The Suffering: Ties That Bind

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The Suffering: Ties That Bind
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Surreal Software
Midway Games
Riot Engine
Release dates
Windows September 30, 2005
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Key points

Numeric Keypad is required to progress.

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)
StarForce DRM[Note 1].
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.

Essential improvements[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

  1. Download and open Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the game's profile or create one if it doesn't exist.
  3. Set Antialiasing compatibility to 0x00000045.
  4. Set Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  5. Set Antialiasing - Setting to desired level of MSAA.[Note 3]
  6. Set Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to desired level of SGSSAA (Sparse Grid Supersampling).[Note 4]
  7. Apply changes.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
General settings.
General settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Some keys are reserved by the engine (-, +, F11, F12).
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
7.0 (check Use 3D Sound Buffers setting in launcher)
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Retail only.
Unofficial localization by «7th Wolf».
Retail only. Download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Freeze in starting courtyard[edit]

Shortly after the player gains control in the opening prison courtyard, the game freezes.
Set Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode[citation needed]
  1. Open SufferingTTB.exe compatibility settings.
  2. Enable Windows XP (Service Pack 3) compatibility mode.

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[4]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\The Suffering [TTB]\.
  2. Open Torque.ini.
  3. Change RefreshRate=60 to the desired value (e.g. RefreshRate=120).

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, requires "AIO 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) 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7000 series
Nvidia GeForce2 series
Intel Graphics motherboards
32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.[1][2] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  3. If using 8x SGSSAA, set 8xQ, not the regular "8x"
  4. Note that it should match the level of MSAA, or else performance will be reduced.