Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver cover
Developers
Crystal Dynamics
Publishers
Retail Eidos Interactive
Digital Square Enix
Engines
Gex Engine
Release dates
Windows September 8, 1999
Taxonomy
Series Legacy of Kain
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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver on IGDB
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver on MobyGames
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver on Wikipedia
Legacy of Kain
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1997
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 2001
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 2002
Legacy of Kain: Defiance 2003
Nosgoth Cancelled

Key points

A straight conversion of the PlayStation version, with none of the enhancements of the Dreamcast port.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
GOG.com Community Discussions

Availability

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Wrace's SR1 Patch

Fan patch created by Wrace that improves compatibility with modern versions of Windows, fixing various bugs, adding new sound engine and subtitles, native support of all gamepads and mouse, support of vibration for XInput gamepads, widescreen support and unlocking 60 frames per second, in-game map and in-game achievements, fix for storing / loading current level for the saves, additional menu item 'New Game+' to start it with already solved block puzzles, the possibility to skip logo movies at the run of the game.
Installation of Wrace's SR1 Patch
  1. Download Wrace's SR1 Patch.
  2. Extract SR1_Patch.zip.
  3. Move all of the files to <path-to-game>, overwriting already existing files if needed.

Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename crylogo.bik and publogo.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Soul Reaver\kain2.txt
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.her[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

Widescreen resolution

This fix causes disappearing textures on the sides of the screen, which becomes progressively worse with wider aspect ratios.
Hor+ widescreen support[3]
  1. Open kain2.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+F and change the Datatype option to Hex-Values.
  3. Type 0000203F in the text field.
  4. Replace the 0000203F value with:
    • ABAA2A3F to set 5:4 aspect ratio
    • 8988083F to set 25:16 aspect ratio
    • 5555053F to set 16:10 aspect ratio
    • 0000003F to set 15:9 aspect ratio
    • 0000F03E to set 16:9 aspect ratio
    • 0000B43E to set 21:9 aspect ratio
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  7. Copy the contents of the MS folder to the installation folder.
  8. Run dgVoodoo Setup and add the installation folder to the list.
  9. Go to the DirectX tab and set the desired resolution.
  10. Uncheck the dgVoodoo Watermark option.
  11. Apply the changes.
  12. Set any 4:3 resolution in the game config.

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music, and Speech.
Surround sound
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Subtitles
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
German
Hungarian
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Russian
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Spanish
Retail only. Download.
Italian
Retail only. Download.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
vorpX
Z3D
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues fixed

Crash when the game starts

Use Wrace's SR1 Patch

Crashes with resolutions larger than 640x480

Use Winplay DLL Patch
  1. Download Winplay DLL Patch.
  2. Copy the DLL file to the game directory.

Raziel runs in circles if a gamepad is connected

Use Wrace's SR1 Patch

Hardware acceleration not available for AMD GPUs

Delete atiumdag.dll

Go to the installation folder and delete or rename atiumdag.dll.

Game crashes when reaching Melchiah gates after loading a game

After doing all the puzzles before Melchiah, if you load the game again and try to reach the gates before the boss battle, it'll crash.
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch[5]

Audio issues

On modern computers, audio may have issues such as dialogue skipping at some points.
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Set a lower sampling rate (44.1 kHz should be fine)

Other information

API

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 320 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  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>/224920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).

References