Dino Crisis

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Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis cover
Release dates
Windows September 15, 2000
Metacritic 59
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Cinematic camera
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Horror
Series Dino Crisis
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Dino Crisis is a singleplayer cinematic camera survival horror game by Capcom, originally released on Playstation 1 on July 1, 1999. It is one of the very few Survival Horror games released by Capcom on PS1 to use fully 3D rendered environments instead of prerendered backgrounds. The game was marketted and developed as a "panic horror" game as opposed to how Resident Evil was marketted as survival horror with the concept being for scares to be more consistent and to be more visceral like a roller coaster as opposed to a fun house. The centerpiece mechanic is that the basic enemies, dinosaurs, are tougher and more intelligent and will chase you through rooms.

Key points

Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1] See Dino Crisis Classic REbirth.
Limited only to a resolution of 640x480, either windowed or full screen. See Dino Crisis Classic REbirth.
Distorted textures and wobbling polygons due to integer-based upscaling. See Dino Crisis Classic REbirth.
Visible border artifacts on filtered textures with transparencies.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
LaserLock DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]


An official Windows XP Patch by SourceNext is available here.

Dino Crisis Classic REbirth[edit]

Replaces DirectDraw with DirectX9, fixes issues with higher resolutions (texture warping, polygon wobbling, aggressive bilinear filtering), adds adaptative screen ratio modes (widescreen and ultra-widescreen) and adds borderless windowed mode.
Replaces DInput 5.00 with XInput, DInput 8.00, and RawInput.
Changes framerate to stable 30/60 fps.
Fixes audio issues.
Replaces DirectShow video playback with FFmpeg.
Removes the need for executing the game from its launcher (comes with a custom embedded launcher) and doesn't require the CD-rom to be inserted at all times.
Translates the Japanese version into English.
Makes the game portable.
Website also offers links for higher-quality sound and FMVs (see below).
Allows the use of HD-texture-mods for 3D-enviroments. One such mod can be found here.
Requires Japanese SourceNext release.
May require changing dpi compatibility settings to enable resolutions above 720p

Peixoto's patch[edit]

An alternative patch to Gemini's Classic REbirth, with several compatibility fixes for modern systems, high resolution, super-sampling-anti-aliasing, and better compatibility with Xinput gamepads

High Quality Videos[edit]

Contains reworked videos and logos.

High Quality BGM and voices[edit]

Adaptation BGM and voices from Dreamcast to PC.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Dino Crisis Classic REbirth makes the game portable.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>[Note 1]


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth
4K Ultra HD
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth. May require changing DPI compatibility settings to enable resolutions above 720p.
Field of view (FOV)
Locked to 640x480. Can be improved with Dino Crisis Classic REbirth.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth
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
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS.[1] Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth for 60 FPS in menus (gameplay remains at 30)
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Fullscreen border on Windows 8 and later[edit]

Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth for borderless mode[2]
Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]

Classic REbirth does not enable resolutions above 720p[edit]

Change high DPI compatibility settings
  1. Right-click the game executable (DINO.exe) or desktop shortcut.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Click "Change high DPI settings".
  5. Check the box for "Override high DPI scaling behavior".
  6. Make sure "Application" is selected in the drop-down menu.
  7. Press OK.

Low frame rate[edit]

Run Windows Media Player
Use Dino Crisis Classic REbirth

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 MB (with CD)
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw 6.1 compatible
640x480 High Color (16 bit)
4 MB of VRAM


  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).


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dino Crisis PSX, Dreamcast, and PC Differences - NeoGAF - last accessed on November 30, 2016
  2. Verified by User:Keith on 2020-04-25