Condemned: Criminal Origins

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Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins cover
Developers
Monolith Productions
Publishers
Sega
Engines
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows April 11, 2006
Condemned: Criminal Origins at Wikipedia

Key points

Potential performance issues; see Low frame rate to fix.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
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Windows
Steam
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The Steam version is missing some sound effects.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable movies[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "DisableMovies" "1" on a new line.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned\settings.cfg
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned\Save\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Despite the feature being activated, the game doesn't seem to synchronize anything.

Video settings[edit]

Condemned's graphics settings menu.
Condemned's graphics settings menu.
Condemned's detail settings menu.
Condemned's detail settings menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix to fix various issues.
Multi-monitor
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix to fix various issues.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x FSAA. For SGSSAA, see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Seems to disable itself sometimes when adjusting graphic settings.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "FovY" "XX" at the end where XX is the desired vertical FOV.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "Windowed" "1" at the end.
  4. For borderless, use Condemned Widescreen Fix.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

The soft shadows option has no effect if the FSAA option is enabled.
SGSSAA solution (Nvidia only)[1]
  1. Disable the in-game FSAA option.
  2. Download and run NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  3. Search and open the game profile.
  4. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x000000C0.
  5. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Set Antialiasing Setting to 4x Multisampling or your desired level of MSAA.
  7. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or your desired level of SGSSAA.
  8. Apply changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Acceleration is off by default; mouse smoothing can be adjusted by slider.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
DirectInput. For XInput controllers, see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Assign controls in keyboard menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A fix is required to assign triggers on the Xbox 360 Controller.
May not be compatible with the DirectInput FPS Fix.
Fix remapping issues[2]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the "Target Program" to Condemned.exe.
  3. Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output".
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  5. Click Apply and OK.

Notes

For more information, see ThirteenAG's Steam Guide.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and speech.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[3]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2.0 and EAX Advanced HD.
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to enable EAX and surround sound functionality on Vista and newer Windows operating systems.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
French
Italian
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation.
Russian
1) Fan full sound and cinematics translation available here.
2) Fan translation by «ENPY Studio/Spirit Team»

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Frame rate may drop to around 20-30 FPS after a few minutes of play. This is especially common with systems utilizing Logitech devices.
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
Use DirectInput FPS Fix[citation needed]

Missing sound effects in Steam version[edit]

In particular, the train sounds at the end of chapter four are missing.[4] The footage from "The Dark" game prototype is also corrupted.[5]

Keyboard settings reset to unassigned[edit]

Some settings can't be saved unless the game is launched as administrator.
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
This fix moves save location from public documents to my documents folder.

Soft shadows don't work with in-game FSAA[edit]

This is due to the features of the engine and the artificial limitation of the simultaneous use of anti-aliasing with soft shadows, since they can cause graphic artifacts on the shadows.
Disable in-game FSAA[citation needed]
If you want anti-aliasing, see Anti-aliasing (AA).

Invisible menu text on Windows 10[edit]

Change game's language to English[7]
Use compability mode with older version of Windows[citation needed]
If you use DPI scaling in Windows settings, change this option and use custom DPI setting[citation needed]

Slow loading level and aero disabling[edit]

Occurs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 because of the special graphic stack WDDM.
Install game only on Windows XP, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10[citation needed]
Using Windows 8.1 or 10 significantly reduces the launch time of the level; perhaps this is due to improvements in the WDDM graphics stack.[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4
AMD Athlon
2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4
AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon 9700 PRO

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>/4720/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4720) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References