Crysis: Warhead

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Crysis: Warhead
Crysis: Warhead cover
Developers
Crytek
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
CryEngine 2
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2008
Crysis
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

Key points

Crysis Wars is the multiplayer section of the game, Crysis: Warhead is the single player campaign.
Comes bundled with modding tools
Very taxing even on some modern computers
GameSpy online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014 due to GameSpy services being shut down.[1] Unofficial Crysis Wars Multiplayer Mod is available.[2]

General information

Crysis Website
MyCrysis Forums
Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com
GOG.com
Origin Requires online activation SecuROM PA DRM.
Steam Requires online activation SecuROM PA DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest version for Warhead is 1.1. Latest versions for Wars is 1.5. Patch can be found here.

Crysis Wars Multiplayer Mod[edit]

This mod updates the game to use new multiplayer master servers, re-enabling online support lost by the GameSpy service shutdown.

Full details and download links can be found on the German Crysis Forums.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip company logos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Localized\Video\
  2. Delete or move these files:
CryTek.sfd
Trailer_Crytek.sfd
Trailer_CrytekC.sfd
Trailer_DemoLegal.sfd
Trailer_EA.sfd
Trailer_Intel.sfd
Trailer_NVidia.sfd
Trailer_PEGI.sfd
Trailer_Rating_Full.sfd
Trailer_Rating_Logo.sfd

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game general settings (Crysis Wars).
In-game general settings (Crysis Wars).

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis_WARHEAD

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis_WARHEAD

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit game.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis_WARHEAD\
  2. Open game.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Enter the following line with the desired value:
    cl_fov=<value>
  4. Right-click game.cfg -> Properties -> Set the file's attribute to Read-only as this keeps the desired value from changing to it's default value every time you exit the game.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Crysis: Warhead by default disables AF because the engine as-is does not support using AF with parallax occlusion mapping (POM). This mod allows the engine to use AF and POM at the same time.
Install the POM+AF mod to allow anisotropic filtering[citation needed]
  1. Download the POM+AF mod from here.
  2. Copy zz_GlobalAmbientLighting_pom_Af.pak to <path-to-game>\Game
  3. Force anisotropic filtering in your graphics card control panel.

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Mouse acceleration[citation needed]
  1. Open the console (~).
  2. Enter con_restricted=0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter i_mouse_accel X where X is 1 or 0. Default 0 disables acceleration.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings (Crysis Wars).
In-game audio settings (Crysis Wars).
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Dedicated server software is available for Windows and Linux.
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 443, 6667, 28910, 29900-29901
UDP (outbound) 27900-27901, 29910, 64087

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Hangs on startup[edit]

Run the 64-bit version of the game[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Bin64.
  2. Launch the crysis64.exe file to play the 64-bit version of the game.
Stop your antivirus or add the game to its exceptions[3]

Remapping dual wielding secondary fire to other keys[edit]

By default, mouse2 (mouse right click) is permanently mapped to the dual wielding secondary fire command, regardless of what mouse2 is actually mapped to in-game. The only way to remap the command is to manually edit the profile key map file.

Remapping the dual wielding secondary fire command[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis_WARHEAD\Profiles\<user-id>
  2. Open actionmaps.xml with Notepad.
  3. Go to the lines with <action name="attack2" onPress="1" onRelease="1"> <key name="mouse2" />
  4. Set the key name variable to another key.
    Ex. <key name="mouse3" />
  5. Save the file and launch the game.

Game is shifted to the right on the screen/runs in 59Hz mode/wrong refresh rate[edit]

Change refresh rate - automate with QRes[citation needed]

You can change your refresh rate manually each time you open and close the game.

OR

You can automate this with QRes:

  • Download QRes from Softpedia or Software.Informer
  • Extract QRes.exe into the Crysis Warhead Bin64 or Bin32 folder depending on whether you're using the 64-bit or 32-bit executable
  • Open Notepad
  • Copy and paste:
@echo off
qres.exe /r:59
timeout /t 10 > NUL 
start crysis64.exe
timeout /t 60 > NUL 
:_loop
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq crysis64.exe" | findstr = > NUL || goto _cleanup
timeout /t 5 > NUL 
goto _loop
:_cleanup
qres.exe /r:60
  • Go to File and then Save As...
  • Name it Crysis Warhead.bat, and then change Save as type from .txt to All Files
  • Save into the same Bin64 or Bin32 folder
  • Right-click Crysis Warhead.bat and click Create shortcut
  • Move this shortcut to wherever is easiest, say the desktop, replacing the original shortcut
  • Right-click the shortcut, click Properties, click Change icon, click Browse, navigate to the same Bin64 or Bin32 folder, select Crysis64.exe, and click OK twice
  • When you run this using the new shortcut, your screen will flash off and on again, shifted to one side. Press the Auto button or equivalent on your monitor to realign the screen before the game starts
  • When you exit the game, wait a few seconds, the screen will flash again, the command window will close, and you can press the Auto again

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 3, 4
64-bit executable
Can be found under <path-to-game>\Bin64.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Multiplayer GameSpy, PunkBuster

Console commands[edit]

The console can be opened with ~, but the available commands are limited. This limitation can be bypassed by the con_restricted=0 command or by adding -devmode to the game's shortcut. A thorough list of console commands can be found here.


Instead of re-entering console commands every time the game starts, the file <path-to-game>\system.cfg can be created to apply console commands automatically. The commands need to be formatted differently in the file, using an equal sign instead of a space. For example, to change the FOV to 80 you would use cl_fov=80 rather than "cl_fov 80" like in the console.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2, Vista
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz (XP)
3.2 GHz (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1.0 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640
Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.
Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

References

  1. Crysis - Official Community • View topic - Crysis and Crysis 2 PC Multiplayer Modes Set to Shut Down
  2. THE CRYSIS WARS MULTIPLAYER MOD
  3. Crysis Warhead & Crysis Wars Failure To Launch Issues - Page 3 - Steam Users' Forums