Far Cry

Upon its release, Far Cry awed the world by beating Half Life 2 and Doom 3 (then most anticipated titles) by being the first of a series of “next gen” first person shooter’s. It was critically and publicly acclaimed for its cutting-edge graphics, AI, and environment, and won further praise for being the first game to support HDR.

A tropical paradise seethes with hidden evil in Far Cry, a cunningly detailed action shooter that pushes the boundaries of combat to shocking new levels. Freelance mariner Jack Carver is cursing the day he ever came to this island. A week ago, a brash female reporter named Valerie had offered him an incredible sum of cash to take her to this unspoiled paradise. Shortly after docking, however, Jack's boat was greeted by artillery fire from a mysterious militia group swarming about the island. With his boat destroyed, his money gone, and the gorgeous Valerie suddenly missing, Jack now finds himself facing an army of mercenaries amidst the wilds of the island, with nothing but a gun and his wits to survive. But the further he pushes into the lush jungle canopy, the stranger things become. [Ubi Soft]

Support summary
  • Native
  • Stretched
  • Hack
  • Stretched
4k UltraHD:
Hor+ Native Optimized
Rendered Cut-Scene:
  • Vert-
FMV Cut-Scene:
  • Stretched
Game information
Game status:
Release Date:
Tuesday, 23 March, 2004

Tested Version: 
Retail, patched to v1.40

Play styles: 

Store Links: 
Comparison Screenshots
  • 4:3 Screenshot
    Far Cry
  • 16:10 Screenshot
    Far Cry
  • 16:9 Screenshot
    Far Cry
  • Super-Wide (32:9) Screenshot
    Far Cry
  • Eyefinity / Surround Screenshot
    Far Cry
Solutions & Issues
Baseline (Widescreen) Solution & Issues

Native, plus manual support for "uncommon" widescreen resolutions Far Cry v1.33 supports any widescreen resolutions natively. Uncommon widescreen resolutions can be forced as can changes to the Field of View (FOV).
Racer_S released a FOV tool that may save you the trouble of the manual hack described below. See Attachment to download the tool.
You can perform the FOV hack and/or the custom resolution changes seperately -- You don't need to do both at the same time. I have listed both for the sake of completeness. Important: This Permanent FOV hack will even work with Developer Mode off.

Permanently Changing the FOV:
Go to your Far Cry\FCData installation folder.
Make a backup copy of “SCRIPTS.pak”
Rename “SCRIPTS.pak” to “SCRIPTS.pak.zip”
Open “SCRIPTS.pak.zip” and navigate to the “SCRIPTS\Default\Hud” folder within the zip file
Extract “ZoomView.lua” and open it in Notepad.
To alter the FOV, change the default value from ‘90’ to 108 in the following string: Code: NoZoom = 108 * 3.1415962 / 180, Note: '108' is ideal for 16:10 widescreen monitors @ 1920x1200
Save your changes to “ZoomView.lua”
Now overwrite the original “ZoomView.lua” with your modified version in “SCRIPTS.pak.zip”
Rename “SCRIPTS.pak.zip” back to its original name “SCRIPTS.pak”

IMPORTANT: When you run Far Cry after this change, you need to zoom in once with your weapon at the start of each level for FOV changes to take effect.

Changing to Developer Mode:
To force custom resolutions or temporarily change the FOV, you must run Far Cry in ‘Developer Mode’, as follows:
Right-click the Far Cry shortcut and go to “Properties”.
In the Target box add -devmode to the end so that it looks like this ... "…\Far Cry\Bin32\FarCry.exe" -devmode
Click ‘Apply’ and Okay.

Customizing Widescreen Resolutions In-game:
For example, to change to 1440x900
Press the (~) Tilde key
type “\r_width 1440” (width of resolution)
type “\r_height 900” (height of resolution)

Permanently Customizing Widescreen Resolutions: You can force the screen resolution by editing system.cfg in the FarCry installation folder, and turning Developer mode ON.

Be aware that FC servers can override the FOV setting to prevent ‘cheating’. It is possible to create a server which does not override the FOV, however you cannot change the FOV in-game using the "\fov xyz" (eg. "\fov 90") console command as you cannot connect to a server in Developer Mode.

The FOV hack will work fine for LAN games.

Ultra/Super-Wide (21:9/32:9) Specific Solution & Issues

Eyefinity / Surround Specific Solution & Issues

4k UHD Specific Solution & Issues
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Submitted by Paddy the Wak on 15 May, 2006 - 02:51
Updated by skipclarke on 24 March, 2022 - 16:39