Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

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Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Granville » Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:13 pm

All credit goes to a PCSX2 forum member named asasega. I hope this is okay to post here, I figured it would be better than it being buried in the regular Rayman 2 thread. The PS2 Rayman 2 Revolution has always fascinated and attracted me. It has some substantial visual upgrades, particularly to the level geometry. The problem is that it unfortunately has a 30fps cap (with framerate drops further below that), unlike the Dreamcast or PC versions which target and mostly keep a fluid 60fps. There is now a sort of workaround to get the PS2 version running at 60fps if you aren't opposed to learning and using emulators and have a powerful enough computer to handle it. Keep in mind that this is for the US version of the game: SLUS_20138.

You need to have some knowledge of how to use the PCSX2 emulator, which you can get here (either the official release or the GIT development versions seem to work)-
http://pcsx2.net/

I won't go through the steps to setting up the emulator or running games on it (you can find all of this online), nor the visual enhancements you can get out of it. What you need beyond that though is to create a new file in the cheats folder (which will be in the same directory as PCSX2). Name that file D2F77DF2.pnach and open it in wordpad (or whatever equivalent program). Copy and paste the following into it (save the file after you're done)-

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gametitle=Rayman 2 - Revolution (SLUS_20138)
comment=60fps

// 60fps
patch=1,EE,2010121C,extended,00000000


With that done, you can start up PCSX2. Make sure "enable cheats" is checked in the System menu, now the game should run at 60fps. The emulator has a lot of nice visual enhancements (resolution, anti aliasing etc).

There is also a widescreen hack inside cheats_ws.zip. Just make a new folder in the PCSX2 directory called cheats_ws and extract the contents of that cheats_ws zip archive into the cheats_ws folder. There is an option in the PCSX2 system menu to enable these widescreen patches. The only problem i've found with the widescreen fix are that certain 2D light coronas can be a little off center to their light sources. Not a big deal though IMO.

I have an Intel Core i5 4670K overclocked to 4.2ghz and Geforce GTX 1060. It runs the game smoothly with no lag, but I imagine you can get by with lesser hardware. Note that the framerate still isn't flawless. It targets 60fps and does maintain it 95% of the time, but there are a few occasions where it will briefly drop back down to 30fps (generally when you transition to a new area). It quickly returns back to 60fps within a couple of seconds though. I may fiddle with the emulator's speedhacks (particularly EE overclock) to see if it smooths anything out further. I have played through about 25% of the game with the hack and it seems to work beautifully so far.

Source for this hack-
http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-60-fps-c ... #pid549454

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby ICUP321 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:19 am

I decided to give this code a shot and it works like a charm!
My PC isn't good enough to run Rayman Revolution at 100% speed consistently all the time, though.

Anyways, here's some gameplay I recorded if anybody is interested:

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby CHRdutch » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:30 pm

ICUP321 wrote:I decided to give this code a shot and it works like a charm!
My PC isn't good enough to run Rayman Revolution at 100% speed consistently all the time, though.

Anyways, here's some gameplay I recorded if anybody is interested:

Why is the game running soooo slooooow? :|
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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby ICUP321 » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:50 pm

CHRdutch wrote:
ICUP321 wrote:I decided to give this code a shot and it works like a charm!
My PC isn't good enough to run Rayman Revolution at 100% speed consistently all the time, though.

Anyways, here's some gameplay I recorded if anybody is interested:

Why is the game running soooo slooooow? :|


If you are talking about my video it's because my PC, or more specifically, my CPU is a piece of shit that can't process a PS2 game. That and PCSX2 eats up your CPU usage.

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Granville » Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:43 am

I''ve beaten most of the game using this hack now, from a New Game. Only the final Prison Ship level and Crows Nest boss left and I doubt I will have any trouble with the rest. I guess my PC has enough power to handle this, the only time I had a frame drop was in one single area in the Sanctuary of Rock and Lava. Patch works great, haven't run into any problems with it at all.

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby dr_st » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:59 pm

Hm.

According to FRAPS, PCSX2 with Rayman Revolution was already running at 60FPS before this hack. However, when I enabled the hack, everything started running really slow. I assume therefore, that PCSX2 was really running the game at 30FPS and upscaling it to 60FPS? And when I enabled the hack, it actually tried to run it at 60FPS, but my PC being much slower than Granville's, couldn't really handle it. Does this sound like a good assessment?

I wonder what tricks can be used to optimize PCSX2. Perhaps disabling various graphical goodies? It will be interesting to see if the game feels nicer running at higher framerate, even with less eye candy.

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Pixelise » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:44 pm

I can confirm that this hack also perfectly works on original PS2 and adding widescreen patch and forcing the game to run at 1080p is awesome!
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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Master » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:04 pm

Wait, how do you do that to an original PS2?
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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby CHRdutch » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Master wrote:Wait, how do you do that to an original PS2?

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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Haruka » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:20 pm

I should give a shot to this once I can but I remember to have tested the most recent version of the emulator a few months ago and significant improvements were done in the game's framerate, without any need for particular tweeks. If only a similar thing could be done in PC version because most of the time it is 30Fps locked and rarely it decides to go on double, but I believe it is the port's fault.

EDIT: I will be frank, I noticed no difference at all with both the cheat mode on or off. Even when I follow up the FPS valours.
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Re: Rayman 2 Revolution 60fps hack (requires PCSX2 and good PC)

Postby Pixelise » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:40 am

Master wrote:Wait, how do you do that to an original PS2?

I'm personally using PS2 Fat with HDD. And patched the game with widescreen and 60FPS with ps2 patch engine.
But you can also burn the disc with game :v
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