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Wolfenstein

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This page is for the 2009 game. For the 1992 game, see Wolfenstein 3D.

Wolfenstein
Wolfenstein cover
Developers
Raven Software
id Software
Multiplayer Endrant Studios
Blur Studios
Pi Studios
Publishers
Activision
Engines
id Tech 4
Release dates
Windows August 18, 2009
Reception
Metacritic 74
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Themes Europe, World War II, Supernatural
Series Wolfenstein
Wolfenstein on HowLongToBeat
Wolfenstein on IGDB
Wolfenstein on MobyGames
Wolfenstein on Wikipedia
Castle Wolfenstein 1981
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein 1984
Wolfenstein 3D 1992
Spear of Destiny 1992
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 2003
Wolfenstein 2009
Wolfram (unofficial game) 2012
Wolfenstein: The New Order 2014
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood 2015
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 2017
Wolfenstein: Youngblood 2019
Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot 2019
RealRTCW (unofficial mod) 2020

Wolfenstein is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person FPS game in the Wolfenstein series.

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Manual
Mods

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM v7.39.0006 DRM. Single player only, Multiplayer has no DRM.
Windows
Steam (unavailable)
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CD key
Windows
The game is no longer available digitally. While Bethesda owns the rights[1] and games based on id Software properties (such as Quake 4) are still on sale, despite Raven Software being owned by Activision, it's still unavailable for unknown reasons.

Demo

Demo can still be downloaded here.

If the demo is installed and you get problems opening Steam, uninstall the demo.[2]

Essential improvements

Patches

Patch 1.2 (cumulative) is the latest version.

Skip intro videos

Use the +set com_skipIntro 1 command line argument[citation needed]
Skip intro videos[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\SP\base\videos.
  2. Delete or rename bumper1.bik, bumper2.bik, bumper3.bik and id_logo.bik.

Enable quick save

Enable quick save[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Add the following line.
    • bind F5 "spawn save_game_entity name quicksave; trigger quicksave; remove quicksave"
  4. Save the file and set it as read-only.

Notes

Press F5 in-game to save.
Do not quick save during boss fights as it might potentially interfere with the sequences, making it unable to progress.
Setting the config to read-only means the game won't be able to mark down when you've finished the game, so you don't unlock cheats. Do this manually by changing seta g_showCheatMenuMsg and seta g_gameFinished to 1 once you've finished the game.[4]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\id Software\WolfSP\base\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10170/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\id Software\WolfSP\base\savegames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10170/pfx/[Note 1]
The game creates a permanent archived autosave every time the game transitions to a new map. The game can archive approximately 40 or so concurrent autosaves in total, after which the oldest autosave will automatically be overwritten to create a new one.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native for 16:10 and 16:9. For other aspect ratios, see the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
Use Widescreen Fixer (see the WSGF entry).
Ultra-widescreen
See Ultrawidescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80° by default (60° for sprinting). See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in config file, 2-16x MSAA. Nvidia users can force SGSSAA in Nvidia Profile Inspector with the 0x000010C1 antialiasing compatibility flag.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 60 FPS. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Ultra-widescreen

Edit wolf.cfg
  1. Navigate to C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\id Software\WolfSP\base and select wolf.cfg
  2. For 3440x1440@60Hz use these values:
  • seta r_initialAspectRatio "4.8"
  • seta r_letterBoxedHeight "1440"
  • seta r_letterBoxedWidth "3440"
  • seta r_customHeight "1440"
  • seta r_customWidth "3440"
  • seta r_fullscreen "1"
  • seta r_displayRefresh "60"
  • seta r_mode "-1"

Download and run Widescreen Fixer v3.4 r737. Set custom aspect ratio to 21:9.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Force AA In wolf.cfg
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Change seta r_multiSamples "0" to seta r_multiSamples "x"
Set "x" to 2-16.

Field of view (FOV)

Use Wolfenstein FOV Fix[5]
  1. Download Wolfenstein 2009 FOV fix.
  2. Extract the fov.pk4 corresponding to the desired FOV to <path-to-game>\SP\base.
  3. Set +set com_allowconsole 1 +set com_SingleDeclFile 0 as a command line argument.
  4. Run the game.
  5. Go to Options/Video/Performance Options and set the Post Process Quality to low.

Borderless fullscreen windowed

Set resolution and borderless mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Change seta r_fullscreen "1" to seta r_fullscreen "0"
  4. Change the seta r_customHeight and seta r_customWidth values to your desktop resolution.
  5. Run the game and use Borderless Gaming.

High frame rate

Edit wolf.cfg
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Add the line seta com_userCommandHz "144" (replace 144 with desired frame rate).

Notes

May have unintended gameplay effects, such as wrong or unsynchronized NPC movement timing and positioning, may cause the last boss fight to be unfinish-able.

When uncapping the FPS elevators/lifts will also throw your character upwards causing you to clip through them. The elevator from Castle to Castle Top, in particular, will always drop you to your death if the 60 FPS cap is removed.

No crosshair

Instructions
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Change seta g_noCrosshair to "1".

Disable head bob

Disable head bob entirely
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Add the following line.
    • seta g_noViewBob "1"
  4. Save the file.
Edit configuration files[6]
Wolfenstein 2009 FOV fix features alternative smoother head bobbing.
  1. Download Wolfenstein 2009 FOV fix.
  2. Extract the fov.pk4 corresponding to the desired FOV to <path-to-game>\SP\base.
  3. Set +set com_allowconsole 1 +set com_SingleDeclFile 0 as a launch parameter.
  4. Run the game.
  5. Go to Options/Video/Performance Options and set the Post Process Quality to low.
  6. Exit the game.
  7. Open SP\base\fov.pk4 with a file archiver like 7-Zip.
  8. Open the def folder, extract player.def and open it with a text editor.
  9. Set "CameraBobRotationSpring" "80" value to "0".
  10. Set "CameraBobRotationPower" "1" value to "0".
  11. Optionally, set "CameraBobLocationSpring" "100" to "0" to have the screen completely fixed when sprinting.
  12. Save the file and add it back to the def folder to replace the original.

Input

Mouse smoothing

Disable mouse smoothing[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Add the line: seta m_filter "0".
  4. Save the file.

Mouse sensitivity

Improve mouse sensitivity[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Set seta m_yaw and seta m_pitch to equal values.
  4. Save the file.

Audio

Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, SFX, dialogue, music
Surround sound
Options for mono/stereo/2.1/4.0/5.1/7.1; 7.1 mode does not work properly (no side speaker output)[8]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Set quad speakers in options and use DSOAL for binaural HRTF mixing.[9]
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "english" parameter.
French
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "french" parameter.
German
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "german" parameter.
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "italian" parameter.
Polish
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "polish" parameter.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Russian
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "russian" parameter. Full russian version only on 1C copy.
Slovak
Fan translation, download.
Spanish
Launch the game with +set sys_lang "spanish" parameter.
Languages are set based on system language. To override the language you have to pass it as command-line parameter.

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Wolfenstein(2009).
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c Single-player only.[10][11]
OpenGL 2.1 Multiplayer only.[10]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D
Anti-cheat PunkBuster [citation needed]

Unlock pre-order DLC

Without DLC the Flammenwerfer pre-order weapon will be available later in the campaign.[12] With DLC, you already get it in the first few minutes.
Edit configuration files[12][13]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Change line seta g_unlockedFlameDLC "0" to seta g_unlockedFlameDLC "1".
  4. Save the file.

Enable screenshot hotkey

Enable Screenshot[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open wolf.cfg.
  3. Add the following line.
    • bind F12 "screenshot 1280 800 32"
  4. Save the file and set it as read-only.

Notes

Press F12 in-game to take a screenshot.
The first 2 numbers are your resolution & the last number(32)is color range.
Setting the config to read-only means the game won't be able to mark down when you've finished the game, so you don't unlock cheats. Do this manually by changing seta g_showCheatMenuMsg and seta g_gameFinished to 1 once you've finished the game.[4]

Permanent corpses

Mod for permanent corpses[14]

Use this mod to stop the disappearing of enemy corpses.

  1. Download from Nexusmods or Mod DB.
  2. Unzip and copy the Carnage-pak000.pk4 file from one of the two folders to the base folder in the game (where the assets.pk4 is).
  3. Add +set com_allowconsole 1 +set com_SingleDeclFile 0 as launch parameters to the Wolf2.exe (see included readme).
Requires loading a new level to take effect.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8.8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 GT
ATI Radeon X800
256 MB of VRAM
OpenGL compatible
DirectX 9.0c compatible

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>/10170/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10170) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References