Crimson Skies

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Crimson Skies
Crimson Skies cover
Zipper Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2000
Metacritic 83
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Themes Interwar, North America, Piracy
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

General information - A fan site for the Crimson Skies series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.


Patch 1.02[edit]

The latest patch can be downloaded from here or

Modern hardware support[edit]

Use csfix[citation needed]
  1. Make sure the game is patched to 1.02. If not, see the Patches section for a download link.
  2. Download the Crimson Skies FOV Fix (This download includes CSFix and corrects the FOV to work with any aspect ratio).
  3. Extract to the installation folder.
  4. Optional: Edit csfix.ini to use a resolution other than your native resolution.
  5. If running on Windows 10, ensure that the Windows features are also enabled under "Turn Windows Features On and off"
    1. Legacy Components > DirectPlay
    2. Media Features > Windows Media Player


The resolution specified in csfix.ini is used during gameplay; menus are letterboxed 4:3.
Use dgVoodoo2[citation needed]
  1. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  2. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe and under the DirectX tab, tick Application controlled fullscreen/windowed state.
  3. (Optional) Set your resolution and enable MSAA and texture filtering.
  4. Copy D3DImm.dll and DDraw.dll from MS to <path-to-game>.


Menus will follow your resolution, but they will be stretched unless the aspect ratio is 4:3.
NVIDIA settings[citation needed]
  1. In addition to csfix, Turn off AtiFix in csfix.ini to fix view circles appearing as squares.
  2. To fix FPS issues, in the NVIDIA Control Panel's 3D Settings, change these options for Crimson Skies:
  3. Maximum Prerendered Frames: 1
  4. Power Management Mode: Prefer Maximum performance
  5. Threaded Optimization: Off
  6. Vertical Sync: Fast
  7. You may need to use the Windows Compatibility Administrator (32 bit) and enable DWM8And16BitMitigation to fix preview circle glitching. (Program available from Windows ADK from as an optional component)
  8. If cutscenes run slower than the audio (causing sync issues) Try enabling "DisableDXMaximizedWindowedMode" from the aforementioned Compatibility Administrator.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames\[Note 2]


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
External video settings.
External video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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)
Enable by default (D3D)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
If you are having frame rate issues, try capping the frame rate at 70 FPS.[citation needed]


In-game general controls settings.
In-game general controls settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16 TCP/IP or IPX
Online play
16 Direct IP or via modem
Playing via MSN Gaming Zone is no longer possible.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 28805, 28801, 3040, 1121[3]
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible
Other 4x CD-ROM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 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).