Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30

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Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
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Gearbox Software
Windows Ubisoft
OS X Feral Interactive
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2005
macOS (OS X) March 15, 2005
Metacritic 87
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Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1]
Only in Hungary.
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Green Man Gaming
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Not available in Germany
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
The Brothers in Arms Collection (released in Europe) is DRM-free and all 3 games have the latest patches integrated.[3]

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.11 is the latest version.


  • Rendroc's WarZone - A list of stunning improvements ranging from a command mode similar to Hell's Highway and more effective AI to massive single player bot matches.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Media\
  2. Delete or rename LEGAL_EN.lte and Logos.bik.

Fix texture flickering, physics issues, EAX, mouse (tested with Steam version)[edit]

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Running this game without having made any modifications leads to flickering textures and major physics problems.

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Create a shortcut from the game executable in the game "System" folder (bia.exe).
  2. Use shortcut to set compatibility mode to Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  3. Set run as administrator (not sure if this step is absolutely necessary).
  4. Use the Task Manager or better something like Process Lasso to set game executable (bia.exe) CPU affinity to a single core, preferably not the first core (core 0) as the windows system uses that.
  5. Edit User.ini file in %APPDATA%\Gearbox Software\Brothers In Arms\<user-id>\
  6. Set MouseSmoothingMode to 0.
  7. Set bEnableEAX to true.
  8. Edit bia.ini in same folder.
  9. Set DesiredRefreshRate to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  10. Set UseDefaultDriver to false (Star Wars Republic Commando - same engine - "This tells the Unreal Audio Engine to load OpenAL32.dll from the \windows\system32 folder which will result in a native OpenAL being used." -

Crash with garbled screen when changing resolution[edit]

Windows 10 (and possibly other versions) will also give the error "Application bia.exe blocked access to graphics hardware". This crash seems to be caused due to the intro videos.

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open bia.ini.
  3. Edit the following to desired resolution (they should all have the same resolution, eg. X=1920, Y=1080)
  • WindowedViewportX=
  • WindowedViewportY=
  • FullscreenViewportX=
  • FullscreenViewportY=
  • MenuViewportX=
  • MenuViewportY=
  1. Follow the Skip intro videos steps.
  2. You should now be able to launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Gearbox Software\Brothers In Arms\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Gearbox Software\Brothers In Arms\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15190/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

In-Game video settings.
In-Game video settings.
In-Game performance settings.
In-Game performance settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Field of view (FOV).
See Field of view (FOV).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Alt+ Enter
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SGSSAA is available with 0x00401045 flag in nvidia inspector
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit User.ini[4]
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Gearbox Software\Brothers In Arms\<user-id>\
  2. Open user.ini.
  3. Define FoV in following lines:


Game could start to randomly reset those values. If so, edit those values in <path-to-game>\system\DefUser.ini too.

Input settings[edit]

In-Game input remapping.
In-Game input remapping.
In-Game key remapping.
In-Game key remapping.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software or OpenAL.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0, EAX 4.0.
DefOpenAL32.dll works as DirectSound3D driver which can be used with DSOAL to restore EAX.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Official translation for Steam and Uplay version here, also a fan translation is available
Only in retail version. Patch for digital release here


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 40000-43000
UDP 44000, 45000, 45001
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio OpenAL
Cutscenes Bink

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.6 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] 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>/15190/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15190) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.