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UFO: Aftershock

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UFO: Aftershock
UFO: Aftershock cover
Developers
Altar Games
Publishers
2005-2018 1C Company
2018-2022 1C Entertainment
2022-present Fulqrum Publishing
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2005
Reception
Metacritic 67
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series UFO
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UFO: Aftershock on Wikipedia
UFO
UFO: Aftermath 2003
UFO: Aftershock 2005
UFO: Afterlight 2007

UFO: Aftershock is a singleplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the UFO series.

General information

Modding forums for game series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Version 1.2.1
Windows
Steam
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Version 1.2.1
Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Windows
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Patches

Patch 1.3 (over 1.2 or 1.2.1) is available from the official site or StrategyCore

Game data

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\options.txt[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/289500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\<user-id>\Saves\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/289500/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

UFO: Aftershock system settings menu.
UFO: Aftershock system settings menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Locked at 1024x768. See Widescreen resolution for fix.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Add --option fullscreen=FALSE in shortcut
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Options 1 to 8
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Widescreen resolution[5]
  1. Download the widescreen fix.
  2. Go to the installation folder and create a backup of the original UFO.exe.
  3. Open archive and extract files from selected resolution into installation folder. Overwrite when asked.

Notes

Currently supported resolutions are 1600x900, 1680x1050 and 1920x1080.
Sometimes this fix will cause game to render partially off screen. See Off screen rendering fix bellow.
Off screen rendering fix[citation needed]
  1. Delete or rename widescreenmod.vfs file and Profile folder. Backup your saves if necessary.
  2. Run original UFO.exe, create new profile and set your options.
  3. Apply widescreen fix again and run the game.

Notes

You can keep both original exe and fixed exe in same folder, but you have to delete or rename widescreenmod.vfs because original version will load this file as well.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Anisotropic filtering[citation needed]
  1. Replace Aftershock's default desktop shortcut with the one from its Start menu folder (probably ...\Cenega Czech\UFO Aftershock), reading "High Quality" or something to that effect.
  2. Manually force 16x AF from your graphics card settings.

Notes

The resulting sharper textures and (consequentially) more detailed gloss maps add up to a significant increase in the overall visual experience, compared to "vanilla" game.

Input

Audio

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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Retail and GOG.com only.
German
Retail and GOG.com only.
Russian
Retail, Steam and GOG.com only.
Spanish
Retail only.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, requires very important settings, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
AMD Athlon 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5700
ATI Radeon 9500
DirectX 9.0c compatible


Notes

  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[1][2][3][4] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  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>/289500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (289500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References