XIII

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XIII
XIII cover
Developers
Ubisoft Paris
macOS (OS X) Zonic Limited
Publishers
Ubisoft
OS X Feral Interactive
Engines
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows November 18, 2003
macOS (OS X) June 5, 2004
XIII guide at StrategyWiki
XIII at Wikipedia

Key points

Official master server for online multiplayer shut down in 2012[1][2]alternatives are available, though.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
TAGES DRM.
Released on multiple CDs, later editions on 1 DVD.
Patch 1.3 removes the copy protection.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
This game is no longer available digitally.[3]

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

All patches include previous patch updates.

Official patches[edit]

Patch 1.3

Unofficial patches[edit]

Unofficial Patch 1.4 by Opaquit (Recommended)
Unofficial Patch 1.5 by icE.MaN & Andrejsky

Skip intro videos[edit]

Replace video files[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Video\
  2. Delete or rename alien.bik, nvidia.bik and ubi.bik files.
  3. Download the blank video file
  4. Move the file to <path-to-game>\Video\
  5. Create two copies of this file in the same location.
  6. Rename all three blank video files respectively to alien.bik, nvidia.bik and ubi.bik
The Ubisoft logo will still be displayed.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

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

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Cursor is upscaled.
Set resolution[6][4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open XIII.ini.
  3. Change FullscreenViewportX=800 and FullscreenViewportY=600 to your desired resolution.
  4. Save your changes.
For perfect Hor+ behavior, set the field of view according to the given aspect ratio or resolution:
  • 16:9 - 101.4
  • 16:10 - 95.43
  • 2560x1080 - 116.91
  • 1366x768 - 101.43
  • 1360x768 - 101.18

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Requires starting a new profile.
Set field of view[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DefUser.ini.
  3. Find DesiredFOV=85.000000 and DefaultFOV=85.000000.
  4. Change 85 to your desired FOV.
  5. Save your changes.

Windowed[edit]

Force windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the name and executable path.
  4. Set Do not notify on task switch.
  5. Set the window position and size.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on Input tab, set Cursor clipper to Locked.
  8. Click OK, then File and Save.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Disable Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open XIII.ini.
  3. Change UseVSync=True to UseVSync=False
  4. Save your changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing is enabled by default
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse is barely usable unless you use 125hz polling rate. A high DPI also helps
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Requires starting a new profile.
Disable mouse smoothing[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DefUser.ini.
  3. Change bMaxMouseSmoothing=True to bMaxMouseSmoothing=False.

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

Requires starting a new profile.
Change mouse sensitivity[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open DefUser.ini.
  3. Change the values for MouseX and MouseY to fine-tune your sensitivity.
[Engine.Input]
MouseX=Axis aMouseX Speed=6.0
MouseY=Axis aMouseY Speed=6.0

[Engine.PlayerInput]
MouseSensitivity=3.00000

Notes

It's not recommended to adjust MouseSensitivity as the in-game slider may override it.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music can only be on/off.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Polish
Local retail version only.

Network[edit]

Official master server that tracked actual online games has been shut down. Hosting servers and joining them via the in-game menu is impossible.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
Host externally your own dedicated server or join to another via the direct IP. Opaquit's experimental 24/7 server is available.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
See Issues with dedicated server.
Self-hosting
Use <path-to-game>\system\ServerLauncher.exe
Direct IP
Open the console (F2) and use SWITCHLEVEL followed by the IP and port.[7] Alternatively, you can use XIII IP Join

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[8]
UDP (outbound) 7099, 7777

Issues fixed[edit]

Checkpoints are not saved permanently[edit]

Checkpoint save only applies when you die during your current play through and does not save your game. You need to quick/manually save it.[9] Loading any level manually can be done if needed.
Use level switcher[citation needed]
  1. Open the console with F2 when in-game.
  2. Enter SWITCHLEVEL <level>, replacing <level> with one of the internal level identifiers listed here.

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 <path-to-game>\system\.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  4. Click on "Add" and select <path-to-game>\system\.
  5. Enable "Enumerate refresh rates".
  6. Go to the DirectX tab.
  7. Set the resolution from the list (e.g. 1920x1080, 119Hz).
  8. Uncheck "Disable Alt-Enter to toggle screen state" and "dgVoodoo Watermark" and click OK.

4-CD Installation Problem[edit]

Only for the 4-CD retail version: This is to fix the pop-up that appears on CD 2, which says: "Delete all configuration and saved games files? (Answering YES will delete the XIII installation folder and all of its content)" Answering Yes or No stops the installation and constantly reappears if you start the installation again.

4-CD Installation Problem[citation needed]
  1. Create a folder on Desktop named "XIII".
  2. Inside "XIII" folder, create folders named "cd 1", "cd 2", "cd 3", and "cd 4".
  3. Copy the entire CD to each of their respective folders, e.g. CD 1 to the "cd 1" folder, and so on.
  4. Open "Windows Task Manager" and go to "Processes".
  5. Start setup.exe in the "cd 1" folder.
  6. In the task manager you'll notice a bunch of new processes start up, when this happens change the name of the setup.exe to something else, e.g. to jd.exe.
  7. Installation of CD 1 will continue.
  8. When it asks for CD 2, change whatever you named the setup.exe back to setup.exe.
  9. Follow the rest of the installation instructions.

Notes

Putting XIII in compatibility mode for "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" crashes less & helps performance while running the game.

Left click leaves game[edit]

Left mouse click causes focus change away from the fullscreen window back to your desktop.
Set windowed mode[10]

Game runs in slow motion[edit]

The game runs with a blurred, slow frame rate.
Game Runs in Slow Motion[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open XIII.ini.
  3. Change UseVSync=True to UseVSync=False
  4. Download Sebastian 'Hanfling' Kaufel's UnrealEngine Custom Launchers
  5. Rename XIII.int.
  6. Extract Launch.int from Custom Launchers archive to <path-to-game>/system
  7. Rename Launch.int to XIII.int.

Notes

VSync can be re-enabled manually in the graphics adapter settings (Nvidia or AMD Catalyst Control Panel).

Game will not start in fullscreen[edit]

Game will not run in fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open XIII.ini.
  3. Find the line ReduceMouseLag=True and replace the line with the following:
ReduceMouseLag=False

Or

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open XIII.ini.
  3. Find the section D3DDrv.D3DRenderDevice and replace the contents with the following:
DetailTextures=False
HighDetailActors=False
SuperHighDetailActors=False
UsePrecaching=True
UseTrilinear=False
AdapterNumber=-1
ReduceMouseLag=False
UseTripleBuffering=False
UseHardwareTL=True
UseHardwareVS=True
UseCubemaps=False
DesiredRefreshRate=75
UseCompressedLightmaps=True
UseStencil=True
Use16bit=False
Use16bitTextures=False
MaxPixelShaderVersion=255
UseVSync=False
LevelOfAnisotropy=1
DetailTexMipBias=0.800000
DefaultTexMipBias=-0.500000
UseNPatches=False
TesselationFactor=1.000000
CheckForOverflow=False
AvoidHitches=True
OverrideDesktopRefreshRate=True
ReportUnusedTextures=False
DecompressTextures=False
TerrainLOD=0
SkyboxHack=False
LowQualityTerrain=True

Game crashes and starting problems[edit]

Game crashes and starting problems[citation needed]
  1. Start the game.
  2. While in main menu minimize the game by pressing Alt+Tab .
  3. Open the Task Manager (crtl+alt+del)and click on the "Process" tab.
  4. Right click "xiii.exe" and click on "Set Affinity".
  5. Make sure only "CPU 0" is selected.

Notes

The game now runs only on one processor and should work without any crashes.

Issues with dedicated server[edit]

Server launcher doesn't work[edit]

Patch 1.3 causes many problems with the dedicated server launcher.
Download and install Unofficial Patch 1.4[11]

Failed to register the game server[edit]

When hosting a dedicated server, it tries to connect to an inactive master server.
Modify XIII.ini[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location; <path-to-game>\Server\ when using Unofficial Patch 1.4
  2. Open the XIII.ini file.
  3. Delete the ServerActors=IpDrv.RegisterServerToUbiCom line.
  4. Save the changes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable
Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5v

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 700 MHz Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
64 MB of VRAM

References