Anonymous edits have been disabled on the wiki. If you want to contribute please login or create an account.

Postal III

From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games
(Redirected from Postal 3)
Postal III
Postal III cover
Release dates
Windows November 23, 2011
Metacritic 24
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Comedy, North America
Series Postal
Postal III on HowLongToBeat
Postal III on IGDB
Postal III on MobyGames
Postal III on Wikipedia
Postal 1997
Postal 2 2003
Postal III 2011
Postal Redux 2016
Postal 4: No Regerts 2022
Postal: Brain Damaged 2022
Poostall Royale 2023

Key points

Poorly optimized and very buggy, to the point of being officially disavowed by series creator, Running With Scissors.[1]
Require work-around to fix or bypass the DRM. See Use the updated Starforce domain for ActControl DRM activation.

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
StarForce 5 DRM Orignal Russian release.
Icon overlay.png
Requires online activation
ActControl DRM[2] All other releases.
GamersGate (unavailable)
Icon overlay.png
Requires online activation
ActControl DRM[2]
ZOOM Platform
Steam (unavailable)
Icon overlay.png
Requires online activation
ActControl DRM[2] Not available in Germany.
Use Postal 3 NoDRM to remove the DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Fart-Gun / Гамамет This was an exclusive bonus weapon that was given for pre-ordering Postal III Гама-edition from the Russian digital game key store Gama-Gama. The weapon is also available in the Japanese version, with an official UI translation into English.
A free remake of the addon with both the English and Russian UI translations are available here.
Doesn't work on every version of the game, it was officially accessible to the player in the v1.10 update if the files were installed.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Delete or rename files[3]

Delete or rename logo_1_akella.bik, logo_2_RWS.bik and logo_3_TMS.bik in <path-to-game>\p3\media. and SOURCE_LOGO.bik, NVIDIA.bik in <path-to-game>\p3_english\media.

Official Update Files

Updates released periodically after the original retail release from Russia, previously hosted on Running with Scissors' website.[4]
Unnecessary if playing off the Steam or ZOOM Platform release, as those are already updated to the most recent patch.
Requires an activation key for the Russian version for the DRM, which makes it incompatible with every other version.

Postal III Unofficial Patch 1.13

This unofficial patch fixes many mission script issues and bugs, re-balances some weapons and missions, adds extra unused and new voice lines for Postal Dude, as well as missing sound effects for weapons and unused loading screens for several missions.
Beta Mod Pack and Improvement Mod are incompatible with this patch.

POSTAL III Improvement Mod

Effectively an unofficial patch of sorts; fixes many of the game's issues whilst also re-implementing some of the game's missing features/beta content.

Beta Mod Pack

Alternative to the Improvement Mod.
Fixes various game issues, while focusing on the restoration of beta content.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\p3\cfg\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\p3\SAVE\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10220/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Interface scales poorly.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Launch the game with -window -noborder parameter.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA and 16xQ CSAA for Nvidia GPUs.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Rendered image uses SDR color space. In-game HDR option refers only to HDR Rendering.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Go to the configuration file(s) location, open config.cfg and change joystick "0" to joystick "1".
Full controller support
You need Mouse and Keyboard to navigate through menus, but you can map Quick Save/Quick Load to any controller button you want.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Go to the configuration file(s) location, open config.cfg and change joystick "0" to joystick "1".
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Certain languages (such as German) only have subtitles in the FMV cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
All translations (except Russian) use English as a base, so they will have English audio and UI assets.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download.
Fan translation, download. The official Japanese release did not ship with the localization files, despite official media showing it was translated.[5]
Fan translation, download. To fix the characters, follow this guide.
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed

Game doesn't launch

Postal III has issues with it’s DRM, which has been one of the main suspected reasons for its removal from Steam, alongside the current state of the publisher of the game.
Doesn’t apply for the ZOOM Platform version.
Use the updated Starforce domain for ActControl DRM activation
  1. On the DRM activation window, select manual activation.
  2. Then, proceed the activation as usual, but using instead of the outdated link specified.
If you're not getting a prompt window by launching the game (Via Steam or booting up p3.exe directly), boot up acpc.exe, or boot up p3.exe while holding down either ⇧ Shift or Ctrl. Then you press the manual activation button and continue from there.
Various reports indicate properly activating the game, to result in better stability of the game, and resolve some of the down-sides of the NoDRM fix indicated below.
The game still has a chance to crash when using throwables, but due to a more rare occurrence not affiliated with the DRM.
Use the Postal 3 NoDRM patch

Use Postal 3 NoDRM.

Various game mechanics such as throwing grenades and cats, using human shields, etc. can crash the game with the NoDRM fix. Various solutions for this exist, but most of them are not guaranteed to work.

FPS is unstable/game is laggy

Edit the autoexec.cfg[6][7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open autoexec.cfg (if it's not there, launch the game once).
  3. Change mat_queue_mode -2 to mat_queue_mode 2.
  4. Next, add the following lines anywhere you'd like:
  • physx_enabled 0 (the only noticeable thing this does is that it make the Postal Dude's jacket less flappy but it'll still move about, prevent animation problems and give the user a decent performance boost).
  • r_threaded_particles 1 (this allows for the game's particle system to be multi-threaded)
  • r_threaded_renderables 1 (this allows for the game's rendering system to be multi-threaded)
  • snd_mix_async 1 (this allows multi-core CPUs to run the sound engine with the renderer simultaneously)
  • ai_expression_optimization 1 (disables NPC expressions whenever those NPCs are off-screen)
mat_queue_mode determines the threading mode the material system uses. A value of -1 uses the default for your system, a value of 0 uses synchronous single thread, 1 uses queued single threaded mode, and value of 2 uses multi-threaded mode. The default value is -2, and reading the translated Russian within the default configuation files reveals that this was intentional: multi-threading breaks Postal 3's PhysX implementation when turned on (the coat detaches from the protagonist, along with other physics bugs).

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Shader Model support 2.0, 2.0b, 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok, PhysX, APEX Heavily modified variant,,
Audio Miles Sound System 6.6a
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8w


Postal 3 First Person Mod

Allows you to play the game in first person mode. Paste the script in your autoexec.cfg.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
Dual Core 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 13.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Support for Pixel Shaders
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c 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>/10220/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10220) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Postal III - last accessed on May 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. Verified by User:Mars icecream on 2017-9
  4. Postal III - last accessed on May 2023
  5. Postal III Japanese Trailer - last accessed on May 2023
  7. - last accessed on May 2023