Far Cry

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Far Cry
Far Cry cover
Developers
Crytek
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
CryEngine
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2004
Far Cry guide at StrategyWiki
Far Cry 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
Far Cry Primal 2016
Far Cry 5 2018
Far Cry New Dawn 2019

Key points

64-bit version is available for separate download. See Patches.
Water reflections are broken on Windows Vista and later. Use SilentPatch on modern systems.

General information

Ubisoft Forums
Far Cry Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Crymods - Active community website with extensive mod database.
Far Cry Addon Mod (FCAM) - Various improvements to graphical and gameplay elements.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Not in every region[citation needed]
Windows
Amazon.com
DRM-free
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
not available in Germany
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
DRM-free
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Uplay
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Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch v1.4 (32-bit only) - The latest patch available for the game
64-bit Upgrade Patch - Upgrades the game to take advantage of 64-bit architectures, allowing for higher frame rates and other optimizations.
64-bit Enhanced Content Patch - Adds exclusive features such as higher resolution textures and objects as well as increased viewing distances in some cases.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. From there navigate to Languages/Movies/English
  3. Replace the files Crytek.bik, sandbox.bik, and Ubi.bik with empty files.

Notes

The 64-bit patch will change the file format from .bik to .avi. To skip them delete or rename new files with the inclusion of AMD64.

SilentPatch[edit]

Fixes the water reflections for landmasses not working on Vista and newer systems
Fixes the in-game Vsync option and common crashes
Implements the -64bit command line argument to launch 64-bit version directly from Steam
How to install[4]

Extract the contents of SilentPatchFarCry.zip to <path-to-game>.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13520/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\player\<user-id>\savegames
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13520/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Input settings[edit]

Control settings.
Control settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Both mouse acceleration and mouse smoothing.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

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.[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3[6][7]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Only available in the retail version. See here for the Steam version translation.
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Czech
Polish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32

Connection types

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

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 40000-42999
UDP 41005, 41006, 44000, 49001
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Blurry rock textures[edit]

After applying the 64-bit Enhanced Content Patch, the mountain rock textures appear extremely blurry in-game.

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Game crashes with very high lighting[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:
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg 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.

Notes

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

Broken water reflections[edit]

Reflections on water are broken by default in Windows Vista and higher. Foliage and other objects are reflected, but landmasses are missing altogether.[8][9]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 Experimental renderer. Cannot be selected via in-game options. See Enable the OpenGL renderer.
Glide 3.1 Experimental renderer. Cannot be selected via in-game options.
Shader Model support 1.1, 2, 3
64-bit executable
Needs to be downloaded separately. See Patches.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Enable the OpenGL renderer[edit]

Modify the system.cfg file[10]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open system.cfg 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]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 2.0-3.0 GHz
Intel Pentium 4 2.0-3.0 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
Nvidia GeForce 4
Nvidia GeForce FX 5950
ATI Radeon 9500-9800 XT
128 MB of VRAM
Windows ME, while it can work with Far Cry, is not supported.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/13520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References