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Condemned: Criminal Origins

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Condemned: Criminal Origins
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Monolith Productions
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows April 11, 2006
Condemned: Criminal Origins at Wikipedia

Key points

Potential performance issues; use the DirectInput FPS Fix.

General information

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

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.

Missing sound effects / "The Dark" prototype footage being corrupted[edit]

The Steam version's CondemnedA.Arch00 is noticeably smaller when compared to the retail game. Because of this, and reversed audio files within the .Arch00 file, many sounds are simply missing from the Steam version. In particular, the train sounds at the end of Chapter 3 are missing.[1] The footage from "The Dark" game prototype is also corrupted.[2]
Use replacement files or xdelta patch[citation needed]

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 steam cloud feature is 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
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x FSAA. For SGSSAA via Nvidia Inspector, use 0x000000C0.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Seems to disable itself sometimes when adjusting graphic settings.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

In case the game does not recognize or is unable to switch to your resolution.
Set custom resolution[citation needed]
  1. Go to %PUBLIC%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned
  2. Edit settings.cfg
  3. Change the "ScreenWidth" and "ScreenHeight" values to the desired resolution.


By default the game uses letterboxing for aspect ratios other than 16:9.
Remove letterboxing[citation needed]
  1. Download Racer_S's conFOV5 utility.
  2. Run it and use the sliders to adjust GUI distance from screen edges.
  3. Run the game.


Additionally you can add "Widescreen" "0" to settings.cfg file, which will render game in 4:3 AR with black bars on the sides. It can then be stretched to fullscreen with conFOV5 utility. See screenshots for comparison.

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" on a new line, where XX is the desired vertical FOV.


Some players game may only launch as a black screen while in windowed mode but will be perfectly fine during fullscreen.
Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "Windowed" "1" on a new line.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
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 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 low frame rate fix.
Fix remapping issues[citation needed]
  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.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and speech.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[3]
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.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.
Fan full sound and cinematics translation available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Slow loading level and aero disabling[edit]

Occurs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7, because of the special graphic stack WDDM.
Fix slow load level and spontaneous shutdown aero interface
  • Install game only on Windows XP, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. [4]


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. [5]

Invisible text[edit]

Some users are reporting that Windows 10 causes text to be invisible.[6]
Fix Invisible text
  • Use compability mode with older version of Windows
  • If else you use dpi scaling in Windows settings, change this option and use custom DPI setting

Control key settings are not assigned[edit]

Keyboard settings reset to unassigned when you restart the game
Control key settings are not assigned fix
  • Need run game as Administrator

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.
DirectInput FPS Fix[citation needed]

Soft Shadows not working[edit]

Soft Shadows not working but setting enabled
Soft Shadows fix
  • Need disable anti-aliasing in game options
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.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

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


  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.