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Z: Steel Soldiers

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This page is for the original version. For the remake, see Z: Steel Soldiers (2014).

Z: Steel Soldiers
Z: Steel Soldiers cover
Developers
The Bitmap Brothers
Publishers
Eon Digital Entertainment
Release dates
Windows June 2001
Reception
Metacritic 70
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Z
Z: Steel Soldiers on HowLongToBeat
Z: Steel Soldiers on IGDB
Z: Steel Soldiers on MobyGames
Z: Steel Soldiers on Wikipedia
Z
Z 1996
Z: Steel Soldiers 2001
Z (2012) 2012
Z: Steel Soldiers (2014) 2014

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Z: Steel Soldiers is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view RTS game in the Z series.

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2.30.031 DRM[Note 1]
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
A free demo version is available from Archive.org.

Essential improvements

Patches

  • The latest official patch 4 BETA 2 / version 1.41b is available at soggi.org.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Bin\options.zed[Note 2]

Save game data location

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

Video

Video Settings.
Video Settings.

Input

Input Settings.
Input Settings.

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

Audio

Audio Settings.
Audio Settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.0a
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 650 MB
Video card (GPU) 8 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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