Metal Gear Solid: Integral

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Metal Gear Solid: Integral
Metal Gear Solid: Integral cover
Developers
Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
Windows Digital Dialect
Publishers
Konami
Windows Microsoft
Release dates
Windows September 24, 2000
Reception
Metacritic 83
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person, Top-down view
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Stealth
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America, Sci-fi
Series Metal Gear
Metal Gear Solid: Integral on HowLongToBeat
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Metal Gear Solid: Integral guide on StrategyWiki
Metal Gear Solid: Integral on MobyGames
Metal Gear Solid: Integral on Wikipedia
Metal Gear
Metal Gear 1990
Metal Gear Solid: Integral 2000
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 2003
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 2014
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015
Metal Gear Survive 2018
Metal Gear (2020) 2020

Key points

Called Metal Gear Solid in packaging but is called Metal Gear Solid: Integral in the title screen.
Expanded version of Metal Gear Solid, which was previously exclusive to the PlayStation and unavailable outside of Japan, featuring various extras and gameplay enhancements. The PC version has a set of two executables: mgsi.exe for the base game and mgsvr.exe for the VR Missions.
Music and sound effects are lower quality than the PlayStation version, and some tracks are missing. Certain sound clips play back at the wrong pitch, and framebuffer effects such as motion blur or depth of field are not displayed correctly.[1]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
English version only. When prompted to check the back of the CD case, check the store page instead.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Demo of the original 2000 release can be found here.

Version differences[edit]

The GOG.com version fixes compatibility issues of the original 2000 release running under modern Windows operating systems.[4]

Essential Improvements[edit]

Bring back PlayStation subtitle font[edit]

By default, the PC port uses Arial for its subtitles and its resolution is tied to the one the game is running at. The PS1 original uses Helvetica rendered at the same resolution as the rest of the artwork.
Use the -notruetype command line arguments

Disable Bilinear Filtering[edit]

Removes the filtering from all textures making the game look the way it does on PlayStation.
Use the -nofilter command line arguments

Mods[edit]

MDX Restoration[edit]

An on-going project to fix the issues with the game's audio.
Music is significantly higher quality and tracks that didn't loop properly now do.
Doesn't bring back the boss fight theme that remains unused in the game's files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\*.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\dxcfg.ini
dxcfg.ini is used by the GOG.com version's DirectX Configuration tool.
*.cfg configuration files are encrypted.[5]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SavedGames\[Note 2]
Pictures taken by the in-game camera are stored in <path-to-game>\photos\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
DirectX Configuration tool from the GOG.com version.
DirectX Configuration tool from the GOG.com version.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 4:3 resolutions are supported. The GOG.com version's DirectX Configuration tool can increase the rendering resolution, while the graphics can be displayed pillarboxed to 4:3, Pixel-perfect scaling, or stretched to the aspect-ratio. See Widescreen resolution.[5]
Software rendering mode is limited to 640x480 only.[6]
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Launch the game with -w command line argument for the original 2000 release. For the GOG.com release, set Presentation to Windowed mode via the DirectX Configuration tool.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Only available for the GOG.com release. Set the Display Mode to your display's native resolution and Presentation to Windowed via the DirectX Configuration tool.[5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Only available for the GOG.com release. Only application defaults, 16 samples, or Disabled in the DirectX Configuration tool.[5]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Only available for the GOG.com release. Can be set to application defaults, 2x-8x MSAA, or Disabled in the DirectX Configuration tool.[5]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Only available for the GOG.com release with its DirectX Configuration tool.[5] For the original 2000 release, force through GPU control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 30 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen fix[7]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract mgs.7z files to the installation folder (password: mgs).
  3. Run upx.bat if exe size equals 1,008,640 bytes.
  4. Edit mgs1w.ini to set the resolution.

For GOG.com version:[8]

  1. Download the widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Inside the game folder, create a new folder called scripts. Extract mgs1w.dll and mgs1w.ini to the scripts folder and rename mgs1w.dll to mgs1w.asi.
  3. Download the 32-bit version of Ultimate ASI Loader by ThirteenAG.
  4. Extract dinput8.dll to the installation directory and rename dinput8.dll to winmm.dll
  5. Edit the mgs1w.ini file to change the resolution to the smallest possible resolution for the aspect ratio of your monitor (e.g. 720x480 for 16:9 monitors).
  6. Delete mgsvideo.cfg and mgsvideo1.cfg from the installation directory.
  7. Download dgVoodoo 2 and extract it to a different location from the game.
  8. Copy all the DDL files from the MS\x86 folder to the game installation directory.
  9. Launch dgVoodooCpl.exe as an administrator, click the add button, and select the game installation directory to create a profile.
  10. Select the DirectX tab, force your desired resolution, uncheck dgVoodoo Watermark, and adjust vSync/MSAA/texture filtering as you wish.

Notes

Supported exe size: 2,883,584 bytes; 1,008,640 bytes; Supported VR-Disc exe size: 2,940,928 bytes; 1,013,248 bytes;
Does not work properly in software rendering mode, and causes upscaling artifacts on some text.
To get FMVs to work with Nemesis2000's Widescreen Fix (for those who are having them appear pink and green in the GOG.com version), use DXWnd. FMV screens will be smaller than other cutscenes, but they will look a lot better than before.

Input[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Supports only 3.0 surround sound.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Only possible for the GOG.com version.[9]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Not available in the GOG.com release.
German
Not available in the GOG.com release.
Italian
Not available in the GOG.com release.
Japanese
Not available in the GOG.com release.
Spanish
Not available in the GOG.com release.

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphics issues with GeForce/Radeon GPUs[edit]

Fixed in the GOG.com release.
Instructions for the original 2000 release[citation needed]
  1. Download the fixed executables here.
  2. Once downloaded, extract the contents into the installation folder of the game and overwrite any files.

"Software rendering mode" error[edit]

The game's software rendering mode does not work properly with modern Windows operation systems.
Fixed in the GOG.com release.
Instructions for the original 2000 release[citation needed]
  1. Go into the installation folder.
  2. Right click MGSI.exe and choose "Properties".
  3. Go to the "Compatibility" tab and check "Run in compatibility mode for: Windows 98/Windows Me" and check "Run this program as an administrator".
  4. After that you'll have to run it in windowed mode using the -w command line argument.
  5. The game should run allowing you to either go to the options and select "software rendering" (to play in full-screen) or continue to play in windowed mode.

Captions flicker/make the game slower in Hardware mode[edit]

The slowdown caused by the captions can also be worked around by turning off the captions in settings.
Fixed in the GOG.com release.
Use DXGL for the original 2000 release[citation needed]
It is recommended to apply the "Graphics issues with GeForce/Radeon GPUs" fix above before applying this one.
Certain visual elements (e.g. the game's HUD, letterboxes during cutscenes) will become invisible with DXGL 0.5.7.[10]
  1. Download and install DXGL.
  2. After installing, go to the Start menu -> All programs -> DXGL -> Configure DXGL.
  3. Click on Add and add mgsi.exe and mgsvr.exe located in the installation folder.
  4. Click Apply then OK and open the game.
  5. In game, go to Option -> Video/Sound Options, enable captions, then go to Advanced, select DXGL DDraw Wrapper, your desired resolution and restart the game.

Real-life footage shown in the game during certain cutscenes are replaced with a green rectangle[edit]

The real-life footage cutscenes does not work properly on modern Windows due to the format used by the video files.
Fixed in the GOG.com release.

Game crashes on "Game Over" screen when using software rendering[edit]

This issue is caused by a bug in GOG.com's Direct3D wrapper and does not occur in hardware rendering mode.[11]
Fixed in the 1.0 Hotfix update of the GOG.com release.[12]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 400 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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.[3]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).

References

  1. Metal Gear Solid: Integral | Metal Gear Wiki | Fandom
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Fixes for METAL GEAR SOLID implemented by GOG.COM and fan-made mods recommendations
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26
  6. Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2020-09-27
  7. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-28
    Tested with the GOG.com version, and even with MSAA disabled through its DirectX configuration tool, some of the game's text would get stray pixels from upscaling the game to a resolution it wasn't designed for (e.g. 1080p).
  8. Widescreen fix by Manu270891 - last accessed on 2021-04-12
  9. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2020-09-26
    Tested with the GOG.com version set to windowed mode and switched tabs, which muted the audio when out of focus with that version.
  10. https://www.dxgl.info/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=48
  11. MGS1 - crashing when using Software rendering in options, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com
  12. Gonna Post every single issue with MGS 1 here Version 1.0, page 2, post 23 - Forum - GOG.com