Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows March 21, 2005
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell 2003
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow 2004
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Splinter Cell: Conviction 2010
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013

Key points

The official multiplayer service, GameSpy, is no longer available.[1]
Multiplayer's versus mode is capped at 30 frames per second, while co-op is capped at 35.
A small number of players still roam the multiplayer community on a daily basis.

General information

Ubisoft game page
Official Forum
Splinter Cell Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail StarForce 3.0 DRM. The versions included in 'Splinter Cell Mega Pack' (Ubisoft/Encore, 2011) and 'Splinter Cell Ultimate Edition' (Ubisoft, 2013) appear to be entirely DRM-free.
Amazon.com
Gamesplanet
GameStop
Steam

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest patch is 1.05. Go here and select the right one for your game edition.

Note that the Steam version is already patched to 1.05.

Community Map Pack[edit]

The unofficial map pack adds 41 new maps to the game. MR.MIC's Map Pack is also included, bringing the total map count to 56.

Some of the maps included in MR.MIC's Map Pack are from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow's Versus mode

Download the map pack!

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -nointro parameter[citation needed]

Use the -nointro command line argument.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings (for Versus Mode).
In-game general settings (for Versus Mode).

Configuration files location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Profiles\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game shader settings (Shader Model 2 and 3 only).
In-game shader settings (Shader Model 2 and 3 only).
In-game video settings (for Versus Mode).
In-game video settings (for Versus Mode).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
See Widescreen resolution.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through Nvidia Inspector with 0x800002C1 AA compatibility flag.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Multiplayer modes are capped to 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Singleplayer framerate is capped to 100 FPS.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Widescreen - Singleplayer[citation needed]
You must have run the game at least once before these files appear.
Further graphic settings adjustment will revert resolution back to 4:3
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open SplinterCell3.ini.
  3. Adjust the following fields:
FullscreenViewportX= (line 98)
FullscreenViewportY= (line 99)
Widescreen - Versus[3]
  1. Open %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Saved Games\Versus\<user-id>_prf.ini
  2. Look for ScreenRes= entry and give it -1 value.
  3. Save the file.
  4. Open <path-to-game>\Versus\System\Default.ini
  5. Scroll down to the [WinDrv.WindowsClient] class.
  6. Adjust the following fields
FullscreenViewportX=
FullscreenViewportY=

Notes

When changing the resolution values to a resolution different than one of the preset resolutions, Versus will only run using low visual settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit SplinterCell3User.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open SplinterCell3User.ini.
  3. Adjust the following values (91.31 is advised for 16:9 displays and 85.28 for 16:10 ones)
    DesiredFOV=75.0
    DefaultFOV=75.0
  4. Save the changes

Notes

If your profile was created before applying this fix, you'll need to zoom in-out with your weapon every time you load a previous made save in order for the custom FoV to be used

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game joystick settings.
In-game joystick settings.
In-game key map settings (for Versus Mode).
In-game key map settings (for Versus Mode).
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Some menus cannot be navigated with a controller.
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Camera rotation sensitivity cannot be changed (See Keyboard to controller input to map right analog stick to mouse movement).
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings (for Versus Mode).
In-game audio settings (for Versus Mode).
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3.[4]

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 6668, 9102, 40000-43000
UDP (outbound) 7776, 8888-8891, 8878, 9011, 9102-9103, 9106-9107, 41006, 44000, 45000-45001

Issues unresolved[edit]

Alt+Tab[edit]

There are issues using Alt+Tab in fullscreen mode. If used too many times, it will disconnect players connected to your server and can even crash the game.

30 FPS Lock/Limit[edit]

Unfortunately, Ubisoft's netcode only supports a max of 30 frames per second for proper sync between players in multiplayer. Bypassing this limit results in things such as co-op actions not executing properly, and so on.

Edit: You can download this program from fans called Framer and unlocks the frames on Multiplayer, Download:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=265715221

Disconnect at random intervals during co-op campaign[edit]

There is an issue for some users happening at random after a couple of minutes where the game disconnects both players while playing the co-op campaign. The issue can be encountered 100% during the training mission while hacking the first laptop the players come across. In subsequent missions it seems to happen randomly after some time. No real fixes have been reported that work for everyone. For some completely uninstalling NOD32 solved the problem.[5][citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing Torchlight/Flashlight[edit]

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory's Versus mode has some problems rendering certain lighting effects on modern machines. This problem makes it very difficult to play properly. Certain shadows may not render, and mercenaries' flashlights don't work, severely impairing gameplay. Follow the steps below to fix these issues:

Hack compatible pixel shaders[3]
  1. Download and install 3D-Analyze.
  2. Launch 3D-Analyze.
  3. In 3D-Analyze, click the SELECT button and choose <path-to-game>\Versus\System\SCCT_Versus.exe
  4. Checkmark all the boxes under Game/Demo Fixes as well as the "Force Max Pixel Shader 1.4" and "Force High Precison Shader" boxes. When you're done, your 3D-Analyze window should look like this.
  5. Press the Save batch file! at the bottom of the 3D-Analyze window.
  6. Close 3D-Analyze.
  7. Right-click your newly created batch file and click Edit to edit the batch file in Notepad.
  8. Find SCCT_Versus.exe in Notepad and rename it to SCCT_Versus.ex (yes, .ex). If this is not done, the game will not launch through 3D-Analyze. After you've done that, your batch file in Notepad should read something like this:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\3D-Analyze\3DAnalyze.exe" /EXE=C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Versus\System\SCCT_Versus.ex
  9. Save the file. Close Notepad.
  10. Double-click the batch file to launch the game. If you want the lights to work properly, you will need to launch the game using this batch file every time. Make a shortcut on your desktop to the batch file for easy access.

Slow Motion Gameplay on Multi-core CPUs[edit]

If you have a multi-core CPU and Versus seems to run in slow motion, fix this issue by following the instructions below.

Use alternate timer[3]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Versus\System\Default.ini
  2. Set UseAlternateTimer=false to UseAlternateTimer=true.
  3. Save the file.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8, 9 Single Player/Co-op uses Direct3D 9. Versus mode uses Direct3D 8.
Shader Model support 1.1, 2, 3
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Dolby Digital[citation needed]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Quazal

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon
Intel Pentium III 1.4 GHz
Intel Pentium IV 2.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 1.1 support
128 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3 support
Supported ATI chipsets: Radeon 8500/9000/X series
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GeForce 3/4/FX/6 series
Mobile chipsets and the Nvidia GeForce 4 MX are not supported

References

  1. Discontinued Online Multiplayer Server List - Ubisoft Support
  2. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 21:9 Review (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Network:Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory VS - Tunngle Wiki
  4. Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Review - 3DVelocity.com
  5. Uninstall NOD32 source