Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

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Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness cover
Developers
Core Design
macOS (OS X) Beenox Shift
Publishers
Eidos Interactive
OS X Aspyr Media
Release dates
Windows June 20, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 18, 2003
Reception
Metacritic 49
IGDB 62
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on HowLongToBeat
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Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on MobyGames
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on Wikipedia
Tomb Raider (1996) 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Lara Croft (series)
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013
Lara Croft GO 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018

Key points

Missing several effects and smaller features from the PS2 version and also contains flipped texture issues not present on that version. See below for fixes to many of these issues.
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen border fix and set Windows 7 compatibility mode to fix save loading.

General information

The Angel of Darkness at Tomb Raider Forums
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce 5 DRM (Polish copies).
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest build is v52. Use either below to obtain the latest version:

SuiKaze Raider's TRAOD Updater - Includes a reworked launcher and graphical enhancements (ENB series).

or

Tomb Raider Multi Patch - Works with TR6 even though it only mentions TR2-5. Use if you only want to patch the game without any of the extras from the above option.

Modpacks[edit]

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Rescued

A large modpack compiled by LateRaider that adds many vanilla-friendly tweaks and quality-of-life improvements to the game. Improves the retail experience drastically. Combines many of the mods listed below into one package.

Modifications[edit]

Fixed EXE - Patched executable with redefined animations, view control and much more contained in the old tank version. Support for mouse and/or second joystick to move the camera, Lara/Kurtis move relative to it, as in PS2 - in the newer iteration. Works on all European versions of the game.
SLAYER's Ultimate Patch - The best level and cutscene files available with the least amount of problems.
Nakamichi680's definitive levels patch - Fixes most flipped texture issues on objects. Install after SLAYER's Ultimate Patch.
red_lion's level fixes - Builds upon Nakamichi680's work to fix errors still present and replace certain low-res textures with vanilla friendly hi-res replacements. Install after Nakamichi680's patched levels.
Right looking FMVs - Ported from PS2 version and with colors adjusted.
Ending credits restoration - Restores missing credits present on PS2 version.

Utilities[edit]

Startup Configuration Utility - Used to play FMVs, skip levels, enable debug menu and much more.
TRAOD EXE Multi-Patcher - Tool by Nakamichi680. Provides many gameplay tweaks and restores certain features and effects to the game.


Skip intro videos[edit]

Apply the Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness intro skip

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Core Design\TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness\1.0\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveGame\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/225020/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

External Video settings.
External Video settings.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Selecting only overlay mixer in the launcher video settings helps scaling videos to the right aspect ratio
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Aspect ratio must be set independently of resolution in Monitor Aspect. Calculate by dividing horizontal resolution by vertical resolution, then round to two decimal places.
4K Ultra HD
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)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
120/144 Hz shows up in settings but game is locked to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Can't bind mouse wheel scrolling
Mouse acceleration
Camera turning speed is fixed, regardless of your mouse sensitivity and speed
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller can't skip initial "Press any key" screen
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Right analogue stick doesn't work
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, SFX, Speech.
A master volume setting can be found between the game registry keys
Surround sound
[1]
Subtitles
Can be disabled only inside debug menu. Change doesn't get saved.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Open menu if you want a mute background.
EAX support
EAX 3.0[1]
Supports (and requires) EAX Unified. If options are unselectable, see Can't Enable EAX below under Issues Fixed.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
British English revamp
French
Localization is available here if missing
German
Hungarian
Fan translation by TombRaiderS, link #1, link #2.
Italian
Japanese
Retail version only.
Korean
Retail version only.
Polish
Available here.
Russian
Not available in the Steam version.
Spanish
Retail version, download.
Turkish
Fan translation.

Issues fixed[edit]

Check Angel of Darkness FAQ

Crash on startup with "Generic Game Error ASSERTION: 'SUCCEEDED(hr)'"[edit]

Patch the game[citation needed]
Enable VMR9[2]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to every tab corresponding to your graphics card and check the "VMR9" tick box under "Options".
Use fast Frame Rate compensation[citation needed]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to General tab and (if activated) set Frame Rate Compensation to Fast

Crash on startup with "GAME_ERROR_STRUCTURED_EXCEPTION_HANDLE"[edit]

Disable VMR9[citation needed]
  1. Open game settings configuration tool
  2. Go to every tab corresponding to your graphics card and uncheck the "VMR9" tick box under "Options".

Can't load saves[edit]

Saves can't be loaded on Windows 8 and later without some adjustments.
Apply necessary changes[3]
  1. Right-click Launcher.exe in the installation folder and choose Properties.
  2. Go to the Compatibility tab and set the compatibility mode to Windows 7.
  3. Run the launcher and choose Settings.
  4. Go to the tab for your video card and enable VMR9 under FMV.
  5. Click OK to save your settings. Run the game normally.

Very low FPS[edit]

Disable camera and character reflection update[citation needed]

In the game's settings dialog, navigate to the tab corresponding to your graphics card, then go down in the "Cubemaps Reflections" box and set Camera and Character update to Occasional

(If there's more than one tab corresponding to your graphics card, i.e. if you have a multi-monitor setup, do this for each tab that is "Enabled".)

Can't enable EAX[edit]

On Windows Vista and later, EAX is unselectable due to the removal of DirectSound3D. Re-enabling requires either older hardware with a dedicated Creative sound card, or emulation.
Install the following[4]
  1. Install EAX Unified drivers.
  2. Install OpenAL (Second archive option - "Windows Installer") - May already be installed on your system. If not, be sure to install it, or the step below will not work.
  3. Install DSOAL (Download "dsoal-latest.7z") - Extract contents to your Bin folder in the game installation directory, which is where the exe files are. So, look for where TRAOD.exe, P3, P4, etc are located, then install dsound.dll, dsoal-aldrv.dll, and alsoft.ini there.
  4. (Optional) If dsound.dll is unable to be detected by the game, follow the instructions here to register dsound.dll. This only needs to be done once, and will allow it to work for other games that utilize it.

This is a universal fix, meaning it will work with any combination of hardware. You do not need a dedicated sound card for it to work, and the sound will be indistinguishable from hardware-enabled EAX.

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation does not go fullscreen correctly on Windows 8 and later.
Use Tomb Raider series fullscreen border fix

Lara's and Kurtis's hair clip[edit]

Press F10[5]

Graphics options[edit]

The Angel of Darkness' options panel in the Launcher has many options for tweaking the display quality in the game. Many of these offer little explanation as to how each option will affect the game itself. The guide below will give you the best visual quality the game can offer. Credit to Maverin over at Tomb Raider Forums for gathering all of this information together.

To start, open the Launcher and go to Settings. Then go to the tab corresponding to your graphics card's name, which is where the graphics options are.

Screen Format: Choose "32 bit X8R8G8B8" "32 bit A8R8G8B8".

Colour Depth: Choose "32 bit Depth D24S8"

Render Type: Three options - Fixed Hardware, Shader Hardware, and Software. This one is based on preference as each have pros and cons. Fixed Hardware and Software have the least amount of issues, but are lacking in quality with many effects turned off. Shader Hardware allows for maximum graphical quality with all effects on, but at the cost of some minor texture flickering. If you are not bothered by it, then Shader Hardware is recommended over the other two.

Gamma: Recommended to bring slider slightly to the left, at about the halfway point, as by default the game is slightly too bright. If wanting a look closer to the PS2 version, it should be brought further back, about halfway between completely dark and the slider's halfway point.

Monitor Aspect: Set this based on the table below according to your monitor's aspect ratio.

Aspect Ratio Value
4:3 1.33
16:10 1.6
16:9 1.77

Options: Tick every choice. If "VMR9" causes issues, enable/disable as needed as noted in "Issues Fixed" above.

Textures:

- Filter Room, Objects, Env, Actors, Bump - Set each to "Anisotropic"
- Quality Room, Actors - Set to "High"
- Format RGB - Choose "32 bit A8R8G8B8"
- Format ARGB - Choose "32 bit A8R8G8B8"

According to Nakamichi680, there's no benefit to setting the two above values any higher.[6]

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Input DirectInput

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE, Me, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz (1.5 GHz if graphics card does not support T&L)
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB (minimum installation)
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible device
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 74xx
PowerPC G4
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Other 2x CD-ROM drive

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>/225020/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (225020) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. 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