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Blood II: The Chosen

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Blood II: The Chosen
Blood II: The Chosen cover
Developers
Monolith Productions
Publishers
GT Interactive
Atari
Engines
LithTech 1.0
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1998
Blood II: The Chosen guide at StrategyWiki
Blood II: The Chosen at Wikipedia
Blood
Blood 1997
Blood II: The Chosen 1998

Key points

Poor performance on modern systems
Crashes on certain resolutions

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
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Includes "The Nightmare Levels" expansion.
Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Includes "The Nightmare Levels" expansion.
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
The Nightmare Levels
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Blood II v2.1 fixes various issues (requires Patch v2.0).

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete file[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete/rename Monolith.smk.

Run Blood II on modern systems[edit]

dgVoodoo stabilizes performance and is essential for getting Blood II to run on modern systems.
Setup dgVoodoo[3]
  1. Download and extract dgVoodoo.
  2. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe and click on DirectX tab.
  3. Uncheck "Disable Alt-Enter to toggle screen state".
  4. Uncheck "dgVoodoo Watermark".
  5. Set "Antialiasing (MSAA)" to the desired samples.
  6. Click Apply. Go to the MS folder and copy D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll to the installation folder.
If you are having issues getting DgVoodoo working you could alternatively try this wrapper. Note that it automatically limits resolutions to prevent the high res crash, though this can be disabled in the settings.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299050/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/299050/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External video settings.
External video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Widescreen patch only supports up to 1440p.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
Setup dgVoodoo to enable Alt+ Enter shortcut.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Setup dgVoodoo to enable MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Can be forced off.
60 FPS
Setup dgVoodoo for stable performance.
120+ FPS
Cutscenes are too fast, cutting off characters voice lines. Mouse is also jerky.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix crashes and stretching[4]
  1. Download Blood II - high resolution fix.
  2. Extract to the installation folder and overwrite.
  3. Download Blood II - widescreen patch.
  4. Extract the ".REZ" files to a "Custom" folder in the installation folder. If the Custom folder doesn't exist, create it manually first.
  5. Run Blood II launcher, click on "Customize", select either "WidescreenPatch.rez" for Blood II or "WidescreenPatchNm.rez" for the Nightmare Levels and click on "Add". Whenever you enable and disable the Nightmare Levels you have to add the right patch and remove the other one. Make sure that "Always load these rez files" is checked and click "OK".
  6. Click on "Advanced" and paste +ScreenWidth 1920 +ScreenHeight 1080 +FovX 100 in the Command-Line field.
  7. Adjust the values according to the resolution and horizontal FOV you want to play with (FOV parameter is optional).
  8. Make sure that "Always specify these command-line parameters" is checked and click "OK".

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game joystick settings.
In-game joystick settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0, EAX (2.0 update required)[6]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32 Versus, Co-op
For co-op use the Co-op addon.
Online play
32 Versus, Co-op
For co-op use the Co-op addon.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Crashes on focus lost[edit]

Whenever using Alt+Tab , the game crashes with the error message: "Client MFC Application has stopped working".

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor performance on modern systems[edit]

Setup dgVoodoo[3]

See Run Blood II on modern systems.

Crashes on certain resolutions[edit]

Crashes with 1000+ pixel height resolutions by default.
Fix resolution crash[3]
  1. Download Blood II - high resolution fix.
  2. Extract to the installation folder and overwrite.

"ERROR - Unable to set the video mode. (6929314)" error[edit]

Use Windows 10 patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the Blood 2 The Chosen Windows 10 patch.
  2. Unzip the files to the installation folder.

Notes

If you want to use the high resolution fix, disable the resolution limiter in DxWnd in this fix.

Music doesn't play in game[edit]

Fix missing music[citation needed]
  1. Download Blood 2 Music Patch.
  2. Extract to the installation folder and overwrite.

Cutscenes play too fast[edit]

Limit frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]

See Frame rate capping.

Always starts on second monitor[edit]

Set display manually[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder and edit autoexec.cfg.
  2. Locate line "CardDesc" "\\.\DISPLAY2"
  3. Replace with "CardDesc" "\\.\DISPLAY1"

Notes

If the line doesn't already exist, add it manually.
Can be set in the launcher, but may revert back to default.

Window positioned off-screen[edit]

Occurs with dgVoodoo's windowed mode.
Software workaround[citation needed]
  1. Install and run Borderless Gaming.
  2. Press Win+F6 to set game window to top left corner.

Error 0xc0000022 on launch[edit]

See Older games refuse to start on Windows 8 and later

Other information[edit]

Run Blood II without the launcher[edit]

Start with batch file[7]
  1. Open a text editor and add the following:
    @echo off
    cd "path-to-game"
    start /affinity 1 client.exe -rez BLOOD2.REZ -rez SOUND.REZ -rez Custom/WidescreenPatch.REZ exit
    
    • Replace path-to-game with the actual installation folder for the game.
    • If you want to start the Nightmare expansion just replace "BLOOD2.REZ" with "BLOOD2NM.REZ" and "Custom/WidescreenPatch.REZ" with "Custom/WidescreenPatchNM.REZ".
    • Any additional command-line arguments you wish to use can be added before the word "exit".
  2. Save as a new file with the .bat file extension.
  3. Start the game by double-clicking the .bat file you created.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium II
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible
An Intel Pentium II 233 MHz or equivalent is required for software rendering

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/299050/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (299050) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References