Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

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parabolee May 31, 2017 @ 12:14pm
GUIDE: How to make Deadly Premonition run in HD @ 60fps (and fix other issues)
UPDATE JANUARY 2018: Added controller fixes & fixes fr latest Windows update.

Major update to this guide coming soon...

INTRODUCTION :

Since the recent release of the new season of Twin Peaks, I expect there will be an increase in people interested in playing the magical wonder that is Deadly Premonition (which was heavily inspired by Twin Peaks).

Like Twin Peaks, Deadly Premonition is a wonderful, bizarre and unique experience. Unfortunately, it is one that is mostly hindered by the unfortunate fact that every single version of this game has serious problems in one form or another.

The original 360 version has the horrible over the shoulder camera and wonky controls and the PS3 version has a horrifically bad framerate. While the PC version suffers from a locked 720p resolution and no graphics options!

However, thanks to modder Durante and some other dedicated fans; once you know how to make it work, it is by far the best version. There are a few excellent guides that help with this, but many are out of date and some are incomplete.

So I have put together this guide to help everyone new and old get this game up and running at its absolute best. Be warned though, even at its best the game is pretty clunky. But we can at least get you running Deadly Premonition the best it can be.

Thanks first to LentFilms for his very useful "Essential MODs" thread, and AngularGraphics original NeoGaf thread. And most importantly Durante's DSFix, without which none of this would be possible and there would never exist a half decent version of Deadly Premonition to play!

Ok so read and follow these steps carefully and be patient. If you have any issues please post and I will try and help.

INSTALLATION :

Once you have Deadly Premonition installed via Steam or GOG you will need DPfix to fix the 720 and 30fps lock (also makes the game less prone to crash)-

http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/DPfix095.zip

This pack includes:

1) Durante's DPfix 0.9.5, this fixes the locked 720p resolution issue.
2) InfiniteNine's HD font/HUD/icon pack.
3) Shlomo's improved textures for the in-game menu.

To install, simply extract the contents of this zip into the Deadly Premonition install directory.

Steam usually = C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Deadly Premonition The Director's Cut
GOG usually = C:\Games\Deadly Premonition\

Next, you need to edit the dpfix.ini file that you just copied into your install location.

Read the instructions in the ini file carefully to understand what settings are what and what your PC is likely to handle. If you simply want 1080p at 60fps with a decent graphics card (anything over a 960 should be good. Let me know if anyone has issues with a card and these settings), then I recommend these settings. Lower them for lesser cards (Note: DO NOT just copy and paste these settings, they are not formatted correctly, manually enter them) -

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# Internal rendering resolution of the game
renderWidth 1920
renderHeight 1080

# The display width/height, will be used for fullscreen mode and as window size in windowed mode
presentWidth 1920
presentHeight 1080

#Anti Aliasing
aaQuality 3
aaType SMAA

# Texture filtering
filteringOverride 2

# Shadows
shadowMapScale 2
improveShadowPrecision 1

# Reflections
reflectionScale 2

# Depth of Field
improveDOF 1
addDOFBlur 1

# SSAO Scale
ssoaScale 1
ssoaType VSSA02

# Other options

enableTextureOverride 1

forceWindowed 1

bordelessFullscreen 1

fullscreenHz 60

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Then save the dpfix.ini!


If you wish to play with a DualShock 4 (or PS2/3 controller) then you will want Parsnip's button replacement pack. Download this -

http://beerlake.net/dp-stuff/47549036.dds
Mirror -
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dfzv20q72bzsehl/47549036.dds?dl=1

Then copy to the "tex_override" folder in the "dpfix" folder of your install location.

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Next (and this part is missing from most guides but recommended by Durante) you will need RivaTuner Statistics Server in order to maintain 60fps. Without this, the game seems to lock at 45 or under for unknown reasons. Grab that here -

http://www.guru3d.com/files-get/rtss-rivatuner-statistics-server-download,13.html

Install and run. Then add DP.exe to the applications, set "Application detection level" to high and the "Framerate limiter" to 60fps. You will need to run this before launching the game every time so it is running in the background.


Now launch the game and from the launcher go to the options and disable FULLSCREEN (as we are using DPfix to force borderless windowed, which is needed for triple buffering and a solid framerate). You should now be able to launch the game and it SHOULD work and in HD with a solid framerate!

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CRASHING ISSUES WITH NEWER OPERATING SYSTEMS

The game has a tendency to crash as soon as you start the game or load a save in Windows 10 (especially after the creator's updates).

There are two known fixes for this:

1. Make sure you have the latest Nvidia drivers (do a clean install if needed) and then try launching from DP.exe.

2. If that does not work then try uninstalling LAV Filters -

http://www.uninstallhelps.com/how-to-uninstall-lav-filters-0-44.html

3. If this still does not work, then try setting the DP.exe compatibility to Windows 98. Failing that please post here and let me know and I will see what I can do to help.


CONTROLLER ISSUES

DP has another issue that can effect many people in which the right stick has its axis swapped for unknown reasons. If you get this issue then follow these solutions.


DUALSHOCK 4

If you are using STEAM and a DS4 there is an easy fix, but you will have to use InputMapper instead of Steams built-in DS4 support. Make sure you run InputMapper and sync the DS4 BEFORE running Steam. This only works if InputMapper is able to connect in Exclusive mode. If you can not do that and can't find a fix try the 360 fix) -

https://inputmapper.com/


360/XBOX ONE (OR GENERIC CONTROLLERS)

For 360/Xbox One controllers I have a better solution coming soon.

But for now here is a fully usable solution. First, enable controller mapping in Steam. Goto SETTINGS > CONTROLLER > GENERAL CONTROLLER SETTINGS. Then enable the 360 controller mapping (or generic for other controllers). Then go back to your Library, right click and select EDIT STEAM CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION. Then BROWSE CONFIGS then COMMUNITY. You can even goto OTHER CONTROLLER TYPES for more options. Most will work. There are several to choose from that fix the issue in different ways.

The most reliable is a remapping of K/M, if you use that be sure to choose Keyboard as your controller type in DP's settings. The downside is that you will not get controller button prompts. However, I will be uploading a texture replacement to use along with my own K/M mapping soon that will fix this issue.

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BONUS: Install these SweetFX files for improved colour saturation -
http://steamcommunity.com/app/247660/discussions/0/648811126894901541

Also check out "-3xA'Lu©κy's" great guide for a bunch of fixes, patches and an exe that allows you to skip the intros! See the first link in the troubleshooting section.

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TROUBLESHOOTING:

If you are still having issues running the game or experiencing crashes, first try a reboot. For some people, the game only works when it is the first thing ran after a reboot (other than RTSS, InputMapper and Steam/GOG).

If that does not work try launching from DP.exe directly.

Or setting compatability mode to Windows 98 (also useful for some chapters that are crash happy and then turning back off when you get to the next save point as it sometimes makes videos jittery).

Failing these try the fixes listed at the following links -

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=594875543
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showpost.php?p=87939597&postcount=1

http://steamcommunity.com/app/247660/discussions/0/613940109918774564/


Outside of those, please feel free to post here and I will try my best to help.

And lastly, take a look at the Deadly Premonition fan site Welcome to Greenvale for guides, help, secrets and more -

http://shshatteredmemories.com/greenvale/

And my one tip I would give all new players is to complete the "nameless flower" sidequest as soon as possible. It will give you a radio that you can use to fast travel to any location you have been to or peeked into. Saves you from the driving sections that wear out their welcome quickly.
Last edited by parabolee; Jan 15 @ 9:40am
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MrBungle May 31, 2017 @ 12:30pm 
You should a new zip with sweetfx files, to improve washed colours of the game with a viibrant tonemapping!
http://steamcommunity.com/app/247660/discussions/0/648811126894901541/?l=italian
parabolee May 31, 2017 @ 12:49pm 
Originally posted by MrBungle:
You should a new zip with sweetfx files, to improve washed colours of the game with a viibrant tonemapping!
http://steamcommunity.com/app/247660/discussions/0/648811126894901541/?l=italian

Looks great. Added!
HEld May 31, 2017 @ 6:43pm 
people like you are the reason the internet is still great! thank you for that post. gonna replay because of tp season 3;)
fattythehutt May 31, 2017 @ 8:54pm 
Okay, so I installed the DPfix. Afterburner and fraps say it is running a 60 fps but it looks janky. Is this just how it runs?
fattythehutt May 31, 2017 @ 9:01pm 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
Okay, so I installed the DPfix. Afterburner and fraps say it is running a 60 fps but it looks janky. Is this just how it runs?
Also, even after the fixes I seem to be batting 500 with freezes and CTDs.
parabolee Jun 1, 2017 @ 7:43am 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
Okay, so I installed the DPfix. Afterburner and fraps say it is running a 60 fps but it looks janky. Is this just how it runs?
Also, even after the fixes I seem to be batting 500 with freezes and CTDs.

What version of Windows are you running? Have you got the game running in borderless windowed mode? Have you tried rebooting and running DP before anything else (other than RTSS and Steam?).

As for it "looking janky", the game certainly does always look a bit janky. But when running correctly at 60fps the framerate is nice and smooth for me. Are you sure RTSS is running and dp.exe is added to it? That is the most important part of getting it at a steady 60fps, without that it often drops to 45 and suffers from bad frame pacing.

fattythehutt Jun 1, 2017 @ 2:52pm 
Originally posted by parabolee:
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
Also, even after the fixes I seem to be batting 500 with freezes and CTDs.

What version of Windows are you running? Have you got the game running in borderless windowed mode? Have you tried rebooting and running DP before anything else (other than RTSS and Steam?).

As for it "looking janky", the game certainly does always look a bit janky. But when running correctly at 60fps the framerate is nice and smooth for me. Are you sure RTSS is running and dp.exe is added to it? That is the most important part of getting it at a steady 60fps, without that it often drops to 45 and suffers from bad frame pacing.

I have windows 10, and I seem to have fixed most of my problems by running DP.exe in windows 7 compatibility mode and by uninstalling RTSS, then uninstalling Afterburner, then reinstalling RTSS, and then reinstalling afterburner. Incidentally, I found a new DP.exe that skips straight to the "start" menu. This was incredibly useful in my several hours of trouble shooting. This new .exe can be found in a link to a zip file in the second post, under the title "What this package contains."

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=594875543
Last edited by fattythehutt; Jun 1, 2017 @ 2:55pm
parabolee Jun 2, 2017 @ 7:23am 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
Originally posted by parabolee:

What version of Windows are you running? Have you got the game running in borderless windowed mode? Have you tried rebooting and running DP before anything else (other than RTSS and Steam?).

As for it "looking janky", the game certainly does always look a bit janky. But when running correctly at 60fps the framerate is nice and smooth for me. Are you sure RTSS is running and dp.exe is added to it? That is the most important part of getting it at a steady 60fps, without that it often drops to 45 and suffers from bad frame pacing.

I have windows 10, and I seem to have fixed most of my problems by running DP.exe in windows 7 compatibility mode and by uninstalling RTSS, then uninstalling Afterburner, then reinstalling RTSS, and then reinstalling afterburner. Incidentally, I found a new DP.exe that skips straight to the "start" menu. This was incredibly useful in my several hours of trouble shooting. This new .exe can be found in a link to a zip file in the second post, under the title "What this package contains."

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=594875543

Fantastic! Great work! I hope this thread can help more people enjoy this wonderfully weird game, despite how broken it is.
fattythehutt Jun 3, 2017 @ 2:36pm 
I did some driving today. Before I started the game I forgot to start RTSS. I felt like I was learning a new definition of pain and suffering, as I was slowly being digested over a thousand years.
parabolee Jun 3, 2017 @ 9:47pm 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
I did some driving today. Before I started the game I forgot to start RTSS. I felt like I was learning a new definition of pain and suffering, as I was slowly being digested over a thousand years.

LOL. Funnily enough I forgot to start RTSS yesterday and was surprised as the game decided to run fine without it for a change. Did not do any driving though.
fattythehutt Jun 6, 2017 @ 12:38am 
The game turned into a slideshow during a certain QTE chase. Well, I moved in slideshow, the person chasing me moved at a normal speed. I used 7 continues. I thought maybe it was that way on purpose. I decided to restart the game, and everything ran normally. This game is so broken. I’m considering buying the PS3 version.
Haddock Jun 6, 2017 @ 6:52am 
Looks great, but I get < 10FPS why? I've played with better graphics and and better FPS.
parabolee Jun 6, 2017 @ 7:40am 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:
The game turned into a slideshow during a certain QTE chase. Well, I moved in slideshow, the person chasing me moved at a normal speed. I used 7 continues. I thought maybe it was that way on purpose. I decided to restart the game, and everything ran normally. This game is so broken. I’m considering buying the PS3 version.

I wouldn't if I were you. Entire game runs at under 25fps. It is horrible and nausea and headache inducing. I was so immensely disappointed with that release. Way more so than the PC version, mainly because Durante had it mostly fixed within hours of release (and because it was better than the PS3 version even unfixed). If you can deal with the crappy over the shoulder camera, then the 360 version is better. But I would strongly suggest sticking with the PC version and accepting that you may need to reboot a couple of times during your playthrough when you hit a bug like that.

TBH in my last playthrough, I only needed to reboot once during a car driving bug and restarts the game one time when I fell through the floor in the hospital, lol.

It's still the best version. Hope we get an actually decent version one day. Our best bet may just be when a decent PS3 emulator can run that version at higher resolutions and 60fps.


Originally posted by Spartan:
Looks great, but I get < 10FPS why? I've played with better graphics and and better FPS.

I presume you have DPfix installed and the MHZ set to 60? Do you also have RTSS running? Are you running windowed full screen?

If you have all those things but are getting under 10fps, maybe try a reboot or running it without RTSS (for some reason it runs better without it for some people. But for most it runs much better with it).
Last edited by parabolee; Jun 6, 2017 @ 7:41am
fattythehutt Jun 6, 2017 @ 2:21pm 
Originally posted by parabolee:

I wouldn't if I were you. Entire game runs at under 25fps. It is horrible and nausea and headache inducing. I was so immensely disappointed with that release. Way more so than the PC version, mainly because Durante had it mostly fixed within hours of release (and because it was better than the PS3 version even unfixed). If you can deal with the crappy over the shoulder camera, then the 360 version is better. But I would strongly suggest sticking with the PC version and accepting that you may need to reboot a couple of times during your playthrough when you hit a bug like that.

TBH in my last playthrough, I only needed to reboot once during a car driving bug and restarts the game one time when I fell through the floor in the hospital, lol.

It's still the best version. Hope we get an actually decent version one day. Our best bet may just be when a decent PS3 emulator can run that version at higher resolutions and 60fps.

I start at 60 FPS, but everytime I load into a new area I loose about 15 FPS, until I bottom out at about 15 FPS. This uaually means I get about an hour of gameplay before the game is so buggy that I have to restart. Rather than restarting I just play something else. I like the story and the characters, but I HATE playing the game.
parabolee Jun 6, 2017 @ 9:55pm 
Originally posted by fattythehutt:

I start at 60 FPS, but everytime I load into a new area I loose about 15 FPS, until I bottom out at about 15 FPS. This uaually means I get about an hour of gameplay before the game is so buggy that I have to restart. Rather than restarting I just play something else. I like the story and the characters, but I HATE playing the game.

Odd. Not heard that one before. How are you running it? Borderless windowed? DPfix? Resolution? RTSS? What GPU? OS? Compatability mode?

Have you tried V-sync off?

Do you have the same issue without DPfix?
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