Condemned: Criminal Origins

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Condemned: Criminal Origins
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Monolith Productions
Lithtech Jupiter EX
Release dates
Windows April 11, 2006
Metacritic 78
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Key points

Potential performance issues; see Low frame rate. Can be fixed.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 4 DRM[Note 1]
Green Man Gaming
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The Steam version is missing some sound effects.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A demo can be downloaded here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable movies[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "DisableMovies" "1" on a new line.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned\settings.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4720/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PUBLIC%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned\Save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/4720/pfx/[Note 2]
The Condemned Widescreen Fix changes the saves folder to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Monolith Productions\Condemned\Save\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Despite the feature being activated, the game doesn't seem to synchronize anything.

Video settings[edit]

Condemned's graphics settings menu.
Condemned's graphics settings menu.
Condemned's detail settings menu.
Condemned's detail settings menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix to fix various issues.
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix.
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix to fix various issues.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 4x FSAA. The soft shadows option has no effect if the FSAA option is enabled.
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA, see Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Seems to disable itself sometimes when adjusting graphic settings.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Normally the game is stretched when using widescreen.
Use widescreen fix
  1. Download the widescreen fix.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "FovY" "XX" at the end where XX is the desired vertical FOV.


Set windowed mode[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Add "Windowed" "1" at the end.
  4. For borderless, use Condemned Widescreen Fix.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Force SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[5]
  1. Disable the in-game FSAA option.
  2. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  3. Search and open the game profile.
  4. Set Antialiasing Compatibility to 0x000000C0.
  5. Set Antialiasing Mode to Override any application setting.
  6. Set Antialiasing Setting to 4x Multisampling or your desired level of MSAA.
  7. Set Antialiasing Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or your desired level of SGSSAA.
  8. Apply changes.

HD Textures[edit]

Neural Origins mod. Original game textures upscaled with neural networks. All game textures are upscaled. Download on ModDB and Nexus.

Doesn't contains normal maps, so textures feel flat and unnatural.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Acceleration is off by default; mouse smoothing can be adjusted by slider.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
DirectInput. For XInput controllers, see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Assign controls in keyboard menu.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A fix is required to assign triggers on the Xbox 360 Controller.
May not be compatible with the DirectInput FPS Fix.
Fix remapping issues[6]
  1. Download and run XInput Plus.
  2. Set the "Target Program" to Condemned.exe.
  3. Go to "DirectInput" and check "Enable DirectInput Output".
  4. Assign LT/RT to Button 11/12.
  5. Click Apply and OK.


For more information, see ThirteenAG's Steam Guide.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects and speech.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2.0 and EAX Advanced HD.
May require DirectSound3D restoration software to enable EAX and surround sound functionality on Vista and newer Windows operating systems.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation available here
1) Fan full sound and cinematics translation available here.
2) Fan translation by «ENPY Studio/Spirit Team»
Fan translation available here

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, for important hints see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate[edit]

Frame rate may drop to around 20-30 FPS after a few minutes of play.
Use DirectInput FPS Fix
  1. Download the DirectInput FPS Fix.
  2. Extract into <path-to-game>.

Missing sound effects in Steam version[edit]

In particular, the train sounds at the end of chapter four are missing.[8] The footage from "The Dark" game prototype is also corrupted.[9]
Use Condemned Missing Steam Files Fix[10]

Keyboard settings reset to unassigned[edit]

Some settings can't be saved unless the game is launched as administrator.
Use Condemned Widescreen Fix[citation needed]
This fix moves save game data location from %PUBLIC%\Documents\ to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\.

Soft shadows don't work with in-game FSAA[edit]

This is due to the features of the engine and the artificial limitation of the simultaneous use of anti-aliasing with soft shadows, since they can cause graphic artifacts on the shadows.
Disable in-game FSAA[citation needed]
If you want anti-aliasing, see Anti-aliasing (AA).

Invisible menu text on Windows 10[edit]

Change game's language to English[11]
Use compability mode with older version of Windows[citation needed]
If you use DPI scaling in Windows settings, change this option and use custom DPI setting[citation needed]

Slow loading level and aero disabling[edit]

Occurs only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 because of the special graphic stack WDDM.
Install game only on Windows XP, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10[citation needed]
Using Windows 8.1 or 10 significantly reduces the launch time of the level; perhaps this is due to improvements in the WDDM graphics stack.[12]

Get ammo from the firearms[edit]

You can load ammo into current weapon using similar firearms laying around. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Switch current weapon (with ammo) to Melee mode
  2. Pick up same weapon from the ground.
  3. Repeat step 1 if you found one more loaded weapon

You will see it now has Ammo from both weapons, sometimes -- even more than weapon capacity allows. This probably happens because switching to Melee mode basically remoes the ammo from the weapon, so when you pick up same weapon, ammo you have from the first weapon is added to the second one as soon as you pick it up. But if you replace the weapon, the extra ammo will be lost, leaving you with regular full magazine.

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Audio EAX Unified 4.0
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8g

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6200
ATI Radeon 9500
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0 compatible


  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>/4720/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (4720) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.