change all visual aspects of the mod, alter the loadout lists to include or exclude certain weapons and tweak how heavily things like weapon shifting and accuracy factor in to your game.
Note: Low-end systems will not be able to handle "Permanent Impact Marks," "Permanent Blood" or "Permanent Brass." These will cause extreme lag as your processor attempts to keep track of the positions of all the new decals as the match progresses.
Installing Ballistic Weapons: UMODNote
: This format is not recommended due to the large number of errors that can crop up, and the current release of Ballistic Weapons is not available for download in UMOD.
The latest version of Ballistic Weapons supported in UMOD is Ballistic Weapons v2.10
To install it, follow the steps outlined in Sybren's Using UMOD Files
Playing with Ballistic Weapons in non-BW game types
Ballistic Weapons has in-house support for the following game types:
- Team Deathmatch
- Bombing Run
- Ballistic Conflict (a custom game type developed specifically for Ballistic Weapons)
In order to allow the use of Ballistic Weapons content and features in game types such as Assault
and Vehicle Capture-the-Flag
, RuneStorm and the Ballistic Weapons team have included Ballistic mutators that can be activated in the same way as vanilla mutators (for example, Big Heads mode or Species Statistics). To find them, simply select the game type you wish to play and go to Mutators
. You will not be able to customize your experience as fully as with the Ballistic Weapons game types, but any configurations to visual settings (such as blood and brass lifetimes) will carry over.
Uninstalling Ballistic Weapons
To uninstall Ballistic Weapons v2.5 and the Weapon Drop packs, run the Uninstall_BWv25Complete.bat
, Delete BWBPV6+BWBPV7+BWBPV9.bat
and Delete BWBPV10.bat
files, which are located in the folders you extracted while installing. Deleting the other files (such as from Fische11's S.T.A.L.K.E.R. pack) are a bit trickier--you will need to find the original files in the extracted folders, copy or memorize their names, and hunt them down in your Unreal Tournament 2004
folder. Tedious, but easy.
In the event that you accidentally delete an important system folder from the base game or otherwise break it while removing Ballistic Weapons, open your Steam games library, right-click on Unreal Tournament 2004, and select "Verify Integrity of Game Cache." Steam will scan the game's files and redownload anything that's missing.