Velvet Assassin

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Velvet Assassin
Velvet Assassin cover
Developers
Replay Studios
Publishers
SouthPeak Games
Digital Tribe
Engines
Replay Engine
Release dates
Windows April 28, 2009
macOS (OS X) December 26, 2012
Velvet Assassin guide at StrategyWiki
Velvet Assassin at Wikipedia

Key points

For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen border fix.
The Windows version requires the NVIDIA PhysX Legacy System Software (prevents a Critical Error - Aegia Physics SDK crash).
Users have reported stability issues. See Issues fixed section for possible fixes.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Requires online activation
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Windows
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Russian copies use StarForce 5 DRM.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\logos\.
  2. Delete or rename PhysX.bik, replay_logo.bik, and southpeak.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Velvet Assassin\[Note 1]
<path-to-game>\aio\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16720/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Velvet Assassin\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/16720/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game launcher options.
Game launcher options.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Resolution set via launcher.
Multi-monitor
Resolution set via launcher.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x and maximum.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Game works accurately at 60 FPS and below.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 130 FPS and will cause audio and animation glitches. See Issues fixed for possible fixes.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\aio\.
  2. Open player_exdata.cfg.
  3. Find the following lines and change them to your liking:
Cam1stPersonFOV = 110			//< FOV in aim mode
Cam3rdPersonFOV = 105			//< FOV in 3rd person mode

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\replay.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change ForceWindowed=false to ForceWindowed=true under [Display.Output] for windowed.
  5. Change Borderless=false to Borderless=true and Fullscreen=false to Fullscreen=true under [Window.System] for borderless fullscreen windowed.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Change presentinterval = 1 to presentinterval = 0.

Notes

Changing options in the launcher resets the value.

Motion blur[edit]

Disable motion blur[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\FX\PostFX\
  2. Delete or rename directional_blur.pfx.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Doesn't use mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller has to be enabled from in-game settings.
Controller remapping
Movement can't be rebound.
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 feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, effects and music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
French
Italian
Polish
Fan translation, download.
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\replay.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change MuteInBackground=false to MuteInBackground=true under [Window.System].

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Velvet Assassin.

Issues fixed[edit]

Erratic gameplay over 60 FPS[edit]

Cap frame rate at 60 FPS[citation needed]
Use a tool such as Nvidia Profile Inspector.
Toggle Vsync (see Video settings)

Enabling Steam overlay[edit]

Replace launcher with games exe[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Rename Launcher.exe to something else.
  3. Rename Replay.exe to Launcher.exe

Notes

This makes game start directly without launcher. If you need to change settings either navigate back to <path-to-game> and launch renamed exe or modify configuration file manually.

Critical Error - Aegia Physics SDK[edit]

Install the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software[2]

Install the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software.

Crashes[edit]

CPU Affinity[citation needed]
While the game is launched, open task manager, find replay.exe, and adjust the CPU affinity to the first CPU. These crashes may still occurr but will be slightly less frequent.

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

A window border is visible in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix

Apply the Velvet Assassin fullscreen border fix.

Black shader bug (OS X)[edit]

The player character may be solid black on systems with AMD graphics.
Use shader patch[3]

Use Shader Patch for Velvet Assassin.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Fullscreen mode defaults to 100 Hz, even if the screen refresh rate is set higher than that.
Set screen refresh rate and 60 FPS cap[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\replay.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change TargetFPS=0.0 to TargetFPS=60.0 to enable 60 FPS cap.
  5. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 to set screen refresh rate.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX Windows version requires the Nvidia PhysX Legacy System Software.

Mods[edit]

No Hints mod[edit]

No Hints, Before and After.
No Hints, Before and After.

No Hints mod removes all highlights on characters, loot, all UI messages and subtitles, decreases the grain filters on assassination animations. It also changes Violette's costume to the pilot suit during Morphine mode.

Velvet Assassin: Enhanced Edition[edit]

Velvet Assassin: Enhanced Edition offers a large variety of user-created tweaks. Some of these range from:

  • increasing the difficulty,
  • adding new textures,
  • tweaking overall weapon damage as well as recoil/accuracy,
  • disabling startup movies,
  • removing motion blur, etc.

Velvet Assassin Fix[edit]

Velvet Assassin Fix by Maluc includes PhysX loader fix, windowed mode, and developer mode.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Single core 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1600
Pixel Shader 3 support
256 MB of VRAM
Sound (audio device) Stereo
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600
Nvidia GeForce 8600
256 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  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>/16720/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (16720) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References