Far Cry

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Far Cry
Far Cry cover
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2004
Far Cry
Far Cry 2004
Far Cry 2 2008
Far Cry 3 2012
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon 2013
Far Cry 4 2014
Far Cry Primal 2016

General information

Ubisoft Forums
Far Cry Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail DRM: SafeDisc disc check.
Direct2Drive Requires online activation DRM: D2D DRM.
GamersGate Requires online activation DRM: TAGES. Version 1.00. Requires patching.
Green Man Gaming
Humble Store

Essential improvements[edit]

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

Skip intro videos[edit]

  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
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.


Patch v1.4 (32-bit only) - The latest patch available for the game
64-bit Upgrade Patch - Adds additional content, higher frame rates, enhanced textures, longer view distances, and more objects with real-time physics.
64-bit Enhanced Content Patch - Adds exclusive content only available in the 64-bit version of the game.
Steam Instructions
The Steam version needs some additional steps for these patches to work.
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Rename Bin32 to something else.
  3. Rename Bin64 to Bin32


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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.


Changing the resolution using using console[2]

For example, to change to 1440x900.

  1. Once in-game press ~.
  2. Type \r_width 1440 (width of resolution).
  3. Type \r_height 900 (height of resolution).
Alternative - Changing the resolution by editing system.cfg
  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.


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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

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.
Change FOV using console and developer mode[2]
  1. Run Far Cry in Developer Mode using the -devmode command line argument.
  2. When in-game, open a console by pressing ~.
  3. Type in \fov XXX (where XXX is your horizontal FOV value, eg. \fov 105).


You won't be able to join a servers in Developer Mode.
Permanently Changing the FOV by editing files[2]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\FCData
  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 if using a 16:10 resolution such as 1920x1200.
  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.


If you can't save ZoomView.lua after editing, right click, go to properties and make sure, it's not set to Read Only.
108 is ideal for 16:10 widescreen resolutions. (IE 1920x1200)
120 is ideal for 16:9 widescreen resolutions. (IE 1920x1080)
140 is ideal for 2:35:1 widescreen resolutions. (IE 1920x800)
141 is ideal for 21:9 widescreen resolutions. (IE 2560x1080 or 1920x810)
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.
This FOV hack is permanent and it will work with Developer Mode off.
The FOV hack will work fine for LAN games.

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options go up to 5.1, but outputs to up to 7.0 speaker configurations.[3] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3[4][5]


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
A full guide on how to setup a dedicated server can be found at <path-to-game>
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 40000-42999
UDP (outbound) 41005, 41006, 44000, 49001

VR support[edit]

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Very High Lighting Game Crash[edit]

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:

  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.
Alternatively you can just set the option to a maximum of High instead of Very High to resolve the issue.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 Experimental renderer. Cannot be selected via in-game options. See Enable the OpenGL renderer.
Shader Model support 2, 3
64-bit executable
Needs to be downloaded separately. See Patches.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer PunkBuster

Enable the OpenGL renderer[edit]

Modify the system.cfg file[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open the system.cfg file with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the value of r_driver to "OpenGL"
  4. Save the file and launch the game.

System requirements[edit]

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
DirectX 9.0b compatible
GeForce 4, GeForce FX 5950;
ATI Radeon 9500-9800 XT
128 MB of VRAM


  1. Guru3D.com Forums - View Single Post - HBAO+ Compatibility Flags Thread
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 WSGF article
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. EAX Featured Game: Far Cry - Creative.com (retrieved)
  5. EAX Showcase: Far Cry™ - SoundBlaster.com (retrieved)
  6. http://www.tweakguides.com/Farcry_9.html