HOWTO: Fix Tie-Fighter and X-Wing Special Editions

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With the definite excitement of the imminent release of Star Wars: Squadrons, it’s a good time to jump into Good Old Games or Steam to pick up the X-Wing and Tie-Fighter series of games!

However…

Your excitement starts to cool as you’re trying to enjoy some classic games from the 90’s on your 2020+ gaming rig. The mission music doesn’t seem to work…maybe there’s a weird “double mouse” cursor, the graphics feel a little outdated, and maybe things just generally feel a little “slow”.

Fear not Pilot! This HOWTO is for you!

Go from 30 FPS to 60 FPS

First things first - let’s fix the frame rate.

It may not be noticeable at the beginning, but the framerate is capped at 30 frames a second. There’s a community patch available to adjust that to more modern computers capable of 60 fps.

Fix the 3D Acceleration

You might notice in the released version of Tie-Fighter, an option for 3D Hardware Acceleration. However, if you try to enable it, chances are your game will crash when you try to enter a mission (at least it kept crashing for me).

There’s a 3D acceleration patch available, which can be applied to ALL of the games in the series; X-Wing, Tie-Fighter and X-Wing vs. Tie-Fighter.

xwa_ddraw_d3d11

  • In the Releases section, download the zip file
  • Extract the zip to your downloads folder
  • Copy the ddraw.cfg and ddraw.dll to your game’s folders
  • For Steam that’s in c:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\STAR WARS Tie Fighter\remastered or c:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\STAR WARS X-Wing\remastered

Fix the MIDI music

For some reason, the in-game music is broken by default on both the X-Wing and Tie-Fighter games. Binaries built for an older time I guess.

A community fix is available here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjj50h7v1cin6vz/X-Wing_TieMusicFix.zip?dl=0

Inside will be 2 folders: TieMusicFix and X-WingMusicFix.

  • Extract the contents of TieMusicFix to your installation folder of Tie-Fighter
  • Extract the contents of X-WingMusicFix to your installation folder of X-Wing

Join the Rebel Alliance, and/or fly for the Empire!

Both games are significant entries into the space simulation genre, perhaps being one of the best series that the genre has ever produced.

The Totally Games team learned all the right lessons from the X-Wing game, and applied them to TIE-Fighter.

Now get to your fighters, and May the Force Be With You

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