Crysis 3

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Crysis 3
Crysis 3 cover
Multiplayer Crytek UK
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows February 19, 2013
Metacritic 76
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Crysis
Crysis 3 on HowLongToBeat
Crysis 3 on IGDB
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Crysis 3 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

Key points

The Crysis 3 CVar Configurator is an official tool that allows adjusting the field of view, disabling mouse acceleration and smoothing, and enabling borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

General information

Official Crysis Website
Official Crysis Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
2 DVDs
Digital Deluxe Edition also available. Included with EA Play.
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Digital Deluxe Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
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Humble Store (unavailable)
All versions require Origin DRM. SecuROM v8.13.0043 DRM was removed on March 14, 2021.[1]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Lost Island
Overkill-Pack Included with the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Brawler-Pack Included with the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Stalker-Pack Included with the Digital Deluxe Edition.
Soundtrack Included with the Digital Deluxe Edition. In lossless .WAV format.

Essential improvements[edit]

Crysis 3 CVar Configurator unlocks many options.
Crysis 3 CVar Configurator unlocks many options.

Crysis 3 CVar Configurator[edit]

An official configuration tool created by Crytek UK which lets you tweak game settings easily.

Includes options:

MaLDo OnTheFly utility[edit]

MaLDo OnTheFly utility lets you change the graphics options within the game just by pressing a key, switch HUD on and off, change FOV and more from within the game.
Unofficial tool, which may result in multiplayer ban.[2]

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis3
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1282690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Crysis3\SaveGames\[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Crysis 3\USER\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1282690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Hacking is hardcoded to the "H" key and cannot be rebound.
Mouse acceleration
Use Crysis 3 CVar Configurator.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can only switch between pre-set layouts.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Requires Xinput Wrapper
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.1 output[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


See also missing voices in cutscenes of non-English versions.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, #1, #2.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
May not work reliably.
Servers must be rented from approved providers.
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 9988, 25650-25780, 17502, 42127, 64100-64110
UDP 3659, 10000-10100, 25650-25780, 64100-64110
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Side-by-side or interlaced.[7]
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Crysis 3.
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Multiplayer crash at 99% loading[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

'Cryengine error' and 'DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_REMOVED'[edit]

Problem is normally caused by faulty or underpowered power supply, or overworked graphics card.
Underclock graphics card[8]
Increase fan speed[9]
Downgrade drivers, from version 314.07 to 302.80, the first driver without WHQL[citation needed]
AMD GPUs - add power/wattage to graphics card[10]

FPS issues on AMD cards[edit]

Games based on CryEngine may have observable decreased in performance with AMD GPUs on Windows 10 compared to Windows 7.[11]
Since the version 2004 of Windows 10, timer resolution can't be changed system-wide, thus the workaround below may not work, refer here.
Vega series GPUs may perform worse than the RX series GPUs on Windows 10 in CryEngine games, in comparison to Windows 7.[12] This is likely a driver issue, however. So updating graphics driver may fix the issue.
Adjust timer resolution with TimerTool.
For Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10 before 2004 update, using TimerTool with settings set to 0.5ms can be use for best performance.[13]

Memory allocation error on low-memory system[edit]

The game needs at least 600 MB, and up to 700 MB of free memory for the game to load between levels properly, even on Low Details settings. Otherwise the game will shows an error. On system with only 2 GB of memory, and running Windows Vista or later; this may not be avoidable.
Possible workaround includes using ReadyBoost with twice the memory size, or increase the virtual memory size. The latter, however, is not recommended for Windows 8 or later unless.
Use Smart RAM from IObit or "RAM optimizers"[citation needed]
Use it at your own risk and save important files before proceeding further, "RAM optimizers" typically involves stopping services or closing background software that normally not able to be terminated by user.

When game shows ending section cutscene on the level:

  • Set low details.
  • Use option "deep cleaning" in Smart RAM.
  • In result of deep cleaning option, big amount of RAM is freed.
  • You'll encounter short unresponsibility of the system (according to working of versions of the Smart RAM to at least versions till ~August 2016).
  • When computer will be responsive again, just come back to the game.
  • You can normally change the details, immediately after first loading of a level.
  • Since now, game loads normally during the whole level, without any problem, till the next one.

Similar functionality can be found in CleanMem, but it is not tested.

If the issue occurred on system with more than 2 GB of RAM, using NTCore 4GB patcher may fix the issue, like its use was recommended for Crysis 2.

Stuck installation[edit]

Reboot Origin into safe mode[14]
  1. Reboot Origin into safe mode.
  2. Reload game.

Hacking finishes with no result[edit]

There is a problem with in-game hacking mechanics, where successful hacking will end in no expected result. Example: hacking tutorial will not end, door will not open shortly after single player campaign starts.
Unbind F key[citation needed]

There seems to be problem with binding F key. Keep F key unbound or bind it to USE action.

Game crashes[edit]

PlayerProfiles CGameContext::StartGame: No Users Logged In[citation needed]

The game may crash with the above error message when launching a campaign mission. Launch Crysis3.exe as an administrator to avoid this.[15]

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.[16]
Set Low Latency Mode to Ultra[17]
  1. Go to the Nvidia control panel, set Low Latency Mode to Ultra for Crysis 3 in the "Manage 3D Settings" tab and press Apply.
Set max frame rate to 1000 in Nvidia control panel[18]
  1. Go to the Nvidia control panel, set max frame rate to 1000 for Crysis 3 in the "Manage 3D Settings" tab and press Apply.
Apply RTSS framerate limiter[19][20]
  1. Download and install RivaTuner Statistics Server.
  2. Run it.
  3. Click the "add" button and navigate to where you installed Crysis 3 and add Crysis3.exe.
  4. Set framerate limiter to any number (e.g. 200).
  5. Minimize (don't close) the program.

Missing voices in cutscenes of non-English versions[edit]

In some non-English game versions, the file Crysis 3\C3\videos2.pak is bugged, leading to missing voice acting during cutscenes.[21][22] Many users reported getting the bug since a patch.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28] The reason is maybe a patch that month which "cleaned up" the audio files but was bugged and never fixed.[29][30]

Fixes are available for the following language versions:

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD, Speex
Interface FreeType, Scaleform

Unpack the archives[edit]

To unpack and edit the .pak files, use this tool. Drag the .pak file onto the tool's dec.exe and it will convert it into a zip-file.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (E6600)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.7 GHz (5200+)
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
3 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 16 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTS 450
ATI Radeon HD 5770
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5 support
Hi-performance specifications: 8 GB, Intel Core i7-2600k or AMD Bulldozer FX4150 with AMD Radeon HD7970 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 680.[32]


  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>/1282690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1282690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. EA has finally removed SecuROM from Crysis 3 - DSOGaming - last accessed on 2021-03-18
  2. MaLDoHD for Crysis 2: MaLDo OnTheFly for Crysis 3
  3. Real 4K: Crysis 3 - YouTube
  4. Crysis 3 Video Card Performance and IQ Review - HARDOCP
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  7. So I decided to activate Crysis 3s 3D for the first time - last accessed on 2021-07-30
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  19. Crysis 2 and 3 locked at 65fps
  20. Verified by User:Vlad 54rus on 2021-03-23
  22. 22.0 22.1