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

Crysis cover
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 2
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2007
Metacritic 91
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
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 2007
Crysis Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013
Crysis Remastered 2020
Crysis 2 Remastered 2021
Crysis 3 Remastered 2021
Crysis 4 TBA


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.

The game is very taxing, even on modern computers, due to its limited threading capabilities.[1]

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Versions 1.2 and 1.2.1 have SecuROM 7.36.0007 DRM; all other versions use SecuROM 7.34.0014 DRM.
Japanese versions also include Games for Windows - LIVE DRM.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
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]
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Only still available for purchase as part of the Maximum Edition (bundled with Crysis Warhead).
Included with EA Play (Steam).
The January 3, 2023 update for the Steam version removed its previously broken SecuROM 7 DRM and added the previously missing 64-bit binaries.[2][3]
Steam keys can't be activated on Origin.[4]
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.[5]


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.


A demo is available.

Essential improvements


The latest game version for Crysis is 1.2.1 (Mirror).[6] It requires patch 1.2 (Mirror) first. The patches are for the retail version only.
Digital versions display version at the main menu, which is not a listed file version, however, it is equivalent to that of patch 1.21.

Skip intro videos

Skip company logos[7]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Localized\Video.
  2. Move, delete, or rename the following files:
Use the improved executables
Skips the intro videos by default.

Game opens with black screen, then crashes to desktop

On some modern systems, the 64-bit version of the game suffers from a bug where it will shortly launch to a black screen and then crashes back to the desktop.[8]
Apply Windows 8 compatibility mode to <path-to-game>/Bin64/Crysis64.exe[9]
Use the improved executables
Doesn't require enabling compatibility mode to avoid crashes on startup.

Launch 64-bit executable by default

The 32-bit version will launch by default on all storefronts.
Steam: select the second launch option[10]
This option was added in the January 3, 2023 update of the Steam version.[11]
  1. Launch Crysis through Steam.
  2. The Select launch option (2) Steam window launches, choose the second blank option.[12]
  3. Check the Always use this option checkbox and press "Play". From now on the 64-bit version will launch by default.
Steam: use the "<path-to-game>\Bin64\Crysis.exe" %command% command line argument[13]
Origin: replace folders[14]
  1. Delete or rename <path-to-game>/Bin32.
  2. Rename <path-to-game>/Bin64 to Bin32.

Steam version: game launches without the main menu UI showing up

By default, when you try to run a non-English version of the game in Steam, you will not see the main menu UI and only the animating background. This is due to a missing Default.lng. This issue was introduced seemingly through the January 3, 2023 update to the Steam version.
Rename language file of desired language to Default.lng[15]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Localized.
  2. Find the <Language>.lng file and rename it to Default.lng (for example English.lng to Default.lng).

Improve Crysis Ascension level performance

Install Ascension Performance fix[citation needed]
Improves performance on the notoriously performance-heavy Ascension level by reducing the density of some particle effects, while attempting to keep the resulting visual difference to a minimum.[16]
  1. Download Ascension Performance Fix.
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>/Game

Game data

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

Configuration file(s) location

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

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\SaveGames
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-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
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


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.
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).
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.[17]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High frame rate may create a collision bug that makes it impossible to enter certain vents.[18] 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.[19][20]

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 = XX, with XX being 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[21]
  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[22]
  1. Create a System.cfg file in <path-to-game> with a text editor.
  2. Add the line con_restricted = 0 and hud_panoramicHeight = 0 to it.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Disabled by default. See Mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
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
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
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 set the acceleration amount (the default value is 100).

Hold to aim

Modify config files[23]
  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[24]
  1. Download the updated controller profile.
  2. Paste and replace downloaded actionmaps.xml file into %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\Profiles\default.
This improves gamepad controls by utilizing a control scheme closer to Crysis 2 and 3.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output.[25]
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[26]
  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 file to <path-to-game>\Bin64 as well, overwriting any files.
  3. Open System.cfg 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.


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


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.[27]
To change the language in the GOG version, use the language_setup.exe tool located in <path-to-game>.[28]
Language files (.pak) of unrequired languages can be deleted in <path-to-game>\Game\localized to save disk space.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail and GOG version only.
Traditional Chinese
Retail only.
Retail only.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Tribo Gamer Central de Traduções


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types


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

Issues fixed

Crashes on systems with AMD CPUs

Replace CrySystem.dll with a fixed version[29]
Forces the game to use SSE/MMX code paths instead of the deprecated 3D Now! instruction paths.[citation needed]
  1. Download the fixed CrySystem.dll (32-bit version) and CrySystem.dll (64-bit version).
  2. Extract the archives into <path-to-game>\Bin32 (32-bit version) and <path-to-game>\Bin64 (64-bit version) and override the existing file.

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.
The most reliable and stable solution is to create a custom resolution a bit smaller than your default in your graphics card control panel. This guide contains detailed instructions ("24 Hz lock" section).[30]
Run the game in DirectX 9[31]
Run the game in windowed or borderless fullscreen mode, in which case the game will use the desktop refresh rate.[32]
Use the improved executables.[citation needed]

Crashes when saving, loading, or starting a level

Lower the graphics settings or resolution.[citation needed]

Low performance (Linux)

By default, Proton and Lutris/Wine will use ESync to synchronize game threads. This does not work well with Crysis.
Steam Play/Proton: disable ESync[33]

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

Lutris/Wine: disable ESync[33]
  1. Open up the game configuration dialog.
  2. Navigate to Runner Options.
  3. Turn Enable Esync to off.

Other information


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


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD FMOD EX 3[34]
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.

Improved executables

c1-launcher project is an open-source replacement of the 32-bit and 64-bit game executables. Fixes several startup issues, including a crash of 32-bit Crysis on AMD CPU systems, while fixing several other bugs and adding several features.
Install c1-launcher executables[35]
Supports all versions of the game.
  1. Download Download c1-launcher.
  2. Extract the archive into <path-to-game>, overwrite files when prompted to.

Persistent corpses

By default, dead enemy bodies disappear after a short amount of time.
Increase corpse persistence time[36]
  1. Enable all console commands by adding con_restricted = 0 command to System.cfg in <path-to-game>.
  2. Set a high 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[37]
  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 System.cfg 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]


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

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  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. Depot » Crysis content - Displaying change M:3196227748258693724 - SteamDB - last accessed on 2023-02-13
  3. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    Game launches now without Steam running or having to enter any activation key, both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries work fully. The publisher of the new executables mentions GOG, strongly suggesting the Steam version got its files replaced with the GOG version of the game.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Crysis intro videos; just let me play! · powdahound - last accessed on 9 June 2023
  8. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    Tested on Windows 10 with Nvidia GPU and Intel CPU; 32-bit version launches fine out-of-the-box, but 64-bit version has this crash to desktop issue that can thus be fixed with Windows 8 compatibility mode.
  9. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    Applying this compatibility mode on the Crysis64.exe executable is the only thing that fixes this, applying it to the 64-bit Crysis.exe does nothing to fix this issue. Btw, Windows 7 and Vista Service Pack 2 compatibility modes also work, but think it is better to advice the newest one.
  10. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
  11. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    After the January 3, 2023 update, the Select launch option (2) window will launch after pressing "play" in Steam.
  12. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    Checked, second option in this launch window is weirdly blank, but confirmed that this launches the 64-bit version. EA probably forgot to update the language strings for it on Steam.
  13. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13
    After applying this, whatever launch option is chosen after pressing "play" in Steam, the 64-bit executable will be launched.
  14. Steam guide - Fix for launching Crysis on Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit) - last accessed on January 17, 2023
  15. Steam guide - Fix for launching Crysis on Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit) - last accessed on January 17, 2023
  16. Crysis Ascention Performance Fix Patch Framerate Comparison - kigamitya comment January, 2023 - YouTube - last accessed on 2023-02-13
  17. - last accessed on May 2023
  18. Verified by User:Joylock on 2018-08-04
  19. - 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."
  20. - 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."
  21. Quality Mod (V1.31) - CryDev - last accessed on November 15, 2016
  22. crysis-wide-screen-cutscene-fix - last accessed on November 2022
  23. Turn off aim toggle? :: Crysis General Discussions - last accessed on May 2023
  24. Crysis 360 Controller Configuration :: Steam - last accessed on May 2023
  25. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up - last accessed on May 2023
  26. How to get 🎧 IMMERSIVE BINAURAL AUDIO 🎧 in Crysis with DSOAL! [HRTF mod] - YouTube
  27. Crysis, how to get Koreans to speak Korean in any difficulty. | [H]ard|Forum
  28. - last accessed on May 2023
  29. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-09-24)
  30. Steam guide - Fix for launching Crysis on Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit) - last accessed on January 17, 2023
  31. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-12-04
  32. Verified by User:SirYodaJedi on 2020-01-13
    Tested with demo
  33. 33.0 33.1 ProtonDB Reports - last accessed on 2022-01-10
  34. Crysis audio supports a wide variety of platforms/sound cards / inCrysis Forums - last accessed on May 2023
  35. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2023-02-13