Starship Troopers

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Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers cover
USA Destineer
Europe Empire Interactive
Russia Buka Entertainment
Germany Frogster Interactive Pictures AG
Germany FIP Publishing GmbH
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2005
Metacritic 46
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Starship Troopers
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Starship Troopers on Wikipedia
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SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

General information

Strangelite Studios (archived)
Starship Troopers Game (archived)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
English copies use a simple disc check, while European copies use SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
This game is not available digitally.


Two demos are available; Outpost 29 and Plasma Mountain.

Essential improvements[edit]


Install the latest patch(v.5.24), available here or here. It is compatible with all the previous versions, adds additional multiplayer and co-op maps and fixes various bugs.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -skipmov command line argument[3]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Empire Interactive\SST\Settings

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Empire Interactive\SST\Saves

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution.
Field of view (FOV)
Use FOV Changer. Requires fixed EXE.
Use SpecialK.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use SpecialK.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through the GPU control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be forced through the GPU control panel.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through the GPU control panel.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use modified .exe[4]
  1. Install patch v.5.24.
  2. Download the fix Starship_Troopers_widescreen.7z from the PC Gaming Wiki forum.
  3. Extract the fix to the installation folder and replace the existing STGame.exe.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound effects, music and voice.
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2.0.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Czech retail only.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Random low sound volume[edit]

Sometimes during gameplay after the commander gives new mission instructions the music and sound effects volume stays low.
Quick Save and Quick Load the game to reset the sound volume levels[5]

Missing lighting[edit]

If Shader Quality is set on Low or High, surfaces will not be lit properly.[citation needed]
Change Shader Quality to Medium[citation needed]

Issues fixed[edit]

Corrupted graphics on AMD/ATI graphics cards[edit]

Install WineD3D[6]
  1. Download WineD3D and extract it (confirmed working with version 1.7.51).
  2. Select files d3d9.dll, libwine.dll, wined3d.dll and copy them.
  3. Go to the installation folder and paste the files in there.


Forcing anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing in the GPU control panel may not work.[5]

Game jumps to menu after level "Offensive"[edit]

Change level name[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\ST\.
    • If your release of the game is made of packed files, find a file Level_Brainbug.slak and change its name to Level_BrainBug.slak
    • If your release of the game is made of extracted files find a folder Level_Brainbug and change its name to Level_BrainBug
  2. Finish the "Offensive" level and you should end up in final level of the game.


Some reports suggest that the Russian release of the game doesn't contain the BrainBug level.

Other information[edit]

Enable developer console and cheats[edit]

Use -devuser command line argument[8]
When enabled press ~ during gameplay to bring up the console window. List of available commands available below.
Command Description
god God mode
ammo Unlimited Ammo
evileye Bugs die instantly when targeted
gun Toggle gun model display
banzai Invincibility, instant kill, and fast speed
speed # Multiply game speed by #


Multiplayer types

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

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio DirectSound3D

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce FX 5600
ATI Radeon 9600
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 2.0a support


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]