DOOM 3 1.3.1302 Patch review

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It took longer than any of us had wanted, but Doom III 1.3 is there

License: Freeware
File size: 16796K
Developer: id Software
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It took longer than any of us had wanted, but Doom III 1.3 is there. Below is the list of fixes and updates in the patch. Please refer to the documentation after installation for complete changes information since version 1.0

The Linux version adds support for Doom III: Resurrection of Evil.

Fixes and Updates in 1.3:

PunkBuster(TM) support has been added.
EAX(R) ADVANCED HD(TM) support in the sound engine contributed by Creative Labs(R). Doom 3 base game comes with room reverb data.
To utilize EAX(R) ADVANCED HD(TM) in Doom 3, you must have 100% EAX 4.0 compatible sound card. Please refer to your sound card manufacturer for details on whether or not your sound card supports EAX 4.0.
Sound Blaster(R) Audigy(R) 2 users who wish to utilize the new EAX 4.0 feature in Doom 3 should download the latest Creative Beta Drivers for the card released on April 5th, 2005. Not using these drivers may result in game instability while using EAX 4.0.
Server provides .pk4 file download URLs (http/ftp), client has internal download.
New class of .pk4 files: 'addon paks' are only referenced when the map is loaded in.
.pk4 downloads and addon paks come with a number of fixes to the 'pure server mode' filesystem code.
Fixed ragdoll bounciness.
Fixed how Doom 3 detects LAN client vs. Internet clients.
LZW compression of render demos.
Fixed command line parameter passing.
Added a QuakeIII-style graph of the connection quality for network clients controlled with net_clientLagOMeter cvar displays a graph of how much the client predicts ahead of the server note that you can change the minimum predict ahead of a client by setting net_clientPrediction

Changes relevant to mod developers (SDK):

Added UploadImage to idRenderSystem interface. This lets the user blit images to the renderer.
Supports fs_game_base; this lets you base a mod off base game + d3xp + your own content.
Most of the download redirection is handled in the game code, and can be extended.

Linux specific:

ALSA device opened non-blocking to avoid hangs.

Notes for mod users:

It is recommended that any user modifications that have been installed to the Doom3 directory be removed before installing this update. These modifications are not supported by Activision and may not be compatible with some of the new features that are included.

Science has unlocked the gates to the unknown, and now only one man stands between Hell and Earth. A sci-fi horror masterpiece, DOOM 3 is like nothing you have experienced.

Dramatic storyline, pulse-pounding action, incredible graphics, and revolutionary technology combine to draw you into the most frightening and gripping first person gaming experience ever created.

Minimum System Requierments:

3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required - 100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card and the lateset drivers*.
English verision of Microsoft Windows 2000/XP
Pentium IV 1.5 GHz or Athlon XP 1500+ processoror higher
8x Speed CD-ROM drive (1200KB/sec sustained transfer rate) and latest drivers
2.2GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 400MB for Windows swap file)
100% DirectX 9.0b compatible 16-bit sound card and the latest drivers
100% Windows compatible mouse, keyboard, and latest drivers
DirectX 9.0b (included)

Multiplayer Requierments:

Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported.
Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers
LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers

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