Freedom Fighters

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Freedom Fighters
Freedom Fighters cover
IO Interactive
Electronic Arts
Re-Release IO Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 26, 2003
Metacritic 80
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
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Freedom Fighters on Wikipedia

General information

The Retail version of the game lacks an FPS limiter or Vsync and causes a lot of bugs and physical glitches with frame rates above 60 FPS, although it can be fixed by forcing Vsync from the game's configuration files. Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
2020 re-release
2020 re-release
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2020 re-release
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements and Fixes[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit ini setting[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Change DefaultScene=FF-Intro.gms to DefaultScene=FF-Startup.gms.

Enable Alt+F4[edit]

Edit ini setting[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Remove DisableAltF4.


Not necessary for digital versions of the game.

Can't load save games, Initialization error[edit]

Delete a file[citation needed]
  1. Disable Steam Cloud via game properties in your library.
  2. Locate and delete the steam_autocloud.vdf file in the \Profiles folder in the game data.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Freedom.ini[Note 2]
%APPDATA%\IO Interactive\Freedom Fighters\Freedom.ini (Re-Release 2020)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1347780/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Freedom Fighters\Profiles\*.dat
%APPDATA%\IO Interactive\Freedom Fighters\ (Re-Release 2020)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1347780/pfx/[Note 3]
<path-to-game>\Save is also needed and must be present to load saves.[3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]


Graphic settings.
Graphic settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Natively supported in digital versions.
Ultrawide resolutions can be selected in digital version, but image is Vert- with no way to increase FOV to compensate.
4K Ultra HD
Menus, game UI and text don't scale and are unreadable at 4k.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless. See Windowed.
Natively supported in digital versions.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Windowed.
Natively supported in digital versions.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS
Frame rate is capped to 62 FPS on digital versions.
120+ FPS
Frame rates higher than 60 FPS will cause issues with camera, animations, and player physics such as being able to jump or going down stairways.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract ff.7z files to the installation folder (password: ff).
  3. Edit ff.ini to Set the resolution, Letterbox, Subtitles, LOD Distance Multiplier and FOV multiplier.


Supported exe size: 3 706 880 bytes.
LOD distance can also be adjusted.
Incompatible with digital releases.


Set windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Add a new line: Window.

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Set Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Search for the line containing VSync. It may not already exist.
  3. Set Vsync with either of the following: EnableVSync or DisableVSync.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Add the line Antialias 8.
  3. Set Anti-aliasing value to your desired one.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Set anisotropic filtering
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Add the line Anisotropy 16.
  3. Set Anisotropic filtering value to your desired one.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Use OS mouse acceleration instead of direct mouse input[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game> and open Freedom.ini.
  2. Remove line: UseDirectInputMouse 1.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Use the nemesis2000 method to disable it. Can only be used in cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0, EAX 3.[4]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. For digital version download from here.
Retail only. For digital version download from DeutschPatch or CompiWare.
Retail only. For digital version download from here.
Retail only. For digital version download from here.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 733 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 256
ATI Radeon DDR
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible

System requirements 2020 re-release[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.5 GHz
Athlon XP Equivalent
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 10 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. 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/1347780/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1347780) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.