Bionic Commando (2009)

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Bionic Commando (2009)
Bionic Commando (2009) cover
Developers
GRIN
Publishers
Capcom
Engines
Diesel
Release dates
Windows July 28, 2009
Bionic Commando
Bionic Commando 1987
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2008
Bionic Commando (2009) 2009

Key points

Very few video customization settings.
Uses Xbox controller prompts for keyboard and mouse.
In-game mouse movement depends on the framerate and is very jerky, like it is moving on a grid, even at 60 FPS. It gets smooth when the game runs at around 100 FPS or higher.[citation needed]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail SecuROM DRM disc check.[1]
Steam
Uplay (US/Canada)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Launch the game with the -nointro parameter[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BC\data\settings\
controls.xml stores control bindings.
renderer_settings.xml stores video settings.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BC\saves\
<Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\21670\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
HUD elements, in-game text and button prompts don't scale up and are very small at 4K resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled. Force in the graphics card control panel or use D3Doverrider.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Edit renderer_settings.xml[citation needed]
  1. Open %LOCALAPPDATA%\BC\data\settings\renderer_settings.xml with a text editor.
  2. Change windowed = "false" to windowed = "true"
  3. Save the changes.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Enable SGSSAA using NVIDIA Profile Inspector[3]
  1. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Search for Bionic Commando in the profiles list.
  3. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x004010C1
  4. Set Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting
  5. Set Antialiasing - Setting to 2x/4x/8x Multisampling
  6. Set Antialiasing - Transparency supersampling to 2x/4x/8x Sparse Grid Supersampling (the level must match the previous setting).
  7. Set Texture filtering - LOD Bias to either -0.500 (if using 2x MSAA + 2x SGSSAA), -1.000 (if using 4x) or -1.500 (if using 8x).
  8. Click Apply to save the changes.

Notes

Don't Alt+Tab out of the game without opening a menu first, otherwise the lighting will be messed up.
Alternative solutions[citation needed]
  1. Only morphological filtering (MLAA) can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
  2. Force SMAA using injectSMAA.
  3. Enable Virtual/Dynamic Super Resolution in the graphics card control panel and render the game at a higher resolution than the monitor's native resolution.

Notes

Combine Virtual/Dynamic Super Resolution with MLAA or SMAA method for best visual results.

Input settings[edit]

Control bindings.
Control bindings.
Input device is selected by pressing either Enter or Start button at the start screen, which disables the other device from that point on.

Bind all secondary weapons to one key[edit]

Since you can't have multiple secondary weapons at the same time only one key is needed.
Edit controls.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open controls.xml.
  3. Find the lines:
<button name="equip_hiker" input="3"/>
<button name="equip_sniper" input="4"/>
<button name="equip_tarantula" input="5"/>
<button name="equip_bulldog" input="6"/>
<button name="equip_mgsj" input="7"/>

4. And for example change them to:

<button name="equip_hiker" input="3"/>
<button name="equip_sniper" input="3"/>
<button name="equip_tarantula" input="3"/>
<button name="equip_bulldog" input="3"/>
<button name="equip_mgsj" input="3"/>

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Install a specific Physx version[citation needed]

Download and install http://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.13.1220-driver.html

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.6 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.0 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7800 series
ATI Radeon X1900
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support

References

  1. Reclaim Your Game - RYG's SecuROM 7+ DRM List
  2. FILEnetworks Blog: Fix Bionic Commando (PC) 2009 crashes, unlock content & troubleshoot video issues
  3. NVidia Flags