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
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines at SteamDB
 Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines at Wikipedia
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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 DRM Notes Keys
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Direct2Drive DRM details are not known
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Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Unofficial Patch[edit]

The fan-made Unofficial Patch removes many bugs and adds multiple features like widescreen support. 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.

It can be downloaded here (source).

Fix Using Unofficial Patches with Steam Version[1][2]

  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 as an administrator.
  6. Choose your installation folder when prompted.
  7. You will be asked whether you want the basic or plus patch.
  8. You're done. Go ahead and run the game.

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 videos

  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 No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

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 No native support False icon.svg
Ultra-widescreen Hackable WSGF UW Bronze.svg See Ultra-widescreen.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Hackable Run a game with -sw parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming or similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable 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 support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3]

Ultra-widescreen[edit]

Fix Change the aspect ratio via hex edit[4]

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open the Bin folder.
  3. Open engine.dll with a hex editor (e.g. HxD).
  4. Search for the value 39 8E E3 3F and change it to B8 1E 15 40

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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

Fix Changing the Field of View

  1. Use the -console command line argument to enable the console.
  2. Start up the game, close the console and load up a save.
  3. Reopen the console using ~.
  4. Input fov # (replace # with your desired FOV).
  5. To get rid of the console, type showinventory to bring up the inventory, then close it with Esc.
  6. 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 SweetFX

  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/MLAA

  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)

  1. Open Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines driver profile via NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x000000C0[5][6]
  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 support
Mouse acceleration Native support An option for Mouse Filtering. Mouse acceleration not present.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller
Controller support No native support 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 No native support
Surround sound Native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost Native support

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D Unknown
Nvidia 3D Vision Hackable Use Helix Mod: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.
TriDef 3D Unknown
iZ3D Unknown

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen during intros / movies[edit]

Fix Black intro screen with sound - no logos

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

Missing Textures[edit]

Fix Missing Textures

  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 available

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

Fix Voices and Sound Effects have low quality surround/echo

  • 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 Lag

  • 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. Or simply force Vsync off in your graphic card's control panel.

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. someone tell me how to do the patch properly please.. - Steam Users' Forums
  2. filthster comments on Did you even look?
  3. New 120Hz Games Report
  4. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines | WSGF
  5. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  6. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread