Project Freedom

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Project Freedom
Project Freedom cover
Developers
CI Games
Publishers
North America Merscom
Germany Cdv Software Entertainment
Russia Russobit-M
Engines
Impact 2
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2004
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Space flight
Art styles Realistic
Themes Sci-fi, Space
Series Starmageddon
Project Freedom on MobyGames
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Project Freedom 2005

Key points

Also known as Space Interceptor in North America and Starmageddon 2 in some other countries.
Motion blur only works on some newer versions of the game (e.g. French, German, and Italian versions on Steam)[citation needed]

General information

Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
itch.io
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Windows
Steam
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Windows
The DRM on the Steam version is sort of weird. The outer DRM on the executable is Steam DRM, and the inner DRM is an odd hand-written-assembly wrapper with a disabled disc check. In any case, the actual game EXE is not encrypted and can be extracted and run without Steam.[citation needed]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[1]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies\
  2. Delete or rename csati.mpg, cscda.mpg, and cs000.mpg.
The Steam version does not have cscda.mpg.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\City Interactive\Project Freedom
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/34810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Project Freedom savegames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/34810/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Options and Controls.
Options and Controls.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretches from 4:3. See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
An unofficial windowed patch is available. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Even though there are registry entries to change Anti-Aliasing, they do not do anything.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Using a non 4:3 resolution will cause stretching.
Widescreen resolutions cannot be set in-game. You must do it through the Registry.
Set video mode via Registry[1]
  1. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\City Interactive\Project Freedom\V4D Direct3D Renderer.
  2. Change Width and Height to the desired resolution, ColorBits to the bit depth to use, and Frequency to use a custom refresh frequency (0 for default).

Windowed[edit]

This game has no native windowed support.
An unofficial patch has been made to run the game in windowed mode.
Install windowed patch[2]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Back up projectfreedom.exe
  3. Download and unzip this file to the installation folder. Make sure the three files in the archive are placed in the same folder as projectfreedom.exe.
  4. For the retail version of the game, rename projectfreedom.exe to projectfreedom.dat.
  5. For the Steam version of the game, simply start the game.
  6. Run patch.cmd. It might require administrator privileges on Windows Vista and later. If the Steam version is used, it will be terminated to facilitate the patching process.
  7. patch.cmd, bspatch.exe, and pf_window_patch.patch can be deleted now. If the retail version was used and a rename was performed, the patching process may leave behind projectfreedom.dat, which can also be deleted.

Notes

This patch only works for the English version of the game.
To restore full-screen mode, the backed up projectfreedom.exe will have to be used again.

Input[edit]

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
Polish
Russian
French
German
Italian

Issues unresolved[edit]

Sound replay on hitch[edit]

If the game hitches, the audio engine will periodically replay a small portion of sound for about a second. The problem disappears after a level change or reloading a savegame.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes due to missing codecs[edit]

The game may crash on Windows Vista and later because it can't decode the movies properly due to missing codecs. This issue manifests itself as sudden exiting after seeing the menu loading screen.
This can be fixed by either using a dummy mpeg.dll or removing the video files.
Install dummy mpeg.dll[3]

Use the dummy mpeg.dll.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Display frame rate[edit]

The frame rate can be displayed in-game by enabling cheats (type "TIPS" at any time; don't mind the pause menu popping up) and pressing F.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 420 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
Nvidia GeForce 2
32 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/34810/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (34810) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References