Crysis: Warhead

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Crysis: Warhead
Crysis: Warhead cover
Crytek Budapest
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 2
Release dates
Windows September 17, 2008
Crysis: Warhead guide on StrategyWiki
Crysis: Warhead on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
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 Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM v7 and SecuROM PA DRM, 50 machine limit.[3]
A De-Authorization Tool is available.
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Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM PA DRM, unspecified machine limit.[4]
A De-Authorization Tool is available.
Icon overlay.png
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM PA DRM, 50 machine limit.[5]
A De-Authorization Tool is available.

Essential improvements[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:

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\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis_WARHEAD\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
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.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Edge AA (enabled by default at High+ Shaders) or MSAA. (enabling one automatically disables the other) Requires Shaders Quality to be at High or Very High. Only edge AA has an effect on foliage.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.[7] See Run the game at screen refresh rate.

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:
  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.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Firing the right-hand weapon while dual-wielding is hardcoded to the right mouse button and cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Listed as force feedback.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

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 feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
[citation needed]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
32 GameSpy services have been shut down;[8] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Dedicated server software is available for Windows and Linux.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 6667, 28910, 29900-29901
UDP 27900-27901, 29910, 64087
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

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

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[9]

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.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game may set your monitor's refresh rate to 24/59/60 Hz, resulting in a lowered FPS when Vsync is on, and heavy screen stuttering even if FPS is high.
Set screen refresh rate[10]
  1. Install Special K by following the Unofficial Special K Guide. Manual local installation may work better.
  2. Start the game with the -dx9 command line argument once and close it to allow the configuration file of Special K to be created.
  3. Open <path-to-game>\Bin64\d3d9.ini or %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Mods\SpecialK\Profiles\Crysis.exe\SpecialK.ini depending on the installation method you used.
  4. Change RefreshRate=-1 to RefreshRate=0 under [Render.FrameRate].
  5. Play the game with the -dx9 command line argument.

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.


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 
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq crysis64.exe" | findstr = > NUL || goto _cleanup
timeout /t 5 > NUL 
goto _loop
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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10 DX10 by default. Use -dx9 parameter to change API.
Shader Model support 3, 4
64-bit executable
Can be found under <path-to-game>\Bin64.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Multiplayer GameSpy
Anti-cheat 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]

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
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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/17330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Crysis - Official Community • View topic - Crysis and Crysis 2 PC Multiplayer Modes Set to Shut Down
  3. MyCrysis Forums - Crysis 1 & Warhead activation limit increased! - last accessed on 2018-08-06
  4. EA - Crysis Warhead EULA - last accessed on 2018-02-15
    "CRYSIS WARHEAD uses access control and copy protection technology. An online connection is required to authenticate CRYSIS WARHEAD and verify your license. CRYSIS WARHEAD may install additional components required for proper functionality of the copyright protection. CRYTEK reserves the right to periodically validate Your License through subsequent online authentication. If Your License is not valid You may not be able to use CRYSIS WARHEAD. The first end user of this License can install and authenticate CRYSIS WARHEAD on a set number of machines."
  5. Steam - Crysis Warhead - last accessed on 2018-02-15
    "50 machine activation limit"
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. Pricing | GameSpy Technology
  9. Crysis Warhead & Crysis Wars Failure To Launch Issues - Page 3 - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)
  10. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-12-04