Far Cry 2

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Far Cry 2
Far Cry 2 cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Dunia
Release dates
Windows October 21, 2008
Reception
Metacritic 85
IGDB 85
Far Cry 2 on IGDB
Far Cry 2 on MobyGames
Far Cry 2 on Wikipedia
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Key points

The game has multiple bugs (Bouncing NPCs, missing content...) that were never fixed. Many mods are available that fix most of these bugs, restore content and improve certain features. See Mods.

General information

Ubisoft Forums
Far Cry Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SecuROM PA DRM, 5 activations on 3 PCs.[1]
Removed in patch 1.03[2]
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
DRM details are not known
Fortune's Edition
Windows
Epic Games Store
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Fortune's Edition
Windows
GamersGate
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Fortune's Edition
Windows
Gamesplanet
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Fortune's Edition
Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Fortune's Edition
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Fortune's Edition
Windows
Humble Store
DRM-free
Fortune's Edition
Windows
Steam
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Fortune's Edition
Windows
Uplay
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Fortune's Edition, included with Ubisoft+.
Windows

Version differences[edit]

The Fortune's Edition is a complete edition containing the base game and the Fortunes Pack DLC.
Pre-order versions contained "Predecessor Tapes", additional missions that can now be unlocked using FC2 MultiFixer.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Fortunes Pack Included with the Fortune's Edition
Windows
Intel Bonus Missions Released as a free download.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.03 removes the activation requirement and allows the game to be played without the disc. Only required for the Retail DVD version.

Utilities[edit]

FC2 MultiFixer is a small program made by FoxAhead that allows you to toggle on and off essential fixes and tweak various parameters like FOV, unlocking missing DLCs, fixing the missing Jackals Tapes, Cheats and more - all in a user-friendly user-interface. Its biggest advantage over manual tweaks is that it does not modify the game's file or .dlls. Instead, your changes will be stored in a configuration file. This allows you to revert to a full vanilla state if need be. It is compatible with most mods, and is even bundled with the most popular ones like Redux. The link provided above explains in detail how to set it up.
FC2 MultiFixer Options List
FC2 MultiFixer Options List

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 2\GamerProfile.xml
%LOCALAPPDATA%\My Games\Far Cry 2\InputUserActionMap.xml
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Far Cry 2\Saved Games\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19900/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Patch 1.02 and above.[3] Separate widescreen option is optional and changes FOV with weapon zoom.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Menus and loading screens are stretched.[4] Make changes on the main menu, changing aspect ratios in-game may result in stretching and other errors.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Far Cry 2 Multi Fixer for version 1.03.
Windowed
Press Alt+ Enter to toggle.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA. Nvidia users can utilize SGSSAA through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000010C1 in Nvidia Profile Inspector.[citation needed]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate cap. High frame rates can cause save corruption and game ending engine bugs.

Input[edit]

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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Some minor commands, such as exiting turrets and operating the wristwatch, are permanently bound to the default WASD controls.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Can be modified further by editing Sensitivity value in GamerProfile.xml.[5]
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Toggle aim down sights[edit]

Create AutoHotkey script
  1. Download AutoHotkey
  2. Copy the code to the clipboard (CTRL+C).
  3. Open AutoHotkey, go to File>Edit script, paste the code in Notepad.
  4. Change "Fallout4" to "Far Cry 2" in the Notepad, save.
  5. Reload Script in AutoHotkey

Audio[edit]

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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Up to 7.0 output.[6] May require DirectSound 3D restoration software.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3.0, DirectSound3D.[7][8]
EAX 3.0 only used for indoor occlusion effects, not reverb.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Retail only.
French
Italian
German
Hungarian
Retail only, Available to download for digital releases.
Polish
Retail only. For digital versions download this
Russian
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Spanish
Turkish
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

Network[edit]

In-game network settings.
In-game network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
16
Online play
16 Use Tunngle.[citation needed]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Dedicated Server software available for Windows and Linux.
Direct IP

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 9000-9003
UDP 3074, 9000-9003
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D
iZ3D
vorpX
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest

Issues unresolved[edit]

Stuck/can't exit turret[edit]

This happens if the "interact" key is rebound to anything other than the "default" (E). In order to exit the turret if key is rebound, E must be used.

"Silent phone call" bug[edit]

Sometimes when answering a call, the dialogue will be missing. You will still get the mission objectives you may get, but you miss out on the dialogue and potential tips.
There is no known fix. Unlike many people claim, it happens with both DX9 and DX10 even if the framerate is capped at 30. However, it seems to happen more often when using the DX10 renderer and/or high framerate (60 and above).

"Black Square" bug[edit]

When using DX10, using Bloom in combination with HDR (enabled by default in DX10) will cause a black square to fill parts of the screen in many different scenarios, but mainly when looking down. Disabling bloom also disables brightness adaptation, making it hard to see properly in dark areas but the only known workaround is to disable it, or play in DX9 mode.[9]

Issues fixed[edit]

Bouncing NPC glitch[edit]

High FPS will cause errors in character animations. At very high FPS this can be a game-breaking bug as important NPCs can't complete their dialog to progress the story.
Use FC2 MultiFixer

Cap your framerate. Some people report that up to 75Hz/FPS is fine, but 60 is recommended.

Game resolution changes to 1600x900 when Alt-Tabbing[edit]

Alt-tabbing out of the game may cause the resolution to reset to 1600x900.[citation needed]
Reset your resolution[citation needed]
  1. Open the Options menu, then Display
  2. Change your Resolution to something besides your preferred choice.
  3. Hit Apply
  4. Now change the Resolution back to your preference.
  5. Hit Apply again

Audio glitches[edit]

Certain audio devices (namely older Realtek integrated audio chips) aren't compatible with the audio in the game and will reverse all channels or make the back channel primary and the front channel near inaudible.
Modify .ini file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data_Win32\SoundBinary\
  2. Open DARE.ini.
  3. Find the line DISABLE_OPTIMISATION and set the value to FALSE.
  4. Save your changes.

Vegetation looks blocky[edit]

Disable alpha to coverage[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml.
  3. Set AlphaToCoverage to 0.
Disable anti-aliasing (including that by external tools)[10]

Launch crash to desktop on newer systems[edit]

Replace <INSTALLDIR>\bin\systemdetection.dll with systemdetection.dll from Far Cry 3
  1. Navigate to Far Cry 3's <INSTALLDIR>\bin\ and copy systemdetection.dll
  2. Paste this file in Far Cry 2's <INSTALLDIR>\bin\, making sure to overwrite the current dll
  3. This will help with launching issues on newer systems.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10, 10.1
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Matchmaking+
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Command line arguments[edit]

Parameter Effect
-GameProfile_GodMode 1 Enables god mode (only enable after tutorial)
-GameProfile_UnlimitedAmmo 1 Unlimited ammo (only enable after tutorial)
-GameProfile_AllWeaponsUnlock 1 Unlocks all weapons
-GameProfile_UnlimitedReliability 1 Weapons will never break
-exec filename Parses console commands from the file named filename in your Game data directory. Known to work for files with a .CFG extension. Execution results can be viewed in-game by opening the console with ~.

Mods[edit]

  • Far Cry 2: New Dunia (A.K.A. Remastered) - Massive overhaul mod for Far Cry 2, that updates graphics, improves audio and gameplay, fix bugs and many more, while staying as faithful to the original as possible.
  • Far Cry 2 Redux - Immersion focused massive overhaul of Far Cry 2. This includes bug fixes, more dynamic AI, and a complete re-balance of multiple aspects of the game. Stays true to the vanilla emergent gameplay loop. It is currently the most popular and up-to-date Far Cry 2 mod, and comes bundled with FC2 Multi Fixer. Has GOG Support.
  • Infamous Fusion - Major mod with countless improvements on realism, graphics, weapons, animations and gameplay.
  • Dylan's Realism Mod - Revisions to enemy health, diamond prices, enemy AI, and other balance changes.
  • No Malaria and Infinite Sprint - A simple mod that only disables malaria attacks and removes the cooldown on sprinting.
  • Far Cry 2: Vanilla+ (Tom's Mod) - A vanilla focussed mod that maintains the feel of the original game while adding improved graphics, rebalanced weapons, quality of life features, massively increased gameplay variety and plenty of bug fixes.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
Intel Pentium D 2.66 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800
ATI Radeon X1650
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 3 support
Multiple saves and user created maps will increase the amount of needed hard disk space.

Notes

  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>/19900/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (19900) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References