The Suffering

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The Suffering
The Suffering cover
Surreal Software
Midway Home Entertainment
Next Level Games
Midway Games
Riot Engine
Release dates
Windows June 8, 2004
The Suffering on MobyGames
The Suffering on Wikipedia
The Suffering
The Suffering 2004
The Suffering: Ties That Bind 2005

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v3 DRM[Note 1] or StarForce 3 DRM[Note 2] disc check, depending on region.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on some versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).
Not available for sale in Germany due to German censorship laws.

Free version[edit]

This game was released as a free download sponsored by the US Air Force.[7]
It can be downloaded here. Install the AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix to remove the online DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.1 updates the game to the latest version. version is already patched.

AiO Unofficial Patch[edit]

All-in-one patch for The Suffering series which fixes numerous bugs and adds widescreen support.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\GameConfig.ini[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix.
Use AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix.
Use AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix.
4K Ultra HD
Use AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix.
Field of view (FOV)
Use AiO Unofficial Patch or The Suffering Widescreen Fix. Settings above 1.2 cause minor visual glitches.
Set in launcher.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Texture filtering setting only affects close-up texture quality. Cannot be forced.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Set in launcher. Up to 6x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Frame rates above 60 FPS causes glitches and AI problems.[citation needed]

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
Effects, dialog, music
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output with DirectSound3D restoration software. GOG version comes with IndirectSound wrapper.[8]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
An option for Environmental FX is included, but no actual reverb is used in the entire game.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Official localization by ND Games from retail version.
Retail only.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Checkpoints not working[edit]

Checkpoints have stopped working on Windows 7 and later.[10]

Issues fixed[edit]

Missing sound effects (Retail)[edit]

Use IndirectSound[11]
  1. Download IndirectSound.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. In new version indirectsound you can use "3D Sound Buffers" in game launcher.

Notes version has this fix applied by default.
Use Creative ALchemy[citation needed]
  1. Download and install Creative ALchemy.
  2. Select the "add" option and specify the executable path and game title.
  3. Move the entry from the "Installed Games" box to the "ALchemy-enabled Games" box using the arrow buttons.
  4. Close the program.

DirectX 8.1 is not installed error[edit]

On Windows 10 you might get this error when launching the game for the first time. Not sure if this error is also applied on Windows 8, if it is here's the steps to fix it .[citation needed]
Windows 10 1809 or later immediately prompts you to install the directplay components when you start the game
Enable Direct Play in Legacy Components in the Control Panel[citation needed]
  1. Go to Programs and Features in your control panel.
  2. On the left side collum you'll see Turn Windows features on or off, click on that.
  3. Look for Legacy Components and expand it and you'll see Direct Play. Click on the small box to the left and click ok and then wait a few moments till it's finished installing the files, then close it.
  4. Try again to start the title and you should see the launcher startup after the fix.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

When using The Suffering Series AiO Patch, the game will set monitor's refresh rate to 60 Hz when in fullscreen mode.
Set refresh rate manually[12]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Suffering\.
  2. Open Torque.ini.
  3. Change RefreshRate=60 to the desired value (e.g. RefreshRate=120).

Glitchy enemies and NPCs AI[edit]

With a frame rate higher than 60, there are many problems with the AI of both monster and human characters. The game is possibly un-finishable due to the risk of certain NPCs not triggering key cutscenes.[citation needed]
Cap frame rate[citation needed]

Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS.

Access the launcher[edit]

After the first time launching the game, the launcher won't show up again and you will be unable to configure the settings.
Use launch parameter[13]

Use the -setup command line argument.

Hold Shift while launching[14]

Open SUFFERING.EXE while holding Shift.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, (DX9 with official patch) see vorpx forum profile introduction.

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) 98 SE
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible


  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]
  2. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[3][4][5][6] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  3. 3.0 3.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).