Giants: Citizen Kabuto

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Giants: Citizen Kabuto
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Developers
Planet Moon Studios
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Engines
Amityville
Release dates
Windows December 7, 2000
macOS (OS X) October 31, 2001
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Key points

Manual saving feature is only available in the console version.[1]

General information

GiantsWD site - Active community, mods, patches, level editors, etc.
GiantsWD forums
GOG.com Community Discussions
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 check just on 1.4 patch (Windows)[citation needed]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
GOG.com
DRM-free
1.4 (without CD check)
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Functions similarly to GOG.com version.
Windows
A faithful higher resolution icon for Windows can be downloaded from the Files section.
A demo is available. Note that it uses an older version of the engine and may have compatibility issues on modern systems.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.4 is the last official patch.
Patch 1.5 is an unofficial patch that adds several graphics settings, additional effects and DirectX 8 renderer. It is highly recommended to install this patch. The latest version (Patch 1.497 Beta) can be found here.

Graphical Revision Mod 1.01[edit]

Mouse Speed Fix[edit]

Use -framelimit 120 to fix mouse speed issues (requires patch 1.5).

GiantsHook Graphical Overhaul Mod[edit]

Adds GeForce 3 exclusive effects and DirectX 8 renderer.
Single-player only.
Not compatible with unofficial patches.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PlanetMoon\Giants\IDs\<user-id>
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/557750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/557750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Resolution and renderer settings.
Resolution and renderer settings.
Default graphics settings.
Default graphics settings.
Patched graphics settings.
Patched graphics settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Install Patch 1.497 BETA if some resolutions do not work.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Even with the unofficial patch, support for resolutions above 1920x1080 appears inconsistent.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use the -window command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Forcing anisotropic filtering has a noticeable impact on visuals, disabling a pseudo "depth fog" on distant textures, not just ones at steep angles.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game does not handle fluctuating frame rates well; a frame rate cap is recommended. The cap should be determined by the lowest common frame rate achievable by the user's machine (such as 60 FPS on a low-end system, or 120 FPS on a high-end system). Set with -framelimit ## parameter, replacing ## with the desired frame rate (requires patch).
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects and music sliders
Surround sound
Subtitles
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
See Restore Hardware Sound.

Restore hardware sound[edit]

Hardware sound has been disabled in the initial release of Giants due to performance issues at the time. On some systems, this may not be an issue and you may see an improvement in sound quality with this option if your sound card supports EAX. This will also restore occlusion and reverb audio options in-game.
GOG.com or retail version
  1. Download the missing files here.
  2. Extract gs_ds.dll, and all .EAL files to the <path-to-game>.
  3. Start the game with -snd3d argument

Notes

Install the unofficial 1.5 patch first, if you want to use it.
Retail version only
  1. Be sure to install the 1.4 Patch with eax support (Version 1.4 w/ EAX)
  2. From CD1, Copy all *.EAL files from the EAL folder inside the <path-to-game>
  3. Start the game with -snd3d argument

Localizations

The language for the GOG.com version can be changed with Language Selector.exe in the installation folder or Start menu.[2]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see profile introdution. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
20
Online play
20

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 19712
UDP 19712
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Imported savegames are not recognized[edit]

Create an empty savegame first[3]
  1. Start a new game (no progress is needed).
  2. Close the game.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>/savegame/SaveGame0, and overwrite mission.sav with your backup mission.sav.
You can make a backup of the game's configuration by exporting the corresponding registry key, see configuration file(s) location

Other information[edit]

Remove censorship[edit]

Delphi was originally going to be topless, as evidenced by early trailers and the boxart, however she wears a bikini in the final game.
Create empty file[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\bin
  2. Delete or rename arpfix.gzp.
  3. Start the game.

Notes

Delphi will still wear a bikini during the loading screen.

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 8 1.497 Beta patch adds D3D8.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz
AMD K62 350 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 875 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible

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>/557750/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (557750) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References