How to run Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines on Windows 7/8. Twice a month Wes guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each Pixel Boost guide comes with a free side of 4. K screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past.
Download the newest non-beta patch. Newer patches come with a widescreen patch that may make the hex edit obsolete. This 'respatch' sometimes patches in resolutions monitors can't handle.
I'm having issues lauching the game with the patch (installed as run as admin) In steam it gave me you dont have the privalge of running this so I set both steam and the VTM exe as run as admin the game won't even launch.
It's incredible that Vampire the Masquerade is 1. And Bloodlines is a game worth being dedicated to—the writing is up there with other RPG masterpieces like Planescape Torment.
And there's vampire politics! Unfortunately, Bloodlines was a buggy mess 1. Windows. But it can be done, and I've compiled the most helpful instructions and mods to make Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines run, even in 4. K. Install it. First, grab Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines from Steam or Amazon . It's $2. 0 on both, though you'll occasionally see it drop down to $5 for a sale.
Bloodlines is an action role-playing video game optionally presented from the first-or third-person perspective. Before the game begins, players create a male or female vampire character by selecting a vampire clan.
While you're downloading and installing the game, also download the latest version of the unofficial patch from Patches- Scrolls. As of April 2. 01. This patch is essential to playing Vampire without a mess of bugs, and it also includes some useful utilities, including a resolution tool for running the game high- res. While installing the patch, make sure to point it at the correct installation directory and include all the extras it wants to install. Run it in high resolution. Once Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is installed, things can get tricky. Maybe the game will run fine for you.
Game files - Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines PC - GAME MOD Bloodlines: Antitribu v.1.1 - 1249.9 MB; Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines PC - GAME MOD VTMB Unofficial Patch v.9.5 - 415.9 MB. This mod is a joint effort to fix the vast amount of bugs currently existing in the Shivering Isles expansion pack for Oblivion v1.2.0416. If you're experiencing a bug with Shivering Isles and it's not fixed by our mod please. VTMB Companion Mod enhances Vampires: The Masquerade Bloodlines by allowing players to recruit party members and traveling companions. Players will also gain the ability to possess their traveling companions, use companion.
Before we deal with the variety of issues that can pop up, let's get the resolution fixed, first. Run the game once to make sure it has all the proper files and fills out any config files as necessary. If it gives you an error, don't worry about it for now. If you're running Vampire through Steam, disable auto- updates for the game and close Steam while doing any tweaking.
Navigate to Vampire's install directory and open the Extras folder, then Shaders and Mods. Inside this folder there's a utility called Res. Patch. exe. Run this utility as administrator. It will ask you to locate the install directory of the game. Do that. Click either Set 1.
Resolutions or Set 1. Now replace one of the resolutions with the resolution of your display, if it isn't already listed.
For a 1. 44. 0p monitor, insert 2. X and Y values on one line. For downsampling from 4. K, list 3. 84. 0 and 2. If you're happy with 1.
Now click Patch It. Close the Res. Patch utility.
Run the game and select your new resolution from the resolution list under video settings. Make sure the widescreen and bump mapping boxes are both checked. You'll have to restart the game to have the new resolution applied. Maybe that all worked for you. But there's a good chance the game simply won't boot for you.
Now it's time to deal with errors. Here are some useful tips: Right click vampire. On the compatibiilty tab, run the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP (Service Pack 3). Also make sure Disable visual themes, Disable desktop composition, and Run this program as an administrator are all checked.
If you get a . Restart Steam. When I started the game, I got a less common . Restarting my PC fixed it.
If you're having crashing issues, copy all of the files from Vampire's . It may be your best hope, especially for fixing the ? Let's talk a little bit about mods. Mod it. Bloodlines is an ugly game at high resolutions. Great art direction can't overcome some of the game's blurry low- res textures, but fans have put in some work to correct those. Even if you're a purist and prefer the original graphics, there are a couple of great modifications you can make. Enabling the in- game console will allow you to disable the game's HUD, change the FOV from its very narrow default setting, and perform other tweaks.
To enable the console, right click the game's shortcut (on Steam, go to Properties, Set Launch Options) and add . There's actually one included in the unofficial patch, which is pre- configured to tweak the contrast in Bloodlines. Navigate through Extras > Shaders and Mods > Sweet. FX 1. 5. Now copy everything in the Sweet. FX 1. 5 folder (including the Sweet. FX subfolder) into the main Vampire install directory. Voila, Sweet. FX ready to go.
Check out this thread on Neo. GAF , which is an excellent reference to the graphical mods available for Bloodlines. You can also browse them on the Mod. DB website . Most of these mods overwrite files in the Vampire > materials folder.
The Neo. GAF thread also links to an ENB mod for the game to give it even more dramatic lighting. Just remember to do your backup. The screenshots taken below are mostly using the game's original textures, because when I installed some graphical mods, they didn't all display properly. I didn't backup the originals. Learn from my mistakes as you enjoy a few screens from Vampire's first hour below.
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines at 3. LPCThese screenshots were captured by downsampling on the Large Pixel Collider . For more guides to running classic games on modern Windows and more classic game screenshots, check out Pixel Boost every other week. Make sure to click for the full- size image.