Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines cover
Troika Games
Release dates
Windows November 16, 2004
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines guide at StrategyWiki
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Key points

Released in an unfinished and buggy state. As such, installation of either the Unofficial Patch or the True Patch is highly recommended.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v4 DRM
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Includes Normal and Legacy version
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Essential improvements[edit]


  • Patch 1.2 - this patch is already included in the unofficial patch.

Unofficial Patch[edit]

The version already includes the Basic version of the Unofficial patch. Legacy version does not.[1]
Using Unofficial Patches with Steam version[2][3]

The fan-made Unofficial Patch removes many bugs and adds multiple features like widescreen support. The Unofficial Patch is available in two flavors Basic and Plus:

  1. Install the game from Steam as you would any other game.
  2. Run the game once. It's fine if it crashes (this is where an install with a 64 bit OS is likely to give a memory error).
  3. Download the latest unofficial patch.
  4. Run the executable you've downloaded as an administrator.
  5. Choose the installation folder when prompted.
  6. Choose a type of installation - Basic or Plus
    • Basic - consists of bugfixes that do not dramatically alter Troika's vision for the game.
    • Plus - makes more significant changes including the reconstruction of cut content and numerous other improvements that go above and beyond what the developers may have intended.
  7. Enjoy the game.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Vampire\media
  2. Delete or rename activision.bik, nvidiabloodlogo.bik, troika.bik and whitewolf.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Vampire\cfg

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Vampire\save

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Unofficial Patch.
See Ultra-widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default value is 75° (horizontal). See Field of view (FOV).
Run with -sw parameter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming or similar software.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through video driver. See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. Can be forced off through video driver.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]


Change the aspect ratio via hex edit[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Bin\
  2. Open engine.dll with a hex editor such as HxD.
  3. Search for the value 39 8E E3 3F and change it to B8 1E 15 40

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Changing the Field of View[6]
  1. Use the -console command line argument to enable the console.
  2. Start up the game, close the console and load up a save.
  3. Reopen the console using ~.
  4. Input fov # (replace # with your desired FOV).
  5. To get rid of the console, type showinventory to bring up the inventory, then close it with Esc.
  6. Save your game. The FOV is now altered for this save.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Anisotropic filtering on Linux/Wine with AMD/Mesa[7]
  1. You can force anisotropic filtering when using AMD GPU with Mesa (both radeonsi and r600) by setting the environment variable: R600_TEX_ANISO=16

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Use SweetFX[citation needed]
  1. Download SweetFX.
  2. Extract its contents to a folder.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in the readme file to enable SMAA.
SGSSAA (NVIDIA only)[citation needed]
  1. Open Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines driver profile via NVIDIA Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x000000C0[8][9]
  3. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling].
  5. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  6. Apply changes.


High quality anti-aliasing.
Performance demanding.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
An option for Mouse Filtering. Mouse acceleration not present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
It's possible to enable joystick support via console, but many of the actions (like feeding or crouching) can not be cancelled by pressing the same key, which makes the game unplayable on the controller.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen during intros / movies[edit]

Black intro screen with sound - no logos[6]
  1. Right click on vampire.exe, go to "properties".
  2. Flag "disable visual themes" and "disable desktop composition"

Missing Textures[edit]

Missing Textures[citation needed]
  1. Make sure "Bump Mapping" is checked ON in the game settings.
  2. Restart the game

Unable to run, less that 15mb memory available[edit]

Unable to run, less that 15mb memory available[6]

Voices and Sound Effects have low quality surround/echo[edit]

Voices and Sound Effects have low quality surround/echo[citation needed]
  • To fix this issue permanently, open <path-to-game>\Vampire\cfg\autoexec.cfg and add the following to it:
// [Sound Patch]

snd_mixahead 0.35
snd_surround 1
snd_gain 2.2
snd_gain_max 1.58
dsp_on 1
dsp_spatial 73
dsp_stereo 1
dsp_dist_max 9999
hisound 1
footstep_pc_vol 0.31
// footstep_npc_use_templates 0
volume "0.930000"

Input Lag[edit]

Input Lag[citation needed]
  • If the controls are hitching and unresponsive, particularly when moving and looking at the same time, change the compatibility of the main executable vampire.exe to Windows 98 mode.
  • If this doesn't help, try running a game in Window or Borderless Fullscreen window mode to disable Vsync. Or simply force Vsync off in your graphic card's control panel.

Other information[edit]

True Patch[edit]

An alternative to the "Unofficial Patch" is the "True Patch", which aims to only fix bugs and preserve an experience as close as possible to the original game. The "True Patch" can be downloaded here. IMPORTANT: LINK IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon - 1.2 GHz
Intel Pentium III - 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 348 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.7 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. Release: Vampire®: The Masquerade - Bloodlines™ -
  2. someone tell me how to do the patch properly please.. - Steam Users' Forums (retrived)
  3. filthster comments on Did you even look?
  4. New 120Hz Games Report
  5. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines | WSGF
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2016-08-19
  7. The Mesa-dev mailing list
  8. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread
  9. 3DCenter Forum - Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen - Antialiasing - Kompatibilitätsbits - Sammelthread