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Shiny Entertainment
Interplay Entertainment
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2000
Messiah on MobyGames
Messiah on Wikipedia

General information

Official game site
Official support page Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
LaserLock DRM.
Updated with compatibility for modern systems. Comes pre-configured with nGlide. Does not include the latest patch.
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Does not include the latest patch.
The digital versions come WITHOUT the latest patch. It has to be installed manually, see here.

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest official patch 0.2 is available at

Peixoto's patch[edit]

  • Forced resolution allows high resolution without shrinking the HUD\menus. Super sampling anti-aliasing is also possible
  • MCI emulation gets the CD music working properly

Manuals, etc.[edit]

All of the downloads available for the game can be found on the official support page.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/577980/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/577980/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.

Issues fixed[edit]

Fix slowdown and 32-bit color[edit]

In modern GPUs the game has severe slowdown issues and is locked to 16-bit color only support. This can be addressed by the game itself, but it requires either a custom shortcut or running the game from the command line:

Change the rendering settings[citation needed]
The logo, intro, and ending videos will not render properly in 32-bit mode
  1. Run the game with the -x argument, like MessiahD3D.exe -x (or create a shortcut to MessiahD3D.exe with the -x argument added).
  2. Select one of the available resolutions and press Ok. Another resolution selecting window will appear.
  3. Leave the graphics card option as is.
  4. Select Direct3D HAL (do not select Direct3D T&L HAL - this will cause slowdowns!)
  5. From the third option scroll to find the resolution you picked in the first window (widescreen modes do not seem to work). Make sure it says "x 32" at the right side (which means 32-bit color), otherwise you will get nasty color banding since modern GPUs lack dithering support for 16-bit modes.
  6. Press Run game.

Game crashing when opening door[edit]

A good chunk into the game, there is a certain door after an elevator that can crash the game whenever opening it, making progress impossible. There are two possible fixes for this:

Run in safe mode
Safe mode completely disables sound
  1. After the game crashes, start it again. It will offer you to run in safe mode. Now you can open the door and proceed.
  2. You have to play through the entire next chapter in safe mode, without sound.
  3. At the end of the chapter, save and exit the game.
  4. After restarting the game (without safe mode), you can load your safe and continue playing normally.
Download patch 02 and disable pre-loading cached files
Patch 02 might pop up the message "error opening mci device" whenever launching the game. You can ignore that.
  1. Another solution is to download patch 02, which is not included with most game versions (e.g. GOG). You can see if you already have that patch installed if you have the option "pre-load cached files" in the options menu.
  2. Download and install patch 02, e.g. from here, if you don't have it already.
  3. Now go to the options menu and disable "pre-load cached files". Then you can open the door without crash and continue playing.

Other information[edit]

Command line arguments[edit]

See command line arguments on how to use the following options.
Parameter Description
-i Skip intro logos
-s Disable sound
-o Disable Fog
-v Disable mip-mapping
+! Fixes Windows 2000 crashes on some machines when switching from the game to the game menu.
-p Will disable any gamma control for users who wish to use their windows gamma and not in game gamma settings.
+T Enables verbose debug information for sound cards.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium MMX 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 600 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 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>/577980/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (577980) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.