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By Danhanado and 2 collaborators
A patcher and mod-pack for Sonic Adventure DX.
BetterSADX is an easy to install / automated patch that transforms the Steam port of Sonic Adventure DX into an enhanced version of the original 2004 port with many more features that have been added by members of the community over the last several years.
Occasionally the SADX Mod Manager has updates. If you wish to manually update it, read this.
New in 4.1.2
This update updates a lot of the Dreamcast mods, including new character models and changes to the lighting engine. It should also help those who were experiencing startup crashes after updating their mods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY3gmD08VRA
A new feature added in 4.0 is the inclusion of the incredible Dreamcast Conversion mod by PkR, TheArcadeStriker, and SonicFreak94. This project aims to return the PC version of Sonic Adventure DX to it's appearance on the original Sega Dreamcast. This includes the restoration of the palette lighting engine, as well as ports of the Dreamcast land tables, level models, and textures.
Use any custom resolution. With “Windowed Fullscreen” and “Stretch Fullscreen” (enabled by default), you can specify resolutions larger than your native which will downsample.
Improved Graphics and Fixes
Texture filtering, Mipmapping and an extensive range of layout and bug fixes, created by the community.
BetterSADX includes and relies on the latest version of SADX Mod Manager, which provides a clean entry point and effective way to manage mods for the game! All of BetterSADX is fully modular, meaning, you can configure and tweak it here to your heart's content. Some of these mods now support automatic updates.
Full Controller Support
Includes the latest version of the Input Mod (By SonicFreak94). This provides improved support with use of the right stick and trigger buttons. It also includes Smooth Cam to give you a smoother first person camera.
Super Sonic in Action Stages
Once you’ve completed the 7 main story modes, you can play as Super Sonic who is faster, invincible and can run along most water. He loses 1 ring per second and will lose the power once his ring count hits 0.
Make sure you've completed the Super Sonic story at least once.
Play as Sonic.
Collect 50 rings.
Jump and press the B button to transform into Super Sonic (or to transform back).
Please Note: Some stages and items/set-pieces (which force you to spindash) will auto-transform Sonic back to his normal form to stop the game from crashing. If you are unable to transform for this reason, Sonic will say "Huh?".
In the past, this feature was restricted to Super Sonic Adventure mode, however, it is now usable on any save file that has the Super Sonic story completed. It's possible this will change in the future, however.
Additional Twinkle Circuits
There are 5 additional courses that were used on the Dreamcast through their online service and were previously inaccessible on PC without hacking. You can now access them via the Trial Mode's Subgame menu with one new course for each character.
To unlock the Subgame:
Sonic, Amy, and Big have access to it after they beat Twinkle Park.
Tails, Knuckles, and Gamma can access it after finding a pass in the grass obtainable after beating their respective stories.
The original Twinkle Circuit can still be played in the Adventure field for all characters.
Playable Game Gear titles
The Game Gear games from previous SADX releases are back.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Sonic Triple Trouple
Sonic Drift 2
You can unlock them by collecting emblems and beating missions in Mission mode. It is recommended you run the game in 640 x 480 if you plan on playing these.
You can enjoy all the features just from running the game via Steam and choosing Play or Configure, and in addition, this also supports Steam Achievements.
When you launch the game from Steam, you can still choose “Play” or “Configure” to change settings. Other than the resolution, we recommend you leave the settings as their defaults.
Configure opens the SADX Mod Manager, where you can manage and tweak what we've provided to you in any way you'd like. We've included the mods in the optimal order by default as well, but for future reference, mods have a priority system. The lower on the list the mod is, the higher the priority for that mod is, meaning if multiple mods replace the same thing, only the lowest one on the list will show it's changes.
Set your resolution
To set your resolution:
Start the game from Steam and choose the Configure option.
Click the “Options” tab.
Next to “Use Custom Resolution” you can specify your own or click the “Native Resolution” button to use what your Desktop is currently set to.
Click “Save” and close the window or click “Save and Play”.
VSync & Anti-Aliasing
To enable these features, you will need to configure them via your graphics driver control panel.
As of 3.4, there is an experimental V-Sync toggle for when the game is ran in True Fullscreen as opposed to Windowed Fullscreen. It is recommended that if you are running Windows 7, 8, or 10, you have the Aero mode enabled, as Windowed Fullscreen actually relies on Aero for vertical syncing.
Converting your Steam saves
This is now done automatically during the install. If a "savedata" folder already exists in your game folder from a prior install of BetterSADX, then no saves will be copied (to prevent overwriting and save loss)
We love speedrunners! <3
To show this we have provided a easy method, legal method to access to a speedrun-legal copy of the game.
This is now accessed when installing BetterSADX- via the Minimal / Speedruns install option. Choosing this will perform only a basic install consisting of the SADX Mod Manager and the following mods.
Camera Code Error Fix
Additional Speedrun Related Notes.
If your game runs at above 60fps (~63), you may enable Frame Limiter by SF94, which is included when you install in Minimum/Speedruns mode for more precise frame-capping- which will hopefully remove that discrepency in timed speedruns. Only use this if you need it!
BetterSADX 3.5 is the first version made to be Speedrun oriented, no versions below 3.5 should be permitted for use by speedrunners.
As of BetterSADX 3.6, speedrunners do not need to do anything to mitigate the voice lags that cause difficulty in one-cycling the Egg Hornet with Sonic. The change that corrected this issue was the shift from voices using WMA to ADX, this change also mitigates all other voice lags throughout the whole game. Special thanks to SonicFreak94 and MainMemory for this new feature!
As of BetterSADX 4.0, the patcher now has a Minimal Install mode, made specifically for making the game suitable for speedrunning with no additional configuration necessary.
Input-Mod is technically also allowed, but we reverted back to XInput-Fix for 4.1 because of a possible bug. If updating from 4.0 it will stay installed, but new installs come with only Xinput-Fix.
Thanks for Reading!
CheatFreak - Twinkle DLC Circuits, XInput button prompts, Video Encoding, Planning & Design Carlmundo - Mod Conversion, Patcher, Planning & Design Danhanado - Original Guide and Logo SonicFreak94 - Mod Manager and Loader, SADX Fixed Edition, Input-Mod, Pause Hide, Smooth Camera, Super Sonic Mod, HUD Scaling, Camera Code Error Fix, Idle Chatter, SADX-DC-Lighting MainMemory - Mod Manager and Loader, Modding Tools, Achievements, Save Tool, Egg Carrier Ocean Music, Misc Help PkR - Dreamcast Edition Mods, Egg Carrier Garden Water Fix, Mystic Ruins Final Egg Fix TheArcadeStriker - Dreamcast Edition Mods Jeff - SA_Branding which was re-implemented as DC_Branding_Lesser Dark Sonic - Work on HD Dreamcast UI Mod ZorakaroZ - Making a mod out of the Dreamcast Camera files RonnChyran - App Launcher based on BOIL (past work) Spoonm - App Launcher Clone[github.com] Yoyoyoshio - xBRZ Textures (past work), Feedback and Testing Endri - Super Sonic in Action Stages (Past Work) VeritasDL - Camera Code Error Fix Shanekilz - Help with figuring out Speedrun Stuff IndyTheGreat - Water texture fixes OldClassicGamer - Inspiration Sonic Retro - Resource for SADX Modding
This patch is designed to only work for the Steam version and will not install unless you have a legal purchased copy installed. Sega owns the rights to Sonic and all related content. Our mission is to provide easy access to the efforts of those in the Sonic community in a way that is still profitable for SEGA.
Join the official BetterSADX group and receive update notifications and discuss the patch in depth with us there! Please do not post in the comments if you have an issue, as we now have a discussion board to make tracking issues much easier!