Emergency 3: Mission:Life

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Emergency 3: Mission:Life
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Sixteen Tons Entertainment
Vision 7
Release dates
Windows January 21, 2005
Emergency: Fighters for Life 1998
Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life 2002
Emergency 3: Mission:Life 2005
Emergency 4: Global Fighters for Life 2006
Emergency 2012 2010
Emergency 2013 2012
Emergency 2014 2013
Emergency 5 2014
Emergency 2016 2015
Emergency 2017 2016
Emergency 20 2017

General information

Official website
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Essential improvements[edit]


  • Only the original German version received any patches (with the newest being 1.03). There however exists an unofficial port of 1.03 cumulative patch to an English version, available here. This patch is not meant to be used with digital release of the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\em3.cfg[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/757200/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Save\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/757200/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Edit line <var name="r_fov" value="550" /> in the config file. Use Sui's Calculator to calculate your desired FOV value. May drasticly impact on performance.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Edit <var name="r_tex_anisotropic" value="1." /> line in config file, where value is your desired Anistropic filtering value (maximum of 16).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Enable Windowed mode[1]
  1. Edit <path-to-game>\Em3.exe with a hex editor.
  2. Find a sequence of bytes:
  3. Replace it with:
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Edit <path-to-game>\em3.cfg with a text editor.
  6. Find a line <var name="r_fullscreen" value="1" /> and change its value to 0 to disable fullscreen mode.


This fix requires version 1.3 of a game.

Input settings[edit]

Game settings.
Game settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection
Mouse is always on the screen.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information[edit]


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 1.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) AGP graphics card
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/757200/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (757200) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Suicide_machine on 2018-06-18