Cold Fear

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Cold Fear
Cold Fear cover
Release dates
Windows March 30, 2005
Metacritic 66
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror
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General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1].
Use Alternate Executable to remove the disc check.
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Not available in Germany.
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+. Does not need Uplay to run.
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\movie.
  2. Delete or rename Logo_Dar.bik, Logo_Ubi.bik, Renderware.bik, RW.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15270/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVES[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/15270/pfx/[Note 2]
6 save slots available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Cold Fear Widescreen Fix.
Use Cold Fear Widescreen Fix.
Use Cold Fear Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Cold Fear Widescreen Fix. Very high resolutions have significantly reduced mouse sensitivity. Support for higher 4:3 resolutions is limited due to many causing the game to crash on startup.[6]
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV). See Changing the FOV distorts the shadows.
Run ColdFear_Retail.exe with -windowed command line argument.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
If it's necessary, use 3rd party SW or GPU control panel to lock FPS.
120+ FPS
Framerates above 60 can cause glitches. See Issues fixed.[citation needed]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Distorts Realtime Shadows.
Set FOV[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Conf\.
  2. Edit Heroes.cfg.
  3. Find the following lines and change the values to your desired FOV.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Done in the same menu as controller remapping, with 2 input slots per action.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both mouse y-axis inversion and controller y-axis inversion are controlled under "inversed aiming" option.
Controller support
Does not process analog controller inputs as analog. Instead processes them as "MAX" value input and "MIN" value input. As a result analog trigger inputs cancel each other out (eg. if you set left trigger to aim and right trigger to shoot, pressing both would just make you stop aiming).
Full controller support
Controller is completely unmapped upon first launch and has to be manually bound; the movement inputs, the run button, and the cling button are used to navigate menus (to change selected option, select an option, and go back, respectively).
Controller remapping
Done in the same menu as keyboard remapping, with 2 input slots per action.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both mouse y-axis inversion and controller y-axis inversion are controlled under "inversed aiming" option.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Supports Xbox 360 controllers out of the box. Xbox One controllers require a fix.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate options for music, sound effects, and voices.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 WIP58 (DX9) and very important tweaks profile introdution. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Anischenko Texture Stretching[edit]

During certain animations the boss's textures glitch and stretch across the environment.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't launch after changing resolution[edit]

Create a blank res.bin in the installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Delete res.bin in the installation folder.
  2. Create a new empty text document.
  3. Save the blank document as res.bin in the installation folder.
  4. Right click the new blank res.bin and click properties.
  5. Check the "Read-only" box and click okay.

Changing FOV Distorts Realtime Shadows[edit]

Install the Widescreen Patch with killer-m's fix to make realtime shadows ignore FOV[8]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's Widescreen Patch by unzipping the contents of into the installation directory, <path-to-game>}.
  2. Install killer-m's fix by unzipping the contents of into the installation directory, so that the scripts folder now contains ColdFear.ShadowsFix.patch and ColdFear.ShadowsFix.asi.

Sped-up animations in cutscenes and errors in gameplay[edit]

Limit framerate to 60fps[citation needed]
Set refresh rate to 60hz[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD 3.74
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.7d


Game is mod-friendly. Most game variables are within editable config files located at <path-to-game>\Conf.

ColdFear - Extended Edition[edit]

A rebalance mod that makes you move faster, gives a flashlight to nearly every weapon, increases the max ammo of each weapon, increases the clip size of the pistol, etc.[9]

Quick Unlock Extreme Mode[edit]

By default Extreme difficulty is locked until you complete a playthrough on Hard difficulty, this mod replaces the COLDFEAR.DAT file with one where the difficulty is already unlocked.
Extreme Difficulty sets your maximum health to 4% of Normal Difficulty so that you basically die in one hit. Enemies are made less aggressive and/or accurate to compensate.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3/4/FX/6 series
ATI Radeon 8500/9000/X series
64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  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>/15270/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (15270) 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).