Posted on March 7, 2008, Shawn Sines Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines Unofficial Patch v. 4.9
There’s another homebrew patch available for Troika’s Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. The Unofficial patches fix bugs from the original release as well as adding content back into the game. Patch 4.9 contains all changes from the previous unofficial patches and must be applied to a game that has already been patched with the Troika Games Official 1.2 patch. There’s a second significantly smaller version available that upgrades 4.8 to 4.9. Both editors used to create the patch are included in the download. There are also tips and tricks to help you through several possible rough patches. Full patch notes can be found after the break.
Both versions can be downloaded from FileFront.
This is an unofficial patch for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines by Troika Games. It’s a cumulative patch containing all the previous patches and is intended for english retail or Direct2Drive versions!
Applying this patch to a version in another language will work also, but all texts in the game previously appearing in that language will be replaced by the english versions with the exception of the menus.
To install the patch extract this archive into the game folder using options that keep the directory structure intact and overwrite every file of the same name. Removing it is only possible by reinstallion.
This patch fixes many bugs, restores unused content and mods some of the game to improve the consistency of the presented world. It ought to be installed right on top of the Troika Games official patch 1.2.
More basic changes are listed first in the version history, then bug fixes and more. It is recommended to start a new game after patching to avoid odd behaviour. Patching also resets all options to default.
Both editors used for the creation of this patch are included in the vdata directory. Many thanks go to Turvy for VPKTool and RobinHood70 for BSPEdit. Everything else can be done using a normal text editor.
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.
If you experience stutter on dual core systems turn one core off.
Don’t save or leave maps with disciplines active to avoid crashes.
At high Obfuscate levels use attack to stealth kill without fail.
When controls are sticky start the game in Win98 compability mode.
Have four empty inventory slots when taking Imalia’s Tawni quest.
If you can’t read papers re-bind “use” away from the mousebuttons.
To avoid crashes don’t play sounds with the Windows Media Player.
If a container auto-closes right-click the objects to choose them.
Enemy death may open doors and give items, which Trance does not.
Some feed victims stay in Trance so don’t bite quest-related ones.
Occasionally Beckett stays in wolf form when meeting him, reload.
Game may crash in cutscenes if you are Obfuscated, so turn it off.
If you experience random attacking bind attack away from “enter”.
Rarely your appartment may get full of strange stuff, just reload.
If a cutscene freezes try reload or type frenzyplayer in console.
When getting problems with a history during the tutorial, skip it.
Placed elder vitae pack at Fu Syndicate and corrected grenade icon.
Fixed basic patch loading tips not changing and minor text issues.
Made crossbow bolts available earlier and Tseng hide his inventory.
Added pain sound to Mercurio cutscene and reliefs to Fu Syndicate.
Decreased patch size by setting basic/plus changes via variable.
Swapped Damsel and Skelter places to correct a line of the latter.
Removed blind door handles at the Ocean House and the Empire Hotel.
Changed installer default directory to fit original retail folder.
Added humanity to overlooked dialogue for giving money to Mercurio.
Fixed bad Nadia dialogue section and restored more missing sounds.
Placed howitzer gun at Leopold Society and removed a Mercurio loop.
Re-fixed Carson taking his laptop and resolved a Sin Bin PC issue.
Added Heather’s missing line after Dominating or Dementating McFly.
Prevented continueing Mitnick’s quest after failing previous hubs.
Improved an Ocean House ghost laughter and added vent break sounds.
Moved serial killer card back and corrected several toppled props.