Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Box.png
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Publishers
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Release dates
Windows
November 16, 2004
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Key points

Information Installing latest version of Unofficial Fan Patch is highly recommended.

General information

More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Amazon.com Steamicon.png
GameFly Gamefly.png
GameStop Steamicon.png
Steam Steamicon.png

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Unofficial Patch[edit]

The fan-made Unofficial Patch removes many bugs and adds multiple features like widescreen support. It can be downloaded here.

The Unofficial Patch is available in two flavors: Basic and Plus. The Basic version consists of bugfixes that do not dramatically alter Troika's vision for the game. The Plus version makes more significant changes including the reintroduction of cut content and numerous other improvements that go above and beyond what the developers may have intended.

Note: Due to its regular update schedule, not all versions of the Unofficial Patch will be compatible with all mods.

Fix Using Unofficial Patches with Steam VersionLink

This solution was submitted by geronimo789 on Steam forums and expended upon by Reddit user filthster.

  1. Install the game from Steam as you would any other game.
  2. Run the game once. It's fine if it crashes (this is where an install with a 64 bit OS is likely to give a memory error).
  3. Right click on the game entry in Steam, go to properties, and disable Steam Community In-Game and Automatic Updates.
  4. Download the latest unofficial patch.
  5. Run the executable you've downloaded. Depending on your security settings, you may be required to run as an administrator. When the patch prompts you for an installation folder, point it here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steamapps\common\Vampire the masquerade - bloodlines\
  6. You will be asked whether you want the basic or plus patch. The basic patch focuses primarily on bug fixes and some additions to the original game that were disabled in the vanilla installation, but are not game changing. The plus patch adds numerous other tweaks and changes for improving the game.
  7. You're done. Go ahead and run the game. It is normal for the opening cinematics to be broken at this point. Should you want to re-enable them, right click vampire.exe in the default folder and check "Disable visual themes" and "Disable desktop composition." If their absence doesn't bother you just press ESC or click until the main menu appears.

True Patch[edit]

An alternate to the "Unofficial patch" the "true patch" is a purist patch, meaning that it only makes bugfixes and tries to preserve an experience as close as possible to the original game. It can be downloaded here. LINK IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Rename/delete intro videosLink

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Vampire\media
  2. Rename or delete activision.bik, nvidiabloodlogo.bik, troika.bik and whitewolf.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Vampire\cfg

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Vampire\save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg Supported as of Unofficial Patch 8.9 . Visuals are Stretched unless "Widescreen" is enabled in the video options.
Multi-monitor Impossible False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen Impossible WSGF Incomplete.svg
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Hackable Run a game with -sw parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use GameCompanion or similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible Can be forced through video driver.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Hackable See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable Enabled by default. Can be forced off through video driver.
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Information FOV can be altered using the developer console. Default value is 75°.

Fix Changing the Field of ViewLink

  1. In your Steam Library, right click on the game and select Properties .
  2. Choose Set launch options .
  3. Add -console and click OK .
  4. Start up the game, close the console and load up a save.
  5. Reopen the console using ~ .
  6. Input fov # (replace # with your desired FOV).
  7. To get rid of the console, type showinventory to bring up the inventory, then close it with Esc .
  8. Save your game. The FOV is now altered for this save.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Information By default the game does not have anti-aliasing support.

Fix Use SweetFXLink

  1. Download SweetFX.
  2. Extract its contents to a folder.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in the readme file to enable SMAA.

Fix Enable FXAA/MLAALink

  1. Open up the Control Panel of your video driver. (i.e. NVIDIA Control Panel or Catalyst Control Center depending on your graphics card.)
  2. Select the game profile.
  3. Enable FXAA/MLAA.

Notes

Advantage Performance friendly.
Disadvantage Might blur the in-game text slightly.

Fix SGSSAA (NVIDIA only)Link

  1. Open Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines driver profile via NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x000000C0[2][3]
  3. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling].
  5. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  6. Apply changes.

Notes

Advantage High quality anti-aliasing.
Disadvantage Performance demanding.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native An option for Mouse Filtering. Mouse acceleration not present.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible It's possible to enable joystick support via console, but many of the actions (like feeding or crouching) can not be cancelled by pressing the same key, which makes the game unplayable on the controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen during intros / movies[edit]

Fix Black intro screen with sound - no logosLink

  1. Right click on vampire.exe, go to "properties".
  2. Flag "disable visual themes" and "disable desktop composition"

Missing Textures[edit]

Fix Missing TexturesLink

  1. Make sure "Bump Mapping" is checked ON in the game settings.
  2. Restart the game

Unable to run, less that 15mb memory available[edit]

Fix Unable to run, less that 15mb memory availableLink

  • Install newest version of Unofficial Patch (either Basic or Plus).
  • If this doesn't help, right click vampire.exe and change properties to run as admin and run in compatibility for Windows XP SP3 (also make sure to check the boxes "disable visual themes" and "disable desktop composition").
  • If this still doesn't help, right click vampire.exe and change properties to run in compatibility for Windows Vista, disable running as admin, and uncheck the boxes "diable visual themes" and "disable desktop composition".

Update (24/07/14): It has recently come to attention that the creator of the Unofficial patch is actually falsifying updates and deleted content and has been using other mods codes, or placing a mod into his patch, without permission. Changes that he has made have either never been apart of the original designs of Troika or dropped ideas that never got past the planning and implementation stage. Please use the "True" patch for an actual group of fixes to the game.

Voices and Sound Effects have low quality surround/echo[edit]

Fix Voices and Sound Effects have low quality surround/echoLink

  • To fix this issue permanently, open <path-to-game>\Vampire\cfg\autoexec.cfg and add the following to it:
// [Sound Patch]

snd_mixahead 0.35
snd_surround 1
snd_gain 2.2
snd_gain_max 1.58
dsp_on 1
dsp_spatial 73
dsp_stereo 1
dsp_dist_max 9999
hisound 1
footstep_pc_vol 0.31
// footstep_npc_use_templates 0
volume "0.930000"

Input Lag[edit]

Fix Input LagLink

  • If the controls are hitching and unresponsive, particularly when moving and looking at the same time, change the compatibility of the main executable vampire.exe to Windows 98 mode.
  • If this doesn't help, try running a game in Window or Borderless Fullscreen window mode to disable Vsync.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU)
1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 348 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4.7 GB
Video card (GPU)
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  3. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread