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Manhunt cover
Rockstar North
Rockstar Games
Release dates
Windows April 20, 2004
Manhunt guide at StrategyWiki
Manhunt at Wikipedia
Manhunt 2004
Manhunt 2 2009

Key points

Game has crashing issues on newer operating systems. See Issues fixed.
Some sound effects[1] and music tracks loop on modern operating systems.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Project Manhunt forums
Manhunt Wikia


Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace video file[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\levels\GLOBAL\MPEG\
  2. Delete or rename titles.bik
  3. Save this file in <path-to-game>\levels\GLOBAL\MPEG\
  4. Rename it to titles.bik


The copyright screen will still be shown.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Manhunt User Files\SaveGames\Settings.dat
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12130/pfx/[Note 1]
Configuration file is encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Manhunt User Files\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/12130/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched by default. Use ThirteenAG's fix
Stretched by default. Use ThirteenAG's fix
4K Ultra HD
Use ThirteenAG's fix
Field of view (FOV)
Use ThirteenAG's fix or use Manhunt FOV Hack
Use ThirteenAG's fix, create wndmode.ini in the installation folder
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use ThirteenAG's fix, create wndmode.ini in the installation folder
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced off in GPU control panel
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rates higher than 60 FPS cause AI bugs in some levels[4]

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Support old Dual Action/Rumblepad/Cordless Rumblepad out of the box, need to map buttons.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Xbox 360 controller has incorrect analog sticks mappings and triggers can't be bind to actions. See Issues fixed
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and SFX
Surround sound
Excluding enemy chatter
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses, but audio continues.
EAX support
Up to 7.0 with Creative ALchemy


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing on modern operating systems / Gate won't open[edit]

On Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, the game tends to crash unexpectedly and suffers from a glitch early on where a gate fails to open.
Steam version[5]
  1. Download Manhunt Steam Fix.
  2. Extract the files to the installation folder.
  3. Run Manhunt Fix.bat to apply.
Retail version[citation needed]

DirectX 8.1 Error[edit]

Install DirectPlay
Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components, causing game to crash on startup. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. More about DirectPlay here.
  1. Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'.
  2. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off'
  3. Click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'.
  4. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer.
It is recommended to reinstall the game after installing DirectPlay.

High FPS / Glitched NPCs on Windows 10[edit]

Due to issues with D3D8, W10 has broken frame rate limiter which causes issues such as glitched AI

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 60 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate[citation needed]
  1. Download and extract dgVoodoo.
  2. Open the MS folder and copy the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  4. Click on "Add" and choose the installation folder.
  5. Enable "Enumerate refresh rates".
  6. Go to the DirectX tab.
  7. Set the resolution from the list (e.g. 1920x1080, 119Hz).
  8. Disable "dgVoodoo Watermark" and click OK.

XInput controller are not fully compatible[edit]

XInput controllers have wrong mapping and are practically unusable
Use XInput Plus
  1. Download XInput Plus.
  2. Set the target program to manhunt.exe
  3. Go to "Sticks", and change the "Rect Correction" slider from "0" to "1".
  4. Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output."
  5. Assign "LT/RT" to "Button 11/12"
  6. Assign "Right Stick" to "Z Axis/Z Rot"
  7. Assign "DPAD" to "Button 13-16"
  8. Press apply, this will install a DLL file in <path-to-game> (which will be automatically used when you start the game).
Camera Y axis is inverted
  • In XInput plus go to "Sticks" to "Right Stick" and tick "Invert Y" option
Something beeps when game launches
  • In XInput plus go to "Settings" to "Others" and untick "Enable Init Beep" option

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.5h
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.6c

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
System memory (RAM) 192 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.3 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
ATI Radeon 7500
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200
ATI Radeon 9600
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 8.1 compatible with hardware positional sound


  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>/12130/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (12130) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.