Artificial Academy 2: Technical Help

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Artificial Academy 2 [edit]

  • FAQ & Technical Help

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If you have problems installing or running the game you will almost certainly find an answer or solution below.

FAQ

Running the Game

  • Q: I keep getting 0% on all interactions. Please help!?
    A: You must run the game (AA2Play.exe/AA2Play English.exe) with Japanese locale and Formats set to Japanese. Better yet, set your locale to your native locale and use AppLocale (or HF pApploc)). NOTE: You can't use AppLocale or HF pAppLoc on Windows 10. You can use NTLEA, but the subtitle mod will not work. The best alternative seems to be Locale Emulator, read more.
  • Q: My game freezes (or they just stand there and I can't do anything) on all/some conversations. Help!?
    A: You must run the game (AA2Play.exe/AA2Play English.exe) with Japanese locale and Formats set to Japanese. Better yet, set your locale to your native locale and use AppLocale (or HF pApploc)). NOTE: You can't use AppLocale or HF pAppLoc on Windows 10. You can use NTLEA, but the subtitle mod will not work. The best alternative seems to be Locale Emulator, read more.
  • Q: How do I zoom in, mouse wheel is getting me nothing?
    A: Right click and move the mouse.
  • Q: The Maker/game stops working (or just quit silently) when I click Play/Game Start/Run with Subs?
    A: This is known to happen (rare) and can be caused by your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer) running in the background. Try closing any open applications (browser etc.) and then try again. If that doesn't help, try restarting Windows and then run the game as the first/only thing after logging on.
GeForce error
  • Q: I get this error about Direct3DCreate9x in d3d9.dll when I run the game? (see GeForce error on the right)
    A: This is caused by the latest GeForce Experience update 2.1.2. You can either ignore the errors (just click OK to them all) and the game will work just fine and wait for NVIDIA to release an update that fixes it, or you can uninstall GeForce Experience and install the previous version.
Insert disk 1
  • Q: When I run the game I get an error? (see Insert disk 1 on the right)
    A: Make sure that you mounted DISK1.mdf (i.e. ジンコウガクエン2.mdf renamed to DISK1.mdf) or use a nodvd launcher.
Text issue - caused by not using Japanese locale properly
  • Q: The text is not displayed correctly (I see only ??? or 'u' and 'v' characters like on the Text issue picture on the right) and I already set my system locale to Japanese?
    A1: Use AppLocale instead (or HF pApploc), but make sure your "Region and Language" settings are in your native language; AppLocale will not work properly if it already thinks you're running in Japanese.
    A2: You need to set Formats and non-unicode programs (under Administrative) under "Region and Language" to Japanese (setting only non-unicode to Japanese is not enough with this game).
  • Q: I have a trait/personality/etc in my game that doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere?
    A: The translation of personalities, traits, sexual prefs, items etc. are subject to change until after the game has been launched. To ensure that you have the latest official translations go here.
  • Q: My game just randomly crashes and I've tried reinstalling so many times, my system locale is japanese.
    A1: Use AppLocale instead (or HF pApploc), but make sure your "Region and Language" settings are in your native language; AppLocale will not work properly if it already thinks you're running in Japanese.
    A2: You need to set Formats and non-unicode programs (under Administrative) under "Region and Language" to Japanese (setting only non-unicode to Japanese is not enough with this game).
    A3: It might be because you load hacked characters or that use mods that you don't have installed. Easiest way to make sure is to load all characters you want to play with in AA2Edit one by one, review the hair/traits/sex prefs etc. and then save the character as a new file (System tab). Then you can start the game and safely load the characters you just saved.
  • Q: When I click the "save" button in my room nothing happens, neither the "Game Saved!" message appears. Help?
    A: Create a "class" folder in the <AA2Play>\data\save folder. This error is probably because you downloaded one of the "pre-installed" games available and you didn't read/follow the readme.
Bad installation
  • Q: Does anyone know what this error means (see Bad installation picture on the right)? It keeps showing up every time I talk to someone or they talk to me in game. All I have to do is click it to make it go away but its very annoying! Anyone know what it says?
    A: You installed the maker and game in the same folder (instead of following the Quick step-by-step guide below). Playing full screen may suppress the error, but otherwise install the game like suggested below to fix it.
  • Q: When I run the game I see only a black screen? btw, I run the game in full screen and I installed the Windowed Fullscreen 2.0 mod.
    A: The Windowed Fullscreen mod is intended for running the game windowed in your desktop resolution (set the game resolution to match your desktop in Options on the AA2Play launcher). The purpose of the mod is that the game will seem to be in fullscreen, but you will be able to Alt-Tab etc. without it crashing/just showing a black screen. If you wish to run the game in full screen you should just delete the mod, i.e. delete <your AA2Play folder>\d3d9.dll.
  • Q: I have no voice audio and I tried everything?
    A: If you have 5/7.1 make sure that the middle jack is connected, because that's where the voices are.
  • Q: I'm getting an error: "Could not find the resource DLL file: alres409.dll"
    A1: Your computer is probably already in Japanese Locale Regional Settings. You do not need to use the HFAppLoc's Run with Japanese locale. Run the program directly or Run as administrator depending on the exe file you are attempting to open.
    A2: Uninstall AppLocale and HF pAppLoc from the control panel, restart and then install HF pApploc.
  • Q: I'm getting an error: "The program can't start because d3dx9_43.dll is missing from your computer."
    A1: If you get this error it means you have to install DirectX 9.0c. Even if you already have a newer version you may still have to download this if you did not install it when you installed the game.
  • Q: When I click Run with Subs the game crashes, but it runs fine if I just click Play. Is there any way I can get the game to work with subtitles?
    A: Turn off any graphics card control application you may have running (like EVGA Precision, Asus GPU Tweak etc.). Anything that has an overlay that gives you temp, proc usage and other data may interfere with the subtitle mod. Read more.
  • Q: Anyone know what happened to the Windowed Fullscreen mod?
    A: It's included in the subtitle mod. Run the AA2Play launcher, click Config Subs and then check Windowed Fullscreen.
Maker personality translation issue
  • Q: I have an issue with the Maker personality translation not working (see Maker personality translation issue on the right) and I set my locale to Japanese.
    A1: Use AppLocale instead (or HF pApploc), but make sure your "Region and Language" settings are in your native language; AppLocale will not work properly if it already thinks you're running in Japanese.
    A2: You need to set Formats and non-unicode programs (under Administrative) under "Region and Language" to Japanese (setting only non-unicode to Japanese is not enough with this game).
    A3: If none of the above solutions work for you you can try this mod (apply it with Illusion Wizzard). Note that you will also need to fix your karaoke folder names, which can be done with this. Warning: The consequences of using the mod are not completely known and you should only use it if the two first solutions didn't work!

Graphical Issues

  • Q: The girl has a discolored texture in the uncensored region?
    A: Some uncensors (like the MKII uncensor included in the HF Patch) requires a special launcher, so make sure that you use the launcher that is designed for the uncensor you have installed. If you installed the HF Patch you should use the desktop shortcuts.
  • Q: The girl has an issue with the legs not looking right?
    A1: This can be caused by an issue with the latest English launcher - make sure that you use the latest launcher or HF Patch. If you installed the HF Patch you should use the desktop shortcuts.
    A2: If you installed the HEXA Clothing Packs, note that the Cosplay Club only fits thin or normal figure types and the High-Cut Swimsuit only fits thin or normal figure types.
  • Q: Something is not looking right?
    A1: It may be a known issue/limitation with the mod(s) you have installed. Read the release post and/or readme file that came with the mod(s)!
    A2: Make sure that you're using the latest version of the mod(s) or HF Patch (if you previously used it). All mods are made by people in their free time and they may have issues which could be fixed in a later version.

Performance

  • Q: The game lags when in conversation/H scene, but my AMD graphics should be more than enough for this game?
    A: Some people have reported subpar performance using AMD graphics. It may be related to the driver version, so make sure you're up to date. Alternatively you could try older driver versions. Please edit if you find a particular version runs better!
  • Q: The game lags when in conversation/H scene?
    A: This may because you have an average cpu and the character(s) on screen has very long hair, big dresses, accessories, large breasts and/or other physics enabled things. Try designing characters with short hair, no accessories and dress them in swimsuits and see if it helps.
  • Q: The game lags when in conversation/H scene, but my AMD graphics should be more than enough for this game?
    A: If you installed the Subtitles mod (or the Windowed Fullscreen 2.0 mod) it can because of that and you could try to remove the mod, i.e. delete <your AA2Play folder>\d3d9.dll.
  • Q: I experience freezing and/or several seconds loading each time a conversation starts. Sometimes the mouse cursor is even spinning indicating not responding application, please help!?
    A1: If you have installed the hires skins you should uninstall them because your PC is not powerful enough (>3GHz i7, SSD recommended). You might experience tolerable performance if you install the lowres version.
    A2: Other things to consider: Mods like the 3D uncensor also introduces slightly longer load times because of more complex mesh/more to load, though the impact is only a small fraction of the hires skins. The HF Patch includes the SVII uncensor, which is very light on performance, so you could try that (remember to check all the launchers when you change the uncensor because otherwise you will have incompatible launchers installed).
  • Q: The game lags when in conversation/H scene. My laptop has two graphics adapters, but for some reason the game defaults to the slow one?
    A: If you installed the Subtitles mod (or Windowed Fullscreen 2.0 mod) it can because of that and you should just remove the mod, i.e. delete <your AA2Play folder>\d3d9.dll.

Installation

  • Q: Will the game run on Windows 10?
    A: Not without issues unless you switch system locale to Japanese, which you really shouldn't because you will experience issues with other stuff. You can't use AppLocale or HF pAppLoc. You can use NTLEA, but the subtitle mod will not work. The best alternative seems to be Locale Emulator, read more.
  • Q: It's telling me to insert the "commercial version disk" even though I already have it mounted AND renamed it DISK1.mdf. I'm already in Japanese locale, and I still tried running it with applocale?
    A: Mount C:\Downloads\AA2\DISK1.iso with Daemontools Lite (other mounting software has been known to fail with Japanese games, so please use Daemontools Lite! - it's completely free)
  • Q: I can't get PowerISO to mount disk 2 and 3. Any help?
    A: Mount C:\Downloads\AA2\DISK1.iso with Daemontools Lite (other mounting software has been known to fail with Japanese games, so please use Daemontools Lite! - it's completely free)
  • Q: While installing, the game complains about Data1.cab from disk1. Help!?
    A: Make sure that you mounted DISK1.mdf (i.e. ジンコウガクエン2.mdf renamed to DISK1.mdf). If that doesn't help, try extracting ジンコウガクエン2.mdf again, rename it to DISK1.mdf, and follow the quick step-by-step guide below.
  • Q: While setting up the DLC HF patch, the setup can't detect AA2 in my Artificial Academy 2 folder. Any help?
    A: You're pointing the HF Patch to a folder which doesn't contain the correct files (the patch will look for some files needed during patching to verify the location). Possible causes are that you renamed the folder after installing the game or you changed the folder suggested by the HF patch. Make sure that you point the patch to the actual folder with the installed game files and then use the Fix registry feature of the HF patch or reinstall the game as suggested in the quick step-by-step guide below.

Misc

  • Q: Where do I put custom eye textures?
    A: If you installed AA2 Edit to the location suggested below: C:\illusion\AA2Edit\data\texture\eye\
  • Q: I'm missing some hair in AA2Edit/Maker and some of the buttons are greyed out/disabled! Help?
    A: Make sure that you have installed all the DLC (read more below) and Append Set I+II.
  • Q: How do I get downloaded characters to work? They just show up blank in the maker??
    A: Some browsers have problems saving the image file properly when using "Save image" option... try using "Save link as". If that doesn't work, click on the picture first so it opens with the picture viewer of the website or browser and THEN save it.
  • Q: Does anyone know how to use SweetFX (need SMAA + Sharpening) alongside with Subtitle Overlay? They both use d3d9.dll?
    A: You can rename the SweetFX d3d9.dll to d3d9_alt.dll and then the Subtitle mod will use it.
  • Q: I downloaded a character, but the hair and/or accessories in the game doesn't look like on the card. I checked my Maker and the hair and/or accessory seems to be missing! What's going on?
    A: The character has been created using one or more hair/accessory mods. Most hair/accessories are in the BigPack HEXA mod compilation, so you should try installing that as the first thing. If that doesn't include the mod(s) you may have luck investigating the character description or maybe find information about where to get the mods where you downloaded the character.
  • Q: How can I listen to singing at karaoke?
    A: Choose or download .wav or .ogg files for the songs you want to hear, and place them in data/sound subfolders corresponding to the kanji of the personality types to sing them. If you still cannot hear them on Windows 7 or 8, download the DirectShow codecs from Vorbis.com Windows Setup page.
  • Q: How can I run the game in a higher resolution than 1920x1200, e.g. 2560x1440?
    A: The only known workaround is by hex editing <AA2Play folder>\data\gsd.cfg. Note that it is highly recommended to set anti aliasing via your graphics adapter's control panel instead of using the built-in anti aliasing in the game (read more at the bottom of this page).

Installing the Game

While you can download pre-installed versions of the game, it is recommended that you get a download which contains the DVD images and install the game yourself.

Quick step-by-step guide

Note that this covers installing the game from scratch. If you already installed the Maker (aka. AA2 Edit) you can skip the AA2 Edit steps (i.e. step 6-9).

Startup.exe: Click the fourth button to install AA2, fifth button to install AA2 Edit
Click highlighted button to change the destination
It should look like this before you click (N)
Insert disk 2
  1. Extract ジンコウガクエン2.mdf, DISK2.mdf and DISK3.mdf (DO NOT extract the .mds files!) to e.g. C:\Downloads\AA2
  2. Rename ジンコウガクエン2.mdf to DISK1.mdf
  3. Mount C:\Downloads\AA2\DISK1.mdf. If you're using Windows 8 you can mount it without other programs, otherwise you'll need Daemontools Lite (other mounting software has been known to fail with Japanese games, so please use Daemontools Lite - it's completely free)
  4. DO NOT autorun, but explore the mounted dvd and right-click Startup.exe and select Run with Japanese locale as administrator (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  5. Refer to Startup.exe picture on the right: If you can click the second button it means you have to install DirectX 9.0c. The game will not work if you ignore it!
  6. Click the third button from the top (ref. Startup.exe picture) to start the AA2 Edit (aka. Maker) setup.
  7. Click the button with (N) once.
  8. IMPORTANT: Change the destination to e.g. C:\illusion\AA2Edit if you want to be able to play the game! (see picture on the right)
  9. Click (N) again a few times and wait while AA2 Edit installs (will only take a few seconds).
  10. When the AA2 Edit setup is complete: Click the fourth button from the top (ref. Startup.exe picture) to start the game (AA2 Play) setup.
  11. Click the button with (N) once.
  12. IMPORTANT: Change the destination to e.g. C:\illusion\AA2 if you want to be able to play the game! (see picture on the right)
  13. Click N again a few times, and lastly (I), and wait while the game installs.
  14. About a third through the setup will ask for DISK2 (ref. Insert disk 2 picture on the right): Mount DISK2.iso with Daemontools Lite, wait a few seconds and then click OK.
  15. About two thirds through the setup will ask for DISK3: Mount DISK3.iso with Daemontools Lite, wait a few seconds and then click OK.
  16. Wait while the game finishes the installation.
  17. To run the game you need to mount DISK1.mdf again and right-click C:\illusion\AA2\AA2Play.exe and select Run with Japanese locale.

Next step

When you have successfully installed and tested the game you probably want to install official patches, DLC and essential mods like English translations and uncensor.

The (by far) easiest way is to use the HF Patch (if you don't know it, "HF" is a well-known acronym for "Have Fun").

The HF Patch

The latest version of the HF Patch includes all the official patches, so you don't have to worry about installing any of those. It also includes the no-dvd fix, English translations and UI as well as uncensors.

If you had just installed the game then you have to install the official DLCs before the HF Patch. The easiest way to install them is through the DLC HF Patch, which contains every official DLC.

Regfixer

If you downloaded a pre-installed version of the game or installed the game to a bad location (i.e. one with Unicode/unreadable characters) then both the HF patch and the DLC HF patch can fix the game's registry entries. To fix the registry, just do these simple steps:

  1. Rename the game folder(s) before running either patch.
  2. When the patch shows the suggested location, correct it to the renamed folder(s), e.g. C:\illusion\AA2.
  3. Check the fix registry component(s) (at the bottom of the component list) when running the patch.
  4. Wait for the patch to do its job.
  5. Play the game!

Please note that fixing the registry is not recommended because it will break uninstalling. Fixing the registry will make the game work, but you should not expect to be able to uninstall it without manual work.

HF Patching for Dummies

This section describes how to use the HF Patch.

  1. Install the game as outlined above.
  2. Download the Artificial Academy 2 HF Patch.
  3. Read the patch release post while downloading, so you know what is required (and what to expect).
  4. Run the patch by double-clicking on the file you just downloaded.
  5. Read the information in the beginning and make sure that you have enough free disk space to run the patch before you click Next.
  6. Click Next and review the components. The Recommended installation is all you need to get the game updated, translated and uncensored, but you might want to check out the options anyway.
  7. Click Next and consider installing an icon on your desktop (TIP: The shortcut using AppLocale is highly recommended, because you still have to run the translated game with Japanese locale. Using the shortcut will make it completely transparent that you actually run the game with Japanese locale).
  8. Click Next to start patching your game. Beware that patching your game will change installed files and it cannot be reversed or uninstalled. Therefore you should keep the original files, so you can restore the game to it's original state later on if needed. Having the original files might be required if you plan to install additional or different mods later on.
  9. Let the patch work (you can do other stuff while it's working, just don't start/mess with the game). Patching may take several minutes and the progress bar may not move. Just be patient. It is guaranteed to work if you installed the game as outlined above.
  10. Play the updated, translated and uncensored game by double-clicking the "Artificial Academy 2" desktop icon. :)

TIP: You can move the desktop shortcut to anywhere you prefer (some prefer to have it in the game folder) and it will still work.

Note: It is safe to run the patch again if you want to install additional components and/or change options. Just deselect the components you previously installed and patching will be relatively quick.

Install Order

The easy/correct order of installing stuff is as follows:

  1. Install the game as outlined above.
  2. Install the Artificial Academy 2 DLC HF Patch.
  3. Install the Append Set I add-on.
  4. Install the Append Set II add-on.
  5. Install the latest Artificial Academy 2 HF Patch (the latest version includes all official patches, so you don't have to worry about your game not being up to date).
  6. Have fun playing the game fully updated and with the essential mods!

Note: If you later want to update your game with the latest official patches and/or essential mods, you should just get the latest AA2 HF Patch.

Installing the DLC

This section explains how to install the all preorder bonus and DLC that has been released since the game has been launched. Currently this is available:

  • DLC1 & DLC2 (hairstyle/sidehair)
  • Preorder Hairstyles (long length)
  • Preorder Personality (Cadet personality)
  • Illusion Special Member Bonus (hairstyles)

Check out the Artificial Academy 2 DLC HF Patch release post for screens of the DLCs. The easiest way to install them is through it.

Manual Install

Below are a some examples of how to the DLC should be installed manually. You need to download all the DLC and not only the examples below.

Consider using the AA2 DLC HF Patch (all it does is copy official files to your game folder).

jg2_sou.exe

  1. Right-click jg2_sou.exe and select Run with Japanese locale (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  2. Click the highlighted button (the left one) and wait while the archive extracts.
  3. Open the "ジンコウガクエン2予約特典" folder.
  4. Open the "ジンコウガクエン2 曹" folder.
  5. Copy all files/folders from \setup\main\ to your AA2 folder (C:\illusion\AA2).
  6. Copy all files/folders from \setup\edit\ to your AA2 Edit (aka. AA2 Maker) folder (C:\illusion\AA2Edit).
  7. Open the "ジンコウガクエン2予約特典髪型" folder.
  8. Copy all files/folders from \setup\main\ to your AA2 folder (C:\illusion\AA2).
  9. Copy all files from \setup\edit\ to your AA2 Edit (aka. AA2 Maker) folder (C:\illusion\AA2Edit).
  10. Done.

jg2_03_plus.exe

  1. Right-click jg2_03_plus.exe and select Run with Japanese locale (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  2. Click the highlighted button (the left one) and wait while the archive extracts.
  3. Open the "ジンコウガクエン2 追加髪型 アップデートプログラム" folder.
  4. Copy all files/folders from \setup\main\ to your AA2 folder (C:\illusion\AA2) - Yes to overwrite.
  5. Copy all files/folders from \setup\edit\ to your AA2 Edit (aka. AA2 Maker) folder (C:\illusion\AA2Edit) - Yes to overwrite.
  6. Done.

Append Set Add-ons

The Append Set add-ons adds new personalities, hairs and costumes. The Append Sets are not free and therefore they will never be included in a HF Patch. To get it you have to buy Append Set I, buy Append Set II or get it some other way. The HF Patch includes official patches and mods that will patch, translate and uncensor the Append Set I+II if you have them installed when running the patch.

Tips for buying the Append Sets: You have to do it in Japanese to be able to proceed at DMM, so do not choose English language! Instead you should use a browser that can translate the page for you on the fly. Once translated it's pretty straightforward to create an account, enter credit card info, buy a product and download it.

Installing the Append Set I Add-on

FileCopy.exe: Click the left button to copy the files

Follow these easy steps to get the Append Set I correctly installed:

  1. IMPORTANT: Right-click 7-zip (or WinRAR or your preferred extractor) and select Run with Japanese locale (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  2. Use 7-zip (or you preferred extractor) to browse to where you downloaded VJ008700.zip and open it.
  3. Extract it to e.g. C:\Downloads\append.
  4. Open the C:\Downloads\append\ジンコウガクエン2アペンドセット folder.
  5. Right-click FileCopy.exe with and select Run with Japanese locale.
  6. Click the left button and wait while it is working.
  7. Click the right button to exit FileCopy.exe.

Alternative

If you can't get FileCopy.exe to work (very unlikely if you followed the above guide to the point), you can hack your way with the following:

  1. IMPORTANT: Right-click 7-zip (or WinRAR or your preferred extractor) and select Run with Japanese locale (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  2. Use 7-zip to browse to where you downloaded VJ008700.zip and open it.
  3. Extract it to e.g. C:\Downloads\append.
  4. Open the C:\Downloads\append\ジンコウガクエン2アペンドセット folder.
  5. Copy all files/folders from C:\Downloads\append\ジンコウガクエン2アペンドセット\setup\main\ to <your AA2Play folder>.
  6. Copy all files/folders from C:\Downloads\append\ジンコウガクエン2アペンドセット\setup\edit\ to <your AA2Edit folder>.

Installing the Append Set II Add-on

It is essentially the same procedure as for Append Set I above, just with slightly different folder names.

Installing the Append Set I Support Patch

PackUpdater.exe: Click the left button to patch the files

The Append Set support patch was released on September 5, 2014 and is included in the HF Patch. Follow these steps if you prefer to install it manually:

  1. Download jg2append_support.exe to e.g. C:\Downloads\append.
  2. Run C:\Downloads\append\jg2append_support.exe.
  3. Press Enter when the window with the destination is shown and wait while it copies the files.
  4. Open the C:\Downloads\append\ジンコウガクエン2 アペンドセット 修正パッチ folder.
  5. Right-click PackUpdater.exe with and select Run with Japanese locale.
  6. Click the left button and wait while it is working.
  7. Click the right button to exit PackUpdater.exe.

Installing the Maker

Note that this covers installing the Maker ONLY (for those without the full game). IMPORTANT: If you have the full game you should follow the quick step-by-step guide above!

Maker Startup
It should look like this before you click (N)
  1. Run jg2_02_make.exe.
  2. Enter a location to install it, e.g. C:\Downloads\AA2Maker (you can just paste this to the extractor and it will create the folders).
  3. Press Enter and wait for the extraction to complete.
  4. Go to C:\Downloads\AA2Maker.
  5. Rename the "ジンコウガクエン2 きゃらめいく製品版" folder to e.g. "Maker", so that you have C:\Downloads\AA2Maker\Maker.
  6. Go to C:\Downloads\AA2Maker\Maker.
  7. Right-click Startup.exe and select Run with Japanese locale as administrator (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).
  8. Refer to Maker Startup screenshot on the right: If the second button is not grayed out you must install DirectX 9.0c. Your game will not work if you ignore this!
  9. Click the third button from the top (ref. Maker Startup screenshot on the right) to start the AA2 Edit (aka. Maker) setup.
  10. Wait while the setup starts up and then click the button with (N) once.
  11. IMPORTANT: Click the top-right button and change the destination to e.g. C:\illusion\AA2Maker!! (ref. 'It should look like this before you click (N)' screenshot on the right)
  12. Click (N) again a few times and wait while AA2 Edit installs (will only take a few seconds).
  13. Click (F) and you're done installing the AA2 Maker. :)

Running the Maker

  1. Go to the C:\illusion\AA2Maker\ folder.
  2. Right-click AA2Edit.exe and select Run with Japanese locale (you need HF pApploc for the right-click options).

Improving the Visuals

Some people may not know it, but it's possible to significantly improve how the game looks just by setting a few settings in your graphics adapter control panel. These settings shouldn't impact performance noticeably unless you have an older graphics adapter or if you are running the game at a very high resolution.

NVIDIA 3D Settings

For NVIDIA graphics do the following:

  1. Make sure that Options->Effects->Anti-Aliasing is set to None.
  2. Open NVIDIA Control Panel
  3. Click Manage 3D settings
  4. Click the tab Program Settings
  5. Click Add and select or browse to C:\illusion\AA2\AA2Play English.exe (for the Maker you should use C:\illusion\AA2Edit\AA2Edit.exe)
  6. Recommended settings for maximum visual effect:
    1. Anisotropic filtering: 16x
    2. Antialiasing - Gamma correction: On
    3. Antialiasing - Mode: Override any application setting
    4. Antialiasing - Setting: 32x
    5. Antialiasing - Transparency: 8x (Supersample)
    6. Texture filtering - Anisotropic sample optimization: Off
    7. Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias: Clamp
    8. Texture filtering - Quality: High quality
  7. Click Apply
  8. Experiment with lower settings if you don't have a recent graphics card or to tweak performance vs. visuals.

ATi/AMD 3D Settings

For ATi/AMD graphics do the following:

  1. Open AMD Catalyst Control Center
  2. Click Gaming
  3. Click the tab 3D Application Settings
  4. Under Application Settings click Add
  5. Select or browse to C:\illusion\AA2\AA2Play English.exe (for the Maker you should use C:\illusion\AA2Edit\AA2Edit.exe)
  6. Recommended settings for maximum visual effect:
    • Anti-Aliasing Mode: Override application settings
    • Anti-Aliasing Samples: 12xEQ
    • Filter: Edge-detect
    • Anti-Aliasing Method: Read Note
    • Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Override application settings
    • Anisotropic Filtering Level: 8x
    • Texture Filtering Quality: High Quality
    • Surface Format Optimization: On
    • Note: Supersample AA can bring even the most powerful computers to sub 30 FPS in this game during H-scenes and conversations. If you find the FPS drop to be unbearable, Adaptive Multi-Sampling AA is close to the same quality with drastically less of an impact on FPS.
  7. Click Save