Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
Developer(s) Factor 5, LucasArts
Publisher(s) JP/NA LucasArts
EU Activision
Series Rogue Squadron, Star Wars
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) NA November 9, 2001
JP March 22, 2002
EU May 3, 2002
Genre(s) Action, Arcade flight simulation
Mode(s) Single-player
Input methods GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
GameIDs GSWJ64, GSWP64, GSWF64, GSWE64, GSWD64, GSWS64, GSWI64
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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader is an arcade-style flight action game co-developed by Factor 5 and LucasArts. The second of three games in the Rogue Squadron series, it was published by LucasArts and released as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube. The game was praised for its amazing visuals, thanks to an impressive game engine that uses advanced GameCube features.

Similar to its predecessor, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, Rogue Leader is a fast-paced, flight action game. Each of the game's ten levels introduces mission objectives such as search and destroy or protection that must be completed to progress to the next level. The players performance on each level is compared to three medals (bronze, silver, and gold), based on completion time, enemies killed, etc. Getting more medals results in unlocking more levels and spacecraft. Rogue Leader also has a large collection of hidden items throughout the game, from powerups, hidden ships, and hidden levels.

Because of its technical prowess, use of rare GameCube features, and plethora of hacks, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader has proven difficult for Dolphin to emulate.

Emulation Information

Shader Compilation Stuttering

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader is one of the most susceptible titles to shader compilation stuttering. The GC and Wii have no concept of shaders - everything is executed directly by the hardware without an intermediate programming language (API). Modern computers and mobile systems do not work in this way, requiring the use of shaders as an intermediary so your system's GPU can perform the tasks that the GC and Wii GPU performed directly. Shaders have to be generated though, and since GC/Wii games are not designed to create shaders ahead of time as a PC game would, when a new effect appears Dolphin has to delay the CPU thread while the GPU thread performs the compilation; a pause that does not exist on the consoles. For most games shader generation takes only a few milliseconds, but for a few demanding titles, the shaders that they generate are so large that they can result in noticeable stuttering, in severe cases pauses of over a second may occur.

Since 5.0-4869, this problem can be solved by enabling ubershaders. Changing GPU, updating GPU drivers, or updating Dolphin may invalidate the shader cache, requiring specialized shaders to be compiled again.


Distorted Music

Music is garbled and distorted with DSP-HLE. Use DSP-LLE to rectify this, or disable music in the game's options as a workaround.

Incorrect Targeting Computer Colors

As of 4.0-5205, the targeting computer no longer requires EFB Copies to Texture Only disabled to function. However, with EFB Copies to Texture Only the colors will be washed out. EFB Copies to Texture Only disabled has proper emulation with full color, but the targeting computer runs at 1x native regardless of the internal resolution used in the rest of the game. There is currently no solution that has higher IRs with proper colors. Disable EFB Copies to Texture Only for the most accurate emulation.

Hang on Pause or Targeting Computer

Using the targeting computer or pressing Start to bring up the menu can occasionally both result in a hang. Fixed by 4.0-4889, but broken again by 4.0-5971. This hang can apparently be avoided by disabling dual core, and taking a big performance hit. See issue 8493 for details.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes

Store EFB Copies to Texture Only

Off Required for correct effects and targeting computer colors


Config Setting Notes

DSP Emulator Engine

LLE Prevents music distortions

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-6356 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
5.0 Windows 10 Intel I7 2600k @ 3.8GHz Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Stable Framerate without any special config adjustments. Audio works without issue. FPS is rather stable but framerate drops are noticeable at times. Otherwise working as expected Unforgiven
^r7561 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II 945 @ 3.0GHz ATI Radeon HD 4890 Non-stop "Trying to reinterpret pixel data with unsupported conversion type 1 and 4" errors when starting. Using OpenGL works, but the sound is super wonky, parts run weird/bad, and the game doesn't render much in front of yo at all
^3.0 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8GHz ATI Radeon HD 4870 Wonky sound, parts runs weird/bad. Lots of framerate issues and the game doesn't render much in front of you.
^r7687 Windows 7 AMD Phenom II X6 1090T ATI Radeon HD 5770 Non-stop "Trying to reinterpret pixel data with unsupported conversion type 1 and 4" errors when starting.
^3.0-373 Mac OS X 10.7.2 Intel Core i7-2675QM @ 2.2GHz AMD Radeon HD 6750M Wonky, slow, and unpredictable regardless of CPU/Sound emulation setting. jedivulcan
^3.0-415 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-2400 Intel HD2000 Is 100% speed all the time but the draw distance problem is too important. You can't see anything until is in front of you. Shame. If that get fix the game will work excellent at full speed. InterlinkKnight
^3.0-865 Windows 8 Intel Core i5-3570K AMD Radeon HD 7870 Runs around 25FPS, screen flickers, throws unknown opcode 0x3d and 0x62 frequently, crashes at Star Wars logo before beginning mission, music continues to play. Whacka
^3.5-1387 Windows 7 AMD FX 6350 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti Menu screen flickers, throws unknown opcodes few seconds into first mission, audio is garbled throughout. Ship selection still runs full speed, slight screen flicker, the only bit of the game that works almost 100%, everything else is messed up. Slarlac249
^3.5-1729 zfreeze branch Windows 8 AMD FX 6350 AMD Radeon HD 7850 intro/logos still really slow, audio is garbled throughout. Ship selection still runs full speed, slight screen flicker, depth issue only fixed in OGL. fast depth calculation must be disabled in game. game is still far from playable due to low FPS and broken audio. Slarlac249
^4.0-2826 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i5-4670K NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 same as Slarlac249 above. Attempting to run with software rendering causes multiple unknown opcode errors. Nontheist
^4.0-3214 Windows 7 Intel Core i5-4570 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 game running at full speed but audio is mostly garbled. Very limited draw distance during the main game guybrush
^4.0-3810 Windows 7 Intel Core i7-2760QM AMD Radeon HD 6990M Running with EFB to RAM external frame buffer to Virtual, audio works perfectly with LLE but the game runs slow. Need to optimize the settings, however as indicated earlier the drawing distance is too low which makes the game unplayable.
^4.0-5283 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-4790K AMD R9 290x Running at perfect 60FPS. Using EFB to RAM w/ safe cache and LLE audio on separate thread. Graphics run better in OGL on this game and I am running at 6X IR IceStrike256
^4.0-5420 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-4790K AMD R9 290x Running even better then last entry with the need for safe texture caching eliminated. Still need LLE Audio which causes slow downs on slower systems. Also make sure to check skip EFB access to CPU for a bit of a speed boost. This game has become extremely more accessible to more players over the last month thank you Devs!! IceStrike256
^4.0-6029 Windows 8.1 Intel Core i7-4770K NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Runs without errors when using LLE audio and DX11 backend. Hoth intro and Vengeance on Kothlis when close to or shooting water have severe slowdowns LtRoyalShrimp
^4.0-7157 Windows 10 AMD FX-8350 @ 4GHz AMD Radeon R9 280x Works fine on missions that don't take place on planet surfaces, with occasional slowdowns. On planet surfaces (like the mission on Hoth or the one in the Maw), the framerate about halves, likely due to the sloped environments. Tested at 3xIR, 16xAF and the HD texture mod by General_Han_Solo. Alpha284
^4.0-8526 Windows 10 Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.9GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Perfect! All slowdown has been eliminated except where present on real hardware (Y-Wing Bomb Spam). If your system doesn't have high specs don't expect these result. Tested at 6xIR D3D11 Backend, LLE Audio with HD texture pack by General_Han_Solo. IceStrike256
^4.0-8750 Mac OS X 10.11.2 Intel Core i7 @ 2.6GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M No good here. Very poor, especially during cut scenes. Audio just gave static noise, with low framerate. Will try to adjust and update if I see better results. N64BOY39

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