Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver cover
Crystal Dynamics
Retail Eidos Interactive
Digital Square Enix
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
Nosgoth Cancelled

Key points

A straight conversion of the PlayStation version, with none of the enhancements of the Dreamcast port.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
GOG.com Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Publisher website
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Includes Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2, Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 and Legacy of Kain: Defiance.
GOG.com (unavailable)
Temporarily removed by Square Enix to work on important updates.
Steam (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Temporarily removed by Square Enix to work on important updates.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.2 is the latest version

Wrace's SR1 Patch[edit]

Fan patch created by Wrace that improves compatibility with modern versions of Windows, fixing various bugs, adding new sound engine and subtitles, native support of all gamepads and mouse, support of vibration for XInput gamepads, widescreen support and unlocking 60 frames per second, in-game map and in-game achievements, fix for storing/loading current level for the saves, additional menu item 'New Game+' to start it with already solved block-puzzles, and the possibility to skip logo movies.
Installation of Wrace's SR1 Patch
  1. Download Wrace's SR1 Patch.
  2. Extract SR1_Patch.zip.
  3. Move all of the files to <path-to-game>, overwriting already existing files if needed.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Delete or rename crylogo.bik and publogo.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Soul Reaver\kain2.txt
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


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[3]
  1. Open kain2.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Press Ctrl+F and change the Datatype option to Hex-Values.
  3. Type 0000203F in the text field.
  4. 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
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Download dgVoodoo 2.
  7. Copy the contents of the MS folder to the installation folder.
  8. Run dgVoodoo Setup and add the installation folder to the list.
  9. Go to the DirectX tab and set the desired resolution.
  10. Uncheck the dgVoodoo Watermark option.
  11. Apply the changes.
  12. 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
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Retail only. Download.
Retail only
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only (GreenLeaf)
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 fixed[edit]

Crash when the game starts[edit]

Use Wrace's SR1 Patch

Crashes with resolutions larger than 640x480[edit]

Use Winplay DLL Patch
  1. Download Winplay DLL Patch.
  2. Copy the DLL file to the game directory.

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

Use Wrace's SR1 Patch

Hardware acceleration not available for AMD GPUs[edit]

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

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.
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch[5]

Audio issues[edit]

On modern computers, audio may have issues such as dialogue skipping at some points.
Use Wrace's SR1 Patch
Set a lower sampling rate


44.1 kHz or 48 kHz should be fine

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 200 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 320 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 6 compatible


  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. 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).