BlowOut

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BlowOut
BlowOut cover
Developers
Terminal Reality
Publishers
Majesco
Engines
Infernal Engine
Release dates
Windows October 28, 2003
BlowOut on MobyGames
BlowOut on Wikipedia

Key points

Game features a graphics setting launcher, but is disabled by default in the Steam version.
Suffers from significant performance issues on Windows 10. See Increase Rendering Resolution.
Introduction videos may not work on newer versions of Windows. See Increase Rendering Resolution.

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\video
  2. Rename, move or delete these files:
infernal.mpg
intro.mpg
logo.mpg

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

}
System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\blowout.ini[Note 1]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/719070/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

}
System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\[Note 1]
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/719070/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Local saves only.

Video settings[edit]

Video settings launcher.
Video settings launcher.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Vert- Menus & UI are also cut off at the top and bottom. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- Menus & UI are also cut off at the top and bottom. See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Vert- Menus & UI are also cut off at the top and bottom. See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Increase Rendering Resolution.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Increase Rendering Resolution.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Off by default. See Increase Rendering Resolution.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Modify blowout.ini
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open the blowout.ini file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the values of gamePIXX and gamePIXY to your desired resolution.
  4. Save the changes.
Menu and UI are cut off on the top and bottom.
Vertical FOV is reduced.

Increase Rendering Resolution[edit]

Play at 1080p or higher
  1. Download dgVoodoo.
  2. Extract dgVoodooCpl.exe and dgVoodoo.conf to <path-to-game>, where Blowout.exe resides.
  3. Open the MS folder in the dgVoodoo zip and extract DDraw.dll, D3DImm.dll, D3D8.dll, and D3D9.dll from the x86 folder to <path-to-game>, again where Blowout.exe resides.
  4. Open dgVoodooCpl.exe.
  5. Make sure the Config folder / Running instance is set to <path-to-game>, it may already be there by default.
  6. In the General tab, set Adapter(s) to use / enable to your current graphics card, Appearance to Full Screen, and Scaling mode to either Stretched, keep Aspect Ratio or Stretched, 4:3 Aspect Ratio.
  7. In the DirectX tab, make sure Disable and passthru to real DirectX is unchecked, and set Resolution to Max. You can uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark if you wish.
  8. Optional: under Texturing, set Filtering to Force anisotropic 16x and set Antialiasing (MSAA) to 8x to enable anisotropic filtering and antialiasing respectively. Under Miscellaneous, check Force vSync to enable vSync.
  9. Click Apply and exit the program.
Also helps with game performance on Windows 10.
Opening videos now play correctly on newer versions of Windows.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Referred to as "Aviation" style.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
You can only accept/decline menu options and skip cutscenes with keyboard.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Referred to as "Aviation" style.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Triggers cannot be defined.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Game will be unable to recognize any new controllers.
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Choice between keyboard/mouse or controller.

Audio settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Effects and Music.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 733 MHz
AMD equivalent
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB+200 MB virtual memory
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible
Sound (audio device)
Other 4x CD-ROM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/719070/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (719070) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References