Breed

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Breed
Breed cover
Developers
Brat Designs Ltd.
Publishers
Cdv Software Entertainment
Engines
Mercury Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows March 19, 2004
Reception
Metacritic 51
Taxonomy
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Tactical shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight, Tank
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Warnings

StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Breed is a first-person shooter with squad management and vehicle combat developed by Brat Designs.

The game was released in 2004 to a mixed reception from gamers and critics. Many criticized its poor release which featured many bugs that affected gameplay and stability of the game.

The game is currently unavailable for sale in digital stores, while rare second-hand retail copies of the game remain protected by StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1], which makes them unplayable on modern operating systems. A single patch was released fixing 6 bugs in single-player and a dozen in multiplayer[6] before the project was abandoned leaving many of the game's issues unresolved.[7]

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Uses StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2] and requires typing in CD Key before entering main menu.
Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Breed.Cfg[Note 3]
<path-to-game>\Controllers.dat

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Game Saves[Note 3]

Video[edit]

The game's launcher and its settings
The game's launcher and its settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Uses Vert- scaling.
Multi-monitor
FOV is too low.
Ultra-widescreen
FOV is too low.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
The game's window is set to be always on top. The window starts as resizable 640x480 window, despite using specified rendering resolution. Changing window size doesn't change rendering resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing

Input[edit]

General control settings
General control settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Seperate option for inverting mouse when driving and flying.
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game loosing focus pauses the application and stops all sounds.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
32 Versus
Online play
32 Versus
GameSpy and its master servers were shut down.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Various game crashes[edit]

  • This game is prone to crash during gameplay, saving the game, loading the game, exiting to the menu, flying planes, and others.

Cutscenes last for very long[edit]

  • In some cases, cutscenes may last very long due to AI having issues doing things like parking vehicles, landing planes etc.

Issues fixed[edit]

Crash when loading a mission[edit]

Set the game to run in fullscreen mode.[8]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98/ME/2000/XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 3 - 1 GHz
AMD Athlon - 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible

Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[2][3][4][5] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[2][3][4][5] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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