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Silent Storm

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Silent Storm
Silent Storm cover
Developers
Nival
Publishers
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
Engines
Silent Storm Engine
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2003
Silent Storm at Wikipedia
Silent Storm
Silent Storm 2003
Hammer & Sickle 2005

Key points

Digital releases fix issues caused by 64-bit operating systems using 4+ GB RAM.[1][2]
Retail releases have shadow and reflection issues on modern GPUs.[3][4] See Incorrect shadows and reflections.
Make sure to run the game as an administrator. See Privilege Level.

General information

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
Green Man Gaming
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Silent Storm Gold Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Silent Storm Gold Edition
Windows
Steam
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Silent Storm Gold Edition. Can be run without Steam.
Windows
Silent Storm Gold Edition contains both Silent Storm and its expansion Sentinels.
Demo versions are available for Silent Storm and Sentinels.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Silent Storm: Sentinels Included in the Silent Storm Gold Edition.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]

Delete or rename the following files from these paths.

<path-to-game>\Silent Storm\res\Video
<path-to-game>\Silent Storm Sentinels\res\Video
Intro.bik
JoWooD.bik
Nival.bik

Unofficial Silent Storm Steam patch[edit]

Fixes some game breaking issues near the end of the game.
Comes with an already included d3d9.dll which fixes the shadow issues.

Patches[edit]

Silent Storm[edit]

Patches the game to version 1.2.

Silent Storm Sentinels[edit]

Patches the game to version 1.1.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\cfg\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

The expansion's video settings.
The expansion's video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Sentinels has native widescreen support. Use this for Silent Storm.[citation needed]
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Fake windowed mode. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Windowed[edit]

Windowed[citation needed]
  1. Find <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\cfg\config.cfg.
  2. Set setvar gfx_fullscreen = 1.00 to setvar gfx_fullscreen = 0.00.

Notes

For the expansion go to <path-to-game>\Silent Storm Sentinels\cfg\s3config.cfg.

Input settings[edit]

The expansion's control settings.
The expansion's control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Only through <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\cfg\input.cfg
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

The expansion's audio settings.
The expansion's audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Russian

Issues fixed[edit]

Unsupported video card[edit]

A cracked executable is required for these fixes.
These fixes are only needed for the retail versions of the game. Digital versions are already patched and fully working.

Simple fix[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Update your game with the 1.2 Patch.
  2. Download the fix from here.
  3. Find <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\game.exe then patch it.

Hex editing[edit]

Replace and hex edit executable[5]
  1. Open the .exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  2. Go to offset 0x9bae or 39854.
  3. Replace the highlighted 0x74 with 0xEB and save.
00009B90 00 FF D3 52 57 FF 15 38 22 8B 00 8B 45 A4 50 E8 ...RW..8"...E.P.
00009BA0 1C C4 3C 00 83 C4 04 E9 01 0D 00 00 3B C7 74 2E ..<.........;.t.
00009BB0 B9 F7 51 00 00 8D 75 A4 E8 53 FE FF FF 52 BA 6B ..Q...u..S...R.k

Notes

For Sentinels, search for 3B C7 74 2E on the same string and replace 0x74 with 0xEB.
Only use this fix if the very first one doesn't work.

Incorrect shadows and reflections[edit]

Huge performance hit on Nvidia videocards, even though with the fix the game runs fine on ATI cards.[6]

Unofficial Steam patch[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the patch from here.
  2. Extract d3d9.dll to <path-to-game>\Silent Storm.

WineD3D[edit]

The game might simply lockup on certain setups, poor performance overall.[7]
Put WineD3D components in root installation folder[citation needed]
  1. Download WineD3D.
  2. Extract libwine.dll, wined3d.dll and d3d9.dll in the installation folder of Silent Storm.

Notes

This fix also applies to Silent Storm: Sentinels.
Shadows cast by buildings may still occasionally appear incorrect due to how the render engine works.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

Silent Storm Editor[edit]

Installing[8]
  1. Download the archive from here and extract its contents.
  2. Go to the Microsoft SQL Server folder, then run setup.exe as an admin.
  3. Open Silent Storm Editor folder and move the files to the installation folder where game.exe is located.
  4. Disconnect from the current user or restart the computer in order for the MySQL server to start.
Running the editor[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Find the MapEdit.exe executable.
  3. Set the executable to run as an Admininistrator.

Notes

The first startup may take a few more seconds, if the window doesn't show up at first Alt+Tab to find it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/254960/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (254960) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References