Far Cry 3

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Far Cry 3
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Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
November 29, 2012
Far Cry 3 at WineHQ
Far Cry 3 at Steam Charts
Far Cry 3 at SteamDB
 Far Cry 3 at Wikipedia
Far Cry
Far Cry 2004
Far Cry 2 2008
Far Cry 3 2012
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon 2013
Far Cry 4 2014

Key points

Advantage PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC specific features.
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

Availability[edit]

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Far Cry 3\InputUserActionMap.xml

%USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3\GamerProfile.xml

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\46

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

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

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Silver.svg
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) Hackable The game doesn't have any Anisotropic Filtering option, but it's possible to force AF through Nvidia/AMD Control Panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Changeable MSAA from 0 to 8, Post FX handles FXAA.
Because the way MSAA is implemented it may leave some aliasing.[1]
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Open GamerProfile.xml with a text editor.
  2. Locate ResolutionX="x" and change x to custom resolution.
  3. 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>

Performance boost! Disable depth of field (on background/when not aiming), and enhance near objects/forest Anti Aliasing.[edit]

Advantage This stabilize the frame rate fluctuation, fix the low-res textures on the background and can give a huge FPS boost in open view areas, for example, on the top of a tower.

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Before doing anything, you need to set PostFx in-game settings to low and save.
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml with a text editor.
  3. Locate PostFxQuality="x" and change x to false.

Disable HDR[edit]

Advantage Disable this to improve fps.

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Open GamerProfile.xml with a text editor
  2. Find Hdr="x" and change x to 0.


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

# Open GamerProfile.xml with a text editor.# 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).

Disable motion blur[edit]

Information Also helps to reduce input lag.

Fix Edit configLink

  1. Open GamerProfile.xml located in configuration file location.
  2. Paste following to new line after </CustomQuality> (sample):
    <Post>
    <quality GameDepthOfField="0" CinematicDepthOfField="0" MotionBlur="0" FXAALevel="0" id="ultrahigh" />
    </Post>
  3. Save the file and make it read only.

Notes

Information Making file read only prevents game from changing any settings so make sure other settings are OK before doing this.

Input settings[edit]

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.[3]
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

Manually bind Enter key to an action[edit]

Fix Edit InputUserActionMap.xmlLink

  1. Open InputUserActionMap.xml with a text editor
  2. 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>

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

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xml to add IronsightToggleModeLink

  1. # Open GamerProfile.xml with text editor.
  2. Locate IronsightToggleMode="0" and change it to IronsightToggleMode="1"

Negative mouse acceleration[edit]

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.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Impossible
Surround sound Native Up to 5.1 output[4][5]
Subtitles Native Under video settings.
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
Czech Native Native Unknown
Danish Native Unknown Unknown
Dutch Native Unknown Unknown
French Native Native Unknown
German Native Native Unknown
Italian Native Native Unknown
Norwegian Native Unknown Unknown
Polish Native Unknown Unknown
Portuguese Native Unknown Unknown
Russian Native Native Unknown
Spanish Native Native Unknown
Swedish Native Unknown Unknown

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Online play Native 18
Online co-op Native 4

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Impossible

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 443, 13000, 13005, 13200
UDP (outbound) 9000-9005, 21800-21845

Issues unresolved[edit]

Game stuck on skill tree[edit]

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.

Crash after first cutscene and random crashing[edit]

Disadvantage Crashes can randomly happen in all parts of the game.[6]
Disadvantage Crash are more frequent after first -unskippable- cutscene.[7]

Fix Switch to DirectX 9[8]Link

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

Fix Disable any sort of forced AA[8]Link

Fix Nvidia 500-series cards[9]Link

Raising your GPU Core Voltage by 25/50 mV may fix crashes. For step-by-step instructions see reference

Textures and artifacting[edit]

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

Disadvantage The Game will refuse to run when installed on a drive which is managed by a Windows 8/8.1 Storage Space. Reinstalling on the C:\ drive will fix this issue.

Issues fixed[edit]

Change UI language[edit]

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 and press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Ubisoft\Far Cry 3
  3. Set Language to English
  4. Set SKU to US

Microstutter[edit]

Fix Adaptive and dynamic V-syncLink

These forms of V-Sync significantly reduce micro-stuttering.[10][11]

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.

Multi-GPU crash[edit]

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

Game stuck on splash screen[edit]

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

Fix Edit GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. Open GamerProfile.xml with a text editor
  2. Find VSync="x" and change x to 0

Fix Delete GamerProfile.xmlLink

  1. If the above does not work, delete %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 3\GamerProfile.xml

Parachute will not open[edit]

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.[12]

Multiplayer weapons will not level up[edit]

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.

Installation Issues[edit]

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

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

Fix Kill WmiPrvSE.exeLink

  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.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
AMD Phenom II X2 565
Intel Core i3-530
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. Far Cry 3 : Screenshot Comparison, most noticeable antialiasing is in the books at the corner.
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. Controll options,or the lack of them | Ubisoft Forums
  4. List of games with discrete 7.1 support. - AVS forum
  5. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  6. Far Cry 3: Game crashing randomly - Steam Users' Forums
  7. Twitter / botherer: I know the game's going to ...
  8. 8.0 8.1 Far Cry 3 Crash on startup - Steam Users' Forums
  9. Solution Solution to constant Crashing found! | Ubisoft Forums
  10. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-10.html
  11. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7990-devil13-7970-x2,3329-11.html
  12. Wing suit unable to deploy parachute | Ubisoft Forums