Thanks for the FAQ, voodoo47!
Here's a few more suggestions:
1. Restore the original shortcut icon
. Right-click on the desktop icon -> Properties -> Change Icon -> Browse to "sshock.exe" in the game folder. Looks so much better now.
2. Lower the mouse sensitivity
. Go to "controls.cfg" in the game folder -> Open/edit with Notepad -> Find and change these:
" set mlook_hsens 100 "
" set mlook_vsens 10 "
3. Make sure your video card config has hardware scaling
turned on and maintains aspect ratio
4. Improve the scaling quality
. Go to "sshock.ini" in the game folder. Find and change these:
" Filter=Best " // this gives a slightly better interpolation with full-screen blurring.
" Stretch=Exact " // supplements video card interpolation reducing visual artifacts (but with black borders).
5. Improve performance
. If you have an older CPU or low frame rate, go to "sshock.ini" in the game folder. Find and change these:
" VideoMode=3 " // sets the game resolution to the engine-native 640x480. Instant fps boost.
" Vsync=Off " // turns off vertical sync. This is for those suffering from the lack of triple buffering.
6. If your system doesn't see VirtualMidiSynth
as an audio device, definitely use BASSMidi
v3.1. Newer versions of BASSMidi will probably crash during config on non-SSE2 processors (AMD Athlon XP etc.)
7. Adjust the volume
to hear audio logs properly. Go to "sshock.ini" in the game folder -> Find and edit these:
" MusicVolume=60 "
" SoundVolume=75 "
" AudiologVolume=90 "
Use any other values you like.