A Script Path (also named Object Path) lets the script in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City attach objects to a path and control their movement along it. The coordinates for the path are stored in a plain text file located in
\data\paths\spath0.dat, which is used by Cortez's yacht in the mission "All Hands On Deck!" The game can read any number of script path files in the same directory (
spath3.dat, etc.) but it can only have up to three script paths loaded at a time. Up to six objects can be attached to a script path at a time. Data on the state and properties of a loaded script path are saved in block 17 of the save file. The concept for script paths closely resembles flight paths used for airborne NPC vehicles.
Format for spath*.dat
NumNodes X Y Z
Undefined lines of coordinates will use the center of the world (0, 0, 0) as the point for the path.
The following example explains how
spath0.dat is used in the original script in Sanny Builder's format to move Cortez's yacht. First, the script path is initialized using opcode 049C.
049C: $722 = scripted_path_file 0 width 90.0
Next, objects need to be created using opcode 029B (opcode 0107 can also be used to create them).
029B: $714 = init_object #YT_MAIN_BODY at -375.499 -1322.31 9.81124 029B: $715 = init_object #YT_MAIN_BODY2 at -375.499 -1322.31 9.81124 029B: $717 = init_object #YT_DOORS14 at -375.499 -1322.31 9.81124 029B: $718 = init_object #YT_TMP_BOAT at -375.499 -1322.31 9.81124 029B: $719 = init_object #LODMAIN_BODY at -375.499 -1322.31 9.81124
These objects are attached to the path using opcode 049D.
049D: attach_scripted_file $722 with_object $714 049D: attach_scripted_file $722 with_object $715 049D: attach_scripted_file $722 with_object $717 049D: attach_scripted_file $722 with_object $718 049D: attach_scripted_file $722 with_object $719
Lastly, opcode 049E is used to prevent the yacht from moving along the path.
049E: set_scripted_file $722 speed_to 0.0
During the mission, the yacht's speed varies and is warped along the path in two occasions using opcode 049F.
049E: set_scripted_file $722 speed_to 5.0 // ... 049F: set_scripted_file $722 distance_along_path_to 2700.0
When you fail the mission, the yacht is reset back to the beginning.
049F: set_scripted_file $722 distance_along_path_to 0.0 049E: set_scripted_file $722 speed_to 0.0
When you pass the mission, the objects and path are no longer needed so they are removed from the game using opcodes 0108 and 04A1 respectively.
0108: destroy_object $714 0108: destroy_object $715 0108: destroy_object $717 0108: destroy_object $718 0108: destroy_object $719 04A1: release_scripted_file $722
Note that if a script path is actively moving objects, replays will be disabled.
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