Crysis 2

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Crysis 2
Crysis 2 cover
Multiplayer Crytek UK
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows March 22, 2011
Metacritic 86
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Vehicles Tank, Transport
Art styles Realistic
Themes North America, Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Crysis
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information

Crysis Website
MyCrysis Forums
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. Included with EA Play.
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Maximum Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
Steam (unavailable)
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Can only be used x times
TAGES Solidshield DRM, 5 machine limit.
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Maximum Edition.
Humble Store (unavailable)
Maximum Edition. Region locked in Latin America.
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[1]
  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[1]
  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. Note that BlackFire's Mod 2 require the MaLDo HD mod to be installed and properly configured, on the other hand the MaLDo HD mod can be used alone as it's meant to improve the vanilla game with higher quality textures, model and bugfixes, a variety of game tweaks etc.

A step by step list of instructions for BlackFire's mod is available at the mod file's description on ModDB.

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

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis2\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <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


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[2][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.

Anti-aliasing (AA) and Bloom[edit]

Disable AA and Bloom effects[2]
  1. Create an autoexec.cfg file in the installation folder.
  2. Add the following lines.

; Anti-aliasing

; Bloom
r_colorgrading = 0
r_hdrbrightlevel = 0
g_radialblur = 0


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.

Advanced movement and controls[edit]

There are a number of advanced control options that are not taught in the game's tutorial.[3] These include:

Hold the sprint button (default Shift) while aiming down sights to stabilize your aim (costs suit energy).[4][3]
Activating armor mode (default Q) while aiming with a gun allows you to zoom in further.
Hold the melee button (default V) for a stronger melee attack (that uses up all suit energy).[4]
You can also use normal and heavy melee attacks while gliding (sprint + crouch), which leads to a kick.
De-cloak just before firing a weapon, because firing from stealth would drain your energy.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[5]
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.[6]

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.
Use this mod[7]

Extreme lag while using Nvidia graphics[edit]

When playing Crysis 2 on an Nvidia card, there can be extreme and unexpected lag in the 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:
Use display scaling[citation needed]
  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.
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]

The game may freeze up and crash to the desktop without any errors.
Disable Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0[citation needed]

Run the game at screen refresh rate[edit]

The game may set your monitor's refresh rate to its lowest supported refresh rate when in fullscreen mode, resulting in a lowered FPS when Vsync is on, and heavy screen tearing and/or stuttering even if FPS is high. This issue is separate from the issue capping the frame rate (see The game is capped at 64 FPS), which may also need to be addressed.[8]
Override refresh rate set by game[9]
  1. Download 3Dmigoto.
  2. Copy the files in the x32 folder to <path-to-game>\bin32\.
  3. Open d3dx.ini.
  4. Change ;refresh_rate=60 to the desired value, and remove the semicolon (e.g. refresh_rate=144).
  5. Change hunting=1 to ;hunting=1 by adding a semicolon.
  6. Save the changes and close the file.
Run in DirectX 9[10]
Use Borderless Gaming
  1. Set desktop refresh rate to the maximum your monitor supports.
  2. In the video settings, set Fullscreen and Vsync to "No."
  3. Use Borderless Gaming to run the game in a borderless window mode.
  4. Mouse position may be off in the menus, simply hit alt+enter twice to fix it.
  5. You may want to use a frame limiter such as MSI Afterburner to limit the FPS to your monitor's refresh rate to prevent wasted GPU power usage.
Disable fullscreen optimizations
  1. Navigate to the bin32 folder in the game's main directory and locate Crysis2.exe.
  2. Right click the exe file and choose Properties.
  3. Select the Compatibility tab, and check Disable fullscreen optimizations.
  4. Hit apply and the game will now run at your monitor's native refresh rate.

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

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[11]

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

Config file edit[12]
  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 2 and add Crysis2.exe
  3. Once you have that added go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles
  4. Edit Crysis2.exe.cfg
  5. Change EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=0 to EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=1
  6. Change HookDirectDraw=0 to HookDirectDraw=1

Frame rate capped at 100 or 64 FPS, even with V-Sync disabled[edit]

Updates to Windows 10 have resulted in incompatibility with older CryEngine games, which may result in a capped frame rate. Windows 7 is also affected, but only in menus (eg. pause menu). Enabling NULL appears to have no effect under Windows 7.[13]
Set Low Latency Mode to Ultra[14]
  1. Go to the Nvidia control panel, set Low Latency Mode to Ultra for Crysis 2 in the "Manage 3D Settings" tab and press Apply.
Set max frame rate to 1000 in Nvidia control panel[15]
  1. Go to the Nvidia control panel, set max frame rate to 1000 for Crysis 2 in the "Manage 3D Settings" tab and press Apply.
Apply RTSS framerate limiter[16][17]
  1. Download and install RivaTuner Statistics Server.
  2. Run it.
  3. Click the "add" button and navigate to where you installed Crysis 2 and add Crysis2.exe.
  4. Set framerate limiter to any number (e.g. 200).
  5. Minimize (don't close) the program.
Use Crysis 2 fps cap fix[18]
  1. Download the fix and extract it in <path-to-game>\Bin32\.

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

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.