Haunting Ground

Developer(s): Capcom
Publisher(s): Capcom (JP, EU, AU, US), SCEA (US)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic67/100, Eurogamer7/10, GameSpot7.2/10, IGN7.7/10
Game description: Step into the shoes of Fiona Belli, an 18-year-old girl who's the sole survivor of a tragic car accident that claimed both her parents. You'll wake up in a mysterious castle rife with strange inhabitants, puzzles, and cunning enemies. As you explore the castle, you'll befriend a white shepherd dog that can help you attack enemies, uncover the castle's secrets, and survive a variety of challenges.
Haunting Ground is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom for the PlayStation 2 console in 2005.

Haunting Ground
Haunting Ground Cover.jpg
NTSC-J cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: Z (Sexual Content, Violence)
ESRB rating: M (Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: MA (High level animated violence & Horror themes)
Widescreen patch available
Progressive scan supported
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52877 & SLUS-21075
Japanese: SLPM-65913 & SLPM-66638 & NPJD-00032
German: SLES-52877
French: SLES-52877
Spanish: SLES-52877
Italian: SLES-52877
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21075
Release date: May 10, 2005
CRCs: 901AAC09
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52877
Release date: April 29, 2005
CRCs: 2CD5794C
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65913
SLPM-66638 (CapKore)
NPJD-00032 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: April 21, 2005
December 14, 2006 (CapKore)
April 21, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
CRCs: E263BC4B
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • ?
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT
GSdx r4600
  • SPU2-X r4600
  • Lilypad r4510
Bios: USA v2.00, 60/60FPS Machina
PAL(?) ?
  • Intel Core i7-950 @ 3.07 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 5870
0.9.9 r5037
GSdx r5085
  • SPU2-X r5025
  • LilyPad r4959
BIOS EUR v2.00. Runs perfect, no noticeable issues. CaptainFantastic
  • Intel i5-2500K @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE 768 MB
1.1.0 r5492 GSdx r5464
  • SPU2-X r5478
  • Pokopom v2.0.0
The lack of post-processing effects can affect the gameplay experience, because it is used to display the player characters mood in the game. Yuri
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5517 GSdx SSE41 (r5464)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5478)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5403)
Runs above full speed. Filtering causes image to halo (double/triple effects) when any resolution above native is used...
PAL-M5 Windows 8.1, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
The game is supported at 1080p 60 FPS, no lags, bugs or freezes. I did not enable "Enable HW Hacks", because some of the settings that are written for "Troubleshooting" cause the game to slow down. Chern40+7
PAL-M5 Windows 11, x64
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 4.3GHz
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800XT
v1.7.2118 x64 AVX2
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
The game runs great at up to 5x native res. for me, OpenGL has very minor slowdowns at specific times, and is recommended to reset the emulator every so often. D3D11 handles it better but shadows are glitchy. Mirror scenes show garbage due to a texture bug on any of the hardware renderers still.

Other observations: Use "half-pixel format: normal (vertex)" instead of texture offsets to completely avoid the left border of the screen to display garbage and upscaling lines on 3D. Using "Round sprite: Full" removes the small upscaling lines in menus/sprites, but makes lines show up on 3D when using half pixel format hack. Disabling half-pixel format hack and enabling texture offset 300x500 (or 500x500) while enabling full round sprite makes menus upscale without any lines and lines on 3d environment are a bit less noticeable, but still present, the left edge of the screen still gets a bit glitchy. I recommend using half-pixel hack and round sprite: half for the best experience.


Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Core2 Duo 3.33 GHz
  • ?
pre-0.9.7 beta r1736 ZZogl 186 No targets CLUT + full 16 bit res. This game look normal only in ZZogl, no GSDX and ZeroGS versions, but ZZogl is slow on this game.


  • Original names: デメント (SLPM-65913) & (SLPM-66638) & (NPJD-00032)
  • Also known as Demento (JP)
  • PAL version shows a menu as soon as the game boots that lets you choose between 50Hz, 60Hz and progressive (480p) display modes. On NTSC-U/J versions, a button combo is needed while booting instead.

Known Issues

Dull Graphics & no post-processing effects

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The graphics look very bland; some night levels are darker than normal because of the lack of post processing. And characters lack shadows.
  • Workaround: This has been resolved in recent v1.5.0 git builds.

Mirror glitch

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: In Hardware mode parts of mirrors are glitched out and appear in various colors due to a GS texture bug.
  • Workaround: Temporarily switch to Software mode by pressing the F9 key, or go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

Halo effect surround characters

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: When upscaling in hardware mode, characters have a halo-like effect surrounding them due to an issue with bloom processing at higher than native resolutions.
  • Workaround: In video plugin settings, click Enable HW Hacks-> Click Advanced Settings and Hacks-> set half-pixel offset to "Normal (Vortex)". Alternative/old workaround: set Texture Offsets X: 500 and Y: 500, this causes very noticeably upscaling lines and the left edge of the screen starts to accumulate garbage over time.

Last shown bloom effect stays on screen after switching from SW to HW renderer

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: When switching from software to hardware renderer, the bloom post-processing effect that last appeared on screen carries to the hw renderer and stays on screen indefinitely. Happens with lights/lamps/luminiscents etc.
  • Workaround: Avoid light sources like the ones mentioned when switching, or open the item menu when switching renderers.

Upscaling lines on objects far away during cutscenes

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: When upscaling, during some scenes (the most noticeable one is the first in-game cutscene where you first meet Daniella), some minor lines might show on the background, they look like the post processing doesn't wrap all the way and it leaves a line of the environment without said effect(s).
  • Workaround: There are none as of yet. It's a very minor issue and only noticeable if you are looking for it.

Glitchy shadows when using Direct 3D 11 renderer

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Shadows glitch, wrap incorrectly or stretch in broken ways when in D3D11, especially during some cutscenes.
  • Workaround: Switch to OpenGL renderer.

Cutscene effects don't show up on the borders of the screen when using widescreen patch

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Some effects like water, light, or particle effects don't appear on the borders of the screen when using the widescreen patch. This is due to said effects being semi-transparent FMVs that get applied over the in-game cutscene. Also, due to how the widescreen patch works, more part of the environment is shown and sometimes textures clipping or dissapearing can be seen when the camera gets close to a wall/floor.
  • Workaround: Not use the widescreen patch, or a different widescreen patch could be made which basically "cuts" the upper and lower edges of the screen to make it widescreen instead of expanding the horizontal FOV. The cutscenes have vertical bars when playing without the patch so they already are 16:9 meaning it could be made and it wouldn't show any of these issues.

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