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Shadow Warrior (2013)

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Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warrior cover
Flying Wild Hog
macOS (OS X) General Arcade[1]
macOS (OS X) Aaron Melcher
macOS (OS X) Edward Rudd
Linux Aaron Melcher
Linux Edward Rudd
Devolver Digital
Russia 1C-SoftClub
Road Hog Engine
Release dates
Windows September 26, 2013
macOS (OS X) March 31, 2015
Linux March 31, 2015
Metacritic 73
OpenCritic 76
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Themes Asia, Fantasy
Series Shadow Warrior
Shadow Warrior (2013) on HowLongToBeat
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Shadow Warrior (2013) on MobyGames
Shadow Warrior (2013) on Wikipedia
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This page is for the reboot. For the original game, see Shadow Warrior (1997).

Shadow Warrior (2013) is a singleplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Shadow Warrior series.

General information

Port Report Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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1 DVD with only a fraction of the game's data.
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macOS (OS X)
Includes all katana reskins (DLC)
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
Linux (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)

Version differences

The Special Edition contains Hotline Miami Katana and Serious Sam 3 Sledgehammer DLC, the game soundtrack and a digital artbook.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
Cosmetic All DLCs are reskins of the katana.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Hotline Miami Katana Included as a part of the Special Edition
macOS (OS X)
Rise of the Triad Excalibat Requires Rise of the Triad
macOS (OS X)
The Walking Dead Ice Pickaxe Requires The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
macOS (OS X)
Saints Row 4 Penetrator Requires Saints Row IV
macOS (OS X)
Serious Sam 3 Sledgehammer Included as a part of the Special Edition
macOS (OS X)
Shadow Warrior Classic Katana GOG exclusive.
macOS (OS X)
Z45 Requires Hard Reset
macOS (OS X)
Zilla Prototype Katana Pre-order exclusive.
macOS (OS X)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior\profiles.cfg
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior\profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior DX11\profiles.cfg
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior DX11\profiles\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Library/Application Support/Flying Wild Hog/Shadow Warrior/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Flying Wild Hog/Shadow Warrior/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior\profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow Warrior DX11\profiles\
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Flying Wild Hog/Shadow Warrior/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/233130/

Save game cloud syncing

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


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
50-90° vertical. For higher values, see Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off, FXAA and FSAA 2x-4x - FSAA only available in "Windows XP Mode" (DX9 Mode).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap as of version 1.5.
HBAO available with flag 0x00110500

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Set custom FOV in console[citation needed]
  1. Bring up the in-game console by pressing Ctrl+~.
  2. Type in and enter r_fov 100 (replace 100 with desired FOV).


Weapon FOV is always locked at 50°.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Force borderless fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Install Special K by following the Special K Unofficial Guide.
  2. Start the game and press Ctrl+ Shift+← Backspace to toggle Special K's Control Panel.
  3. Open the Display menu and select "Windowed Mode" and "Force Override".
  4. Set the Window Style to "Borderless" then "Borderless Fullscreen" and close the Control Panel.
  5. Press Ctrl+ Shift+O to toggle Special K's On-Screen Display.

Disable lens flares

Disables the dirty screen effect[2]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add the following line to the file:
r_draw_lens_flares 0

Disable post-process effects

Disable post-process[citation needed]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add any of the following lines to the file:
pp_blur_enable 0
pp_ca_enable 0
pp_color_grading_enable 0
pp_dof_enable 0
pp_film_grain_enable 0
pp_glow_enable 0
pp_radial_blur_enable 0
pp_screen_blur_enable 0
pp_sharpen_enable 0
pp_sun_shafts_enable 0
pp_enable 0

Boost draw distance/lod and shadows past ultra values

Tweak settings[3]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add any of the following lines to the file:
r_mip_lod -0.5
r_farZ 6000.0
r_foliage_range_multiplier 4
r_shadows_res 4096
r_shadows_format 3


Input settings.
Input settings.
XInput default layout.
XInput default layout.
XInput left-handed layout.
XInput left-handed layout.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse smoothing option in menu. Acceleration is not present.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See here for non 360 controllers.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Alternative (left-handed) layouts for sticks, buttons, and triggers.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Occasionally changes button prompts

Toggle crouch and zoom

Add key bindings[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open binds.cfg.
  3. Add the following entries.
    bind +c "crouch_toggle"
    bind -c ""
    bind +z "zoom_toggle" "0"
    bind -z ""
    • Replace c and z with any keys; use mouse_4 and mouse_5 for side mouse buttons.
  4. Save and close the file.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Game settings.
Game settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Global, music and voice volume sliders.
Surround sound
Auto-detection with option to force stereo.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
A fan-made overhaul of the official localization by 1C-SoftClub which removes the censorship and corrects translation errors, available here.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Shadow Warrior for a minor tweak.
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues fixed

Frame stuttering

Enable Triple Buffering in options menu[5]

Check Triple buffering and/or Vsync box in video options menu.

Microstutter on high-refresh displays >120 Hz

Capping to 120 FPS or less. The cap must be set lower than (and not equal to) the maximum refresh rate of the display, and no higher than 120 FPS. Set in-game refresh rate to the maximum refresh rate of the display (i.e. higher than the external cap, since setting 120 Hz in the in-game video options in combination with a 120 Hz external cap will likely lead to screen tearing). If configured correctly, then the triple buffering and Vsync boxes may be unticked in the video options menu. Confirmed working on a 165 Hz display.

Open the in-game console (Ctrl+~) and use r_draw_decals_skinned 0[6][7]
For performance issues upon killing enemies. Must be reapplied in each session; can be saved by placing in an autoexec.cfg.

Crash on startup (DX11)

Close Dxtory if it's running[8]
Remove Alienware LightFX DLLs[9]

Rename (ex: filename.dll.bak) or remove the following DLLs:

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11
OpenGL 3.2, 4 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD Ex
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3870
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 5870
Intel HD 4000
Nvidia GeForce 9600/130/Quadro FX 5600
512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.2 compatible