Penumbra: Overture

Penumbra: Overture is a first person action/adventure game from Frictional Games and Strategy First. You play as an individual named Phillip, who has received a letter from his deceased father, asking him to destroy a set of notes. Instead of doing so, he reads the notes, and travels to an abandoned iron mine in Greenland to follow the clues in the notes. Penumbra: Overture has a physics based engine, and features lots of sophisticated physics-based puzzles, much more so than in Half-Life 2. Nearly every object can be grabbed, pushed, pulled, dragged, thrown, and/or otherwise manipulated. Combat is also physics-based, and it is often possible to use the physics to set up traps for or to distract your enemies.

Support summary
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4k UltraHD:
Rendered Cut-Scene:
  • Hor+
FMV Cut-Scene:
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Game information
Game status:
Release Date:
Wednesday, 7 March, 2007

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Comparison Screenshots
  • 4:3 Screenshot
    Penumbra: Overture
  • 16:10 Screenshot
    Penumbra: Overture
  • 16:9 Screenshot
    Penumbra: Overture
  • Super-Wide (32:9) Screenshot
    Penumbra: Overture
  • Eyefinity / Surround Screenshot
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Solutions & Issues
Baseline (Widescreen) Solution & Issues

Penumbra: Overture has native support for all widescreen resolutions smaller than and including 1280x800.
For additional resolutions go to "Documents and Settings\*User Name*\My Documents\Penumbra\Overture" and use the following method:
Search for...
Screen Width="****" Height="****"
Change "****" to your desired widescreen resolution.

Ultra/Super-Wide (21:9/32:9) Specific Solution & Issues

Eyefinity / Surround Specific Solution & Issues

Same as WS solution.
Penumbra works in Surround, as long as the res is lower than 4096 pixels wide. Everything 2D stretches but the gameplay is perfectly Hor+.

4k UHD Specific Solution & Issues
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Submitted by skipclarke on 26 March, 2022 - 19:29
Updated by skipclarke on 27 March, 2022 - 01:30