Silent Storm

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Silent Storm
Silent Storm cover
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
Silent Storm Engine
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2003
Series Silent Storm
Silent Storm on MobyGames
Silent Storm on 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.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Gold Edition
Green Man Gaming
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Gold Edition
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Gold Edition
Gold Edition
Humble Store
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Gold Edition
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Gold Edition. Can be run without Steam.
Silent Storm Gold Edition contains both Silent Storm and its expansion Sentinels.
Demo versions are available for Silent Storm and Sentinels.

DLC and expansion packs

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

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

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.


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\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\save\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/254960/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


The expansion's video settings.
The expansion's video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Sentinels has native widescreen support. Use this for Silent Storm.[citation needed]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fake windowed mode. See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
None, x2, x4, x8, x16
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be disabled (Low, Medium, High, Very high)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


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.


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


The expansion's control settings.
The expansion's control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Only through <path-to-game>\Silent Storm\cfg\input.cfg
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Invert Turn X & Y, Invert Scroll X & Y
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


The expansion's audio settings.
The expansion's audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound, Music, Character Responses mutable
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

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


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.


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.


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]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Silent Storm Editor[edit]

  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.


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]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  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>/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.