SC2 Netplay via Dolphin Emulator

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  1. songohanx

    songohanx [09] Warrior

    EDIT BY ADMIN: Please use this discord in order to be up to date with the latest version of the dolphin emulator. You will also be able to find matches with greater ease than before. 8wayrun currently has a system to prevent edits on old posts, so you should only expect further updates there. Thank you for understanding.

    https://discordapp.com/invite/013XFnzRS2piTs354




    Here's a quick guide to getting yourself started with playing SC2 online (Gamecube version) with the Dolphin emulator.

    Things you'll need:

    Winrar or 7zip

    Dolphin 5.0-321
    https://dolphin-emu.org/download/dev/be9416c462b1b5f0074d8a3a2b35171f2a154693/

    Note: This emulator is updated several times daily, so to make things easier we'll use the same version as smashladder.com

    SC2 Gamecube iso. (Google is your friend)

    Setup:
    Extract the Dolphin .7z file into a folder of your choosing, along with the Soulcalibur_ii.zip

    Open Dolphin and click on Config

    On the first tab, make sure you enable cheats. This is so we can unlock all the characters later.
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    On the Gamecube tab, disable both memory cards, as this can cause a desync.
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    On the Paths tab, locate the folder in which you extracted the Soul Calibur 2 ISO to and add it. Mine is just there as an example.

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    Now click OK and let's go to graphics options. Set your fullscreen resolution to your monitor's native resolution/desktop resolution, and your aspect ratio to Force 16:9. SC2 has the option in game to change aspect ratios, so we might as well take advantage of that. Fullscreen is preferred for performance issues, so check the box for that. Show FPS is optional, but helpful if you're trying to tweak graphics settings.

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    If you have a lower end CPU/GPU, you can leave the enhancement settings alone, but if you have a more powerful machine you can crank up the internal resolution to make the game look very pretty. Ideally you want to be able to maintain a constant 60FPS, so adjust as necessary.

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    Now to configure your controller or keyboard. Remove all other controllers/wiimotes except for GameCube Port 1 and config the buttons to your liking. (Remember to re-add Controller 2 if you want to play Offline vs.)

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    Almost done! To ensure you have the correct ISO of the game, we want to right click on Soul Calibur 2 in the list of games and select Properties.

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    Under the info tab, you'll see MD5 and a blank space. Hit the compute button next to it, and it should match this one: 0c8ec93f3f4f4e00d5a46443225c169c

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    Now we just need to fully unlock the game. Please note, if both players have not correctly done this step, the game WILL desync almost immediately. Go to the AR Codes tab, and click add. Choose a name for the code and paste 00402160 00011303 in the code box.

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    And that's it for the initial setup. Keep in mind that these settings will persist even when we update Dolphin versions, so thankfully you only have to do this once. At this point you probably want to go ahead and launch the game to ensure your controller/graphics settings are correct and that all of the characters are unlocked.

    How to Netplay:

    Go to Tools, Start netplay on the main Dolphin window. Make sure you select "Traversal" in the top left corner and enter a nickname. The hosting player just needs to select Soul Calibur 2 from the game list and click host. Once there, you can copy your host code to the clipboard and paste it to your opponent. They will then enter it on the Connect tab and click Connect.

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    Buffer settings have changed as of Dolphin 5.0!
    Previously, you would set 1 buffer increment equal to roughly 16ms of ping, but now it is 8ms to allow for greater fine tuning. (i.e. 80ms ping = 10 buffer)

    We have a facebook group dedicated to SC2 netplay here Log into Facebook | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/469031933275315) where you can find matches and receive any troubleshooting help you might need.

    I've tried to be as thorough as possible with this guide, so hopefully it will be enough to get everyone started!
     
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  2. lolo

    lolo [10] Knight

    Awesome, I have the emulator and the game, I might try this one day
     
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  3. TwoSwords

    TwoSwords [09] Warrior

    @songohanx What controllers are compatible with this emulator? I will start playing this if I have an controller I can use.
     
  4. songohanx

    songohanx [09] Warrior

    Any controller that your PC recognizes should work.

    XB360/XB1 pads.
    Madcatz/Qanba/Hori (360/PS3/PS4) sticks.
    PS2 pads/sticks with a USB adapter

    PS3/PS4 pads will require special drivers.
     
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  5. fukou_da_man

    fukou_da_man [11] Champion

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    The PS3/PS4 pads are very easy to use on PC. Just download either DS3 or DS4 respectively and make sure you have 360 drivers installed.
     
  6. Norik

    Norik [14] Master

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    I remember we tried doing this once in a massive PM and it was a mess. Then again, it was SC1 on MAME that we were trying to run IIRC.

    How's the lag in this? It can't be worse than SCII HD Online Kappa
     
  7. songohanx

    songohanx [09] Warrior

    People within 3-5 hours of you will more than likely feel pretty close to offline. I've had EC to WC matches that were quite playable, and better than anything I ever experienced on SC2HDO.
     
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  8. TwoSwords

    TwoSwords [09] Warrior

    @songohanx Thanks for the help bud, I'm downloading the ISO right now !
     
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  9. man

    man [01] Neophyte

    Thanks for the guide, now I can introduce a friend to trying the series out for the first time.
     
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  10. songohanx

    songohanx [09] Warrior

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    songohanx [09] Warrior

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    Is there any move to upgrade to Dolphin 5.0? Its supposed to greatly improve emulation.
     
  12. MONEYMUFFINS

    MONEYMUFFINS [13] Hero

    FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW, WE USE A CHAT PROGRAM (discordapp) FOR LIVE MATCHMAKING. MANY PEOPLE FROM THE 8WR COMMUNITY ARE ON IT. THIS IS HOW WE ARRANGE MATCHES WITH OTHER PLAYERS ONLINE, ESPECIALLY FOR PLAYING ON DOLPHIN.

    1. CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT. https://discordapp.com/register

    2. AFTER YOU ARE REGISTERED, ACCEPT THE INVITATION TO THE SOULCALIBUR GROUP. https://discordapp.com/invite/013XFnzRS2piTs354

    3. AT THE TOP-LEFT YOU WILL SEE #activematchmaking. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN ARRANGE FOR MATCHES ON DOLPHIN.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2017
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    cool ty for link
     
  13. SilentWall

    SilentWall [10] Knight

    PSN:
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    I'm joining this.
     
  14. SilentWall

    SilentWall [10] Knight

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    Wow.... I tried. It plays like offline. Impressive.
    Dolphin's SC2 netplay >>>>> SC2HD.
     
  15. SilentWall

    SilentWall [10] Knight

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    Just a reminder for someone with this same issue, my emulator can not run at the first run.
    However, it run after I updated my video card driver.

    My opinion on SC2HD:
    I hate SC2HD because it gave me a bad experience through the crubby game mode and annoying netplay. I think that make people missed totally what the true SC2's spirit is and how deep the game is. Also, SC2HD has more bugs than the original SC2. I do not recommend to play on SC2HD.
    Anyway, I love those sexy movesets on every characters in SC2. =)
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  16. SilentWall

    SilentWall [10] Knight

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    Just I found out some good functions in SC2 Dolphin. It is "TAS Input" and "Frame Advance". Just set a hot key for "Frame Advance". You can test any moves, combo and mystery strategy frame by frame with several controllers port together. That compliments the weakness of SC2 practice mode. That can help new players to test combo and faster to pick up the core of the game.
    I'm so happy about SC2 finally has a good training mode in Dolphin.
     
  17. limejuice

    limejuice [10] Knight

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    I tried this yesterday and was surprised how well it played.
     
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