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Crysis

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This page is for the original release. For the remaster, see Crysis Remastered.

Crysis
Crysis cover
Developers
Crytek
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
CryEngine 2
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2007
Reception
Metacritic 91
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Vehicles Automobile, Flight, Helicopter, Naval/watercraft, Tank, Transport, Truck
Art styles Realistic
Themes Asia, Sci-fi
Series Crysis
Crysis on HowLongToBeat
Crysis on IGDB
Crysis guide on StrategyWiki
Crysis on MobyGames
Crysis on Wikipedia
Crysis
Crysis 2007
Crysis Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013
Crysis Remastered 2020
Crysis 2 Remastered 2021
Crysis 3 Remastered 2021
Crysis 4 TBA

Warnings

For Games for Windows - LIVE on Windows 8 or later, install the latest Games for Windows - LIVE software.
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Crysis is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action, FPS and shooter game in the Crysis series.

Key points

Very taxing, even on modern computers, due to limited threading capabilities.[1]

General information

Crysis Website
Crysis Tweak Guide
GOG.com Community Discussions - For the Crysis series.
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM 7 DRM.
Japanese versions also include Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Origin
DRM-free after installation through Origin client (notes may include more details)
Included with EA Play.
64-bit version can be launched and played without Origin running.[citation needed]
Windows
Steam
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Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7 DRM, 50 machine limit.[2]
Only still available for purchase as part of the Maximum Edition (bundled with Crysis Warhead).
Included with EA Play (Steam).
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Windows
Steam keys no longer activate the game.[3] Use c1-launcher to work around this activation problem.[4]
Steam keys can't be activated on Origin.[5]
Steam keys will work on retail copies.[citation needed]
A faithful higher resolution desktop icon can be downloaded from the Files section.

Version differences

The Special Edition contains a soundtrack CD, a concept art mini-book, and a Bonus Features disc.
The Maximum Edition contains both Crysis and Crysis Warhead.[6]
The Steam version only includes the 32-bit files, see 64-bit binaries.

Demo

A demo is available.

Essential improvements

Patches

The latest game version for Crysis is 1.2.1 (Mirror).[7] It requires patch 1.2 (Mirror) first. The patches are for the retail version only.
Digital versions show version 1.1.1.6156, which is not a listed file version, however, it is equivalent to that of Patch 1.21.

64-bit binaries

The 64-bit binaries allow the game to run as a native 64-bit application.
If the Steam version is being used and the Steam overlay does not work, set the 64-bit executable to launch by default.
The GOG.com and Origin versions ship with the 64-bit binaries.[8]

Improved executables

c1-launcher project is an open-source replacement of the game executables. It improves over both the original 32-bit and 64-bit binaries by fixing certain issues and providing some additional features.

Launch 64-bit executable by default on Steam

Necessary if using 64-bit binaries, improved executables, or the 64-bit executable from Crysis Warhead.
Use the "<path-to-game>\Bin64\Crysis.exe" %command% command line argument.

Skip intro videos

Skip company logos[9]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Localized\Video\.
  2. Move, delete, or rename the following files:
CryTek.sfd
Trailer_Crytek.sfd
Trailer_CrytekC.sfd
Trailer_DemoLegal.sfd
Trailer_EA.sfd
Trailer_Intel.sfd
Trailer_NVidia.sfd
Trailer_PEGI.sfd
Trailer_Rating_Full.sfd
Trailer_Rating_Logo.sfd
Use the improved executables.

Ascension Performance Fix

Fixes performance problems of Ascension level that hasn't been patched by developers.

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\game.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17300/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17300/pfx/[Note 1]
Save games from the 64-bit executable are not entirely compatible with the 32-bit executable, and vice versa. Levels will load, but there may be scripting errors and other issues that make some levels unfinishable.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
OneDrive
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud

Video

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
See Widescreen resolution for setting custom or unavailable resolutions.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Letterbox overlays in cutscenes do not extend beyond the 16:9 frame. See Disable black bars in cutscenes.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60° vertical. See Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Toggle with Alt+ Enter.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use windowed mode and set game's resolution to desktop resolution.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See Anisotropic filtering (AF).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA (enabled by default with the "high" and "very high" shaders quality options) or MSAA. Enabling MSAA automatically disables FSAA. Only FSAA has an effect on foliage.[10]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High frame rate may create a collision bug that makes it impossible to enter certain vents.[11] See also Game uses incorrect refresh rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Widescreen resolution

Use +r_width XXXX +r_height YYYY e.g. +r_width 1920 +r_height 1200 command line argument.[12][13]

Field of view (FOV)

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit configuration files[citation needed]
  1. Create a System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  2. Add the lines con_restricted = 0 and cl_fov = followed by the desired FOV value.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)

Crysis disables AF by default as the engine does not support using anisotropic filtering with parallax occlusion mapping. This mod allows the engine to use AF and POM simultaneously.
Install the POM+AF mod to allow anisotropic filtering[14]
  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 the graphics card control panel.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Disable FSAA[citation needed]
  1. Create a System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  2. Add the lines con_restricted = 0 and r_UseEdgeAA = 0 to it.

Depth of field

Disable depth of field[citation needed]
  1. Create a System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  2. Add the lines con_restricted = 0 and r_depthoffield = 0 to it.

Disable black bars in cutscenes

Disable black bars in cutscenes for a better ultrawide experience[15]
  1. Create a System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  2. Add the line hud_panoramicHeight = 0 to it.

Input

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
With default bindings, some actions like going prone and dropping weapon cannot be done, and vehicle camera mode conflicts with binoculars.
Controller remapping
See Controller remapping.
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.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration

Enable mouse acceleration[citation needed]
  1. Open the console with the tilde (~) key.
  2. Enter con_restricted = 0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter i_mouse_accel = 1 to enable mouse acceleration.
  4. Enter i_mouse_accel_max = XXX with XXX being a number bigger than 0 to control the acceleration amount (the default value is 100).

Hold to aim

Modify config files[16]
  1. Open the following file in a text editor:
    • %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\Profiles\default\actionmaps.xml
  2. Find the zoom action. Replace mouse2 with a key that is not needed.
    • <action name="zoom" onPress="1" onRelease="1">
    • <key name="mouse2"/> - change mouse2 to 9 or something else that's out of the way.
  3. Navigate to the xi_zoom action. Put the mouse2 key here.
    • <action name="xi_zoom" onPress="1" onRelease="1">
    • <key name="mouse2"/>
  4. Save the changes. Make a backup first if desired.
  5. Create a file named System.cfg in <path-to-game>.
  6. Add the following lines to it:
    • con_restricted = 0
    • hud_ctrlzoommode = 1
  7. Save the file.

Toggle crouch

Modify config files[citation needed]
  1. Open the console with the tilde (~) key.
  2. Enter con_restricted = 0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter cl_crouchToggle = 1 to enable crouch toggle.

Controller remapping

Edit/Replace ActionMaps.xml[17]
  1. Download the updated controller profile.
  2. Paste and replace downloaded actionmaps.xml file into the %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\Profiles\default.
This scheme massively improves pad play, and utilizes a control scheme closer to Crysis 2 and 3.

Audio

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[18]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
See Enable 3D audio mixing.
Royalty free audio

Enable 3D audio mixing

Use DSOAL with modifications to System.cfg[19]
  1. Extract DSOAL to <path-to-game>\Bin32\ or <path-to-game>\Bin64\ according to the executable of choice and configure the INI files as desired.
  2. If using the 64-bit executable, extract the files contained within the included 64-bit.zip file to <path-to-game>\Bin64\ as well, overwriting any files.
  3. Open the System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  4. Copy and paste these commands into the file:
    con_restricted = 0
    s_HRTF_DSP = 1
    s_SoundMoodsDSP = 1
    s_reverbtype = 1
    
  5. Save the file and launch the game.

Notes

Windows 10 users additionally may have to tweak a registry setting as described in this guide for DSOAL to work.

Localizations

Korean soldiers speak Korean on the hardest difficulty (Delta), whereas they speak the same language as all other characters on all other difficulties. When the console is unrestricted, it is possible to have them speak Korean on lower difficulties by setting ai_UseAlternativeReadability to 0.[20]
To change the language in the GOG version, use the language_setup.exe tool located in <path-to-game>.[21]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
GOG version only.
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.
Russian
Spanish
Turkish
Thai

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32 GameSpy services have been discontinued. See CryMP Network for an alternative.

Connection types

Ports

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

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon
The official game-specific 3D Touch Add On is required.

Issues fixed

Hangs on startup

Run the 64-bit version of the game[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Bin64\.
  2. Launch the crysis.exe file to play the 64-bit version of the game.
If the game still doesn't work, run it in Vista SP2 compatibility mode.

Steam

The game ships without 64-bit binaries on Steam, but the Crysis Warhead files can be used on it.[22]
Use 64-bit executable from Crysis Warhead
  1. Backup the Bin32 folder inside the Crysis directory.
  2. Copy the Bin64 folder from Crysis Warhead to <path-to-game>.
  3. Rename the Bin64 folder to Bin32 or set the game to launch 64-bit executable by default on Steam.
  4. Remove Crysis.exe from the former Bin64 folder.
  5. Rename Crysis64.exe to Crysis.exe.

Notes

Also works using Steam Play/Proton on Linux.
Some users report a more unstable framerate and more frequent stuttering running the game with the 64-bit Crysis Warhead executable.

Crashes on systems with AMD CPUs

Replace CrySystem.dll with a fixed version (32-bit)[23]
  1. Download a fixed CrySystem.dll and extract it.
  2. Move it to <path-to-game>\Bin32\ and override the existing file.
Makes the game use SSE/MMX code paths instead of the deprecated 3D Now! instruction paths.
Run the 64-bit version of the game[24]
  1. Additionally, download the following file, extract the CrySystem.dll file within it to <path-to-game>\Bin64\ and override the existing one.
If the 64-bit version crashes, run it in Vista SP2 compatibility mode.

Crash on Fullscreen Toggle

Run the game in DirectX 9[citation needed]
If the "This program has stopped responding" error message appears after changing between fullscreen and windowed, running the game in DirectX 9 mode may solve the issue.

Error 5024

Exit Process Explorer[citation needed]
If the game refuses to launch and ends up with security error 5024, try closing Process Explorer in case it is being used.

No objective after destroying tanks in Recovery

Restart mission or run to end[citation needed]
In the mission "Recovery", there's a rather common bug where there will be no mission objectives after destroying the two tanks and Psycho and the hostage just hang out in the school building. If that happens, restarting the mission may solve it. Alternatively, manually proceeding to the end of the area and finishing the level can also be done.
To do so, run to the south east of the village. There should be a waterfall. Use the strength augumentation to scale it and follow the river on top (also seen on the map) to the very end. It will be a rather long walk and there should be other waterfalls that have to be jumped up, also there will be several big groups of enemies on the way, so be careful. By following the river yet another waterfall will finally come, which has a large cave to the right of it and should be unmissable. Going into that cave triggers the end of the level.

The way to walk is illustrated here, courtesy of Affenzahn375 from here.

Game uses incorrect refresh rate

The game may set the monitor's refresh rate to its lowest supported refresh rate when in fullscreen mode, resulting in a lowered frame rate when Vsync is on, and screen tearing or stuttering even if the frame rate is high.
Run the game in DirectX 9[25]
Run the game in windowed or borderless fullscreen mode, in which case the game will use the desktop refresh rate.[26]
Use the improved executables.[citation needed]

Crash to desktop when using MSI Afterburner's On Screen Display

Config file edit[27]
  1. Open the MSI On-Screen Display Server program (RivaTuner Statistics Server).
  2. Click the plus sign (or newly "add" button), navigate to <path-to-game> and add Crysis.exe.
  3. Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles.
  4. Edit the Crysis.exe.cfg file.
  5. Change EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=0 to EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=1.
  6. Change HookDirectDraw=0 to HookDirectDraw=1.

Crashes when saving, loading, or starting a level

Lower the graphics settings or resolution.[citation needed]

Low performance (Linux)

Steam Play/Proton

By default, Proton will use ESync to synchronize game threads. This does not work well with Crysis.
Disable ESync[28]

Add as a Launch option PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 %command%.

Lutris/Wine

By default, Lutris Wine builds will use ESync to synchronize game threads. This does not work well with Crysis.
Disable ESync[29]
  1. Open up the game configuration dialog.
  2. Navigate to Runner Options.
  3. Turn Enable Esync to off.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 10 DX10 by default. Use the -dx9 command line argument to change the API.
Shader Model support 3, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Native 64-bit for GOG.com version. See 64-bit binaries.

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD FMOD EX 3[30]
Cutscenes Criware
Multiplayer GameSpy
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Console commands

The console can be opened with the tilde (~) key, 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.
This won't work on many non-English keyboard layouts.
Instead of re-entering console commands every time the game starts, a System.cfg file can be created in <path-to-game> 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, cl_fov = 80 has to be used rather than "cl_fov 80" like in the console.

Persistent corpses

By default, dead enemy bodies disappear after a short amount of time.
Increase corpse persistence time[31]
  1. Enable all console commands by adding con_restricted = 0 command to the System.cfg file in <path-to-game>.
  2. Set higher g_ragdollmintime = value, such as g_ragdollmintime = 10000.

Weapon carry limit

By default, it is possible to carry two guns in the assault category.
Disable the limitation[32]
  1. Start the game in developer mode by adding -devmode command line argument.
  2. Enable all console commands by adding con_restricted = 0 command to the System.cfg file in <path-to-game>.
  3. Add line i_noweaponlimit = 1.

Run in DirectX 9

Running in DirectX 9 resolves issues with letterboxing or windowboxing if game is run in smaller than native resolution.
Performance may vary. Older cards, especially AMD, run significantly faster but newer cards (both AMD and Nvidia) might run slightly slower in DirectX 9.
Use the -dx9 command line argument[citation needed]

Mods

Enhanced Edition

This mod aims to improve the game's visuals while maintaining the style of the original.

HD Textures 2018

This mod aims to improve the game's textures while staying as true to the original as possible, by using higher quality assets from newer version of CryEngine and Crysis 3: The Lost Island.

Maximum Immersion

This mod aims to get the best out of the graphics of original game while making it as natural as possible.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz (XP)
3.2 GHz (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
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. Updating the video and sound card drivers may be required.

Notes

  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>/17300/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (17300) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. YouTube - DigitalFoundry - Crysis 10 Years On: Why It's Still Melting The Most Powerful Gaming PCs - last accessed on 2020-02-03
    "So while threading was added in development, and you can see three cores, or almost four, doing something during the game, most of the game logic and especially AI is all on one thread."
  2. Steam - Crysis - last accessed on 2018-02-17
    "Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: SecuROM™
    50 machine activation limit
    "
  3. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-23
    When starting the game, it asks for an activation key that is already pre-entered by the game (one that is used by Steam.) When trying to activate it (pressing 'Done) it keeps asking the user to re-enter the key whatever you do. Even adding "-" between every 4 characters doesn't fix this. This results in the game refusing to start.
  4. CD key not working - Steam Discussion forum - last accessed on 2022-11-23
  5. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-23
    When entering Steam key on Origin, it will first recognize that it belongs to Crysis, then will let you choose a language version. But regardless of language version that is chosen, when pressing Next, it will result in an error that the key is invalid.
  6. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-23
    Base game, Wars and Warhead were all added to my account when I bought the Maximum Edition on Steam.
  7. http://planetcrysis.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=151458
  8. https://www.gog.com/forum/crysis_series/differences_from_steamorigin_versions/post8
  9. Crysis intro videos; just let me play! · powdahound
  10. https://tweakguides.pcgamingwiki.com/Crysis_6.html
  11. Verified by User:Joylock on 2018-08-04
  12. TweakGuides.com - Crysis Tweak Guide - [Page 8 Advanced Tweaking] - last accessed on 2019-11-12
    "It is possible to implement any console command, as well as a range of custom commands, via the command line."
  13. TweakGuides.com - Crysis Tweak Guide - [Page 10 Advanced Tweaking (Pt.3)] - last accessed on 2019-11-12
    "r_Height [value] - This command controls the screen resolution height in pixels, and when combined with the r_width command, can be used to set a custom resolution."
  14. CRYENGINE - Quality Mod (V1.31) - last accessed on November 15, 2016
  15. crysis-wide-screen-cutscene-fix - last accessed on November 2022
  16. Turn off aim toggle? :: Crysis General Discussions
  17. Crysis 360 Controller Configuration :: Steam
  18. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  19. How to get 🎧 IMMERSIVE BINAURAL AUDIO 🎧 in Crysis with DSOAL! [HRTF mod] - YouTube
  20. Crysis, how to get Koreans to speak Korean in any difficulty. | [H]ard|Forum
  21. https://www.gog.com/forum/crysis_series/how_can_i_change_the_language_setup_of_crysis_i
  22. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1451035703
  23. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-09-24)
  24. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-09-24)
  25. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-12-04
  26. Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2020-01-13
    Tested with demo
  27. Can't get my afterburner OSD to work in crysis (Solved)
  28. ProtonDB Reports - last accessed on 2022-01-10
  29. https://www.protondb.com/app/17300
  30. Crysis audio supports a wide variety of platforms/sound cards / inCrysis Forums
  31. https://www.cryengine.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=16223
  32. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=113193939