Blood

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Blood
Blood cover
Developers
Monolith Productions
Cryptic Passage Sunstorm Interactive
Publishers
GT Interactive
Atari
Engines
Build
Release dates
DOS May 31, 1997
Windows (DOSBox) April 22, 2010
Linux (DOSBox) May 18, 2015[1]
Blood on Wikipedia
Blood
Blood 1997
Blood II: The Chosen 1998
Blood: Fresh Supply 2019

This page is for the original release. For the enhanced version, see Blood: Fresh Supply.

Key points

A bug in the game causes damage scaling to change after loading a save.[2][3]

General information

Blood Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM details are not known
DOS
Amazon.com
DRM details are not known
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Packaged with Blood: Fresh Supply. Also includes the "Plasma Pak" and "Cryptic Passage" expansions. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[4]
Windows
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Steam
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Also includes the "Plasma Pak" and "Cryptic Passage" expansions. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Cryptic Passage
DOS
Windows
Linux
Plasma Pak
DOS
Windows
Linux

Essential improvements[edit]

Source ports[edit]

Name Description
BuildGDX Reverse-engineered gameplay-accurate port written in Java. Adds high resolutions support, OpenGL renderer, improved mouse controls, and fixes for the original game bugs with an option to revert them.

Can run official addon and custom made campaings straight from the main menu without the need to use installers or replace any original files.

Has custom difficulty option that allows to choose different combinations of enemies count and damage dealing or receiving.

Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
NBlood Reverse-engineered gameplay-accurate port of Blood based on EDuke32.

Features original software renderer, improved OpenGL renderer, and OPL3 emulation.

Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Improve performance in DOSBox[edit]

Edit DOSBox configuration file
  • Change output=surface to output=openglnb
  • Change memsize=16 to memsize=64
  • Change core=normal to core=dynamic
  • Change cycles=auto to cycles=max
  • Change aspect=false to aspect=true
  • Change fullresolution=original to fullresolution=0x0

Blood Launcher[edit]

The One Unit Whole Blood Launcher is recommended for the best experience. It includes a large number of optional modifications and custom maps.

Build Game DOSBox Launcher[edit]

The Build Game DOSBox Launcher allows installation from both digital release and retail release. It also includes a large number of optional modifications and custom maps.

bMouse[edit]

bMouse is a DOS extension which improves mouse looking by removing the mouse filter which causes issues related to both axis not updating properly.
Install bMouse[6]
  1. Unzip bmouse.exe into the folder where you installed Blood.
  2. Run setup.exe through DOSBox and go to Controller Setup > Choose Controller Type and select "Keyboard and External".
  3. Go to Setup External and change the program name to BMOUSE.EXE, save and exit.
  4. Open dosboxBlood_single.conf in a text editor and replace the line containing BLOOD.EXE with bmouse.exe launch blood.exe.
  5. You can do the same for Cryptic Passage by opening dosboxBlood_Addon.conf and replacing CRYPTIC.EXE with bmouse.exe launch cryptic.exe.

Notes

bMouse will cause the vertical aiming to be inverted. To fix this just go to the Setup Advanced Control Options from Control Setup, then at Advanced Mouse Setup change the Mouse Y Scale to negative number.

Buildmfx[edit]

Buildmfx is a patch which improves mouse looking.

NOLFBLIM[edit]

NOLFBLIM fixes flashing HUD.

BloodCM[edit]

BloodCM is a Blood remake in the form of a mod for EDuke32, a Duke Nukem 3D source port that provides modern features such as widescreen resolutions and dynamic lighting.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\BLOOD.CFG
Windows <path-to-game>\BLOOD.CFG[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299030/pfx/[Note 3]
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\*.SAV
Windows <path-to-game>\*.SAV[Note 1]
Linux <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 2]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299030/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input settings[edit]

In-game general control settings.
In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Use mouse wheel to change weapons[edit]

Binds up and down keys to the mouse wheel[7]
  1. Get AutoHotkey
  2. Use this script whenever you play Blood.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Can be enabled through DOSBox's priority settings (use the pause emulation option).

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

VR support[edit]

A driver for the VFX1 headset can be found here.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus, Co-op
Co-op supports two players.
Online play

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
OpenGL 1.0 Use BloodGDX.
Glide 1.0 Beta patches for 3Dfx support can be found here. Note these patches are largely unstable and never completed.
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA Supports extremely high resolutions for a DOS game (over 1600x1200).

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Smacker

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 6.2
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 75 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA 256-colour
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 430 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS and/or PC booter game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).
  3. 3.0 3.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/299030/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (299030) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References