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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

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Delta Force: Black Hawk Down
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down cover
Developers
NovaLogic
Expansion Ritual Entertainment
Engines
Black Hawk Engine
Release dates
Windows March 24, 2003
macOS (OS X) July 2004
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Key points

Master servers were shut down. Playing multiplayer is now only possible using GOG.com version, GameRanger or Novaworld.cc.

General information

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)
CD key
SecuROM 4 DRM.
Windows
Developer website
DRM details are not known
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with Team Sabre expansion, allows for playing multiplayer.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Team Sabre
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dfv.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32670/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\dfvplr.sav
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/32670/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use this CheatEngine table.
Windowed
Launch the game with /w parameter. Resolution of 640x480 and Windowed mode can make the game unplayable.[1]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced via graphics control panel (Nvidia).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Setting might be disabled (force in the graphics card control panel).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced via graphics control panel (Nvidia).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

The game natively supports only 4:3 resolutions. It's possible to get the game running in widescreen mode by editing bytes directly in exe file.
Modify and use UniWS[2]
  1. Launch the game and let it test your display.
  2. Quit the game.
  3. Download and extract UniWS.
  4. Edit patches.ini.
  5. Replace its content with:
  6. THE INI IS BELOW 
    [Apps] 
    version=1.03 
    
    a0=Delta Force Black Hawk Down / Delta Force Black Hawk Down - Team Sabre
    
    [Delta Force Black Hawk Down / Delta Force Black Hawk Down - Team Sabre] 
    details=Requires 1.5.0.5 version.
    checkfile=dfbhd.exe
    modfile=dfbhd.exe
    undofile=dfbhd.backup
    sig=EB42BF00040000BE00030000EB36BF
    sigwild=0000000000000 
    xoffset=3 
    yoffset=8 
    occur=1
  7. Save changes and run uniws.exe.
  8. Go to the installation folder or use the Find it for me... button.
  9. Type in your desired resolution and click Patch.
  10. Launch the game and choose 1024x768 resolution.

Notes

This hack works with both base game as well as expansion pack.
Menus, FMVs and most of HUD elements are stretched.
Only 2 out of 3 messages fit the chat space after applying the hack.
Might not work with the Steam version of the game.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Doesn't pause on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
50 Versus, Co-op
For co-op use Anaconda's Server Manager.
Online play
64 Versus, Co-op
Only possible using GOG.com version or GameRanger, because of NovaLogic shutting down their database.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Run the game with the /serveonly parameter.[3]
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't recover password/account details (bug: emails not being sent)[edit]

In 2008, Novalogic updated their website. Sadly however, this caused few minor glitches on DFBHD websites that in-game browser is using.

Use Novaworld Community Beta website[citation needed]
  1. Go to Lost Your Password.
  2. Enter email address of your Novaworld account.

Anti-aliasing option is disabled[edit]

On some configurations, option for full screen anti-aliasing is disabled. There isn't a known fix for it. Only alternative is forcing different AA settings from graphics card control panel.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Shader Model support 1.1, 1.3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink
Multiplayer NovaWorld

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 733 MHz Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 860 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia TNT2
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
Nvidia GeForce 5 series
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
The Team Sabre expansion pack increases the HDD requirements to 1.4 GB

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>/32670/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (32670) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Verified by User:Stealthradon on 8 June 2014
    The world spins around the player at very high speeds
  2. Delta Force: Black Hawk Down | WSGF - last accessed on 2017-04-10
  3. Novahq.net Forum - View Single Post - bhd dedicated server