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HAIL FoKERS!!! (or PoKERS xD) There is one advantage to running a mod with a game engine that's about 4 years old, your average PC these days can thrash the graphics. This hopefully straight forward article will help you to maximise the visuals of the game and give you a few tools for sexy screenshots. Here we go... Making sexy times :D Tutorial Originally written by Patman42 at FoK Forum for Dark Crusade, but it works for Soulstorm as well

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HAIL FoKERS!!! (or PoKERS xD)


There is one advantage to running a mod with a game engine that's about 4 years old, your average PC these days can thrash the graphics. This hopefully straight forward article will help you to maximise the visuals of the game and give you a few tools for sexy screenshots. Here we go...

Making sexy times :D

What you must do at this point is start the game and set all of your video settings to max (Except screen rez, which you should keep native to your monitor). Apply changes and exit the game, now we get our digital hands dirty.

First go into the base directory for Soulstorm...

It ought look like this in your file path (Just in case you didn't know, this is the same folder you place the FoK mod in):

C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn of War - Soulstorm

In here you will find a file called:

Local.ini

Right click it for the drop down menu and select: Open
Note: If this does not work select: open with... and choose Notepad

You will see a list of game settings, now you are going to mess with them.

screenantialias=0

Change the 0 (zero) for a 1

screenantialias=1

Then in alphabetical order place this line in there as well, it is not there at all by default so don't wig if you can't find it:

fullres_teamcolour=1

It goes between:

force_watch_movies=1
fullres_teamcolour=1
fx_detail_level=2

Now go to file and save these changes (You will be prompted to save if you simply close the notepad too)

Now for more trickyness

You need a Soulstorm shortcut, if you have one then make a copy.

Right click your new shortcut, select properties from the drop down menu.

You are going to modify the line in Target:

It should look like this:

"C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe"

Place this line behind it:

-forcehighpoly

So it looks like this:

"C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn of War - Soulstorm\Soulstorm.exe" -forcehighpoly

Select Apply at the bottom and close

Now run Dawn of War Soulstorm using the new shortcut and be amazed ^.^

Removing UI etc... aka: Clean screenshots

Copy this:

screenmode = 0

function SS_ToggleModifierEvents (state)
t_ModifierList = { "builder_idle_event", "negative_cover_event_modifier", "cover_event_modifier", "morale_break_event" }
local j = World_GetPlayerCount()
for i = 1, j do
local player = World_GetPlayerAt (i-1)
for x = 1, table.getn (t_ModifierList) do
Modifier_Player_FX_Enable (player, t_ModifierList[x], state)
end
end
end

function toggle_screenmode ()
if (screenmode == 0) then
screenmode = 1
taskbar_hide ()
message_hide ()
if (ingame_stats_toggle ~= nil) then
ingame_stats_mouseover_toggle (false)
ingame_stats_toggle (false)
ingame_select_ui_toggle (false)
SS_ToggleModifierEvents (false)
end
else
screenmode = 0
taskbar_show ()
message_show ()
if (ingame_stats_toggle ~= nil) then
ingame_stats_mouseover_toggle (true)
ingame_stats_toggle (true)
ingame_select_ui_toggle (true)
SS_ToggleModifierEvents (true)
end
end
end

bind("shift+tab", "toggle_screenmode()")

Paste it into a new notepad doc, Make sure to save it as:
autoexec

File type:

.lua

Like the Local.ini place your autoexec.lua in the base directory.

C:\Program Files\THQ\Dawn of War - Soulstorm

Now, when in game hold shift and press Tab

Drool time

Enjoy! Now lets see some screens FoKers!!!

Usi

Screen Example 1

Screen Example 2

Screen Example 3


Disabling Specularity


Our texture artists' work with specularity really adds a nice touch to the visual aspect of the game...however, there may be some who want to turn it off (because of performance concerns, for example).

To do this, all you need to do is open your SS directory, go to the "profiles" folder and open "playercfg.lua" with notepad. In this file locate the line

}
Graphics =
{
ShinyObjects = true,
}

Change the "true" to "false," and save the file.

Original Tutorial

Comments
Jerkakame
Jerkakame - - 819 comments

lol fokers, sounds dirty.

Nice tutorial, since I got my new computer that can play everthing on highest, I have wondered if there was a way to improve the graphics even more.

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Xan_Krieger
Xan_Krieger - - 232 comments

I was indeed amazed, I know the changes are minor from my usual high viewpoint but up close the violence is very pretty. Thanks for posting this.

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript - - 3,116 comments

Hahaha! Thank you FoKer/PoKer! =D

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steven2212
steven2212 - - 82 comments

hi there !! this works for DOW so so good,but can i do it the same w Company of heroes TOV ? i want to improve the graphics like DOW.i would appreciate a lot :)

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jeding
jeding - - 1 comments

Thanks!

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Conker_The_King
Conker_The_King - - 59 comments

Removing the Ui is not working. Every time i press shift+tab, it does nothing.

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DerekUGA
DerekUGA - - 1 comments

Make sure you didn't leave shift+tab as your Steam community launcher or whatever it normally does when Steam is running. Two years late, but better than never I guess.

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Lupa999
Lupa999 - - 9 comments

I dont see the Target line in properties

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TheStrix
TheStrix - - 6 comments

i don't have local.ini in instalation folder

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