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
Ubisoft Montreal
Unreal Engine 2.5
Release dates
Windows March 21, 2005
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory guide at StrategyWiki
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory at Wikipedia
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

Retail copies often come bundled with StarForce 3.0 DRM which is incompatible with Windows Vista or higher.
The official multiplayer service 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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
StarForce DRM[Note 1].
DRM details are not known
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Can be launched without Uplay running in background after downloading.
Humble Store
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Essential improvements[edit]


Latest patch 1.05 is here. The Steam version is already patched.

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 Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow's versus mode.

Steam version
Retail version

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -nointro parameter[citation needed]

Use the -nointro command line argument.

Alternatively, delete the following files from Data/Videos: ESRB.bik, introteaser_PC.bik, logos_PC.bik.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13570/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %PROGRAMDATA%\Ubisoft\Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory\Profiles\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13570/pfx/[Note 2]

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.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.[4]
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Widescreen resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Shader Model 3.0 and antialiasing cannot be used together. To use both, force AA through Nvidia Inspector with this AA compatibility flag: 0x80000000
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Multiplayer modes are capped to 30 FPS.
120+ FPS
Single-player frame rate is capped to 100 FPS.
Color blind mode

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Automatically adjusts your resolution and FOV, fixes HUD position and stretching
Works with downsampling or Nvidia DSR - manually change the resolution in the supplied configuration file
To run in windowed mode, create wndmode.ini in the installation folder.
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[5]
  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


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)
  4. Save the changes


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
Unable to rebind Mouse Wheel Up and Mouse Wheel Down.
Mouse acceleration
See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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
Possible with XInput controllers using SCFix.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See SCFix, below.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Mouse acceleration is enabled when aiming with guns.
Disable acceleration[citation needed]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\System\SplinterCell3Settings.ini.
  2. Change all biasCut values to v=0.0.

Xbox controllers[edit]

Xbox 360/One controllers do not work well by default- in particular, the triggers cannot be used.
  1. Use SCFix to add XInput support.
  2. Make sure to reset all joystick settings using Settings->Controls->Joystick->Default (even if you have not previously changed them).

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
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3.[6]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
2 Versus, Co-op
Online play
2 Versus, Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6668, 9102, 40000-43000
UDP 7776, 8888-8891, 8878, 9011, 9102-9103, 9106-9107, 41006, 44000, 45000-45001
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues unresolved[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:

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.[7][citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing Torchlight/Flashlight in Versus mode[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[5]
  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 in Versus mode[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[5]
  1. Open <path-to-game>\Versus\System\Default.ini
  2. Set UseAlternateTimer=false to UseAlternateTimer=true.
  3. Save the file.

Night vision/Thermal vision/EMF not displaying correctly[edit]

If everything turns white when you activate your night vision and/or turns black when you activate your thermal vision/EMF, follow one of the instructions below.

Enable Windows Compatibility Mode
  1. Enable Windows XP (Service Pack 3) Compatibility Mode
Use Alt+Tab
  1. First minimize and then restore the game back by using Alt+Tab.[8]
Use different shader model
  1. Select another shader model by using the in-game display settings menu.[8][9]

Other information[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 Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Dolby Digital
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Quazal

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon
Intel Pentium III 1.4 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 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 GeForce4 MX are not supported


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[2][3] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/13570/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13570) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.