Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun

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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun cover
Developers
Westwood Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows August 27, 1999
Taxonomy
Monetization Freeware, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Art styles Realistic, Live action
Themes Europe, Middle East, North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Command & Conquer
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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun on IGDB
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun guide on StrategyWiki
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun on MobyGames
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun on Wikipedia
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Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric RTS game in the Command & Conquer series.

Key points

It's advised to download the game from a fan mirror because it is patched with the latest community updates and comes with a custom multiplayer client.
Released for free in 2010.

General information

Command & Conquer Wiki - A wiki for everything Command & Conquer-related
Project Perfect Mod - The most expansive TS mod site.
CnCNet (multiplayer replacement)
Tiberian Sun section on CNC.community
Tiberian Sun section on C&C Communications Center
Tiberian Sun section on CNCNZ.com
Firestorm section on CNCNZ.com

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
Official website
CD key
Version that has been released for free by EA. Serial key applied by running the .reg file within the distribution.
Windows
Origin
Origin
Bundled with other games in the franchise up to Tiberian Twilight.
Included with EA Play.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Firestorm Combines with the base game executable, allowing to switch back and forth between the base and expansion modes without technically exiting the game.
Comes bundled with the The First Decade and Ultimate Collection compilations, as well as the freeware releases.
Windows

Unofficial downloads[edit]

TS Installer[edit]

A streamlined fan-created installer that applies fixes for various issues, adds modern networking support and Windows support, and includes the FinalSun map editor. The cutscenes are a separate optional download due to their size.

Pre-configured packages for OS X and Linux are also available for download on CnCNet.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest official patch is v2.03, which is available from CNCNZ.com, C&C Communications Center, and Patches-Scrolls.de (only for original retail versions).

TSpatch[edit]

HyperPatch is included with this patch
Not compatible with any other unofficial patch

A fan patch that adds modern networking support, fixes for various issues, new renderers, a new game launcher, and the semi-official FinalSun map editor.

HyperPatch[edit]

This is a small fan patch made as an add-on which is meant for fixing several engine glitches. It is included within TSpatch.

LAN patch[edit]

This is a small patch that lets you play LAN on Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun in Windows 2000 and above by changing IPX protocol to UDP.

Game data[edit]

General options menu
General options menu
Fan-made external general options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external general options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\sun.ini[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE****.sav[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin

Video[edit]

Video options menu
Video options menu
Fan-made external video options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external video options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor
TSpatch (or a pre-patched version of the game) is required. See Widescreen resolution.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Run with -win parameter. See Windowed for further information.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Working using -win and Borderless Gaming or the CnC-DDraw renderer.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set values in configuration file, method 1
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open sun.ini.
  3. Go to the [Video] section.
  4. Change ScreenWidth and ScreenHeight strings to resolution of your choice.
Set values in configuration file, method 2
Another way to change resolution is to add this line beneath the [Video] lines in sun.ini:
AllowHiResModes=yes
This will let you change the resolution in the game menu to any supported by your computer.
"Widescreen in multiplayer works as described above. However, many hosts enforce resolution limits. If you try to join a game with a resolution limit, you will be forced to play the game at a non-widescreen resolution (usually 640x480). If you host a game and are using a widescreen resolution, you will not have the option of enforcing a resolution limit."[3]

Windowed[edit]

The game can only run in windowed mode if it is run in 16-bit color mode or has a fan-made renderer that bypasses this requirement.
There are two methods to run the game in windowed mode:
Add -win to shortcut target[4]
  1. Right-click sun.exe and choose Properties.
  2. In Settings tab, tick the Reduced color mode checkbox, select 16-bit (65536) color and click OK.
  3. Right-click and drag sun.exe to Desktop or any path of your choice and choose Create shortcuts here.
  4. Right-click on newly created shortcut and choose Properties.
  5. In the Target area, add -win.
Use Run options to execute the game with -win option[4]
  1. Press WinKey+R to execute the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Open textbox, enter "<path-to-game>\sun.exe" -win

Input[edit]

Input options menu
Input options menu

Audio[edit]

Audio options menu
Audio options menu
Fan-made external audio options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).
Fan-made external audio options menu (for the TSpatch and TS Installer version of the game).

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Voices, music and sound
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Censored; in-game blood replaced with oil as soldiers are non-human bots. Several cutscenes edited.
Spanish
Firestorm expansion wasn't officially localized. Fan translation available here: download.
Ukrainian
Fan translation and full dubbing by TSF, download.

Network[edit]

Network options menu
Network options menu

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Versus
Uses IPX protocol. Requires LAN patch to replace with UDP.
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3840, 4005, 4808, 4810, 4995, 7000-7002
UDP 1234-1237, 4000, 5400
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game doesn't show sub-menu options when clicking an option in the main menu, causing it to think that the game is crashed[edit]

When clicking on an option in the main menu, nothing shows up that led to think of the game locks up
Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

Build lag[edit]

On some systems, the building process slows down the game to a couple of frames per seconds
Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

Crash upon loading a campaign map[edit]

Tiberian Sun will crash to the desktop upon loading some later campaign maps if there are too many saved games. Delete some saved games and the level will work.

Cannot Alt+Tab[edit]

Download and install TSpatch[citation needed]

From Launcher settings, set Renderer to Direct3D 9.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 6
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes VQA
Multiplayer Westwood Online

OS X/Linux emulation[edit]

Setup Wine[citation needed]
  1. Download the game.
  2. Run the installer with Wine (right-click):
  3. Edit SUN.INI and choose whatever you want (resolution, etc.):
  4. Open winecfg.
  5. On the Applications tab, click on "Add Application", and point to the GAME.exe
  6. On the Libraries tab, add "wsock32.dll" for the library replacements.
  7. Add the following tricks (from WineHQ):
  8. Run 'wine regedit', browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wine. If there is no key (the stuff with folder icons) called AppDefaults, then create it.
  9. Right-click on that key and create a new key game.exe
  10. Create a new subkey Direct3D. In that key create two string variables:
  • DirectDrawRenderer with value opengl
  • RenderTargetLockMode with value readtex
  • Run the game through Wine and enjoy.[5]

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6 compatible

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References