Resident Evil Outbreak ( Insert nifty looking ASCII art here =P ) ========================================== Resident Evil Outbreak: Online FAQ Author: Data Drain Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ver. 1.10 Tuesday, April 6, 2004 ========================================== This FAQ is dedicated to helping out the newbies and not-so-newbies of Resident Evil Outbreak to get online and ready to play with friends and complete strangers. Doesn't sound much fun? Don't worry, I'm not good at embellishing things...it's actually really fun. Hopefully, I'm going to address subjects such as the DNAS errors and basic connection stuff, on top of breaking down the rather confusing interface of the lobbies and such. I am by no means an expert at computers or networking; I just created this in order to familiarize people with the online aspect. ========================== ===1) Table of Contents=== ========================== 1) Table of Contents 2) Updates 3) Getting Started 4) Scenario Mode 5) Free Mode 5a) Lobbies 5b) Game Rooms 6) Database 7) Soft Keyboard 8) DNAS Errors 9) Frequently Asked Questions 10) Q&A Time! 11) Contact Info 12) Legal Junk ========================= =======2) Updates======== ========================= 6 April 2004 - FAQ created. Next update will include step-by-step instructions on how to connect for the first time, as well as more DNAS error problems and solutions, so please don't e-mail me with things like "omg i got dnas error 611 wtf help!!11". Don't worry guys, it'll be up soon. =D 7 April 2004 - Added the Soft Keyboard section, updated the Game Rooms, Lobbies, Thanks to..., Q&A Time, and Free Mode sections, and made a few little tweaks here and there. Still working on the Getting Started section, as well as making other tweaks, so stay tuned! ========================= ===3) Getting Started==== ========================= What you'll need is: 1 Playstation 2 (duh!) 1 Network Adapter 1 Resident Evil Outbreak I'm not going to go into any real detail on how to get your network adapter set up, but check out Brutal E's "Online Gaming" FAQ in the Playstation 2 Hardware section, it's a great help on how to get online with your PS2 in a variety of different methods. From here, I'm assuming that you already have the game and it's all loaded up and such. If not, give yourself a few seconds to go do that. Once that's done, go to the option "Network", in which the creepy "NETWORK" voice will come on, in a very Resident Evil-esque fashion. In the next update, I will post the connection and login process step-by-step for those of you that are having trouble. ========================= ====4) Scenario Mode===== ========================= Scenario Mode is described as the following: "Your fellow players and play scenario will be automatically selected in this mode. You can enjoy online play instantly." So far that I've seen, not many people have been playing Scenario Mode, quite possibly because there's no real sense of "organization" before the game. I hope Scenario Mode gets more popular soon, if anything for wider variety of players. When you start Scenario Mode, you're presented with three options: New Game- Select this option to start a new Scenario Mode game. Load Game- Select a save game data file to continue play from the point where the game was last played. If you played Scenario Mode and then saved after a scenario, you can pick up from that point. I don't think that the offline saves work with this, but if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me. Database- Check information from Capcom and the nationwide rankings. This is where you can see how insane people are with getting a bunch of Scenario Points and clear times are recognized. Check the section below for a more in-depth description on this. I will be on this list some day! =/ From New Game, you'll be prompted to select a character to play as. Once you choose your character, you'll be taken into a "waiting room" of sorts, which is really just your character in J's Bar at a fixed camera angle. As more characters join, they'll also show up in the waiting room. I'm not exactly sure, but I think that you wait in the waiting room for a set number of minutes before the game automatically starts up, whether there are three other people connected with you or not; hell, I was by myself at one point! After you complete a scenario, you'll get the chance to save your game and exit, or continue onto the next scenario. If you save and exit, you'll be able to load where you left off on the Load Game in the Scenario Mode Main Menu. ========================= ======5) Free Mode======= ========================= Free Mode is described as the following: You can choose your favorite fellow players and favorite scenario in this mode. Recruit your fellow players and play the game. The basic lure of Free Mode is that, essentially, you can join online with your friends and be able to play different scenarios (although with Capcom recently splitting the servers, connecting with your friends is a pain in the rear end...hopefully they'll resolve this soon). What you do is make a room, choose the difficulty, scenario, and password (if you want it to be a private game), and then you're ready to go. Once you log into free mode, you'll be entered right into the main lobby. Read below to see where to go from there. ========================= ======5a) Lobbies======== ========================= Ah, the lobbies; what you can use to coordinate creating a game, and then what you're going to do in that game. There are two lobbies; the main lobby in the main menu when you first log into the game in Free Mode, and then the lobby that you talk in whenever you enter a game. Main Lobby: ______________________________________ |UP TOWN(1) (2)|56P| | | | (3)JOE> Hello!(4) | | KEN> Hi! | | | | | | | | | | | |______________ _____________| | ROOM LIST(5) | | DATABASE(6) | | | |______________________________________| (1) The name of the lobby (2) Number of people in the lobby (3) Player speaking (4) Player's message (5) Room List- Displays the Room List Screen (6) Database- Displays the Database Screen To chat in the main lobby, you can do one of two things: either use a USB keyboard, or the "Soft Keyboard" by pressing Triangle. This soft keyboard has you type in everything manually with the controller. Pressing Start on the Main Menu will bring up the subscreen: LIST OF PARTICIPANTS: You'll see a list of people who have spoken in the chat room, not a list of people that are in the lobby at the moment. From here, you can add people to your "buddy list" of sorts by toggling to "On" next to their name below "Switch Account. From what I understand, you can store up to 50 names. SEARCH FOR USER: This allows you to search for users that are in your Friends List or type a name in the top box to locate a member. You can then display your login name list and choose from people you've already added (from this next screen, you can also see how many times you've played with the person) or enter a login name manually. Click on "Search" to do just that. CONTROL HELP- List the controls for the chat. KEYBOARD HELP- List the controls for the keyboard. TO SERVER SELECT SCREEN- Pretty self explanatory. END CONNECTION- See above. BACK- Go back to the previous screen. ========================= ======5b) Game Rooms===== ========================= To find a game room to join, or to host a game room, you first need to click on the Room List in the Main Lobby. From there, there will be 40 areas to choose from, and to the right of the screen, there will be the number of players in that area. Whether that's people scanning the area or in games that are in that area, I'm not sure. If anyone could help me out on this, it would be greatly appreciated. Once you choose an area, you'll probably see this: __________________________________ | | |vacant | Example 1 | | |__________________________________| | | |room name here DVD-ROM 1/4P | Example 2 |OUTBREAK | |__________________________________| | | |room name here HDD 2/3P | Example 3 |=o HELLFIRE | |__________________________________| Example 1: This is what is known as a "vacant" room, and here is where you're free to make your own room. Once you click on the vacant room, you're allowed the following options: ROOM TITLE- This is where you make the name for your room. PASSWORD- If you want to make a password for your room for only friends to join, you can do so here. NO. OF PLAYERS- You can set the number of maximum players to 2, 3, or 4 (including you). WAITING TIME- The amount of time you'll allow people to join before the game automatically starts. You can choose between 5, 10, 15, and 30 minutes. DIFFICULTY- Choose the difficulty of the level, between Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard. SCENARIO- Pick one of the five scenarios to play. CHARACTER- Choose your character, of course! Once you've created the room, hit finish. You can chat until you're ready to start the scenario, in which you can do so by simply going to "Start Scenario" and pressing X. Example 2: If someone has already created a room, the room name will be above the scenario that the game is currently being played in. In example 2, you see that there is "DVD-ROM" in the middle; this is for the users that don't have the HDD (Playstation 2 Hard Drive Adapter; for more info on the reason for this, check the Q&A section). The 1/4P is basically how many players are in the room (1) and the maximum number of players (4). After entering a room, you'll be able to choose your character. Afterwards, you can chat and check the stats of the other users until the room creator decides to start the scenario. You'll see the following options: STANDBY- Wait for the game to start. EXIT- Exit the room. MEMBER DATA- You can see the username of the members already in the room, as well as the character they've chosen. You can toggle the different users with L1 and R1, and then go to the previous/next page with R2 and L2. The pages you can view are: GENERAL DATA- You'll be able to check total play time, total score, character usage, total distance travelled, survival rate, health condition, and game clear average infection rate. SPECIAL DATA- You can check no weapon clears, no damage taken clears, and shortest clear times for all of the scenarios. SCENARIO PLAY DATA- Clear rate for the scenario. The first number is the times they've cleared, and the second is the times they've played the scenario. BATTLE COOPERATION DATA- Recover items used, percentage of total number of hits, saved dying player, saved from dying, item exchange, saved grabbed player. Hit start, and the options you'll get are the same as when you press start in the lobby, with a few new additions: RULES- See the options that are set for the room; these are the options that are chosen when the creator makes the game. PLAYER LIST- List of players in the room. Example 3: Basically the same setup here, except for a few slight changes; the little =o is supposed to be my rendition of a pathetic little key. This key means that the room is locked, and accessible only by a password. The 2/3P is basically an example of how you can adjust the maximum number of players. The (2) is, again, the number of people in the room, and the (3) is the maximum number of people in the room. ========================= ======6) Database======== ========================= The database consists of the top rankings of everyone that has the US version of Outbreak that have played online. These rankings cover each scenario. They are: Scenario Clear Time Scenario Result Point Ranking Free Mode Clear Time Free Mode Result Point Ranking In order to meet or beat these rankings, you have to clear the scenarios in a rather insane amount of time, or collect an insane amount of result points in a scenario. If you do, you'll be one of the elite that make the rankings and will have bragging rights. =D ========================= ====7) Soft Keyboard===== ========================= Ahh, the dreaded soft keyboard. If you don't have a USB keyboard for your PS2, prepare to become accustomed to the clunky method of having to type to type to people one...character... at...a...time. Also, you're only allowed to have 32 characters per line. This section was made hopefully to take the guesswork out of everything, and will clear up a few things. Now, push Triangle to bring up the soft keyboard. The first thing you'll notice is that it has all of the characters of a normal keyboard, except that everything's in alphabetical order. Fairly standard, and it's a lot easier, right? The alphabet is in the center, the numbers at the top, and more towards the left are the symbols and stuff...kinda small, huh? Anyway, you'll also notice that on the very bottom are more options. FP, ABC, SPACE, BS, and <-. FP- These are prechosen commands that will make your life easier, although some of them are abbreviated when you select them. Hiya- Hiya! NiceMeetU- Nice to meet ya! Be Friends- Hope we can be friends! Thank you!- Thank you! Make Room- I'll make a room. Password- What's the Password? Lt'sKckBut- Let's kick some butt! Ready?- I'm starting the game now. Whew! Go...- Whew! Good game! Lt'sDoAgn- Let's do this again sometime. Good nite!- Good Night. See ya!- See ya! ABC- Fairly standard...change the keyboard from uppercase to lowercase and back again. However, you can make your life easier simply by pressing the R2 button to do this. SPACE- The space key, naturally. =D BS- Backspace. Although, you can again make your life easier by just pushing circle. Careful though...if you push circle while nothing's on the text box, you'll exit out of it. <-- The Return key, also known as "enter". You can also do this by pushing Start or Triangle. One more thing to note: if you want to exit the soft keyboard without typing again, you'll need to push Triangle, but first make sure nothing is in the text box; otherwise, whatever is there will send. ========================= =====8) DNAS Errors====== ========================= DNAS Error -611: I first received this one when I was initially trying to setup my network adapter. I would get the connection verified, and then it would go to authenticate my DNAS and then give me this error. Other reports of receiving this error are during the DNAS authentication screen on the game itself; it goes up to 40%, holds, and then gives the error. What I had to do was make sure that all of my settings were input correctly. How do you figure out these settings? Well, go onto your computer, and if you have Windows 98, go to Start -> Run -> type in "winipcfg", and then take your settings from there. If you're using Windows XP, go to Start -> Run -> CMD -> "ip config /all", and then take your settings from there. As far as I know, your DNS address that you enter during the network adapter setup is the same as your IP address. I did that, and it worked just fine. If that still doesn't work, though, then call your local cable provider and ask for their DNS server address. DNAS Error -612, -613 People have apparently received this error due to having a firewall set up behind a router; if this happens, you're most likely connected to a wireless connection. The first thing you should do is to check the SCPH number: it's located on the back of your PS2. If that number is a 3000, then I have bad news for you...you're going to have to give Sony a call to get your system exchanged. The number to call Sony is 1-800-345-7669. DNAS Error 840 From what I've seen, this is usually an error occurring on the server's side, due to clogging and whatnot; most likely the servers are down or are under maintenance; try connecting again later to see what happens. Capcom Administrators have also posted the following solution to this error, and for others in general: "Be sure that ports 1027-65535 (UDP) and 10127 (TCP) are open and all data on these ports are forwarded to the PS2 console if you are behind a router with NAT. To do this, call your internet service provider and router/firewall manufacturer to have them open up these ports. Please refer to page 22 of the instruction manual under firewalls for more information." The actual Capcom troubleshooting thread is here: http://www.capcom.com/BBS/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2794 DNAS Error -402 This error has been received by those of you that have a mod chip. See the Q&A Time section before for more information. [ More errors coming soon! ] ========================= ======9) Q&A Time!======= ========================= Q) Is it free to play online? A) Yes, yes, YES! Aside from any ISP charges you might have to pay, playing Outbreak online is free! Q) How do I pick other scenarios for Free Mode? A) This one gets asked a lot on the boards. In order to pick other scenarios for Free Mode, you'll first have to beat that scenario offline or in Scenario mode online (submitted by SteelGearX). Q) I keep getting DNAS Error (Insert Number Here!) A) This seems to be one of the most frequent problems on the board, and I'm hoping to address each and every one in this FAQ. Q) I have a modchip/cheat device in my PS2, can I still play online with Outbreak? A) Offline, you're fine, but when you're online, the DNAS detects your chip or cheat device and doesn't let you get online. Q) But my modchip is completely legal, and only used to play imports! A) According to David Shope, you can put a mod chip to sleep by holding down the power button until the PS2 logo loads up. Q) There are rooms that I don't have access to because I have/don't have the HDD. What the crap is that? A) The HDD is the Playstation 2 Hard Drive, which, when used in conjunction with Outbreak, speeds up loading times considerably (or so I've heard). I've been told that those with the HDD can only play in rooms with other HDD owners, and that users without the HDD (also known as DVD-ROM users) can't play with HDD users. This is so that HDD users can play with each other without having to worry about waiting for DVD-ROM teammates' lag time, or DVD-ROM users don't have to worry about HDD users leaving them in the dust because of their increased speed. Q) I've seen these stupid movies a million times! Why can't I just skip them? A) It's proper etiquette not to, just in case you have someone that wants to view the movies. If you really, really want to skip the movies when you're the host of the game in Free Mode, make sure that everyone else is okay with it first. Q) Can I still get Scenario Points in Free Mode or Scenario Mode? A) Most definitely. Q) What's the deal with me getting kicked off? And why can't I connect with my friends on the same server? A) These are both because of Capcom having the servers as a work in progress, mainly because they didn't expect such an overwhelming amount of users (judging by such things as the preorders though, I don't see why not...). So if you get kicked off or you can't get on with your friends, it's because of server-side problems. My advice is to just log off and back on. Also, SteelGearX on the board has also made a suggestion for connecting with friends: "Here's a tip for finding friends in scenario mode. First go to the chat room in the uptown server and look for each other there. If you can see each other typing stuff then you're on the same server. Now, decide which characters you'll be. This helps to know who you should be looking for. Go to Scenario Mode, select character and go in. If you all do this at the same time there's a really good chance you'll be placed in the same room. You should know if you see the characters your friends agreed on. If you're trying to get to The Hive (example) and you get Hellfire, quickly hit start, and go back to select server. You should have enough time to exit and try again. I've used this method with my friends in scenario mode and it works. As long as you're on the same server with different characters and all do it at the same time there's a high probability of finding each other." Thanks for the tip! Q) I'm using a router, any suggestions? A) Well, my D-link DI-604 seems to work just fine, but I've also had people report that Linksys routers work the best; I've yet to meet a person who's had any trouble with Linksys products thus far, so if I can recommend any router, Linksys would be it. Q) I have one of those USB network adapters...will that work with Outbreak? A) Nope, and it won't work with other newer games either. You're just gonna have to drop the $40 for the official Sony Network Adapter. Q) Is offline as good as online? A) That's really up to you to decide; I personally enjoy both, but some people absolutely refuse to play offline. Granted offline is a little more difficult because of the slightly crummy AI, but you'll be the most envied person on the block when you can make a room for Decisions, Decisions while everyone else is stuck making rooms for Outbreak. =D ========================= ====10) Thanks to...====== ========================= CJayC, for making this extremely awesome site! My grandmother, for getting me this game as a "sorrow gift" for not getting into the college I wanted to. My friend Matt, for pulling an all-nighter with me in order to get my connection set up, and for also letting me be "the man behind the scenes". "Only fire when you're *absolutely* sure you're going to hit him!" Glenn The Frog, for providing numerous tips on all of the DNAS errors. You r0x0r! SteelGearX, for the tip on how to find friends online! Any others that helped with the FAQ along the way: names will come soon! Capcom, for making a cool, but slightly confusing online experience. Teh DG-Clan, for being the best Outbreak clan liek evar!!1 (www.freewebs.com/tehdgclan) The many, many n00bs that posted enough of the same questions on the board to get me to write this FAQ. Viewers like you! ========================= ====11) Contact Info===== ========================= AOL Instant Messenger: Dareka Kotaete Outbreak: DataDrain E-mail: email@example.com ========================= =====12) Legal Junk====== ========================= Capcom and Resident Evil are registered trademarks of Capcom Co., LTD. Resident Evil is a registered trademark of Capcom Co.LTD. "Playstation", "Playstation 2" and "PS2" are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Any other products mentioned in this FAQ belong to their respectable companies.