Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver cover
Crystal Dynamics
Eidos Interactive
Gex Engine
Release dates
Windows September 8, 1999
Series Legacy of Kain
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Legacy of Kain
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1997
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 2001
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 2002
Legacy of Kain: Defiance 2003

Key points

A straight conversion of the PlayStation version, with none of the enhancements of the Dreamcast port.
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; use SRHook to fix.[1]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename crylogo.bik and publogo.bik

Wrace's SR1 Patch[edit]

Fan patch created by Wrace that improves compatibility with modern versions of Windows, fixing various bugs, adding subtitles, several graphical updates, unlocking 60 frames per second, adding a map and in-game achievements.
Installation of Wrace's SR1 Patch[citation needed]
  1. Download Wrace's SR1 Patch.
  2. Extract SR1_Patch124.zip.
  3. Move all of the files to <path-to-game>, overwriting already existing files if needed.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame.her[Note 3]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224920/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use D3DWindower.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
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; use SRHook to fix.
120+ FPS
Frame rate is capped at 30 FPS; use SRHook to fix.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

This fix causes disappearing textures on the sides of the screen, which becomes progressively worse with wider aspect ratios.
Hor+ widescreen support[4]
  1. Download SRHook.
  2. Copy the contents to the installation folder.
  3. Open kain2.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  4. Press Ctrl+F and change the Datatype option to Hex-Values.
  5. Type 0000203F in the text field.
  6. Replace the 0000203F value with:
    • ABAA2A3F to set 5:4 aspect ratio
    • 8988083F to set 25:16 aspect ratio
    • 5555053F to set 16:10 aspect ratio
    • 0000003F to set 15:9 aspect ratio
    • 0000F03E to set 16:9 aspect ratio
    • 0000B43E to set 21:9 aspect ratio
  7. Save the changes.
  8. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  9. Copy the contents of the MS folder to the installation folder.
  10. Run dgVoodoo Setup and add the installation folder to the list.
  11. Go to the DirectX tab and set the desired resolution.
  12. Uncheck the dgVoodoo Watermark option.
  13. Apply the changes.
  14. Set any 4:3 resolution in the game config.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music, and Speech.
Surround sound
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch.
Fan translation
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch.
Retail only. Download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver.
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Cutscenes skipped if SRHook is installed[edit]

If you use SRHook to be able to play at >30fps, the game will skip all prerendered cutscenes.[5]

Game crashes when reaching Melchiah gates after loading a game[edit]

After doing all the puzzles before Melchiah, if you load the game again and try to reach the gates before the boss battle, it'll crash.
  • It's strongly recommended to save only after finishing the elevator puzzle and defeating Melchiah past this point, without reloading (you won't need to go back there anyway).[6]

Issues fixed[edit]

Raziel runs in circles if a gamepad is connected[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]

Crashes with resolutions larger than 640x480[edit]

Use Winplay DLL[citation needed]

Crash when the game starts[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]

Gamma calibration not working[edit]

Use Peixoto's patch[citation needed]

Low frame rate on Windows 8[edit]

Use windowed mode[citation needed]

Set up D3DWindower to run the game in windowed mode.

Use DLL fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Windows 8 Fix.
  2. Extract the DLL to the installation folder.

Hardware acceleration not available[edit]

Delete atiumdag.dll[citation needed]

Go to the installation folder and delete or rename the file atiumdag.dll.


This fix is useful for AMD GPU.

Audio issues[edit]

On modern computers, audio may have issues such as dialogue skipping at some points. In this case, to solve the issue you have to set the sampling frequency from the control panel of your audio card to a lower level (44.1 kHz should be fine).[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III
AMD Athlon MP
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 512 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  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>/224920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. 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).