Cry of Fear

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Cry of Fear
Cry of Fear cover
Team Psykskallar
Release dates
Windows April 23, 2013
Monetization Freeware
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror, FPS
Art styles Realistic
Themes Europe, Horror
Cry of Fear on Wikipedia

Key points

Available for free
Highly CPU dependent, recommended to run on a two threads per core CPU, e.g. any Intel Core G4000 / i3 / i7 or any AMD Ryzen series CPU.

General information

Official site
Official Mod DB page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Available as a standalone on Steam, or as a mod to Half-Life.
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

In-game advanced settings.
In-game advanced settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/223710/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SAVE[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/223710/pfx/[Note 2]
scriptsettings.dat stores the unlocked items[1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Listed falsely as a feature


Launcher options menu.
Launcher options menu.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Attempting to change resolution above 1920x1080 in settings crashes the game.
Field of view (FOV)
Open the console with ~ and type in cl_fovmultiplier XX where XX is the desired value, e.g. 1.2 or 1.3 (default is 1).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The Windowed Borderless Gaming app will let this game run full screen windowed. If there is a red bar at the top or side, you can fix this by adjusting the X and Y in the game config option.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Recommended to force Triple-buffered or Adaptive in control panel.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Open the console and type fps_max XX where XX is the desired value, e.g. 120 or 1000 (default is 100).


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Lost with Half-Life Linux update.[2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 2.0[3] and EAX were supported.
Both have been removed during the transition to SteamPipe[4]


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial translation by Qwertyus, Psycho-A and Amilman.


For more information, see the "Half-Life Dedicated Server" section of our GoldSrc article.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27015, 27020
UDP 27015, 27020
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game zoomed in at 1920x1080[edit]

When playing at 1920x1080, the game may become zoomed in.
Play at resolutions lower than 1920x1080 such as 1600x900, to avoid the effect
Enable Override high DPI scaling behaviour
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Right click on cof.exe or CoFLaunchApp.exe (the fix works on both exes) and choose Properties
  3. Go to the compatibility tab, and click on 'Change high DPI settings'.
  4. Tick the box, which says 'Override high DPI scaling behaviour', and in the dropdown menu, choose Application. Click Apply and Ok.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Lost with Linux update.[5]
OpenGL 2.1
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
[citation needed]
[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0m
Cutscenes Microsoft Video 1 (CRAM)
Multiplayer Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
Other Microsoft .NET Framework 4


  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  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>/223710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (223710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.