STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II

STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ II

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How to Install SWBFSpy (Online Patch)
By Jean
In this guide I will be showing you how to continue playing multiplayer after the shutdown of Gamespy and GameMaster. In order to do this, you will need to use the executable provided by SWBFGamers. Let's get to it!
 
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Introduction
www.SWBFgamers.com has managed to make their own patched executable that works just like GameMaster (GameSpy as well). Supported and co-designed by the former GameMaster host; Kalle. Which already has a lot of servers, competitive and casual. Keep in mind most of the players are European, making the optimum time to play being later in the day if you live in America or Canada.
New SWBFSpy Website
SWBFSpy now has a dedicated website for stuff ranging from promotion to download links which can be found here[info.swbfspy.com]. On this website, they also include a patched executable for SWBF1 as well.
Installation
Download Link: here[info.swbfspy.com]

Installation Instructions: Once downloaded, locate your GameData folder (directories for both Disc and Steam versions are provided below) and rename the downloaded executable to BattlefrontII SWBFSpy, so you can remember which executable to use for all your online purposes. Once that's done, right click on the downloaded executable and click copy. Open up that GameData folder we discussed earlier and right click on any open space and click paste. You should have successfully installed SWBFSpy by SWBFGamers.

Steam Directory: Windows (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Steam > SteamApps > Common > Star Wars Battlefront II > GameData

Disc Directory: Windows (C:) > Program Files (x86) > LucusArts > Star Wars Battlefront II > GameData
Additional Notes
  • For better online experience, go to options > online and enable search all regions to see more servers, and thus, more players
  • Most servers have the password required to join in the server name, so pay attention
  • Don't run any shortcuts for BattlefrontII that you didn't make specifically for the executable you downloaded, as to avoid Steam running the wrong executable
  • If you get an error for something similar to "The program can't start because binkw32.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix the problem." then you need to make a shortcut for the executable you downloaded in this guide and run that instead
  • You can use SWBFSpy in conjunction with GameRanger by keeping your original executable in GameData and having GameRanger use that
  • Only the downloaded executable downloaded in this guide is required, means no other mods are needed
  • You can also install SWBFSpy using a hex editor like HxD[download.cnet.com] by opening your original executable and replacing all instances (ctrl r for the menu) of gamespy.com with swbfspy.com
  • If you wish to donate to the SWBFSpy creators, click here[www.nfoservers.com] and note that donations are kept in the NFO servers account and can not be used for anything other than server hosting and that they do not wish to take money from kids who cannot afford it, so please, donate only if you can
  • A video tutorial can be watched here to install SWBFSpy
Credits/Contributors
- Jean for making this guide, explaining how to install it.
- Kalle (Gameshare creator): for helping set up the Masterserver.
- JediKiller: for his time to work in the new Ubuntu VPS where the masterserver is hosted.
- Led: for the domain and the desire to maintain the community alive.
- Anyder: For the hexedits, and the desire to keep SWBF Alive.
- Sue Krueger: for the video tutorial in the additional notes section.
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390 Comments
Poksalt Aug 14 @ 3:18pm 
Thank you! :)
Jean  [author] Aug 14 @ 3:08pm 
You can.

See this page for more info

http://www.swbfgamers.com/index.php?topic=10840.0
Poksalt Aug 14 @ 2:38pm 
Are dedicated servers locked behind some kind of a paywal or I can host one too as a free user?
Jean  [author] Aug 14 @ 2:23pm 
GameRanger is using both dedicated and non-dedicated servers. You will want to join the servers with the long descriptions for better luck joining a dedicated one.
Poksalt Aug 14 @ 5:58am 
Thanks for help man. One more question: is GameRanger using peer to peer connection or dedicated servers?
Jean  [author] Aug 14 @ 2:28am 
Depends on the time of day.

1. For better online experience, go to options > online and enable search all regions to see more servers, and thus, more players

2. You can use SWBFSpy in conjunction with GameRanger by keeping your original executable in GameData and having GameRanger use that
Poksalt Aug 14 @ 2:21am 
Are the servers full all the time or empty?
Jean  [author] Aug 14 @ 2:01am 
It really depends on what you're looking for... SWBFSpy is going to have less players, but better ones on average by a lot.
Poksalt Aug 14 @ 1:46am 
Does anyone still play this way or gameranger is better?
Destroyer Jul 7 @ 3:36pm 
here a video for any of you having problems https://youtu.be/9WzNfboUElQ