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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 April 22, 2010
Linux May 18, 2015[1]
Blood at Wikipedia
Blood
Blood 1997
Blood II: The Chosen 1998

Key points

A bug in the game causes damage scaling to change after loading a save.[2][3]
A port to the Kex Engine by Night Dive Studios is in the works.[4]

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
GOG.com
DRM-free
Also includes the "Plasma Pak" and "Cryptic Passage" expansions. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[5]
Windows
Linux
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Also includes the "Plasma Pak" and "Cryptic Passage" expansions. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[6]
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Essential improvements[edit]

BloodGDX[edit]

BloodGDX is a reverse-engineered port of Blood. It's written in Java, thus supports any OS that can run Java Runtime. It requires the original 1.21 version of the game and can run custom maps and episodes made for the original game. It is in alpha state and still contains some bugs.

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.

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[7]
  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.

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
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299030/pfx/[Note 1]
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
Linux
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299030/pfx/[Note 1]

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[8]
  1. Get AutoHotkey
  2. Use this script whenever you play Blood.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native 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.
Software renderer
Default mode in DOSBox and only mode in classic version (without 3Dfx patch). Supports extremely high resolutions for a DOS game (over 1600x1200).
DOS video modes VGA, SVGA
64-bit executable

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 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 75 MB 430 MB
Video card (GPU) VGA 256-colour
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 430 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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