Far Cry

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Far Cry
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Windows
March 23, 2004
Far Cry at Steam Charts
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 Far Cry at Wikipedia
Far Cry
Far Cry 2004
Far Cry 2 2008
Far Cry 3 2012
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon 2013

General information

More information GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
More information GOG.com Support Page
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Desura Desura.png
GameFly Gamefly.png
GamersGate Gamersgate.png Version 1.00. Requires patching.
GOG.com DRM-free
Steam Steamicon.png

[edit] Essential improvements

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

[edit] Skip intro videos

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. From there navigate to: Languages/Movies/English
  3. Replace the files Crytek.bik, sandbox.bik, and Ubi.bik with those located here
Information The 64-bit patch will change the format from .bik to .avi to skip them simply delete or rename the files with the inclusion of AMD64.

[edit] Patches

More information 32-bit Patches
More information 64-bit Upgrade Patch (US / UK / German / French / Spanish / Italian) - Adds additional content, higher frame rates, enhanced textures, longer view distances, and more objects with real-time physics.
More information 64-bit Exclusive Content Patch - Adds exclusive content only available in the 64-bit version of the game.

Fix Steam InstructionsLink

By default these will not work immediately if you have a Steam installation of the game, follow the steps below to resolve this:

  1. Navigate to your Steam installation of the game, usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\farcry\
  2. Move the Bin32 folder out of the installation folder, rename, or delete it.
  3. Rename the Bin64 folder created by the patch installation to Bin32

[edit] Mods

More information Crymods - Active community website with extensive mod database.
More information Far Cry Addon Mod (FCAM) - Various improvements to graphical and gameplay elements.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\player\<user-id>\savegames

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Limited.png Far Cry v1.33 supports any widescreen resolutions natively.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Limited.png See Multi-monitor.
Field of view (FOV) Hackable See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native

[edit] Multi-monitor

Fix Changing the resolution using using console[1]Link

For example, to change to 1440x900.

  1. Once in-game press the ~ Tilde key.
  2. Type \r_width 1440 (width of resolution).
  3. Type \r_height 900 (height of resolution).

Fix Alternative - Changing the resolution by editing system.cfgLink

  1. Go to C:\Program Files\Ubisoft\Crytek\Far Cry (or wherever you've installed a game).
  2. Edit system.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Find a line: r_Width = and replace the resolution with width of the resolution you want to use.
  4. Find a line: r_Height = and replace the resolution with height of the resolution you want to use.

Notes

Information Use this method, if the game doesn't save resolution you've entered using console.

[edit] Field of view (FOV)

Be aware that FC servers can override the FOV setting to prevent cheating. It is possible to create a server which does not override the FOV.

Fix Changing FOV using console and developer mode[1]Link

To change the FOV, you must run Far Cry in Developer Mode.

  1. Right-click the Far Cry shortcut and go to “Properties”.
  2. In the Target box add -devmode to the end so that it looks like this ... "…\Far Cry\Bin32\FarCry.exe" -devmode
  3. Click Apply and launch a game.
  4. When in-game, open a console by pressing ~ Tilde key.
  5. Type in \fov XXX (where XXX is your horizontal FOV value, eg. \fov 105).

Notes

Information You won't be able to join a servers in Developer Mode.

Fix Permanently Changing the FOV by editing files[1]Link

  1. Go to your ..\Far Cry\FCData. installation folder.
  2. Make a backup copy of SCRIPTS.pak.
  3. Rename SCRIPTS.pak to SCRIPTS.pak.zip.
  4. Open SCRIPTS.pak.zip and navigate to the SCRIPTS\Default\Hud folder within the zip file.
  5. Extract ZoomView.lua and open it in Notepad.
  6. Find a line NoZoom = 90 * 3.1415962 / 180.
  7. To change the default value from 90 to 108 change the line to: NoZoom = 108 * 3.1415962 / 180.
  8. Save your changes to ZoomView.lua.
  9. Now overwrite the original ZoomView.lua with your modified version in SCRIPTS.pak.zip
  10. Rename SCRIPTS.pak.zip back to its original name SCRIPTS.pak.

Notes

Information If you can't save ZoomView.lua after editing, right click, go to properties and make sure, it's not set to Read Only.
Information 108 is ideal for 16:10 widescreen monitors @ 1920x1200.
Information When you run Far Cry after this change, you need to zoom in once with your weapon at the start of each level for FOV changes to take effect.
Information This FOV hack is permanent and it will work with Developer Mode off.
Information The FOV hack will work fine for LAN games.

[edit] Input settings

Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Native Both mouse acceleration and mouse smoothing.
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Impossible

[edit] Audio settings

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Impossible
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native
EAX support Native EAX 2, EAX 3[2] [3]

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Very High Lighting Game Crash

When setting the Lighting Quality option in-game to Very High you may experience a crash/freeze every time you launch the game. This is easily resolved:

Fix InstructionsLink

  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open the system.cfg file with your text editor of choice.
  3. Modify the parameter r_ShadersPrecache to 0
  4. Launch the game and set the Lighting Quality option to Very High.
Information Alternatively you can just set the option to a maximum of High instead of Very High to resolve the issue.

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1 GHz or Pentium III 1 GHz AMD Athlon 2-3 GHz or Pentium 4 2-3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512-1024 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM GeForce 4, GeForce FX 5950;
ATI Radeon 9500-9800 XT
128 MB of VRAM

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 WSGF article
  2. EAX Featured Game: Far Cry - Creative.com (retrieved)
  3. EAX Showcase: Far Cry™ - SoundBlaster.com (retrieved)
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