Crysis 2

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Crysis 2
Crysis 2 cover
Multiplayer Crytek UK
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows March 22, 2011
Crysis 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Crysis 2 on MobyGames
Crysis 2 on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Crysis 2007
Crysis: Warhead 2008
Crysis 2 2011
Crysis 3 2013

Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Great for benchmarking graphics cards.
GameSpy services were shut down on May 31, 2014.[1]

General information

Crysis Website
MyCrysis Forums
Crysis Wiki - A wiki for everything Crysis related
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
Can only be used x times
TAGES Solidshield DRM.
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Maximum Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Maximum Edition, Region locked in Latin America.
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Maximum Edition. Included with Origin Access Basic.
Has Solidshield DRM removed.
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Maximum Edition
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The original edition of Crysis 2 on Steam carries TAGES Solidshield DRM with a 5 machine limit, while the Maximum Edition contains SteamStub DRM in addition to SolidShield, although the SolidShield wrapping seems inert.[citation needed]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Edit system.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg with Notepad.
  3. Write g_skipIntro = 1 at the end of the file.

Skip log in screen[edit]

Edit game.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\
  2. Open game.cfg with Notepad (or create if it doesn't exist).
  3. Add g_enableInitialLoginScreen = 0 to the file.

How to change the in-game language[edit]

Crysis 2 auto-detects your Operating System's language and uses it without asking.
If you want to play Crysis in English instead of your own locale[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg.
  3. Change the last line to: g_language = English


Patch 1.9 prepares Crysis 2 for DX11 features and high-resolution textures. Each need to be downloaded and installed separately from the 1.9 patch. They are both included in the Maximum Edition.

Patch 1.9 can be downloaded from here.

DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade[edit]

The DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade can be downloaded here.
Included in Maximum Edition.

With this package the following DX11 exclusive features will be activated:

  • Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • Realistic Shadows with Variable Penumbra
  • High Quality HDR Motion Blur
  • Sprite Based Bokeh Depth of Field
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping
  • Particles Motion Blur, Shadows and Art Updates
  • Water Rendering improvements and using Tessellation + Displacement Mapping
  • DX11 compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory
  • 545 MB HD space

High-Resolution Textures[edit]

The High-Res Texture Pack can be downloaded here.
Included in Maximum Edition.

The High-Resolution Texture Pack doubles the fidelity of many of the game's art assets.

  • 64-bit operating system
  • DirectX 9-compatible graphics card with 768 MB Video Memory

NTCore 4GB Patch[edit]

Crysis 2 is very memory intensive. This app improves performance for Crysis 2 on 64-bit Windows systems with more than 2GB RAM by allowing it to access up to 4GB RAM.


BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD Textures[edit]

For those who truly want to push Crysis 2's graphical fidelity to its limits, BlackFire's Mod 2 and MaLDo HD serves their needs. A step by step list of instructions is available in mod file's description on ModDB.

Most of the download links for MaLDo HD mod on the original blog page are dead, the files can be found elsewhere though, e.g. over at ModDB.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/108800/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\SaveGames\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/108800/pfx/[Note 1]
Every automatic checkpoint save made in the game is saved as a permanent save file. There is no way to delete these files in-game, nor are they ever overwritten on subsequent playthroughs. These files can add up to several hundred megabytes worth of permanent save files if playing through the single-player campaign more than once.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
[citation needed]
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.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

This game uses vertical FOV. See FOV Calculator for help.
Change FOV[citation needed]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add cl_FOV = 55, which controls the main game world FOV.
  3. Add r_DrawNearFOV = 55, which controls the viewmodel FOV.
  4. Add pl_movement.power_sprint_targetFOV = 55, which controls the FOV used only when you sprint.
  5. Change the default values of 55 to the desired FOV.


Not a permanent solution. The viewmodel FOV resets to its default value randomly after a few minutes or during certain actions such as dying, and there's some chance the camera/sprint FOV might reset at certain points as well.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game general gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for the player.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.
In-game gamepad layout settings for vehicles.

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[2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
16 Online server browser stopped working on May 31, 2014.[1]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 2891, 2990, 6667, 29900, 64100
UDP 27900-27901, 64100
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Crysis 2 for better 3D support.
Officialy supported game. See vorpx game list Note: Game is on the official list but not yet confirmed to be 3D.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

Statistic screen[edit]

The statistic-screen in the menu displays that 13 weapon-attachments are findable in single-player but in fact there are only 12. Therefore, it is not possible to achieve "100%".

Issues fixed[edit]

High sensitivity when using Assault Scope[edit]

When aiming down sights with Assault Scope mounted on any weapon, the sensitivity will be a lot higher than the one set in the game settings[3]

Use this mod

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[edit]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia video card[citation needed]

When playing Crysis 2 on a fast Nvidia card (GTX 560 Ti and possibly on faster cards as well), there can be an extreme and unexpected lag regardless of single player or multiplayer campaign. This is very noticeable while navigating the menu, something that should be instantaneous and direct. If you experience this lag, try switching to windowed mode (Alt+ Enter). If this lag now disappears and gameplay is suddenly fast again, the solution is this:

  1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel program
  2. Go to Display > Adjust desktop size and position
  3. If necessary, for step 1, select your main display
  4. At step 2, view the Scaling tab
  5. Select No scaling
  6. Select Perform scaling on: Display

Make sure your display is capable of scaling the game resolution to its native resolution, if you like to game at weird resolutions. GPU scaling is very useful but under Crysis 2, it introduces an extreme form of lag. Now, play Crysis 2 and see if you notice the difference.

(ALTERNATE SOLUTION) This game does not appear to like the Xbox One Controller and will cause severe lag on launch. If you happen to have one plugged in, disconnect it.[citation needed]

Crash to Desktop at Startup[edit]

Crash to Desktop at Startup[citation needed]

the game will freeze up and crash to the desktop without any errors

  • Disable 'Lucid Vitru MVP Pro 2.0'
  • This fix probably works with previous versions of Lucid's software.

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game may set your monitor's refresh rate to 24 Hz; this results in stuttering and poor performance even if internal GPU render shows a high FPS.[4]
Create custom resolution with desired refresh rate

Create a custom resolution in your driver control panel. Just make it one line smaller than your desktop resolution - for example 1600x1599, or 1280x1023, or 1280x959, or 1024x767. You get the picture. The point is that you create only one version of this resolution - with your desired refresh rate. To the monitor this will just look like a black line that happens to be at the botttom of the normal picture.

Then start Crysis 2 and set it to use this resolution. As there is only one version of it, with your desired refresh rate, Windows (and Crysis) has no other choice but to use that one.

Run in DirectX 9[5]
Reset monitor refresh rate away from 24hz[citation needed]
  1. If your monitor has a manual frame rate select button, toggle it to reach your desired refresh rate.
  2. Otherwise, set the game to window mode, then set it back to fullscreen mode.
External TV locked at 24hz[citation needed]

If you use an external TV as a monitor to player Crysis 2 you may encounter a bug where the game always uses a 24Hz mode on the TV, resulting in a laggy frame rate. Sadly there is no official fix for this issue.

One temporary solution for this issue is to use ForceFix. Originally used for Metal Gear Rising, which as of now is also experiencing the same issue, also works for Crysis 2 as well.

Another way to play the game in fullscreen is to force borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

Alternatively you can create a custom resolution with a few less horizontal pixels which should force the display into 60Hz mode. For example, if you are running at 1920x1080 using an Nvidia card:

  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel
  2. Go to Display > Change Resolution
  3. Click Customize
  4. Click Create Custom Resolution
  5. Change Horizontal pixels to 1916
  6. Leave Vertical lines at 1080
  7. Click Test and apply your settings if successful
  8. In Crysis 2, select your new resolution (1916x1080) and apply
  9. The display should switch to 1920x1080@60Hz.
Forcing refresh rate via DirectX registry entries[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw
  2. Create DWORD entry "ForceRefreshRate" and change its DECIMAL value to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  3. 64-bit users will need to do this at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw as well.
  4. This will force DirectX games to run in your monitor's 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.


You can automate this with QRes:

@echo off
qres.exe /r:59
timeout /t 10 > NUL 
start crysis2.exe
timeout /t 60 > NUL 
tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq crysis2.exe" | findstr = > NUL || goto _cleanup
timeout /t 5 > NUL 
goto _loop
qres.exe /r:60
  • Go to File and then Save As...
  • Name it Crysis 2.bat, and then change Save as type from .txt to All Files
  • Save into the same Bin32 folder
  • Right-click Crysis 2.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 Bin32 folder, select Crysis2.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

Windows Defender detects malware-like activity in Crysis 2[edit]

Windows Defender detects malware-like activity in Crysis 2[citation needed]

The game will close shortly after starting, and Windows Defender / Microsoft Security Essentials will report to have blocked activity of "VirTool:Win32/CeeInject.gen!FG" malware. However, this is a false positive.

  • Add the Crysis 2 folder to the exclusion list.[1]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Scaleform
Multiplayer GameSpy

Disable HUD bob[edit]

Disable HUD bob[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open game.cfg.
  3. Add cl_BobHud = 0.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
ATI Radeon HD 3850
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  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>/108800/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (108800) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.