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Crysis(R)
ReadMe File - September, 2007
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Thank you for purchasing Crysis. This ReadMe file contains
information that may be of use before proceeding into battle.
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System Requirements
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Crysis requires DirectX 9.0c. You can install DirectX 9.0c by
following the onscreen prompts during the game's installation
process.
REQUIRED SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS:
OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
Windows XP:
· CPU: Intel P4 2.8 GHz / AMD Athlon 2800+ / Intel Core 2.0 GHz

5 GB · Hard Drive: 12 GB or more of free space · Video: NVIDIA 6800 GT 256 MB / ATI X800 Pro 256 MB or better · Sound: DirectX 9. DSL. An outdated video or sound driver can lead to slow and choppy gameplay.0c compatible sound card Multiplayer: · 2 to 32 players. ================================================================== Installation Instructions ================================================================== IMPORTANT: Before running Crysis. please be sure you have the latest drivers for both your video card and your audio card installed. This includes any virus-protection program that you have running. network or Internet connection required (512Kbps Cable.or higher · RAM: 1. DVD --Avoid running any other programs in the background.2 GHz or higher · RAM: 1.0 GB · Hard Drive: 12 GB or more of free space · Video: NVIDIA 6800 GT 256 MB / ATI 9800 Pro or better · Sound: DirectX 9.2 GHz / AMD Athlon 3200+ / Intel Core 2. For all other users. Insert the Crysis disc into your DVD-ROM drive. play experience may improve if you have additional RAM. You can download the appropriate drivers from your video and audio card manufacturer's Web site. or in some cases can prevent the game from running at all. To enable AutoPlay. or faster connection) Note: While you will be able to play Crysis with the specifications above. If the disc does not automatically launch when inserted in the drive. please consult your Windows user manual. a faster CPU or a better graphic card. you may have the AutoPlay feature disabled. which can hinder performance. .0c compatible sound card Windows Vista: · CPU: Intel P4 3. Please refer to the section on Optimizing Graphical Performance in this ReadMe file for more information. to install Crysis in Windows XP or Windows Vista: 1. as this may conflict with the game.

and run the "CryEngine 2 Sandbox" installer. Note: Users without Service Pack 2 installed might see the following error message at the end of the installation process: "Can't add the game to Windows Firewall. level editor comes To install the editor browse to the \Sandbox2 folder on your DVD-ROM using Windows Explorer. In order to install and use the Crysis(R) Sandbox Editor on Windows Vista(TM) it is necessary to disable User Account Control (UAC). follow these steps: 1) Go to Start \ Control Panel \ User Accounts 2) Click the "Turn user account control on or off" option 3) Click continue on the UAC popup 4) Uncheck the box next to "Use user account control (UAC) to help protect my computer" 5) Click OK ================================================================== Uninstalling . 3. Do you want to continue with the installation?" Answer in the affirmitive. Agree to run the installer executable. You can register the game at a later time by clicking the "Register" button in the game's Online menu. Follow the instructions that appear. 2. 2. PunkBuster functionality will not be affected. Direct Download --------------1. Follow the instructions that appear. ================================================================== Sandbox2 Editor Installation ================================================================== Crytek s Sandbox2 What you see is what you play free with Crysis. please browse to the location of the Crysis DVD-ROM using Windows Explorer. To disable UAC. Wait until the installer has finished downloading. and double-click the "Setup" application in the root directory.If you are unable or do not wish to activate AutoPlay. PLEASE NOTE that you must register Crysis when prompted to do so during the installation process in order to play the game online.

saved game files. visit the community forums at the official Web site for Crysis at: http://www. Click "Uninstall a program" under the "Programs" heading. click the "Start" button in the Windows . Click "Control Panel" in the Start menu. click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. Double-click "Crysis" in the program list. To access the "Crysis" folder. 3. These drivers are typically available for download from your system or hardware manufacturer's Web site. 3. If you are not sure what type of video or sound card you have. To ensure an enjoyable experience with this game. 4.================================================================== To uninstall Crysis if your operating system is Windows XP: 1. please refer to the documentation that came with your system or peripheral. To uninstall Crysis if your operating system is Windows Vista: 1. Follow the instructions that appear.com/crysis/ ================================================================== Saved Games and Screenshots ================================================================== In Windows XP. or you need assistance with updating the drivers on your system. 5. Click "Crysis" in the program list and click the "Remove" button next to its name. Double-click "Add or Remove Programs". saved game files are stored in a different location--see below. 2. be sure that you have the most recent video and sound drivers installed. then click "My Documents" in Windows XP or "Documents" in Windows Vista. ================================================================== Troubleshooting ================================================================== Please be aware that an outdated video driver or sound driver can lead to slow and choppy gameplay. In Windows Vista. Follow the instructions that appear. or in some cases can prevent the game from running at all. Click "Control Panel" in the Start menu. For additional help with troubleshooting. 4. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. and captured screenshots for Crysis are stored in the "Crysis" folder. In Windows Vista. 2. 5. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. saved game files are usually stored in the following location: C:\Users###BOT_TEXT###lt;your login name>\Saved Games\Crysis To access this folder.ea.

g. The performance can be limited by one or more of the above mentioned points. This makes it even more necessary to get recent drivers and hardware running well on Vista. Features which are not accessible appear grayed out. This requires the engine to run in the "MultiGPU" mode. Then navigate to the folder. By default the game prefers settings for better performance which means many options in the menu go to low quality mode. Some very high quality features can only be accessed when running on DirectX 10 which requires Windows Vista. Additionally. It is advisable to have the latest graphic card drivers as the hardware vendors often include optimizations for specific games into their drivers.microsoft. On a 64bit system the engine texture streaming can be disabled as the operating system can handle all data in a level. This feature is only available if the operating system support 64bits. Multiple processors allow processing of some tasks in parallel which mostly improves computational heavy situations like explosions. The game utilizes multiple processors automatically. As Crysis is demanding in its memory requirements it can benefit from a 64bit OS.com/kb/940105 Modern processors now support 64bit which mostly improves their memory managing capabilities. Generally a of the most critical options for best quality on a TFT it's best to the hardware resolution (check your higher resolution gives better . Windows Vista is a bit more demanding on hardware side and drivers can be less optimized. Frame rate can be less stable but is often much higher. Memory management within Windows Vista has changed a bit which makes it more memory demanding. The screen resolution is one performance and quality. By adjusting graphical settings you can find a good compromise for your computer. For pick a resolution which fits monitor manual). Some hardware vendors have solutions to utilize multiple graphic cards in parallel (e. and a powerful graphics card with a lot of video memory. Some graphics card settings in the Windows display settings can affect performance or quality. More details and the download can be found there: http://support. then click "My Computer" in the Start menu. Both are beneficial and can result in improved frame rate and frame rate stability. Microsoft released a patch to improve this situation. 64bit also supports more main memory available for each application. ================================================================== Optimizing Graphical Performance ================================================================== For a good gameplay experience you generally want to have a fast and stable frame rate. it's good to have quick response on user input. The speedup depends on the scene and system properties like the main processor performance. Crysis is made for high image quality and runs best with a powerful main processor. Crossfire or SLI) and that can greatly improve render performance.Taskbar. this can be changed by the user. a lot of main memory. However if hardware allows.

Crysis features soft real-time shadows which play an important role in the image look. For benchmarking. Switching this option off gives you best frame rate but the image quality might suffer and the image may appear torn apart. In HDR mode you can notice bright image areas not appearing burned out. USB) or better hardware you can get a faster rate. Modern TFT monitors have short response times and other features which help when the eye is following fast paced action. This can be avoided by only activating one display in the driver control panel. Vertical Sync is a graphical option you can choose in your graphics card driver. However. this option is usually switched off. The hardware feature works for most engine techniques but some graphical features like atmospheric effects may appear slightly different. ================================================================== Known Issues ================================================================== 1 ) Audio in Crysis is stereo although I selected a multi-speaker mode in the Control Panel: On selecting certain speaker modes in the Control Panel s Audio settings which are not supported by the sound card driver.0). This can result in improved response time and an improved game experience. To get a stable frame rate you should make sure your computer is not busy with other tasks such as virus scans or downloading files. Edges become softer and lower resolutions can look quite acceptable. this depends on the hardware configuration and sometimes increasing the resolutions does not even affect performance. You can also notice the eye adapting to the brightness of the environment. This is mostly noticeable when doing a quick horizontal camera rotation. These outputs will be in the log: Sound .initializing FMOD-EX now! . PS2. Shadows can be activated and deactivated in the advanced options menu. Crysis also features HDR rendering which can be activated via the shading quality in the advanced options menu.1 speaker mode. Anti aliasing is a hardware feature to improve image quality.quality but requires more memory and renders slower. If your graphics card supports multiple monitors you might not get full 3D acceleration on each display. Crysis will switch to stereo as a fallback. Input devices need to submit their data in some rate and with a better connection (serial. or 7. This happens most likely on selecting "Surround sound speakers" (5. Deactivating HDR can give you higher frame rates as it requires more graphics card performance and graphics card memory.

Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Audio tab -> Advanced button in Sound Playback field -> Performance tab and set the performance slider all the way to "full". The video codec cannot create sounds with these settings so audio for the movies are being disabled.com UDP ga natneg2.[Error] <Sound> Sound-FmodEx-AudioDevice: event system init failed! (56) Error creating hardware sound buffer.gamespy.gamespy. 4) Users running AVG anti virus prior to version 7. ================================================================== NAT/Firewall ================================================================== Game Port Usage For all traffic between server and client 'game' port is used (default 64087).gamespy. This can be fixed by upgrading your AVG client to 7.5 may experience false positives with Crysis. Sound .com UDP An natneg1.5 or above.exe. Because DirectSound uses a larger buffer size of 200ms Crysis will adapt its buffer resulting sounds to being slightly delayed.available.com UDP ga Server: Available hbmaster3 y 27900 NN natserver1 me 27901 NN natserver2 . 3) Intro movies and the MP tutorial have no sound: Most likely the user has turned hardware acceleration off by changing the performance slider in the advanced audio playback settings. shooting a weapon): Most likely the user has turned hardware acceleration off by changing the performance slider in the advanced audio playback settings. Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Audio tab -> Advanced button in Sound Playback field -> Performance tab and set the performance slider all the way to "full". 2) There is a delay between action and audio (eg. Ports SDK Service cal Remote Hostname Type Lo crysis.initialized FMOD-EX with stereo fallback Resolution: Go to Control Panel -> Sound and Audio Devices -> Volume tab -> Advanced button in Speaker settings field and choose a different speaker mode.

3.pubsvs. Click "Properties". In Windows Vista. Click "Control Panel".gamespy.ms5. 9.com TCP An crysis. 11.gamespy. Log out of Windows and log in with an Administrator account. Select the "Users" tab.com TCP An crysis. Click "User Accounts".gamespy. 6. Once logged in. 1. 12. 2. For incoming UDP traffic.comp.com TCP An game servers UDP An Client:(additionally) Chat y GP y GP y SB y SB y 6667 29900 29901 28910 Server queries game*(target server) Default value for 'game' is 64087 (can be adjusted).pubsvs. Click "Apply" and then "OK". To do so. From the pulldown menu. .com UDP ga crysis. 4.com TCP An gpmanager gpcm.gamespy. Select the "Other" radio button. do the following: In Windows XP. only port "game" ( default 64087) is required to be opened.gamespy.gamespy. 7. or add your existing account to the administrators list.com TCP An searchmanager gpsp.sake.gamespy. You will either need to do so from an account that has administrator rights. 10. 5.gamespy. ================================================================== *Administrator Privileges ================================================================== Please note that you may not be able to add Crysis to your software firewall's exceptions list if you are not logged in as an administrator in Windows. Click "Settings".me 27901 NN nat neg me game*(other game) QR2 hbmaster3 me 27900 QR2 Incoming queries me Any CDKey keymaster me 29910 ATLAS Stats auth y Any (def:443) ATLAS Stats y Any (def:80) SAKE Profile settings/stats y Any (def:80) Game client UDP ga crysis. click on "Start" in the Windows taskbar.gamespy.com TCP An Any IRC server peerchat.com TCP An gmaster3 crysis.auth. 8.master. Select the "Group Membership" tab.com UDP ga Game client UDP ga key. Under "Users for this computer:" click on your account name. select "Administrators".

Select the "Other" radio button. Click "Properties". then some audio channels will not be heard during gameplay. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. If your speaker settings are set to a surround-sound configuration. 4. If your Control Panel is in Classic View. 2. Click "Apply" and then "OK". From the pulldown menu. Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. 4. but you do not have a surround-sound speaker system. 3b. If your Control Panel is in the default Category View. 5. and Audio Devices". Choose "Control Panel". double-click "Sounds and Audio Devices". Click "Control Panel". click "Advanced". 6. ================================================================== End of ReadMe File. To check and adjust your speaker settings: 1. Log out of Windows and log in with an Administrator account. Speech. ================================================================== Audio Information ================================================================== If some of the audio in the game seems to be missing. Under "Users for this computer:" click on your account name. 3a. 5. Click "Change account type" under the "User Accounts" heading. 7. 8. Then click "Sounds and Audio Devices". ================================================================== . select "Administrators".1. 2. 9. Choose the correct configuration in "Speaker setup" drop-down menu. Under the "Speaker settings" heading. 3. click "Sounds. 6. Click "OK". this is likely due to your speaker settings. This should resolve the issue.