Fez

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FEZ
Fez - cover.png
Developers
OS X
Linux
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
May 1, 2013
OS X
September 11, 2013
Linux
September 11, 2013
Fez at SteamDB
 Fez at Wikipedia

Key points

Information The game will not run with drivers that do not support OpenGL 3.0. This is most often the reason for crashes on Intel graphics card. See here on how to fix it.
Information The game is meant to be played with a controller, including requirements in some puzzles of rumble features. Those are however mirrored with stereo sound.

General information

More information Official website
More information Official Get Satisfaction Support
More information GOG.com Community Discussions
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Developer website DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GOG.com DRM-free
Humble Store DRM-free Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Can be run without Steam by using a command line argument.

Game data[edit]

Game settings.

Configuration file location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %APPDATA%\FEZ\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/FEZ/
Linux ~/.config/FEZ/
Information Settings file stores all the settings data.
Advantage This game supports the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %APPDATA%\FEZ\
OS X ~/Library/Application Support/FEZ/
Linux ~/.local/share/FEZ/
Information SaveSlot* files store all the save data. The files with _backup appended to them are the previous save files for the save slot, and can help in case of data corruption.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg Game gets letterboxed narrower than 16:9 aspect ratios. Some resolutions (like 1366x768) may get letterboxed as well, simply use lower same aspect ratio resolution to fill the screen in fullscreen.
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) No native support
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) No native support Cannot be disabled.
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS No native support "--force-120hz" doubles gamespeed excluding sound/music. Semi-playable, but not at all intended.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Hackable See Invert look.
Controller
Controller support Native support See Engine:FNA for OS X and Linux configuration details.
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping Hackable The gamepad can be remapped in the Settings file in the game data folder.
Controller Y-axis inversion Hackable See Invert look.

Invert look[edit]

Fix Change a settings option[1]

  1. Go to the configuration file location and open Settings.
  2. Change invertLook false to invertLook true.

Notes

Information Only applies to first person look.
Information The mouse is inverted by default.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support All sounds and music.
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost No native support

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Not applicable Native support
French Native support Not applicable Native support
German Native support Not applicable Native support
Italian Native support Not applicable Native support
Japanese Native support Not applicable Native support
Korean Native support Not applicable Native support
Portuguese Native support Not applicable Native support
Spanish Native support Not applicable Native support
Traditional Chinese Native support Not applicable Native support

Issues unresolved[edit]

Information Since it is impossible to list all potential problems, please refer to the developer's Get Satisfaction page for any known issues and potential fixes or future patches.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows[edit]

Running on Intel integrated graphics[edit]

Fix Update the drivers[2]

  1. Download and install the appropriate drivers from here.

Notes

Information This fix will only work for those with the required graphics cards.[2]

Screen tearing and/or game runs fast when forced to 60hz[edit]

Fix Vsync may be forced off in your GPU control panel

  1. Open AMD Catalyst Control Center or NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Click 3D Application Settings (or similar).
  3. Edit the Global Settings or create a new profile for Fez.
  4. Set "Wait for Vertical Refresh" (AMD) or "Vertical Sync" (NVIDIA) to "Use the 3D application setting" or similar.

Game fails to start[edit]

Information In certain situations, the game may fail to start. If that is the case, try one of the following:

Fix Change your region settings

  1. Open the "Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language > Formats".
  2. Set Format (the first drop-down from the top) to "English (US)".

Fix Change the resolution/screen mode

  1. Open the file Settings found in the game data folder.
  2. Change "screenMode" to "Windowed".
  3. Run the game and change the resolution and screen mode from within the settings to the desired mode.

Notes

Information Alternatively start the game with a -w command line parameter or use the launcher.

[edit]

Information Some systems are incompatible with the version of OpenAL Soft used by FEZ, causing the game to crash anytime a sound is played.

Fix Replace soft-openal.dll[3]

  1. Download the latest version of OpenAL Soft (PCGamingWiki mirror)
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file you downloaded to the folder of your choosing.
  3. Open folder you extracted and go to openal-soft-<version number>-bin\bin\Win32
  4. Copy the DLL in the folder and paste it into the root folder of your FEZ installation, overriding when asked.

Notes

Information This fix has only been tested on Windows 8.1.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 2.1, 3.0 2.1 support requires a compatible Mac or Linux OS and a graphics card supporting OpenGL 2.1 with ARB extensions.
64-bit executable No native support

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL Soft Version used may cause issues with certain systems.

Command line parameters[edit]

Use these parameters to change certain hidden settings or force different options at start-up.

Parameter Description
--force-60hz Forces the game to run at 60 Hz.
--force-120hz Forces the game to run at 120 Hz.
--no-gamepad Disables gamepad support.
--no-lighting Disables lighting. Recommended for very low-end GPUs.
--no-pause-on-unfocus When window focus is lost, the game will not enter the pause menu.
--no-steamworks Disables Steamworks.
--public-demo Only New Game/Resume Game and Credits options are enabled in main menu.
--region %LANG% Possible languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
--singlethreaded Loads content in a single thread.
--trace Debug tracing. Useful for reporting bugs with crashes.
--variable-time-step Enables variable timestep.
-w
--windowed
Start in windowed mode.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3 7
Processor (CPU)
2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
500 MB
Video card (GPU) 2nd generation Intel HD (2000/3000)
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
DirectX 9.0 compatible
nVidia GeForce GT 240
Information Refer to Running on Intel integrated graphics for further information on fixes and compatibility with Intel graphics cards.
OS X
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8 10.7
Processor (CPU)
2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
1 GB
Video card (GPU)
OpenGL 3.0 compatible (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) glibc 2.15
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) OpenGL 3.0 compatible (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)

References

  1. Invert mouse option - Polytron Get Satisfaction page
  2. 2.0 2.1 Support for Intel integrated graphics hardware - Polytron Get Satisfaction page
  3. Tested by Expack3.