Far Cry

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Far Cry
Far Cry cover
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2004
Metacritic 89
Far Cry on IGDB
Far Cry guide on StrategyWiki
Far Cry on MobyGames
Far Cry on Wikipedia
Far Cry
Far Cry 2004
Far Cry 2 2008
Far Cry 3 2012
Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon 2013
Far Cry 4 2014
Far Cry Primal 2016
Far Cry 5 2018
Far Cry New Dawn 2019
Far Cry 6 2021

Key points

64-bit version is available for separate download. See Patches.
Water reflections are broken on Windows Vista and later. Use SilentPatch on modern systems.

General information

Ubisoft Forums
Far Cry Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Crymods - Active community website with extensive mod database.
Far Cry Addon Mod (FCAM) - Various improvements to graphical and gameplay elements.
Far Cry Multiplayer Community Patch LRv3 - Multiplayer network to fix online gaming after Ubisoft shutdown.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Not in every region[citation needed].
Epic Games Store
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Not available in Germany.
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Included with Uplay+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch v1.4 (32-bit only) - The latest patch available for the game (A bug you may encounter like the AI can see you through walls and kill you, use Unofficial 1.41 to fix it)
64-bit Upgrade Patch - Upgrades the game to take advantage of 64-bit architectures, allowing for higher frame rates and other optimizations.
64-bit Enhanced Content Patch - Adds exclusive features such as higher resolution textures and objects as well as increased viewing distances in some cases.
Far Cry Multiplayer Community Patch LRv3 - Fixes Far Cry Multiplayer and enables a fully working in-game serverlist, it adds new panels such as the UserPanel and ServerAdmin-QuickPanel and offers an automatic Map-Downloader, also new gamemodes got added, and many new additions for Mappers. (ServerSideMod is also available for creating LRv3 Gameservers)

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to <path-to-game>.
  2. From there navigate to Languages/Movies/[Language installed]
  3. Replace the files Crytek.bik, sandbox.bik, and Ubi.bik with empty files.


The 64-bit patch will change the file format from .bik to .avi. To skip them delete or rename new files with the inclusion of AMD64.

Unofficial Patch 1.41[edit]

Fixes issues with AI, bugs and other stuff founds within the 1.4 patch.
Serve as a replacement to the official patch.


Fixes the water reflections for landmasses not working on Vista and newer systems
Fixes the in-game Vsync option and common crashes
Implements the -64bit command line argument to launch 64-bit version directly from Steam
How to install[4]

Extract the contents of SilentPatchFarCry.zip to <path-to-game>.

Tent AI Bug Fix[edit]

Fixes AI seeing through tents.
Standalone version of GOG fix. (Does not required for the GOG version due to a hotfix added to the GOG version.)

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13520/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Profiles\player\<user-id>\savegames[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13520/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]


Video settings.
Video settings.


Control settings.
Control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Both mouse acceleration and mouse smoothing.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Options go up to 5.1, but outputs to up to 7.0 speaker configurations.[5] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, EAX 3[6][7]
See the description of this video on how to reenable EAX 2 on non-Creative hardware for use with DSOAL; this allows OpenAL Soft HRTF to be used. May not work on some versions of Windows 10.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in the retail version. See here for the Steam version translation.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Only available in the retail. Go to here to get the Steam version translation.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
32 Official master serverlist has been shutdown at 2015 by Ubisoft, but it has been re-build by the multiplayer community patch LRv3 for show all available multiplayer gameservers and easy connect FarCry Multiplayer Community Patch LRv3. Direct IP connect is also possible to servers on versions < 1.33/1.40 with a modified CryNetwork.dll file on the server-side.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
A full guide on how to setup a dedicated server can be found at <path-to-game>
Direct IP
Direct IP connect for versions < 1.4 requires a console command. Type \connect <ip address of server:port>.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 40000-42999
UDP 41005, 41006, 44000, 49001
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Blurry rock textures[edit]

After applying the 64-bit Enhanced Content Patch, the mountain rock textures appear extremely blurry in-game.

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Mouse not working[edit]

  1. Try resetting the control settings to defaults in the options menu of the game.

AI can see you through walls and kill you[edit]

The patch 1.4 (32 bit only) introduces this bug.
This has been fixed in the GOG.com version.

Game crashes with very high lighting[edit]

When setting the Lighting Quality option in-game to Very High you may experience a crash/freeze every time you launch the game. This is easily resolved:
Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Open system.cfg with your text editor of choice.
  3. Modify the parameter r_ShadersPrecache to 0
  4. Launch the game and set the Lighting Quality option to Very High.


Alternatively you can just set the option to a maximum of High instead of Very High to resolve the issue.

Broken water reflections[edit]

Reflections on water are broken by default in Windows Vista and higher. Foliage and other objects are reflected, but landmasses are missing altogether.[9][10]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2 Experimental renderer. Cannot be selected via in-game options. See Enable the OpenGL renderer.
Shader Model support 1.1, 2, 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
64-bit needs to be downloaded separately. See Patches.


Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Enable the OpenGL renderer[edit]

Modify the system.cfg file[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Open system.cfg with Notepad or other text editor.
  3. Change the value of r_driver to "OpenGL"
  4. Save the file and launch the game.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE
Processor (CPU) AMD Athlon 1.0 GHz
Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Windows ME, while it can work with Far Cry, is not supported.


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/13520/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13520) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.