Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Jedi Outcast was a fun game in single player, and of course the multiplayer mode is still popular with many. As for the music, none of it is new, but...well who can resist the Star Wars classics, right? The soundtrack from the game is excellent and can be had quite easily too.
Go to the game's base directory, typically C:\Program Files\LucasArts\Star Wars JK II Jedi Outcast\GameData\base, and look for the asset.pk3 files. As with other games based on the Quake III engine (like Return to Castle Wolfenstein), Outcast stores all of the game data in these compressed .pk3 files. What is very fortunate is that WinZip can open and extract from .pk3 files without any modifications whatsoever.
To find Jedi Outcast's game music, go to the Assets0.pk3 file and open it with WinZip. All the game's music will be in MP3 format. To extract the files, you can manually select and extract individual MP3 files. The best method however is to extract the entire package to an empty folder, making sure when you select Extract in WinZip that you have the "Use Folder Names" option ticked. That way all the files will be extracted into their appropriate folders, and all the music will end up, surprisingly enough, in a folder called Music.
If you then look under the extracted Music folder you'll see that the music has been arranged in subfolders based on the game levels. My personal favorites are Yavtrial_explore.mp3 Yavfinal_explore.mp3.
A couple of things to note about playback of the MP3 files - I've noticed if they're played in RealPlayer you get a lot more hiss out of them, and the tracks end abruptly well before the end of the actual music. Use Windows Media Player or even Winamp to play back these tracks for a much better result. Alternatively, convert them to MP3 again using a tool like Audio Conversion Wizard and the resulting re-encoded MP3 files should now play fine on any player. They're obviously slightly a modified MP3 format used by Lucasarts.
If you want to burn these tracks to CD, using a program like Nero means you won't need to convert the MP3 files before burning - Nero will automatically convert them to WAV. Otherwise use a program like Audio Conversion Wizard to convert them to WAV first.
Arguably the most popular action game of 2002, Battlefield 1942 has some stirring, if a tad electronic, music. You'll be happy to know that with the right tool you can easily play and convert this music.
To access BF1942's music, the first thing you need to do is start RAD Tools. Then follow these steps:
1. If you like the game's introductory movie music, use the file browser at the top of RAD Tools to go to the Intro.bik file, typically in the C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Movies directory. If you like the other music in the game, try looking in the C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\bf1942\Music directory, where there will be 6 audio-only BIK files.
2. Highlight the file you want to convert and if you press the Play button, RAD Tools will play the file. If it's a movie file, it will play video and audio in a small screen, otherwise audio files will play without any video displayed. If you want to convert the audio from any of these files into another format, highlight the file and select the Convert a File button.
3. Note that if you've selected either the Vehicle3.bik or Vehicle4.bik audio files for conversion, you'll get a prompt telling you they are "part of a sequence of files" and "do you want to treat the sequence as a single animation?". If you select Yes, the resulting output will be a combination of both Vehicle3.bik and Vehicle4.bik. If you select No, only the file you've selected will be converted.
4. On the next screen, select the output format you want by clicking the Output Type button. There are many choices, but the only viable audio choice is WAV - the others are video or image formats. Click the Browse button and select where you want the output to end up. Make sure only the Convert Audio option is ticked (and Convert Video is unselected). You can also manually enter the Sample rate (e.g. 44100) and Bitrate/Channels (e.g. 16 bit Stereo). Leaving the Sample Rate and Bitrate/Channel boxes blank will convert the file according to the input's quality, and this is recommended.
5. When you're happy with the conversion settings, click the convert button, and the resulting WAV file will end up in the folder you specified. This file can now be played with any player, and burnt straight to CD without any manipulation. If you want, you can use one of the conversion tools to convert it to MP3 should you want a smaller file size for play back on your PC.
There you go, you now have some great BF1942 music to listen to whenever you're away from the game and suffering withdrawal symptoms!