Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi

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Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi
Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi cover
Developers
Idol FX
Publishers
Retail Pan Vision
Digital (former) KISS ltd
Digital (former) Blue Moon Red Owl
Digital (current) Funbox Media
Engines
Architectural Generator Engine
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2003
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS, Survival horror, Immersive sim
Art styles Realistic
Themes Horror, Supernatural
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General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Demo[edit]

A free demo is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Edit settings[edit]

To access the settings, launch the game using <path-to-game>\start.exe and then click on 'Settings'.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Idol FX\Nosferatu[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/283290/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Version\Data[Note 4]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/283290/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Nosferatu widescreen fix.
Multi-monitor
Use Nosferatu widescreen fix.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF topic.
4K Ultra HD
Use dgVoodoo2.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
The in-game anti-aliasing does not seem to work. Force AA through drivers or dgVoodoo2 instead.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through drivers.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Certain keys are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Acceleration always on. To disable it externally, use RInput.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support

Audio[edit]

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Retail only, download for digital releases.
Russian
Retail only, download for digital releases.
Spanish
Retail only, download for digital releases.

Issues fixed[edit]

Settings aren't saved (Steam)[edit]

The game saves its settings in the Windows registry. The keys are not created by default and need to be created by you. Once created you can edit the settings from the launcher and they will be saved.

Add keys to the registry[3]
  1. Create a new temporary text file anywhere you would like.
  2. Name it nosferatu.reg
  3. Copy the following lines into it:
  4. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Idol FX]
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Idol FX\Nosferatu]
    "Adapter"="0"
    "TextureQuality"="32"
    "TextureFiltering"="2"
    "AntiAlias"="0"
    "LevelGeometry"="2"
    "LevelTextures"="2"
    "ParticleDetail"="2"
    "SoundEnabled"="1"
    "Width"="1280"
    "Height"="960"
    "Depth"="32"
    
  5. Save your file and then run it to add the keys to your registry.
  6. Run the game from <path-to-game>\start.exe or else the default settings will be used.

Notes

Launching the game from start.exe will not grant you any trading cards. It is recommended to launch the game from Steam and leave the game idle in the background for 1 hour to receive your 3 cards.
The fix has not been tested on 32 bit operating systems. It may not work or may need to be applied differently.

Jerky/Uneven mouse movement[edit]

Use RInput
  1. Open RInput.exe.
  2. Type the executable's name.
  3. Press Enter and it's done.

Notes

The game has to be already running before doing this.

Poor performance with Proton 5.13-6 and newer (Linux)[edit]

The game's performance is significantly degraded with Proton 5.13-6 and newer.
Use Proton 5.0-10 or older

In the Compatibility tab of the game's Properties window in Steam, enable the "Force the use of a specific Steam Play compatibility tool" option and select Proton 5.0-10 or older from the drop-down list.

Cutscenes not working with Proton 5.0-10 and older (Linux)[edit]

The game's pre-rendered cutscenes do not work out-of-the-box with Proton 5.0-10 and older.
Install quartz.dll and disable winegstreamer.dll
  1. Install quartz.dll using Protontricks:
    protontricks 283290 quartz
  2. In the General tab of the game's Properties window in Steam, put WINEDLLOVERRIDES="winegstreamer=" %command% in the launch options field.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, XP, 7, 8
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 353 MB
Video card (GPU) Direct3D Compatible
16 MB of VRAM

Notes

  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. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for 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>/283290/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (283290) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. 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