Urban Chaos

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Urban Chaos
Urban Chaos cover
Developers
Mucky Foot Productions
Publishers
Retail Eidos Interactive
Digital Square Enix
Release dates
Windows November 30, 1999
Reception
IGDB 90
Urban Chaos on IGDB
Urban Chaos on MobyGames
Urban Chaos on Wikipedia

Key points

The game's source code has been released in 2017.
This article also applies to the demo.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]
Windows
Publisher website (unavailable)
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Windows
GOG.com (unavailable)
DRM-free
Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A demo containing an exclusive level is available here.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete or rename video files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Bink.
  2. Delete or rename Eidos.bik, logo24.bik and PCINTRO_withsound.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Game's launcher.
Game's launcher.
System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\config.ini[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/243060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/243060/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Urban Chaos Widescreen Fix.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Locked at 30 FPS by default. See High frame rate.
120+ FPS
See High frame rate.

High frame rate[edit]

Raising the frame rate cap beyond 60 FPS will speed up the game.
Set high frame rate[3]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit config.ini.
  3. Set max_frame_rate to the desired FPS cap.

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
At least 5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
1.0 via Miles Sound System

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Only available in the retail version.
Italian
Only available in the retail version.
Spanish
Open config.ini and change lang_english.txt to lang_spanish.txt.

Issues fixed[edit]

Visual artifacts during gameplay[edit]

Alt+Tab to another window and back.
If using a GeForce card, disable Fast VSync.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 5.0r
Cutscenes Bink Video 0.8i

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1a compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  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>/243060/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (243060) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References