SiN

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SiN
SiN cover
Developers
Ritual Entertainment
Expansion 2015 Inc.
macOS (OS X) MacPlay
Linux Hyperion Entertainment[1]
Publishers
Activision
Engines
id Tech 2
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1998
Linux November 2000
Mac OS December 12, 2000
macOS (OS X) January 30, 2014
SiN guide at StrategyWiki
SiN at Wikipedia
SiN
SiN 1998
SiN Episodes: Emergence 2006

General information

Ritualistic Forums for SiN, SiN Steam & Wages of Sin
FAQ from developer
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Linux
Retail
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Sold as part of SiN Episodes: Emergence.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Version 1.11. Comes with Wages of Sin expansion pack.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Steam version 1.12. SiN does not have Steam Store page. It has to be purchased with SiN Episodes: Emergence.
Windows

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Wages of SiN
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Some textures and skins has been altered in Steam version due to copyright and censorship reasons.[2]
Steam version 1.12 is packaged differently than previous versions, causing issues with the Wages of Sin expansion and most mods.
A remade installer exists for the Linux version, requires the SiN Linux CD to install.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patches are available for SiN and Wages of Sin.

Steam version Patch (Unofficial)[edit]

Adds uncensored textures and fixes many bugs
Steam thread for the patch
  1. Download [1]
  2. Extract the file and drop and replace the contents into the SiN installation folder (Steam version)

Wages of SiN for Steam version[edit]

A fan made port of Wages of SiN for the Steam version of SiN
Requires Steam uncensored patch in order to work (included on mod thread)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\players\<user-id>\config.cfg
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\base\players\<user-id>\save
Mac OS
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use a Sin Patcher[citation needed]
  1. Download a Sin Patcher for either 1.11 retail or 1.12 Steam.
  2. Move it to the installation folder and run it.
  3. Type in your desired resolution values and click Apply resolution.
  4. Start a game and select 1152x864 resolution in game's options.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. After level loads enter console with ~.
  2. Enter fov XXX where XXX is your desired field of view.

Input settings[edit]

Mouse acceleration[edit]

The Quake (II) Engine used for this game is somewhat notorious for "ignoring" the Enhanced Pointer Precision setting, and uses the Windows acceleration curve it refers to regardless. Since the game offers no option (like raw input) to bypass Windows filtering completely, it's necessary to apply a small registry change to take care of this acceleration.
MarkC Acceleration Fix[3]

The MarkC Fix is a small registry change that modifies this acceleration curve to be linear - this simply means that this function will no longer act as acceleration. Thus, when a game calls for the function, no acceleration will be applied to your mouse input. This also means that this fix is universal, and not exclusive to this game alone.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Under Game options, listed as Dialogue system.
Speech from random goons is not subtitled, even if they're unique lines.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0 and 2.0(after 1.03 patch).[4] EAX 1[5]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP
Use connect [IP address here] in the console.

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 22450
UDP (outbound) 22450

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start - Error: Buffer overrun detected[edit]

Replace ref_gl.dll[6]
  1. Download the SiN 1 Steam buffer overrun fix.
  2. Extract to the installation folder (replacing the existing file when prompted).

Game shuts down right after running it from Steam library[edit]

Use EXE file directly[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installlation folder.
  2. Open runme.dat with a text editor.
  3. Change sin -steam to sin
  4. Save your changes and close the file.

Shuttering with high frame rate[edit]

Game runs in very high frame rate at new systems (1000 FPS) which can cause image and input shuttering.
Set maximum frame rate[citation needed]
  1. After level loads enter console with ~.
  2. Enter cl_maxfps XXX where XXX is your desired frame rate. 60 to 100 is sufficient.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Hyperion Entertainment - Games
  2. The SiN Steam Content Edits - Next Dimension
  3. The MarkC Windows 10 + 8.1 + 8 + 7 Mouse Acceleration Fix
  4. Tech help: SiN - Vortex of Sound (retrieved)
  5. EAX.CREATIVE games list - EAX.com (retrieved)
  6. to those who cant get this game working - Steam Community Discussions