Crysis 3

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Crysis 3
Crysis 3 cover
Crytek UK
Electronic Arts
CryEngine 3
Release dates
Windows February 19, 2013
Metacritic 76
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

Key points

The PC version features high resolution textures, tessellation, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
The Crysis 3 CVar Configurator is an official tool for adjusting the field of view, disabling mouse acceleration and smoothing, and enabling borderless fullscreen windowed mode.

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Humble Store
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Included with EA Play.
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Digital Deluxe Edition. Included with EA Play (Steam).
All versions require Origin DRM. SecuROM v8.13.0043 DRM is still present in all versions and while its DRM functionalities are inert, it might still prevent injection of some third-party tools.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Lost Island

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.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 55° vertical. Use Crysis 3 CVar Configurator.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Crysis 3 CVar Configurator.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TXAA (Nvidia only) (causes texture blurring),[5] FXAA, SMAA and MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[6]


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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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[7]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, #1, #2.


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
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 314.07 to 302.80 Driver, the first driver without WHQL[citation needed]
AMD GPUs - add power/wattage to graphics card[10]

Memory allocation error on 2GB RAM[edit]

Every time when level ends with outro, game needs at least 600-700 MB of free RAM on low details, to not show the error during first loading of a next level.
Install Smart RAM from IObit[citation needed]

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 have CleanMem, but not tested.

Possibly using NTCore 4GB patcher may fix the issue, like its use was recommended for Crysis 2.

Stuck installation[edit]

Reboot Origin into safe mode[11]
  1. Reboot Origin into safe mode.
  2. Reload game.

Hacking finishes with no result[edit]

There is a problem with ingame 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.[12]

FPS issues on AMD cards[edit]

Games based on CryEngine have decreased performance on Windows 10 vs 7 on AMD cards[13]. Consider using Windows 7 along with TimerTool set to 0.5ms for the best performance[14] (also on Windows 8). Vega series GPUs also perform worse than RX series on Windows 10 in CryEngine games in comparison to Windows 7[15].

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

Config file edit[16]
  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 3 and add Crysis3.exe
  3. Once you have that added go to C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles
  4. Edit Crysis3.exe.cfg
  5. Change EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=0 to EnableDynamicOffsetDetection=1
  6. Change HookDirectDraw=0 to HookDirectDraw=1

The game is capped at around 65 fps on Nvidia cards[edit]

Enable ultra low latency mode[17]
  1. Disable VSync in game.
  2. Go to the Nvidia control panel and enable Ultra Low Latency Mode for Crysis 3 in the "Manage 3D Settings" tab and press Apply.

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

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.[19]


  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).