Starsiege

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Starsiege
Starsiege cover
Developers
Dynamix
Publishers
Sierra On-Line
Engines
Darkstar
Release dates
Windows March 24, 1999
Starsiege on MobyGames
Starsiege on Wikipedia
Metaltech
Metaltech: Earthsiege 1994
Metaltech: Battledrome 1994
Earthsiege 2 1996
Starsiege 1999

Key points

Use the Sierrahelp installer to play the game on Windows 7 and later and with no CD.
Works on modern Windows with minimal fuss.
Re-released as a free download for the series' 20th anniversary.[1]

General information

Starsiege Mercenaries - Forum and fan site.
Starsiege Men in Black HQ - Forum and mod downloads.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Original 2-CD set or 1-CD re-release.
Windows
Official website
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Freeware re-release
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The 1-CD release uses different music tracks than the original, while the freeware re-release lacks any music.
The freeware re-release has been patched to the latest version (1.04). For other versions, use the modern installer.

Essential improvements[edit]

Modern Windows installer[edit]

The Sierrahelp Starsiege Installer automatically applies the latest patch, rips all of the music tracks in high quality MP3 to play and loop in-game properly, adds a no-CD patch, and fixes the mouse issues on Windows 7.

Does not support the Tribes Universe freeware version. An alternative no-CD for the free version is available here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\defaultPrefs.cs[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savedGames[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Detail settings.
Detail settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game supports all resolutions listed in Windows with no stretching.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV scales automatically with the resolution and cannot be manually changed.
Windowed
Software rendering only.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default. The setting is broken and cannot be turned off.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Requires a 120hz monitor due to vsync.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Go to the controls menu, click Edit on the Look up/down setting with Mouse to the right of it, go to Advanced and untick the Flipped box.
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Go to the controls menu, click Edit on the Look up/down setting with Joystick to the right of it, go to Advanced and untick the Flipped box.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio and general video settings.
Audio and general video settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
3D, 2D, and CD Music volume all have separate sliders.
Surround sound
DirectSound 3D, A3D 2.0, and EAX are all supported.
Subtitles
All story dialog is shown in a message box. Squad-mate chatter is not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0, EAX[2]
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
French is not available in any version but the French version of the game.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

The Junkyard has many mods for Starsiege.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 95, or NT 4.0 SP4
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw compatible

Notes

  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).

References