2013 Update: This is now an in-game option under Video settings!
Welcome. Legions Lite is a project of mine aiming to squeeze as many frames per second as I can out of legions. This thread is dedicated to the player that wants Legions to run faster on their computer. You'll be taking a big, big hit in the graphics quality department - but the tradeoff can range from a 15 to 60 frames per second boost. Legions Lite is not finished, changes will constantly be made.
Preview Legions Lite
"What is Legions Lite?"Legions Lite focuses around the Legions preference file, this file is basic text that legions reads when it is loading up before a match. It controls many graphical settings that are only found here, sound settings, and some control settings. Legions Lite is a copy of that file, completely edited for you so you can simply overwrite your original with it.
"Hey, I downloaded the file, what do I do with it?"
First of all, as I said in the introduction - this is completely experimental and unfinished. That means you should back up the original prefs.cs file (not to be confused with the prefs.cs.dso file that is right in the same folder). Simply copy your original prefs.cs file and place it on the desktop or somewhere you'll remember it.
Now, onto the Legions Lite file! After you've downloaded it, simply move it to the preferences folder within the directory you installed legion. Finding this folder is a hell of a lot easier in this current build of legions. If you're asked to overwrite prefs.cs with prefs.cs say "yes". This is fine, because you backed up the original somewhere you can remember in case something goes wrong.
"What sort of graphics/effects will I be missing out on?"
Shadows off, Clouds off, Sky off environment textures minimized, Lighting disabled, environment mapping disabled, foliage disabled, resolution lowered past the minimum, fog effect minimized, and view distance minimized (greatly).
"Is there anything else I should know?"
Absolutely, mi amigo. The prefs.cs file I provide for you is missing a few things, namely sound compatibility. Usually your sound card's information is automatically generated in the prefs.cs file when it's created but since you're simply placing my file in your folder, none of your sound card's information will be there. You yourself can enable sound manually with my tutorial below as long as you have your original prefs.cs file laying around.
Enabling soundThe following is a tutorial to manually enable sound. You must have your original prefs.cs file around somewhere.
Earlier in my post, I mentioned the folder that contains the prefs.cs file. Go to that folder and open your prefs.cs file with any standard text editing program.
->If you have already downloaded and installed my prefs.cs, please read on.
->If you still haven't overwritten your original prefs.cs with my prefs.cs, please read on.
Take a look at this screenshot.
Notice the text I highlighted, this is what controls your sound. Find this block of text in the legions lite prefs.cs and delete it. You need to copy this block of text from your original prefs.cs file and paste it into my legions lite prefs.cs. This should enable sound.
Again, please keep a copy of your original prefs.cs file around in case something goes wrong.
"Alright, alright! Just give me the file already!"
TRIED AND TESTED!
This mod is awesome. my game loaded about 10x quicker than normal, and instead of 30fps, i'm getting about 60fps now. I highly reccomend anyone with low end graphics cards to try this out.
If you're using Legions Lite, you've probably noticed the HUD and reticles are pretty big and can get in the way. You'll want to find a custom set of HUD/Reticles that are reduced as much as possible.
If you're interested in manually tweaking the prefs.cs file to your liking (turning only some things off and some things on) then take a look at my basic guide here
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