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Far Cry 3
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Release dates
Windows
November 29, 2012
Far Cry 3 at Steam Charts
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 Far Cry 3 at Wikipedia
Far Cry
Far Cry 2004
Far Cry 2 2008
Far Cry 3 2012
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon 2013

Key points

Disadvantage Large number of issues reported on multiple hardware configurations, including texture problems, falling through the world, etc.

General information

More information Official game site
More information Ubisoft Forums - PC Discussion
More information Ubisoft Forums - Technical Community Help
More information Far Cry Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums for game series

Contents

[edit] Availability

Source(s) Store unlock Notes
Uplay Uplay.png
Amazon.com Amazonstore.png
GameStop PC Downloads GameStop.png
GameFly Gamefly.png
GamersGate Gamersgate.png
Steam Steamicon.png Both Steam and Uplay run while playing.
Information All versions require Uplay.

[edit] Game data

[edit] Configuration file(s) location

  Location 
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Far Cry 3\InputUserActionMap.xml
Information Only includes keybinding configuration

[edit] Save game data location

  Location 
Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegames\<user-id>\46

[edit] Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
Uplay Native Save games automatically sync.
GameSave Manager Native

[edit] Video settings

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.png
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.png
Field of view (FOV) Native Menu slider (values range 55-110).
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native Set with "window mode" in-game.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Unknown
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[1]

[edit] Widescreen resolution

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml in text editor (notepad for example).
  3. Locate ResolutionX="x" and change x to custom resolution.
  4. Locate ResolutionY="x" and change x to custom resolution.
Information Whenever you change graphical settings in-game ResolutionX and ResolutionY will be reset to 800*600.

Fix Create GamerProfile.xmlLink

Information If you have screen resolution issues before launching the game, you will need to create %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3\GamerProfile.xml
<GamerProfile>
    <SoundProfile
        MusicEnabled="1"
        MasterVolume="100"
        MicEnabled="1"
        IncomingVoiceEnabled="1"
        Language="english"
    />
    <RenderProfile
        MSAALevel="2"
        AlphaToCoverage="2"
        SSAOLevel="6"
        SDSM="0"
        ResolutionX="1280"
        ResolutionY="720"
        Quality="custom"
        QualityEditor="editor_pc"
        Fullscreen="0"
        Borderless="0"
        seD3D11="1"
        D3D11MultithreadedRendering="1"
        WidescreenLetterbox="0"
        UseWidescreenFOV="1"
        OVScaleFactor="1.0275"
        EnableSubResolution="0"
        SubResolutionX="960"
        ubResolutionY="540"
        VSync="0"
        RefreshRate="0"
        DisableMip0Loading="0"
        GPUMaxBufferedFrames="2"
        ShowFPS="1"
        Brightness="1"
        Contrast="1"
        GammaRamp="1"
        AllowAsynchShaderLoading="1">
        <CustomQuality>
            <quality
                ResolutionX="1280"
                ResolutionY="720"
                EnvironmentQuality="high"
                AntiPortalQuality="default"
                PortalQuality="medium"
                PostFxQuality="false"
                TextureQuality="high"
                TextureResolutionQuality="high"
                WaterQuality="veryhigh"
                DepthPassQuality="high"
                VegetationQuality="veryhigh"
                TerrainQuality="high"
                GeometryQuality="ultrahigh"
                AmbientQuality="high"
                DeferredAmbientQuality="high"
                ShadowQuality="ultrahigh"
                EditorQuality=""
                Hdr="1"
                HdrFP32="0"
                ReflectionHdr="1"
                EnableVertexBinding="1"
                id="custom"
            />
        </CustomQuality>
    </RenderProfile>
    <NetworkProfile
        VoiceChatEnabled="1"
        CustomMapMaxUploadRateInBitsOnline="10240000"
        OnlineEnginePort="9000"
        OnlineServicePort="9001"
        FileTransferHostPort="9002"
        FileTransferClientPort="9003"
        LanHostBroadcastPort="9004"
        LanClientBroadcastPort="9005"
        ScanFreePorts="1"
        ScanPortRange="1000"
        ScanPortStart="9000"
        SessionProvider=""
        MaxUploadInbpsOnline="10240000">
        <Accounts />
    </NetworkProfile>
    <GameProfile
        Hour = "16"
        Minutes = "40"
        Seconds = "0"
        TimeScale = "1"
        WindForce = "80"
        WindDir = "0"
        DelayShadowMovement = "180"
        IgnorePlayer = "0"
        GatherEntitiesForMap = "0"
        ShowAIInMap = "0"
        ShowDiamondsInMap = "0"
        DifficultyLevel = "1"
        Machete = "0"
        UseAimingHelpers = "0"
        HelpCrosshair = "1"
    />
    <ProfileSpecificGameProfile
        Sensitivity="1"
        Invert_x="0"
        Invert_y="0"
        DefaultFlickFireDirection_y="0"
        UseMouseSmooth="1"
        Smoothness="0.2"
        Smoothness_Ironsight="0.2"
        HelpCrosshair="1"
        Gamepad_vibration="1"
        UseRoadSignHilight="1"
        UseSubtitles="1"
        TaggingEnabled="0"
        UseAmbx="0"
        UseGamePad="1"
        GamepadAnswered="1"
        Autosave="1"
        Machete="0"
        IronsightToggleMode="0">
        <FireConfig
            QualitySetting="High"
        />
    </ProfileSpecificGameProfile>
    <RealTreeProfile
        Quality="High"
    />
    <EngineProfile>
        <PhysicConfig
            QualitySetting="High"
        />
        <QcConfig
            GatherFPS="1"
            GatherAICnt="1"
            GatherDialogs="0"
            IsQcTester="0"
        />
        <InputConfig />
        <ZoneConfig />
    </EngineProfile>
    <UplayProfile
        LockString=""
    />
</GamerProfile>

[edit] Input settings

In-game general control settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native Vehicle controls not rebindable.
Mouse acceleration Native Positive acceleration can be switched off, see section below if you are experiencing negative mouse acceleration.
Mouse input in menus Impossible Cannot access menus with mouse when using controller.
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller
Controller support Native No mixed controller and keyboard controls for vehicle sections.[2]
Full controller support Impossible One time prompt to switch to controller which cannot be answered with a controller.
Controller remapping Impossible Three sets of bindings.
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

[edit] Manually bind Enter key to an action

Fix Edit InputUserActionMap.xmlLink

  1. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open InputUserActionMap.xml in text editor (notepad for example).
  3. Locate and replace, or append the following code:
<ActionMap name="common_use_remap">
   <MassRename MergeKey="remap">
      <Rename hexInput="0x646CA0E7:0xA79E3F0F" hexToInput="0x646CA0E7:0xEFDA7A5A" />
   </MassRename>
</ActionMap>

[edit] Toggle aiming down sights (ADS) for weapons

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xml to add IronsightToggleModeLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml in text editor (notepad for example).
  3. Locate IronsightToggleMode="0" and change it to IronsightToggleMode="1"

[edit] Negative mouse acceleration

Disadvantage Negative mouse acceleration prevents fast mouse movements. Mouse acceleration option in the Options menu does not fix the negative effect.

Fix Negative mouse acceleration fixLink

  1. Download the latest version of the Far Cry 3 Mod tools
  2. Extract the file
  3. Go into <path-to-game>\data_win32
  4. Right click on Common.fat and select Open with
  5. Select browse, then go into the "bin" folder you just extracted and select Gibbed.Dunia2.Unpack.EXE
  6. Then, open up the newly created Common_Unpack folder and go into the actionmaps folder.
  7. Open Inputactionmapscommon.xml with a text editor
  8. Find and replace all instances of maxoutput=10 with maxoutput=999999.
  9. Save the file.
  10. Go back to Data_win32 folder.
  11. Now open another Window and head over to the bin folder.
  12. Drag the common_Unpack folder and place it onto Gibbed.Dunia2.Pack.EXE
  13. Delete Common.dat and Common.fat
  14. Rename Common_Unpack.dat and Common_Unpack.fat to Common.dat and Common.fat respectively.

[edit] Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible
Surround sound Native 5.1 only [3]
Subtitles Native Under video settings.
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

[edit] Issues unresolved

[edit] Game stuck on skill tree

Disadvantage Game stuck on the first time you enter the skill tree. The game will not exit from the skill tree no matter what key is pressed.

[edit] Crash after first cutscene and random crashing

Disadvantage Crash after first cutscene.[4]
Disadvantage First cutscene is also unskippable.[5]
Disadvantage Crashes occur randomly in all parts of the game.[6]

Fix Switch to DirectX 9Link

Changing from DirectX 11 to 9 in the video settings may solve this problem.

Fix Underclock GPULink

Underclocking your GPU (especially if your card is factory overclocked) may solve this problem.

Fix Nvidia 500-series cardsLink

Raising the Core Voltage with MSI Afterburner by 25/50 mV may fix crashes. For step-by-step instructions see Solution to constant Crashing found.

[edit] Textures and artifacting

[edit] Crash when installed in a Windows 8 Storage Space

Disadvantage The Game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Windows 8/8.1 Storage Space.

[edit] Issues fixed

[edit] Disable ambient occlusion

Disadvantage Ambient occlusion can't be disabled completely through the in-game settings when playing in DirectX 11, only switched to various techniques available (SSAO, HBAO, HDAO).

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml in text editor (notepad for example).
  3. Locate SSAOLevel="x" and change x to 0.
Information Whenever you change graphical settings in-game SSAOLevel="0" is changed back to the default 1 (SSAO).

[edit] Disable depth of field

Advantage This will improve performance and fix the low-res textures on the background.

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml in text editor (notepad for example).
  3. Locate PostFxQuality="x" and change x to false.

[edit] Change UI language

Disadvantage For some reason Far Cry 3 will sometimes have a (poorly) translated interface.

Fix Set language in registryLink

  1. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Vista and newer: open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit, press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type regedit, press Enter.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Ubisoft\Far Cry 3
  3. Set Language to English
  4. Set SKU to US

[edit] Clicking "Story" on main menu does nothing

Disadvantage Story button as well as others make a noise when clicked but do not proceed to the next menu.
Advantage This issue is usually caused by FC3.dll and FC3_d3d11.dll not being compatible with reloaded uplay_r1_loader.dll and ubiorbitapi_r2_loader.dll. Issue can be fixed easily by editing the hex values of the FC3.dll and FC3_d3d11.dll

Fix Changing FC3.dll and FC3_d3d11.dll hex valuesLink

1) Use a Hex editor e.g. Hex Workshop to open FC3.dll and FC3_d3d11.dll

2) For FC3.dll search for (usually ctrl+F) hex value 010000008B0DB4E4DF11E8C941F4FF

3) Change the found string to 050000008B0DB4E4DF119090909090 and save

4) For FC3_d3d11.dll search for hex value 010000008B0DB4C5E011E8DD43F4FF

5) Change the found string to 050000008B0DB4C5E0119090909090 and save

[edit] Microstutter

Fix Adaptive and dynamic V-syncLink

These forms of V-Sync significantly reduce micro-stuttering.[7][8]

For Nvidia cards, Adaptive V-Sync can be enabled through the driver control panel. Set 'Vertical sync' to Adaptive.

For AMD cards, Dynamic V-Sync can be enabled using the third-party program RadeonPro. Click the Add new profile icon and find the Far Cry 3 executable (farcry3_d3d11.exe or farcry3.exe). Click the newly created profile and click the Tweaks tab. Set 'VSync Control' to Always on. Enable 'Dynamic Framerate Control' and set 'Keep up to' to 60.

[edit] Multi-GPU crash

Information If your game freezes and crashes when entering a saved game, you must disable the Post FX option.

Fix Lowering the Post FX optionLink

1) Enter the game and enter the Options menu.

2) Enter the Video Quality menu.

3) Set the graphics quality to Custom

4) Set all parameters to your personal preference.

5) Set the Post FX options to Low

[edit] Game stuck on splash screen

Disadvantage Game splash screen pops up on desktop and freezes, doing nothing until the process is ended.

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open file GamerProfile.xml with a text editor such as notepad.
  3. Find VSync="x" and change x to 0

Fix Delete GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. If the above does not work, go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Delete file GamerProfile.xml Your save games will not be affected.

[edit] Parachute will not open

Game reports wrong button for opening parachute when jumping with wing-suit. There seems to be link between crouch binding and change vehicle seat binding. Make sure that these actions are bound to same key.[9]

[edit] Multiplayer weapons will not level up

Disadvantage Weapons earn EXP and level up during matches, but do no retain EXP post-game; weapons stay at level 1 indefinitely.

Fix Copy the save file to alternate pathLink

  1. Copy folder 46 from: C:\Program Files (x86)\Ubisoft\Ubisoft Game Launcher\savegames\0c7ddfbe-d92d-4270-8cf9-3493a81f0c2d\
  2. Go to: %PROGRAMDATA%\ and make a folder called Orbit (if it does not already exist).
  3. Make sure Orbit is set to hidden (right-click, Properties, Hidden).
  4. Paste folder 46 into Orbit.

[edit] Disable HDR

Advantage Disable this to improve fps.

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3
  2. Open file GamerProfile.xml with a text editor such as notepad.
  3. Find Hdr="x" and change x to 0.

[edit] Installation Issues

When using a C:\ drive with limited space such as an SSD, the game will not install onto a secondary drive even if you have sufficient free space.

Fix Copy temporary filesLink

  1. Go to your temporary files %temp%
  2. Find the Far Cry 3 install folder
  3. Copy these folder to your secondary drive, then start the setup process

[edit] First loading screen stalls or takes excessive amounts of time

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Open the game
  2. Once the loading screen comes up, use CTRL ALT DEL to open the Task Manager.
  3. Click processes and make sure "show all processes" is selected at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Find WmiPrvSE.exe, right click it, end procress.
  5. The loading screen should end shortly afterwards.

[edit] System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6700/AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or equivalent dual-core Intel Core i3-530/AMD Phenom II X2 565 or equivalent quad-core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 8800
AMD Radeon HD 2900
512 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480
AMD Radeon HD 5770
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible

References

  1. New 120Hz Games Report
  2. http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/732002-Controll-options-or-the-lack-of-them?p=8752077&viewfull=1#post8752077
  3. List of games with discrete 7.1 support. - AVS forum
  4. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3018899
  5. https://twitter.com/botherer/status/274294032778268673
  6. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3019290
  7. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-10.html
  8. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-11.html
  9. http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/731772-Wing-suit-unable-to-deploy-parachute
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