Saints of Virtue Unofficial Patch: SaintsX

The 1.0.0 version of SaintsX has been released. Check out the website and download the patch here. From the site: SaintsX is a fan patch and alternate runtime for Shine Studios' Saints of Virtue, a Christian-themed first-person shooter from 1999. It is not a remake, remaster, or source port. It requires the original retail game files to run. And the features: Patches older retail versions to the final official v1. [Read More]

Luminous: Before Shine Studios

Shine Studios was the name of the company at the time it developed Saints of Virtue. It was really just three guys - Bud Gillian, Michael Ulrich, and Dave Slayback. But I discovered sometime in 2014 that Shine was actually the second version of the company. Before releasing Saints of Virtue, they called themselves Luminous. How did I find out? Well, my memory is hazy, but I think was just Googling around for Saints of Virtue references and stumbled across their original website as Luminous. [Read More]

Saints of Virtue / Redemption

I recently noticed that the Redemption card game by Cactus Game Design has a “Saint of Virtue” card. Not that surprising, since Cactus Game Design published Saints of Virtue as well as the Redemption card game. But there are actually multiple versions. Here’s one from “The Persecuted Church” expansion: “You may negate and discard an evil Enhancement. Topdeck an Armor of God Enhancement from discard pile. Cannot be prevented.” [Read More]

Saints of Virtue Beta Testing

In January of 1999, David Slayback solicited alt.religion.christian-teen for beta testers. You can see the thread here. We are looking for beta testers for an upcoming Christian-oriented computer game called Saints of Virtue. The game is a 3-D action shooter similar to Doom or Quake in play but without the blood and gore. We need a limited number of beta testers to help test the game over the next few weeks. [Read More]

DOSBox Saints of Virtue

Saints of Virtue was intended to be run on Windows-based systems. If you click the EXE, it’ll try to run wvrun.exe under the covers, which is a Windows binary. On modern x64 Windows 10 machines, this isn’t going to work for a variety of reasons. However, you aren’t stuck running a virtual machine or building a retro PC if you want to play Saints. Besides, with those approaches you can’t remap controls and you’ll struggle with bugs introduced by playing with uncapped framerates. [Read More]

Unpacking Saints of Virtue

For better or worse, I’m probably one of the handful of people out there who takes any interest in Saints of Virtue. But hey, sometimes things just strike a chord. No need to repeat any of it – if by some miracle you’re interested in this, then you don’t need much background. This blog post is a short tutorial on how to open up the game’s .WRS files and get at all of the assets – graphics, music, code, sound effects, you name it. [Read More]

Saints of Virtue

2022 Update: The 1.0.0 version of SaintsX has been released. Check out the website and download the patch here. It’s the quiet end of a working day, and I just Googled “Saints of Virtue". Yes, that Saints of Virtue. The Christian first-person shooter from 1999 that is sometimes mocked, sometimes derided, but mostly forgotten. I haven’t played the game all the way through in years, yet here I am running a search and scrolling through the results. [Read More]

Saints of Virtue Luminous Assets

Definitely sad to see that Saints of Virtue – one of my childhood favorites – is about to bow out from the internet. I was surprised to see it reissued for digital download a year or two ago, but it looks like that was just a brief revival. I used HTTrack to save a backup of the site since Internet Archive often misses files. Email me if you want a copy. [Read More]

Christian FPS Games

(Originally published at Any discussion of Christian video games must inevitably start with Wisdom Tree. Wisdom Tree was a group of former Color Dreams employees who developed and self-published a series of unlicensed religious games for the NES, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy. After the dawn of 32-bit technology, Wisdom Tree shifted their focus to edutainment games for the PC – a space they continue to operate in to this day. [Read More]