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Messiah

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Messiah
Messiah cover
Developers
Shiny Entertainment
Publishers
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 31, 2000
Messiah at Wikipedia

General information

Official game site
Official support page
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)
LaserLock DRM.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Updated with compatibility for modern systems. Comes pre-configured with nGlide.
Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

version 02 patch is the latest version.

Manuals, etc.[edit]

All of the downloads available for the game can be found on the official support page.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/577980/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/577980/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Local retail version only.
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Fix slowdown and 32-bit color[edit]

In modern GPUs the game has severe slowdown issues and is locked to 16-bit color only support. This can be addressed by the game itself, but it requires either a custom shortcut or running the game from the command line:

Change the rendering settings[citation needed]
The logo, intro, and ending videos will not render properly in 32-bit mode
  1. Run the game with the -x argument, like MessiahD3D.exe -x (or create a shortcut to MessiahD3D.exe with the -x argument added).
  2. Select one of the available resolutions and press Ok. Another resolution selecting window will appear.
  3. Leave the graphics card option as is.
  4. Select Direct3D HAL (do not select Direct3D T&L HAL - this will cause slowdowns!)
  5. From the third option scroll to find the resolution you picked in the first window (widescreen modes do not seem to work). Make sure it says "x 32" at the right side (which means 32-bit color), otherwise you will get nasty color banding since modern GPUs lack dithering support for 16-bit modes.
  6. Press Run game.

Other information[edit]

Command line arguments[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
-i Skip intro logos
-s Disable sound
-o Disable Fog
-v Disable mip-mapping
+! Fixes Windows 2000 crashes on some machines when switching from the game to the game menu.
-p Will disable any gamma control for users who wish to use their windows gamma and not in game gamma settings.
+T Enables verbose debug information for sound cards.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz Intel Pentium III
System memory (RAM) 64 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
16 MB of VRAM

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>/577980/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (577980) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References