Anonymous edits have been disabled on the wiki. If you want to contribute please login or create an account.

Warning for game developers: PCGamingWiki staff members will only ever reach out to you using the official mail address.
Be aware of scammers claiming to be representatives or affiliates of PCGamingWiki who promise a PCGW page for a game key.

Difference between revisions of "Giants: Citizen Kabuto"

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
(→‎Essential improvements: GiantsWD is down rn, so add official alternative links for 1.5 patch)
Line 61: Line 61:
==Essential improvements==
==Essential improvements==
<!-- GiantsWD is temporarily down for an extended period of time rn, but the URLs should be the same once it's back up -->
{{ii}} [ Patch 1.4] is the last official patch.
{{ii}} [ Patch 1.4] is the last official patch.
{{ii}} [ Patch 1.5] is an unofficial patch that adds several graphics settings, additional effects and DirectX 9 renderer. It is highly recommended to install this patch. The latest version can be found [ here].
{{ii}} <!--[ Patch 1.5]--> [ Patch 1.5] is an unofficial patch that adds several graphics settings, additional effects and DirectX 9 renderer. It is highly recommended to install this patch. The latest version can be found <!--[ here]--> [ here (direct download)].
===Mouse speed fix===
===Mouse speed fix===

Revision as of 10:43, 15 April 2024

Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Giants: Citizen Kabuto cover
Planet Moon Studios
macOS (OS X) The Omni Group
Interplay Entertainment
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows December 7, 2000
macOS (OS X) October 31, 2001
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres Action, RTS, Shooter
Vehicles Helicopter, Hovercraft
Art styles Stylized
Themes Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Space
Giants: Citizen Kabuto on HowLongToBeat
Giants: Citizen Kabuto guide on StrategyWiki
Giants: Citizen Kabuto on MobyGames
Giants: Citizen Kabuto on Wikipedia

Giants: Citizen Kabuto is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view, first-person and third-person action, RTS and shooter game.

Unlike the subsequent PlayStation 2 port, the PC version does not have a manual saving option.[1]

General information

GiantsWD site - Active community, mods, patches, level editors, etc.
GiantsWD forums Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD check just on 1.4 patch (Windows)[citation needed]
macOS (OS X)
1.4 (without CD check)
Icon overlay.png
Functions similarly to version.
A faithful higher resolution icon for Windows can be downloaded from the Files section.
Mecc and Reaper demos are available. Note that both use an older version of the engine and may have compatibility issues on modern systems.

Essential improvements


Patch 1.4 is the last official patch.
Patch 1.5 is an unofficial patch that adds several graphics settings, additional effects and DirectX 9 renderer. It is highly recommended to install this patch. The latest version can be found here (direct download).

Mouse speed fix

Run the game with the -framelimit [number] command line argument (requires patch 1.5)
This should be set to a consistently achievable framerate, as the mouse speed issues are caused by uneven frame pacing.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PlanetMoon\Giants\IDs\<user-id>
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/557750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/557750/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Resolution and renderer settings.
Resolution and renderer settings.
Default graphics settings.
Default graphics settings.
Patched graphics settings.
Patched graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Install 1.5 patch if some resolutions do not work.
4K Ultra HD
Even with the unofficial patch, support for resolutions above 1920x1080 appears inconsistent.
Field of view (FOV)
Use the -window command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Install the 1.5 patch, then open the launcher and select Borderless under Mode in the Options menu.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Forcing anisotropic filtering has a noticeable impact on visuals, disabling a pseudo "depth fog" on distant textures, not just ones at steep angles.[2]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Install the 1.5 patch, then open the launcher and check Vertical Sync under Mode in the Options menu.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The game does not handle fluctuating frame rates well; a frame rate cap is recommended. The cap should be determined by the lowest common frame rate achievable by the user's machine (such as 60 FPS on a low-end system, or 120 FPS on a high-end system). Set with -framelimit ## parameter, replacing ## with the desired frame rate (requires 1.5 patch).
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative acceleration is present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects and music sliders
Surround sound
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
See Restore Hardware Sound.
Royalty free audio

Restore hardware sound

Hardware sound has been disabled in the initial release of Giants due to performance issues at the time. On some systems, this may not be an issue and improvement may be observed in sound quality with this option if the sound card supports EAX. This will also restore occlusion and reverb audio options in-game.
Procedure for or retail version using unofficial 1.5 patch
  1. Ensure that the unofficial 1.5 patch is installed.
  2. Download the missing files here.
  3. Extract gs_ds.dll, and all .EAL files to the <path-to-game> folder.
  4. Start the game with the -snd3d command line argument.
Alternate procedure for retail version only
  1. Be sure to install the 1.4 patch with EAX support.
  2. From CD 1, copy all .EAL files from the EAL folder to the <path-to-game> folder.
  3. Start the game with the -snd3d command line argument.


The language for the version can be changed with Language Selector.exe in the installation folder or Start menu.[3]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and only.
Retail and only; download for Steam release.
Retail and only.
Retail only.
Retail and only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
20 The official service has been shut down.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 19712
UDP 19712
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see profile introdution. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Imported savegames are not recognized

Create an empty savegame first[4]
  1. Start a new game (no progress is needed).
  2. Close the game.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>\savegame\SaveGame0 and overwrite mission.sav with the backup mission.sav.


A backup of the game's configuration can be made by exporting the corresponding registry key, see configuration file(s) location.

Other information

Restore Delphi's pre-release appearance

Delphi was originally going to be topless, as evidenced by early trailers and the boxart, however she wears a bikini in the final game.
Create empty file[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\bin
  2. Delete or rename arpfix.gzp.
  3. Start the game.


Delphi will still wear a bikini during the loading screen.


GiantsHook Graphical Overhaul Mod

Adds GeForce 3 exclusive effects and DirectX 8 renderer.
Single-player only.
Not compatible with unofficial patches.

Graphical Revision Mod 1.01


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Unofficial 1.497 Beta patch adds D3D8.
Unofficial patch 1.5 adds D3D9.
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz
AMD K62 350 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 875 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Quicksave or manual save? - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  2. Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2021-01-20
    probably some mipmap trickery
  3. The "what did just update?" thread, page 646 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Save game files location?, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023
  5. Mindless censorship!, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on May 2023