In each mission, you are playing one of the seven main characters in
the story. The person you are playing is almost always the one giving
the mission briefing (in the Overlink section of the VR Tunnel). For
instance, in the first mission (What's Out There?) you are playing Greg
Foss. You know this not only because he gives the mission briefing, but
also because while the game is loading there is a message on the screen
that says "Login for Greg Foss in progress." While you're flying the
mission, when you hear Greg Foss speak, that is YOU speaking.
Absolute Zero is mainly an action game, but it also has a complex
storyline that unfolds through the news reports and the diaries and email
of the seven main characters. While your mission briefing gives you most
or all of what you need to know to complete a mission, you may find
yourself wondering what's going on, especially on the higher levels.
There are even one or two missions where it is somewhat critical for you
to understand what people are talking about. You should at least skim
through the news and the diaries and emails for each mission, so that you
don't get lost later on in the game.
It is important to know about the targeting recticles and the virtual
targeting arrow if you want to be able to hit what you're shooting at.
When you have an object targeted, there will be an orange box around it.
There will also be a yellow box somewhere near it, but probably not on top
of it. The orange box tells you where the object is, and the yellow box
tells you where you should aim your selected weapon when you fire at the
object. These boxes are the targeting recticles. The virtual arrow
appears in the bottom center of your screen whenever you have an object
targeted, and points toward the object. The red ball at the point of the
arrow is there to help you discern whether the arrow is pointing toward or
away from you.
Your targeting computer will automatically acquire targets for you when an
object comes into range, but it doesn't necessarily pick the best target.
To switch targets, point your weapon toward the object you want to target,
and press the acquire target key (the default key is the tab key).
Michael A. Kelly
Lead Programmer for The Domain
1. WANT A FASTER FRAME RATE?
Turn off: Music and Sky in the options screen
2. ABSOLUTE ZERO CONFIGURATION:
a. To prevent lockups do not use "Ram Doubler, you must have a
Power Mac, you need 8MB of Ram
b. If you have 8MB of Ram - go to your MEMORY Control and USE
Virtual Memory (16 MB)
c. Go to Control Panels and access EXTENSION MANAGER - (if you
do not have EM then attempt to upgrade to System 7.5.1
d. CHECK < ONLY >
*SOUND MANAGER 3.1a
*CD ROM DRIVERS
e. REBUILD your desktop (restart with APPLE and OPTION key)
f. Defragment your Hard Drive (use Norton Utilities or MacTools)
On the second mission, your default weapons configuration in RepDep is two
laserlances. I think you still have that configuration selected. This,
unfortunately, results in it looking like there is no change when you hit
the "W" key to change weapons.
My suggestion: Change weapons configurations in RepDep.
If you DO have a mini-MAAC in your config, then check you key settings in
"Visor Controls". Make sure the "Change weapons" option is indeed set to
If none of these things helps, then let me know and I'll try to figure
something else out.
Most of the key commands in the manual are correct. However, a few keys
were changed to make joystick sets possible.
Many Mac joysticks will not accept such keys as "shift", or "Ctrl", or
"Caps Lock" as a keystroke. Therefore, these keys were changed to make
life easier for those installing the joystick sets.
"w" = change weapons
"d" = activate special defenses (blackout device or theta generator)
"s" = erect force shell (*not* force field -- that's automatic)
"m" = Visor ON/OFF
"n" = CrossHairs ON/OFF
"c" = radar screens ON/OFF
All the rest are the same. If you use any of the key sets besides the
"Default" set, then you'll need to look in the "settings" area of the
"Visor Controls" to see what your new key set is.
Also, if you use any key set besides "Default", or if you customize your
keyset, you'll need to change your joystick set accordingly to get the
4. CHEAT CODES:
You can skip ahead to the next level by using a cheat code. These cheat
codes are used at the "New Game" screen (the one with the maglock in the
background where you select which of your saved games to play).
When you are in that screen, single-click the level you are on so it is
highlighted. Then type in the cheat code and the new scenario name will
appear on your list. To move to the next level after that, the latest
available level must be highlighted. (Hey, they're cheat codes...they're
not *supposed* to be easy.)
PLEASE NOTE: These cheat codes allow you to access plot details completely
out of sequence! Used unjudiciously, THEY WILL RUIN MOST SURPRISES IN THE
GAME!!!! However, those of you who want to look ahead will be greatly
gratified by them.
Example: To move from Scenario 3 (To The Rescue 2) to Scenario 4 (Capture
1), type in "It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks".
(What's Out There?)
Scenario 1 => 2 EXAAACTLY
(To The Rescue)
Scenario 2 => 3 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 3 => 4 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 4 => 5 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 5 => 6 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 6 => 7 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 7 => 8 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 8 => 9 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 9 => 10 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 10 => 11 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 11 => 12 EXAAACTLY
Scenario 12 => 13 EXAAACTLY
(Attack on Aegis)
Scenario 13 => 14 It's crap son
Scenario 14 => 15 It's crap son
Scenario 15 => 16 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
(Inside the Mountain)
Scenario 16 => 17 EXAACTLY
Scenario 17 => 18 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 18 => 19 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 19 => 20 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 20 => 21 EXAACTLY
Scenario 21 => 22 EXAACTLY
(Behind Enemy Lines)
Scenario 22 => 23 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 23 => 24 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 24 => 25 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
Scenario 25 => 26 It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks
(Hammer & Anvil)
These levels are the climax of the game and cannot be reached via cheat
codes. You must complete all previous levels before these can be played.
Hope these help the current situation. Don't worry! We ARE fixing the
problems you've been talking about.
"It absolutely has to be done in 2-3 weeks" == "We absolutely have to be
done in 2-3 weeks."
"It's crap son" == "That's crap, son."
The codes are the quotes shown in the About Absolute Zero movie for the
person who designed the scenario you wish to skip. For instance, since
Matt Miller designed "What's Out There 1", you would type in his quote
to skip from "What's Out There 1" to "To The Rescue 1". His quote is
"Exaaactly!", so you would type in "Exaaactly!"