Crysis

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Crysis
Crysis cover
Developers
Crytek
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
CryEngine 2
Release dates
Windows November 13, 2007
Crysis guide on StrategyWiki
Crysis on Wikipedia

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
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

Key points

Includes modding tools
The official server browser has been shut down;[1] see Online play for an alternative.

General information

Crysis Website
Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
Crysis Tweak Guide
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

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
Amazon.com
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Maximum Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Origin
DRM-free after installation through Origin client (see notes)
Included with Origin Access Basic. 64-bit version can be launched and played without Origin running.
Windows
Steam
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Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
SecuROM 7 DRM, 50 machine limit.[2]
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Windows
Steam keys may not work on Origin.
A demo is available.
A faithful higher resolution desktop icon can be downloaded from the Files section.

Version differences[edit]

The Maximum Edition contains both Crysis and Crysis Warhead.
The Steam version only includes the 32 bit files, see 64-bit binaries.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Latest version is 1.2.1.[3] Requires patch 1.2 first. Patch is only for the retail version
Error "1642" is given when attempting to run the patch (Origin Version). Game also reports as being File version 1.1.1.6156, which is not a listed file version, however, File version 1.1.1.6156 is equivalent to that of Patch 1.21.

64-bit binaries[edit]

The 64-bit binaries allow the game to be run as a native 64-bit application, providing various benefits and enhancements.
The GOG.com version ships with the 64-bit binaries.[4]
If the Steam version is being used and the Steam overlay does not work, follow this guide.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip company logos[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Game\Localized\Video\
  2. Rename, move or delete these 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

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/17300/pfx/[Note 1]
Save games from the 64 bit .exe are not 100% compatible with the 32 bit .exe, and vice versa. Levels will load, but there may be scripting errors and other issues that make some levels unfinishable.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

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
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)
Edge AA (enabled by default at High+ Shaders) or MSAA. (enabling one automatically disables the other) Requires Shaders Quality to be at High or Very High. Only edge AA has an effect on foliage.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap.[7] See Run the game at screen refresh rate. High FPS may create a collision bug that makes it impossible to enter certain vents.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use +r_width xxxx +r_height yyyy e.g. +r_width 1920 +r_height 1200 parameter.[8][9]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Edit configuration files[citation needed]
  1. Create System.cfg file in the installation folder with a text editor.
  2. Add lines con_restricted=0 (if not existing) and cl_fov= followed by a desired FOV value.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Crysis by default disables AF because the engine as-is does not support using AF with parallax occlusion mapping (POM). This mod allows the engine to use AF and POM at the same time.
Install the POM+AF mod to allow anisotropic filtering[10]
  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 your graphics card control panel.

Depth of field[edit]

Disable depth of field[citation needed]
  1. Create System.cfg file in the installation folder with a text editor.
  2. Add lines con_restricted=0 (if not existing) and r_depthoffield=0.

Input settings[edit]

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.
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Mouse acceleration[edit]

Mouse acceleration[citation needed]
  1. Open the console (~).
  2. Enter con_restricted=0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter i_mouse_accel X where X is 1 or 0. Default 0 disables acceleration.
To control the acceleration amount, enter i_mouse_accel_max XX where XX is a bigger number than 0.

Toggle crouch[edit]

Toggle crouch[citation needed]
  1. Open the console (~).
  2. Enter con_restricted=0 to enable all console commands.
  3. Enter cl_crouchToggle x where X is 1 to enable crouch toggle or 0 to disable it again.

Controller remapping[edit]

Edit ActionMaps.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\Profiles\default\
  2. Open ActionMaps.xml with a text editor.
  3. Change bindings to match your preferences. This may be difficult as it is very hard to figure out what represents what.
  4. Save your changes.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[11]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
GOG version only
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Turkish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
32
Online play
32 Use Crysis Multiplayer Patch to replace the discontinued GameSpy services.

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[edit]

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[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.
If you are experiencing crashes while changing graphical or controller options, try disabling your Anti-Virus software, if you have AVG or Norton 360, this is most likely the cause of the crashing. In AVG you can add an exception by going to Advanced Options > Add Exception then navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Crysis\ and add the exception this will fix the problem without having to disable your anti-virus.

Hangs on startup[edit]

If you still can't get the game working, run it in Vista SP2 compatibility mode.

Game crashes on machines with AMD CPUs[edit]

Replace CrySystem.dll with fixed one (32-bit)[12]
  1. Download a fixed CrySystem.dll and extract it.
  2. Move it to <path-to-game>\Bin32\ and override existing one.
  1. If 64bit version also crashes, try downloading following fix and extracting it.
  2. Move extracted CrySystem.dll to <path-to-game>\Bin64\ and override existing one.

Crash on Fullscreen Toggle[edit]

Run in DirectX 9[citation needed]

If you get an error saying 'This program has stopped responding' after changing between fullscreen and windowed, force DX9 mode to solve the issue.

Crash when using MSI Afterburner's On Screen Display[edit]

Config file edit[14]
  1. Open the MSI On-Screen Display Server program (RivaTuner Statistics Server).
  2. Click the plus sign (or newly "add" button) and navigate to where you installed Crysis and add Crysis.exe
  3. Once you have that added go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles
  4. Edit Crysis.exe.cfg
  5. Change EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=0 to EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=1
  6. Change HookDirectDraw=0 to HookDirectDraw=1

Error 5024[edit]

Exit Process Explorer

Game will not launch at all and ends up with security error 5024. You are probably running Process Explorer so turn it off and game will launch OK.

No objective after destroying tanks in Recovery[edit]

Restart mission or run to end[citation needed]

In the mission "Recovery", there's a rather common bug where you'll get no objectives after destroying the two tanks and Psycho and the hostage just hang out in the school building. If that happens, you can restart the mission. If that doesn't fix it or if you rather don't, you can manually proceed to the end of the area and finish the level, it isn't too long anymore and you should not miss out on vital bits.

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 you'll come across other waterfalls that you have to jump up, also there will be several big groups of enemies on the way, so be careful. Just always follow the river and you will finally come to yet another waterfall, which has a large cave to the right of it (you can't miss it). Going into that cave triggers the end of the level and you'll proceed to the next mission where everything will work as usual.

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

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

Crysis may set your monitor's refresh rate to its lowest supported refresh rate, resulting in a lowered FPS when Vsync is on, and heavy screen stuttering even if FPS is high.
Create an arbitrary custom resolution in Nvidia Control Panel (i.e. 1921 x 1080) and set the game at that resolution.
Run the game in borderless fullscreen mode, in which case the game will use your desktop refresh rate.

Game is shifted to the right on the screen/runs in 59Hz mode/wrong refresh rate[edit]

Change refresh rate - automate with QRes[citation needed]

You can change your refresh rate manually each time you open and close the game.

OR

You can automate this with QRes:

  • Download QRes from Softpedia or Software.Informer
  • Extract QRes.exe into the Crysis Bin64 or Bin32 folder depending on whether you're using the 64-bit or 32-bit executable
  • Open Notepad
  • Copy and paste:
@echo off
qres.exe /r:59
timeout /t 10 > NUL 
start crysis.exe
timeout /t 60 > NUL 
:_loop
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq crysis64.exe" | findstr = > NUL || goto _cleanup
timeout /t 5 > NUL 
goto _loop
:_cleanup
qres.exe /r:60
  • Go to File and then Save As...
  • Name it Crysis.bat, and then change Save as type from .txt to All Files
  • Save into the same Bin64 or Bin32 folder
  • Right-click Crysis.bat and click Create shortcut
  • Move this shortcut to wherever is easiest, say the desktop, replacing the original shortcut
  • Right-click the shortcut, click Properties, click Change icon, click Browse, navigate to the same Bin64 or Bin32 folder, select Crysis.exe, and click OK twice
  • When you run this using the new shortcut, your screen will flash off and on again, shifted to one side. Press the Auto button or equivalent on your monitor to realign the screen before the game starts
  • When you exit the game, wait a few seconds, the screen will flash again, the command window will close, and you can press the Auto again

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10 DX10 by default. Use -dx9 parameter to change to DirectX 9, or -dx10 to force Directx 10 mode.
Shader Model support 3, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
Native 64-bit for GOG.com version. See 64-bit binaries.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD FMOD EX 3[16]
Multiplayer GameSpy
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Console commands[edit]

The console can be opened with ~, 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.

Instead of re-entering console commands every time the game starts, the file <path-to-game>\system.cfg can be created 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 you would use cl_fov=80 rather than "cl_fov 80" like in the console.

Weapon carry limit[edit]

By default you can carry two guns in the assault category.
Disable the limitation[17]
  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 file in the installation folder (create if the file doesn't exist).
  3. Add line i_noweaponlimit=1.

Disappearing bodies[edit]

By default dead enemies disappear after a short delay.
Increase the delay[18]
  1. Enable all console commands by adding con_restricted 0 command to System.cfg file in the installation folder (create if the file doesn't exist).
  2. Set higher g_ragdollmintime= value, such as g_ragdollmintime=10000.

Run in DirectX 9[edit]

Running in DirectX 9 resolves issues with letterboxing or windowboxing if game is run in smaller than native resolution.
Performance varies; older cards, especially AMD, run significantly faster but newer cards (both AMD and Nvidia) run slightly slower in DirectX 9.
Use -dx9 parameter[citation needed]

System requirements[edit]

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. Updates to your 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. Crysis - Official Community • View topic - Crysis and Crysis 2 PC Multiplayer Modes Set to Shut Down
  2. Steam - Crysis - last accessed on 2018-02-17
    "Incorporates 3rd-party DRM: SecuROM™
    50 machine activation limit
    "
  3. http://planetcrysis.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=151458
  4. https://www.gog.com/forum/crysis_series/differences_from_steamorigin_versions/post8
  5. Crysis intro videos; just let me play! · powdahound
  6. https://tweakguides.pcgamingwiki.com/Crysis_6.html
  7. New 120Hz Games Report
  8. TweakGuides.com - Crysis Tweak Guide - [Page 8 Advanced Tweaking] - last accessed on 2019-11-12
    "You can implement any console command, as well as a range of custom commands, via the command line."
  9. TweakGuides.com - Crysis Tweak Guide - [Page 10 Advanced Tweaking (Pt.3)] - last accessed on 2019-11-12
    "r_Height [value] - This command controls the height of your screen resolution in pixels, and when combined with the r_width command, can be used to set a custom resolution if you wish."
  10. CRYENGINE - Quality Mod (V1.31) - last accessed on November 15, 2016
  11. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  12. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-09-24)
  13. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2019-09-24)
  14. Can't get my afterburner OSD to work in crysis (Solved)
  15. Verified by User:Keith on 2017-12-04
  16. Crysis audio supports a wide variety of platforms/sound cards / inCrysis Forums
  17. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=113193939
  18. https://www.cryengine.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=16223