Water transparency problem makes Tomb Raider 2 unfinishable


Tomb Raider 2 (PAL) (Tested with r86688 and also some random earlier revisions, no change) has graphical problems visible from the first level (Great Wall).

The screenshots are taken with an OpenGL plugin with widescreen and accuracy hacks enabled, but the problem remains with software plugins and all hacks disabled.


Note that in the attached screenshots:

1) The water is an opaque black. It should be transparent blue and the ground beneath it should be visible. Note however that the flare that I have thrown under is visible, as are Lara's boots.

2) Lara has disappeared entirely when she is more than waist-deep in this water.

The problem does not occur in ePSXe or pSX, have not tested others.

There are also other graphical problems with this game in PCSXR, such as flickering loading screens with non-software plugins, vertical lines through FMVs, etc. Again these issues do not occur in other tested emulators.

The water issue is most striking though, as it makes it impossible to see when swimming underwater and therefore probably impossible to complete the game.

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Closed Mar 18 at 2:25 AM by Solis
This issue was fixed.


ckain wrote Sep 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Please provide a save state where these errors happen.

ckain wrote Sep 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Update that made Vampire Hunter D title screen visible broke water transparency. I'll try to find a solution which would fix both.

pinumbernumber wrote Sep 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Issue is fixed in 87330, thanks!

edgbla wrote Sep 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

pff, hack, hack, hack... it's no good... Maybe we can do some test on console?

ckain wrote Oct 1, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Yeah, it would be nice to have this fixed properly. I do not have hardware nor scope atm.

bigghill wrote Oct 3, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Running the Tomb Raider 2 v1.3 ROM, with PCSXR 1.9.93 (86936), the water in the beginning of the first level is transparent as it should be but in the next level, Venice, the canal water is just black and Lara turns invisible in it. Impossible to play the game like that. Save state attached.

bigghill wrote Oct 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Can someone compile v87330 or 87331 for Mac OS 10.9 please, I need this Tomb Raider opaque water fix and later versions don't have it. Thanks.