Far Cry

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Far Cry
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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

Key points

64-bit version available for separate download. See Essential improvements.
Reflections on water are broken by default in Windows Vista and higher. See Broken water reflections.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Not in every region[citation needed]
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not available in Germany
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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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 <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.[3]


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.


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.


After applying the 64-bit Enhanced Content Patch, the mountain rock textures appear extremely blurry in-game.
Steam Instructions[citation needed]
The Steam version needs some additional steps for these patches to work.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. Rename Bin32 to something else.
  3. Rename Bin64 to Bin32


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>.


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
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.


Changing the resolution using console[6]
  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[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit system.cfg with a text editor.
  3. Set r_Width = and r_Height = to the desired resolution.


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[6]
  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 any servers while in developer mode.
Zooming in with your weapon resets the custom FOV.
Permanently changing the FOV by editing files[6]
  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 NoZoom = 90 * 3.1415962 / 180.
  7. Change 90 to the desired FOV value.
  8. Save your changes to ZoomView.lua.
    • If you can't save ZoomView.lua after editing, right click, go to properties and make sure, it's not set to Read Only.
  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.


You need to zoom in once with your weapon at the start of each level for FOV changes to take effect.
This FOV hack will work fine for LAN games.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Force borderless fullscreen[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set the Path to <path-to-game>\Bin32\FarCry.exe.
  4. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  5. Click on DirectX tab, set DirectX 9.
  6. Click OK, then File and Save.

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
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.[7] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3[8][9]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in the retail version. See here for the Steam version translation.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.


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
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D

Issues fixed[edit]

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.


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.[10][11]

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.
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 Notes
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer PunkBuster

Enable the OpenGL renderer[edit]

Modify the system.cfg file[12]
  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 ME, while it can work with Far Cry, is not supported.
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


  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]