Dungeon Siege

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Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege cover
Developers
Gas Powered Games
macOS (OS X) Westlake Interactive
Publishers
Microsoft Game Studios
OS X MacSoft
Engines
Siege Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows April 5, 2002
macOS (OS X) May 2, 2003
Dungeon Siege at Wikipedia
Dungeon Siege
Dungeon Siege 2002
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna 2003
Dungeon Siege II 2005
Dungeon Siege III 2011

Key points

Use bltonly=true command line argument to fix frame rate issues.[2]

General information

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Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna contains both Dungeon Siege and its main expansion Legends of Aranna.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use nointro=true parameter[2]

Use the nointro=true command line argument.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\DungeonSiege.ini
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\Save\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Highest natively supported resolution is 1024x768. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Too high resolutions (above 1080p) will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Use Nvidia Control Panel or comparable. Resolutions above 1024x768 perform exponentially worse with AA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be disabled with the vsync=false command line argument.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. Use bltonly=true command line argument to fix potential frame rate problems.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fixes only work in-game, not on the main menu.
Widescreen aspect ratios are Vert-; to set FOV see the WSGF entry.
Some higher resolutions will crash the game; use dgVoodoo2 for these resolutions.
Set in DungeonSiege.ini[5]
  1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Dungeon Siege\DungeonSiege.ini
  2. Change the width = and height = numbers to match your resolution.
  3. Save your changes.
Set in launch options[5]
  1. Add width=#### and height=#### to your games launch options.
  2. Replace #### with your desired resolution.
  3. Save your changes.

Windowed[edit]

Windowed mode[citation needed]

Execute the game with the command line parameter fullscreen=false

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Full keyboard remapping with secondary options.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Only inverts for camera movement.
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Ambient, and Voice.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Network[edit]

Steam and non-Steam players cannot play together due to version differences.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Co-op
For Steam use the zonematch=true command line argument.
Online play
Co-op
You may need to use a VPN, e.g. Hamachi.[6]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
MSN Gaming Zone support has ended.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Flickering screen[edit]

Flickering screen[citation needed]

This fix has only been tested on the Steam version. Some users have complained about the screen flickering on Windows 7. A quick fix is to press the Windows button on the keyboard to minimize the game. Upon maximizing, the flickering stops (Changing between the main menu and the campaign/multi-player will require you to do this again).

Menu glitches[edit]

Menu glitches[citation needed]

Sometimes the game's menu stops responding, doesn't see saved games, gives "There are no maps currently available" error, shows visual glitches on character creation screen. This may happen regardless of how many times the game ran correctly. Installing the game in the default folder and turning off gameplay-tracking programs (ex. X-Fire, Raptr, Steam) may fix these issues.

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Use bltonly parameter[2]

Use bltonly=true command line argument.

Fairies/Pixies can cause missing terrain and crashes[edit]

If a fairy or pixie restores a character's health or mana, the player may soon encounter missing terrain and crashes in certain circumstances.[7] Download fairyfix.zip and extract into <path-to-game>\Resources to disable fairy/pixie spells.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 [8]
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP1
Processor (CPU) 333 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  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>/39190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References