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Iron Storm

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Iron Storm
Iron Storm cover
Developers
4X Studio
Publishers
Wanadoo
DreamCatcher Interactive
Retail re-release Sold Out Software
Digital Microids
Engines
Phoenix3D
Release dates
Windows October 23, 2002
macOS (OS X) November 15, 2013[1]
Taxonomy
Series Iron Storm
Iron Storm on HowLongToBeat
Iron Storm on MobyGames
Iron Storm on Wikipedia
Iron Storm
Iron Storm 2002
World War Zero: Iron Storm 2005

Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information

Later re-released as World War Zero: Iron Storm.
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2.80 DRM[Note 1] in American release; Ring PROTECH DRM in European release.
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Contains inert DRM component ISLauncher.exe.
Windows
ZOOM Platform
DRM-free
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use blank intro files
  1. Apply the Iron Storm intro skip.
  2. The game will now go to the main menu after the fiction disclaimer and a brief black screen.

Patches

The latest official patch is 1.041, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\settings\user.cfg[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/296180/pfx/[Note 3]
safe_user.cfg and defctrl.cfg store the default settings and do not need to be edited directly.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/296180/pfx/[Note 3]
13 manual save slots + 1 quicksave slot + 1 autosave slot available.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced settings.
Advanced settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF entry.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
See the WSGF entry.
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Only works after selecting a resolution lower than the desktop.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Disabled by default.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 100 FPS by default

Input

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
ActivateJoy in user.cfg has no effect.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects and Speech.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Portuguese
Retail and GOG.com only.
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official GameSpy service has been shut down.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Use IronStorm_DS.exe in the installation folder (added in patch 1.04).
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed

Game exits on launch (no error message)

This can be caused by user.cfg being absent.
Copy safe_user.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Settings.
  2. Make a copy of safe_user.cfg and rename it to user.cfg.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 2
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.7
Processor (CPU) 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 GB
Video card (GPU) GF 9400M / HD 3300


Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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.[3]
  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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/296180/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (296180) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References