Unreal Tournament 3 Tweak Guide
[Page 10] Neat Stuff & Conclusion
The guide is coming to a conclusion, but below are some important performance tips, tweaks and advice which should not be skipped.
Skipping Introductory Movies
If you want to remove all the introductory movies which play before you reach the main menu, there are several ways you can do this. The quickest is to right-click on your UT3 launch icon, select Properties, and in the Target box, one space after the last character, add -nomoviestartup. It should look similar to this:
"C:\Program Files\Unreal Tournament 3\Binaries\UT3.exe" -nomoviestartup
This is the easiest method, however it can also prevent single player cinematic cut-scene movies from playing. So there are other ways you can remove the startup movies which won't cause any issues - open your UTEngine.ini file, go to the [FullScreenMovie] section, and put a ; in front of all the lines starting with StartupMovies, so they look like this ;StartupMovies=. Alternatively, you can go to your \Program Files\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\Movies directory and rename the relevant movie files, but this is not recommended.
As of the 1.2 Patch (See page 4), UT3 now supports automatic login via two new command line switches you can add to the Target line of your UT3 launch icon:
Since UT3 already has an 'Automatically Login' option which you can tick on the main login screen, that is the best way to automatically login. However the above command line method can be useful if launching UT3 from third party utilities for example.
Measuring FPS, Taking Screenshots & Videos, & Benchmarking
To measure your FPS in UT3, open the in-game command console (default is the TAB or ~ key) and type Stat FPS, and a framerate display will appear at the top right of the screen. If you wish to take screenshots at any time, you can press the F9 key which is bound to the screenshot commadn by default, or you can open the console and type shot. In either case, a screenshot will be saved in .BMP format under your \My Games\Unreal Tournament 3\UTGame\ScreenShots directory. If you want to take nicer screenshots, you hide the HUD temporarily by using the Showhud console command, or alternatively use the Togglescreenshotmode console command to remove all on-screen text, the HUD and your own weapon. Finally, you can use FRAPS to record in-game movies in .AVI format, such as this one, and FRAPS also provides an FPS counter and screenshot facility as well if you need it.
If you also want a utility which automates the benchmarking of UT3, you can use the HOCBench UT3 Benchmark tool.
Basic Gameplay Tips
One of the biggest impediments to newer people enjoying the Unreal Tournament series is the fact that they die very quickly and can't seem to master the gameplay. I am by no means an expert player of UT, but having played for many years, I can provide the following basic tips for beginners - at least until I can find a good UT3 Gameplay/Strategy Guide to link to here. Keep these tips in mind when practicing in offline mode against bots, steadily increasing the bot difficulty as you become more capable:
Again, these are just the very basics, and as always the key to success is practice, so use offline mode to learn the maps, use bots to challenge and hone your strategies, but ultimately only a lot of playing against actual online human opponents can sharpen you up, and don't get discouraged if you keep dying.
That brings the guide to a conclusion for now, and I hope it improves your UT3 experience. As always, if you find errors or important omissions in the guide, make sure to Email Me with the details so I can keep the guide as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Remember though that unfortunately I can't provide any tech/tweaking support, and I also don't provide permission for the guide to be reproduced or translated elsewhere for several reasons.
Until next time, take care!