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This unofficial update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v2.4 and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth.
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Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v2.4 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth.
This is an unofficial patch for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines by Troika Games. It is built upon Dan Upright's great unofficial oma patches and is only intended for the english versions of Bloodlines!
To install it extract this archive into your game folder keeping the directory structure intact and backup any files being overwritten if you want to remove it later. But reinstallation is recommended then. This patch attempts to fix many bugs and improve other things but no guarantees are made, since not everything could be tested. It can be installed easily on top of the official 1.2 patch from Troika Games. The more basic changes are listed at the top of the version history, then bug fixes and more. It is recommended to start a new game after patching to avoid odd behaviour, like e.g. humans becoming vampires. Because of the restoration of the histories the patch comes with the original config.cfg, so change all the options to your liking again. Try them out at your own risk and on tutorial problems just skip it!
Tips and Tricks:
When using the console, be sure to activate it from the menu only.
To reinstall clean up registry and remove vtmb.ini from /windows.
On start crashings force refresh rate override or use -dxlevel 80.
Do not cheat using the histories, you'll not get far that way ;).
Don't save or leave maps with disciplines active to avoid crashes.
Game may hang on Beckett's "wait" cutscene, reload or use sewers.
Sometimes the game will crash on entering the pawnshop, try later.
In Ming's temple do really move the bar instead of just using it.
If you can't read papers re-bind "use" away from the mousebuttons.
At high Obfuscate levels use attack to stealth kill without fail.
Some feed victims stay in trance so don't bite quest-related ones.
Enemy death may open doors and give items, which Trance does not.
If a container auto-closes right-click the objects to choose them.
Have four inventory slots free when getting Imalia's Tawni quest.
If the Skyeline apartment's elevator won't work use vents instead.
Game may hang at cutscenes if you are Obfuscated, so turn it off.
If museum trip beams leave a door locked search guard for the key.
Taking long for history selection is prone to crash, don't do it.
Stuff not fixed:
"Skip intro" and special fonts only work at resolutions > 800x600.
It's not possible to escape to the menu during cutscenes or load.
Prof. Johansen's christian name is stated to be Ingvar and Anders.
Enemies will drop only the weapon on death that they used before.
Be aware that on dialogue your character will holster his weapons.
Sometimes "Skip intro" will not work although the box is checked.
Occasionally mailboxes do not receive rewards or objects drop out.
Female and male Gangrel show different stances in the background.
In cutscenes models may behave strange, also walking with a Glock.
Bodies may dissappear and dead people may re-appear in cutscenes.
There are invisible blocks at the Theatre, the Museum and Fu Labs.
At Confession third person view zooms in when being on the cross.
Same objects in containers and inventory will not show up in both.
Occult hacking and lockpicking models are not centered in window.
Rats will not squeak while gently being drained by female players.
Blood Shield stays on until exhausted or removed, this is no bug.
Vandal will not grant his freebie if you just bought a blue blood.
Gary's posters appear in all havens, Mitnick's emails dissappear.
Visible fangs added to all vampires missing them, thanks to DDLullu.
Raised Obfuscate frame rate with autoexec.cfg, thanks to Acleacius.
Made it possible for all clans to get the secret info from Johansen.
Fixed a stats condition issue that may result in several new lines.
You will receive a point of humanity for warning Wong Ho about Ming.
Gaining the Tremere haven is now independent from the quests order.
Restored Jeanette encounter that somehow got lost in recent changes.
Changed conditions and text for entering gallery with Chuck's help.
Corrected two lines to Isaac and Knox and changed a Muddy quest log.
Fixed speaking to LaCroix before going to the Society another time.
Removed double Masquerade redemption gained by taking care of Patty.
Added variable for Vick's death that may clear up connected quests.
Put ten 'Jamie Sue' rounds in Romero's chest for the cemetery quest.
Lowered humanity points gainable during the serial killer dialogue.
Standardised key names in options, loading tips and tutorial popups.
Made charity money stay available after the paintings were slashed.
Decreased kick of Mac 10 and Steyr Aug and restored Ra blade damage.
Removed illogical player@directory prompts from computer terminals.
Altered an Imalia line and a quest state for "bonus" magazine quest.
You'll lose a point of Humanity for giving the pendant to Jeanette.
Stopped VV sending her poster so you won't miss out on Gary's email.
Repaired 2.2 bug of Giovanni and Hitman quests not being recognized.
Persuading Jeanette and Therese to make peace is like intended now.
Checking of texts and subtitles concluded by RobinHood70 and myself.
Fixed a double answer to Gary and modified Viktor/Maria Persuasion.
Altered some histories that made no change, no sense or added items.
Shortened a line of Strauss that wrongly claimed moving your stuff.
Changed a Pisha line to reflect the possibility you killed Milligan.
Added the missing graph files for the modified Venture tower level.
Corrected one last name on the Santa Monica busstop and sewer signs.
Stopped dead Malcolm sending mail and Adam repeating a line of his.
Fixed small bugs in Damsel, Knox, Beckett, Venus and Ming dialogues.
Restored lost lines of Flynn and moved some Malkavian lines around.
Removed bug allowing all clans to move using one downtown sewer map.
Correctly stated Brujah Unarmed bonus and Nosferatu Seduction zero.
Made speaking to LaCroix before going to the Society possible again.
Included the unused histories so that each clan has seven plus none.
Swapped trouble making history conditions with similar limitations.
Provided twenty places for Malkavian voice whispers during dialogue.
Restored welcome lines of Bertram including xp gain and log update.
You will loose a humanity point for making Ash exchange his clothes.
Fixed graphics of baton, VV photo, Megahurtz card and Gary's tapes.
Restored xp gain for entering the Gallery Noir by befriending Chunk.
Made Bruno attack on lockpicking the Giovanni Mansion meeting-room.
Removed respawning at Lotus Blossom, Temple, Ventrue and Giovanni's.
You will loose humanity for taking money after solving Tawni quest.
Making love to Jeanette is now possible regardless of the storyline.
Moved Giovanni loading tips up and added lost lines of the sweeper.
Removed Gallery Noir key after use and made several items droppable.
Lowered additional damage done by all weapons using the zoom modus.
Renamed flaming crossbow to Kuei-jin and lowered the bow accuracies.
Repaired story state continuity bug after talking to Chang brothers.
Checking of text and subtitles continued by RobinHood70 and myself.
Corrected one occasion where Mr. Ox would not give the right reward.
Fixed missing state and xp for bad luck Talisman quest from Mr. Ox.
Changed text of Isaac, Beckett, Romero, Knox and Bertram's postures.
Added infos for flaming crossbow bolts and made vendors offer them.
Removed Barabus line calling you a Cammy and fixed a line with Mira.
Fixed Venus giving you a quest twice and a question about Jeanette.
Awarded xp for killing Bruno Giovanni in the second mansion map too.
Fixed quest state reset on drop and re-pick up of the Salvage card.
Added Pisha line about quest item and checked state for another one.
Corrected a warrens sign and added lines for Malkavians and Kanker.
Removed an endsequences taxi bug and added some missing level names.
Made Strauss give money instead of taliman and fixed a Chunk error.
Repaired not working Muddy quest fix and modified plague quest logs.
Mr. Ox will react correctly when you already have aquired the eyes.
Restored Yukie to shop from the start and set lock difficulty to 10.
Prevented activating hubs a second time and revisiting Ocean House.
Made Tseng talk only of known people and Johansen scream more often.
Deleted invisible blocks at the warehouse to provide stealthy exit.
Fixed wrong conditions for Gimble, Jack, Regent, Bertram and Slater.
Wong Ho and hostess will be gone from the Red Dragon for all clans.
Removed bonus for stealth killing Johnny and made guards more aware.
Changed Grout quest log, sewer key description and a Mitnick email.
Modified Milligan's Intimidate dialogue so that it makes more sense.
Many Malkavian responses and Dementation uses fixed by RobinHood70.
Fixed Protean tutorial text, body armor description and a quest log.
Corrected Tawni quest failure warning on leaving for all occasions.
Moved occult items from warrens and Tseng's to be rewards of Mr. Ox.
Made everybody loose a humanity point on sending Milligan to Pisha.
Swapped damage of Desert Eagle / Colt Anaconda and SPAS-15 / Ithaca.
Moved one Tawni quest camera into the kitchen to fit Imalia's text.
Made letting Julius go free for money end up with humanity balanced.
Lessened damage for frenzy check and corrected shown armor ratings.
Added line so you can give the CD to Bertram if you already have it.
Made CDC guys leave later and Chunk not send you up again at times.
Stealing charity money will not cost humanity if you know its usage.
Made vendors sell SWAT rifle bullets and lowered price of fire axe.
Created new braid icon and placed the cut chewing gum in Ramen shop.
Corrected typos, mapname LA to downtown and subtitles to fit speech.
Removed npctemplate* files, delete those if found in /vdata/system.
Renamed Sabbat Thug speaker name to Thug and a few Trips to Vandals.
Redid lost changes to Wong Ho dialogue about the silver haired man.
Made Giovanni guard at the rear entrance of the mansion speak again.
After giving Ash the bloodpack it will be gone from your inventory.
Fixed Damsel recognizing Malkavians and Romero offering them pimpin.
Repaired more problems in Hitman quest and added a new quest state.
Added plague bearer quest log hint and allowed sewer-warrens detour.
The morgue computer will now mention Crumb only after he is around.
Restored sounds for the Ra blade and made killing Lu loose humanity.
Fixed dialogues asking Flynn about Castity and Wong Ho about glaze.
Made Dane cop acknowledge quest and repaired sending Patty to Pisha.
Added a line for Skelter and deleted a tutorial answer for Ventrue.
Replaced wrong use-icons in Venture Tower and lower Giovanni levels.
Fixed Strauss dialogue about Gargoyle weakness and one quest state.
Plugged Ash introduction hole and Therese knowing ghost item riddle.
Restored a broken Vandal line and conditioned a response for Nines.
Fixed telling Damsel of the alliance and corrected feed loading tip.
Deleted icons of unopenable doors at Lotus Blossom and Luckee Star.
Fixed Mitnick's reward and corrected text on three inventory models.
Modified discipline options for Kerri and removed a line with Knox.
Changed Ji's superhero and Johnny's asshole lines to reflect gender.
Removed taxi driving you to Mercurio in the end game if he is dead.
Deleted imperfect threat to LaCroix and fixed three wrong XP titles.
Added conditions to Beckett's Assyrian dialogue and removed a loop.
All dialogues matched to speech and fixed thoroughly by RobinHood70.
Repaired a lot of lines that were not audible to female characters.
Removed Empire key after use and continued standardizing many names.
Made Prince react to Persuasion for money when sending you to Ming.
Restored additional lines of Jack, Imalia, Ming-Xiao and the cabbie.
Fixed money bugs with Bill, Hatter, Heather, Misti and prostitutes.
Made Empire clerk bisexual, responding to Seduction from either sex.
Restored Ventrue specific Prince dialogue and more cut extra lines.
Removed an exploit with Copper and fixed Jeanette taking your knife.
Restored unused Nosferatu and Malkavian lines of Tseng and Wong Ho.
Fixed possibility of Beckett not talking on return from the Society.
Corrected bug caused by 1.9 corruption that broke Chinatown quests.
Restored feeding on rats that would not work for some people in 1.9.
Lessened MAC-10 kickback on firing with increasing firearms skills.
Moved dance spot at club Confession because of the cross-zoom error.
Made crossbow bolts purchasable sooner and added a doll easter egg.
Provided baseball bat and tire iron to anyone skipping the tutorial.
Corrected Hitman quest rewards and added peace-talk lines for both.
Fixed problems with morphine quest and more after angering Mercurio.
Cut exclamation of Nadia that was audible when she was not present.
Removed the annoying sidetable in Gary's lair and hid two map holes.
Changed wrong status display for the power of pump 118a in warrens.
Made the Hallowbrook hotel's naming consistent throughout the game.
Let Ra blade cause more damage instead of not working faster attack.
Fixed a bug with Patty appearing in the alley although she is dead.
Replaced location labels of the missing sewermap with worldmap ones.
Put two of the unused female raver models into the club Confession.
Resized unspectacular lower resolution fonts for better readability.
Made Hannah actually die at the time that she is supposed to do so.
Corrected the corrupted Intimidation font "W" at higher resolutions.
Relocated Pearl of Dubai and cut pulltoy to Kilpatrick's bailbonds.
Put unfinished dogs at Giovanni Mansion and fixed Mira dialogue bug.
Removed critical bum cutscene and illogical Pisha feeding cutscene.
Made Grout's wife fully visible and repaired a Muddy quest shortcut.
Granted occult hacking powerup as reward for doing Mitnick's quest.
Placed Obfuscate and lockpicking powerups at Nosferatu and LA haven.
Fixed a possible quest breaking bug with the Fu Syndicate elevator.
Continued adjusting locations names by changing bus and sewer maps.
Restored female Sabbat and put three into the first Hollowbrook map.
Corrected a wrong dialogue option for female Malkavians with Nadia.
Made cemetery quest easier and fixed Romero raising female firearms.
Removed unused subdirectories on two of the Kamikazi Zen computers.
Fixed several dialogue errors regarding Beckett, Flayton and Hatter.
Corrected dialogue getting cut of at Fu Labs for Nosferatu players.
Placed Pearl of Dubai and other cut items in pawnshop and elsewhere.
Added the missing Dodge II manual to second Giovanni Mansion level.
Created Justicar guards at Giovanni Mansion and fixed a synchro bug.
Put the unused male asian nurse model into the Santa Monica clinic.
Fixed Carson's appartment key not being removed when it's been used.
Corrected formatting of a few haven pc emails and the Sin Bin note.
Lessened the sway of zoomed weapons and balanced with magnification.
Replaced some male hunters at the Leopold Society with female ones.
Corrected bug that made it possible to get Ox's harvest quest twice.
Restored original funny answers when not being able to read a tome.
Fixed bug of Heather not appearing at the haven for female vampires.
Restored original models for the low and high grade computer tomes.
Made Yukie give you the Ra blade instead of taking it from Chastity.
Corrected wrong name of the cafe and other locations and map names.
Provided 1 xp for keeping Zhao alive and modified quest accordingly.
Fixed feat conditions in Muddy bum dialogue and a missing variable.
Awarded 1 xp for killing Bruno Giovanni and changed log accordingly.
Corrected wrong subtitles speaker name for Vandal and other people.
Restored many mistyped intimidate options and some answers to Pisha.
Not done (impossible?):
When using the console be sure to activate it from the menu only.
Before reinstalling the official 1.2 patch clean up the registry.
Sometimes Beckett stays in his animal form when first meeting him.
Game may hang on Beckett's "wait" cutscene, reload or use sewers.
Nosferatu and Tremere havens do miss the food critic quest reward.
In Mings hideout the bar may not move, just reload until it does.
Some feed victims stay in trance so don't bite quest related ones.
The news report a bloodbath even if you just sneak-killed Johnny.
Tremere Bloodshield stays until it is exhausted, this is no error.
Stuttering and slowdowns are memory related, use at least 512 MB.
If a container auto-closes right-click the objects to choose them.
All dialogues were spellchecked for typos and more by Paul Moloney.
Several mistyped variables found could provide additional dialogues.
Fixed variables in texts of Ash, Bertram, Boris, Venus and Mitnick.
Corrected still not working Hitman quest fix and other related bugs.
Adjusted damage values of Steyr Aug, SWAT rifle and Ithaca shotgun.
Lowered lockpicking skill needed for chemical substances door to 10.
Prevented triggering the building scene before getting Muddy quest.
Made Model Citizen quest show failure directly after leaving Tawni.
Cleared up the log texts of the Muddy quest and Pishas occult quest.
Reconstructed lip-synchro for the misplaced Isaac text moved by Dan.
Re-branded Uzi, Mac 10, Glock 17c, Ithaca and both Remingtons guns.
Fixed double option with wrong link in the dialogue file of LaCroix.
Renamed Purge to Blood Purge and spellchecked all other text files.
Fixed Hitman quest bug that showed failure when making them friends.
Awarded 1 xp for getting Imalia's magazine to compensate money loss.
Lowered award for rescueing Ash from the Society of Leopold to 1 xp.
Adjusted knockback ranges for McLusky, SWAT rifle and the shotguns.
Corrected some errors in Hitman quest log, dialogues and doll texts.
Fixed bugs in the dialogue files of Ash and Velvet for extra lines.
Corrected a bug that kept the Santa Monica haven active for Tremere.
Provided 1 humanity point for not telling Hannah that Paul is dead.
Modified the dialogue files of Damsel and Isaac to fix bad options.
Repaired SWAT rifle crosshair and set damage similar to 'Jamie Sue'.
Made rifles and crossbows use single shots to fit reload animation.
Barabus will not be in the Fu Syndicate anymore after you have left.
Removed illogical placed flamethrower and Ra blade from Hollowbrook.
Chastity will have the Ra blade and a crossbow can be found nearby.
Put flaming crossbow, torch and flamethrower at the Leopold Society.
Changed damage of blunt weapons to fists < arm < baton < bat < iron.
Made CD quest available to all clans as Malkavian lines were there.
Fixed Tawni and friend noticing you before accepting Imalia's quest.
Made vendors sell crossbow bolts with Tseng selling a crossbow too.
Imalia's magazine quest is now also available after her Tawni quest.
After providing Romero with a sexy night he will give you his rifle.
Removed Dan's "Ginger Swan fix", because the quest was not updated.
Isaac-Tzimisce dialogue line will disappear after quest is complete.
Changed the inventory text of Jamie Sue, Bach's rifle and Steyr Aug.
Corrected some subtitles so the Hengeyokai surprise is not spoiled.
Changed lots of subtitles so not every thug is called a Sabbat thug.
Edited quest log texts of Necromantic to prevent misunderstandings.
Corrected Isaac dialogue options so you can't get the gift right on.
Changed the strange "untie" lines in the Johansen dialogue options.
Provided 2 xp for rescueing Ash from the Society of Leopold caverns.
Made Bach drop rifle or sword on defeat, may remove teleport light.
Removed Yukies untakeble sword and changed the dialogue accordingly.
Modified some dialogue of Wong Ho in regard to the white haired man.
Wong Ho and hostess will not be in the Red Dragon after he is gone.
The White Cloud doors in Chinatown will be open from the beginning.
Yukie will not appear before you visited the temple to fit her talk.
The Hollowbrook Hotel cutscene will only happen if Heather is alive.
This document details numerous fixes and changes to Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines in the 1.2 patch. The patch will not affect saved games from the retail version of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. It is strongly recommended that you disable any anti-virus software before installing.
Minimum System Requirements:
• 3D hardware accelerator card required - 100% DirectX® 9.0c-compatible 64MB video card and drivers
• 1.2 GHz Athlon™ or 1.2 GHz Pentium® III processor or higher
• 384MB of RAM (512MB of RAM recommended)
• Microsoft® Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP
• Quad-Speed CD-ROM drive (600 K/sec sustained transfer rate) and drivers
• 3.3 GB of uncompressed hard disk space for game files and saved games (plus 1.4 GB for Windows® swap file)
• 100% DirectX® 9.0-compatible 16-bit sound card and drivers
• 100% Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP-compatible mouse, keyboard, and drivers
• DirectX® 9.0c (Included)
Supported Chipsets for 98/ME/2000/XP
All ATI® Radeon® Chipsets
All NVIDIA® GeForce™ Chipsets
Matrox® Parhelia™ Chipset
NOTICE: This game contains technology intended to prevent copying that may conflict with some disc and virtual drives.
FIXES IN THE PATCH
Fixed C++ Runtime error on launch of the game due to older versions of Python interpreter.
Fixed Invalid dialog responses due to older versions of Python interpreter.
Fixed problem where keys and keycards may disappear from player’s inventory.
Fixed problem where binding either Enter or Right Mouse Button to the Use key would cause the inventory window to immediately close after opening. These bindings are now no longer permitted.
Added “Inventory Full – Items Dropped” message when player receives items beyond the inventory limit and added inspection particles to the dropped items. This addresses the issue with cameras being lost in the “Model Citizen quest.
Fixed problem where a player would have both the vampire and warform models stuck together when both Fortitude and Protean (level 5) are activated.
Fixed crash to desktop when the player returns to the boat after rescuing Johansen from the Society of Leopold.
Fixed problem where the newspaper would report success in the “Model Citizen” quest even though the player had failed it.
Fixed problem where the player can log on to the Theater computer before receiving the “Tangled Web” quest from Mitnick.
Fixed problem with haven mailboxes not receiving award for completing the food critic quest. quest.
Modified E dialog so that it is easier to receive the “Thinned Blood” quest.
Modified Regent dialog so that he now recognizes completion of the Gargoyle quest.
Modified Isaac dialog so that he now recognizes completion of the King’s Way and Gargoyle quests.
If you find that you are not accumulating experience points as you complete quests, this is because you have Auto-Level turned on and the game is automatically spending your experience points to improve your abilities and attributes. To disable Auto-Level, access the Character Sheet and click on the Auto-Level toggle button.
Once you acquire a new haven, your Santa Monica haven computer and mailbox will no longer function. Use the computer and mailbox of your new haven instead.
When you are playing a Nosferatu, your grotesque appearance prevents you from using the taxi that appears after you blow up the Sabbat warehouse. Nosferatu characters must travel between game hubs using the hub map found in the sewers.
IMPROVING GAME PERFORMANCE
Most performance problems reported to Activision Customer Support are due to computer systems not meeting the minimum system requirements or not having the latest video and sound card drivers installed.
If these are not the causes of any performance problems you are experiencing, we recommend that you try some or all of the following suggestions.
• Set your desktop to a resolution of 800x600, 32-bit True Color and play the game at that resolution.
• Shut down all background applications.
• Disable any anti-virus software you are running.
• Set the game’s Game Options to their minimum settings. In particular, disable Environmental Effects.
• This game requires a 1400MB swap file. If you are using Windows XP, 98, or ME, make sure that you have “Let Windows Manage My Virtual Memory” enabled, and if you are using Windows 2000, make sure that you have manually set your max swap file size to 1400MB. In addition, make that you actually have enough free space on your hard drive to facilitate the swap file (1400MB).