TechSpot

Far Cry, Best Singleplayer FPS Ever?

By (=DoM=)
Mar 27, 2004
  1. werty316

    werty316 TS Rookie Posts: 246

    Far Cry is starting to show the potential of some people's systems. My bro has a a.4GHz Thunderbird with a KT266A mobo and a ATI 8500LE and he can barely run the game at 800x600 at low settings. I as glad my system can run it. Only slowed down once so far.

    Upgrading is gonna be needed for DOOM3 and Half Life 2 for sure. I was thinking about getting a 9800 and softmodding it to a 9800Pro for around $140. Or I can get a 9800 Pro for $210. Pretty cheap prices

    I found out that V44.65 Nvidia drivers to be the best newer drivers for a GF3 ti500. I get around 9000 points in 3dmark2001SE.
     
  2. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 242

    you gotta give CryTek and UBI credit (more so CryTek) theyve managed to release perhaps the most complex and demanding game to date and for the most part if this thread is anything to go by, they have over 90% stability on peoples PC's, i'd expect it to have major issues with it coming from a not so well known company (CryTek).

    But anyway, all you people who have PC's which reach the games minimum but preferably the recommended spec and still experience slowdowns, do everything suggested in previous posts, dont have AA on etc etc If you still get the dreaded stuttering have a look in the Far Cry official forums (http://www.farcry-thegame.com , i think) if its a major problem im pretty certain there will be a sticky post in the technical support area of the forum, if that still doesnt work, and youve tried the 1.1 patch (which doesnt mention anything about fixing low FPS problems) then your gonna have to wait to see if the v1.2 patch fixes the problem, either that or seriously sort your PC out, rid it of applications you dont want, delete any unwanted programs, clear up as much free hard drive space as possible, then defrag, then go into Start - Run and type "msconfig" click on the "Startup" tab at the end and untick any programs you dont need, if your unsure what something is type in the file into Google and see what it comes up with, there should be at least 1 you can untick.

    Far Cry is a VERY RAM dependant game, all those textures require a hell of a lot of memory, so if possible, as RAM is so cheap nowadays try to get 512mb of the stuff, 1gb if possible, its the cheapest way to upgrade your PC and its deffinately a noticeable performance gain.

    The fastest way i always find to drastcially replenish your PC to its former youth is to reformat, if your PC hasnt been formatted in at least 6months, maybe getting Far Cry to work will get you to do it, as long as you have all your appz on disk you can get it down to a fine art, i can now format and restore all 80gb of stuff onto my HDD in under 3 hours, he he.

    most of those thigns are free and pretty quick to do, but hell, dont live a lie, if your running a Celeron 1gig with 256mb of RAM and a GeForce 4 Ti4200 and your wondering why Far Cry doesnt run too well, maybe now is a time to upgrade, if your planning on playing Half Life 2 / DOom 3 in the near future your gonna have to do it anyway, and with the arrival of mainstream 64-bit CPU's now is as good a time as any to upgrade.
     
  3. gibmerchant

    gibmerchant TS Rookie

    hell yes

    I can't wait to get this one either, especially now that people tell me the demo isn't anything compared to the full game. It's one of those experiences where you know you're playing something that sets a new standard, gives you a glimpse of how complete and convincing game worlds are becoming. Has anyone else spent hours knocking a crate into the water and shooting it to make it roll over, or getting barrels/gas canisters to roll down stairs just to test out the physics. I used a grenade to fling one merc from the top of the stairs in the demo's jungle section down to the beach...hilarious! Physics has never been so sexy.
     
  4. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    ive tried twice to post on this thread - the first time it told me i cant post twice in 75 seconds....so i had to retype - and the second time it told me i had too many images in it??? WTF? i dont have ANY images! :mad:
    So i cant be arsed to type my long post out a third time so just the main point for DOM
    - wrong - 754 & 940 replaced with 939
    - again wrong - xp 64 in public beta release soon & far cry 64 on amd website now to download

    Steg
     
  5. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    Correct Steg but from roadmaps and other information given out by AMD the 754 platform will be kept for some time. Athlon (32bit) XPs with Integrated memory controllers should be coming out for 754 platform and they will continue with a range of 754 Athlon 64s for quite sometime after the 940 platform has vanished for good. The best plan is to wait it out for 939 but if you buy 754 now your not going to find your self out of upgrade options as soon as you might think.
     
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Socket-940 will not fade away, it is & will always be the socket for the Opteron & the Athlon64-FX is nothing more then a rebadged Opteron right now.

    If you buy a board for an Athlon64-FX with a Socket-940 interface, you'll have a board that will also work with 1xx Opterons so all the new Opteron releases will work on it.

    I even think Opteron 1xx chips are selling for cheaper then Athlon64-FX chip, at the same speed.
     
  7. r1_forever

    r1_forever TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Awesome..

    I challenge ANYONE to think of another Pc game including HL-1 (which was about as intense as my granny sewing) that can literally have you ****ing your pants when you're standing in the darkness of some tomb like cavern with only 2 mags left and all you can hear is that growling getting closer and closer! I have the FX5900 and this game is lush! Who gives a rats about HL-2 or D3 when they are not even anywhere NEAR being finshed.
    For anyone who knocks this game that "HAS DECENT HARDWARE" (not geoforce mx anything) tell me the last game that was better. This game will get even better with time and mods, that is a fact. By the way - Can anyone beat this game without the cheats?...lol

    Andrew.

    Watch your language on these forums.
    Didou
     
  8. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 242

    Um, well Half Life 2 is prolly finished now and i suspect Doom 3 will be nearing completion, the day the game is complete isnt the day the game comes out in the shops you know, when the game is complete it has to undergo vigerous debugging and testing, then graded in every country its released for use with different age groups, then it has to be shipped amongst over things, its prolly a month after the game is finished before it is released in stores.

    I can think of a few games other than HL1 which i thought were as consuming as Far Cry;

    First one, Mafia, superb storyline, superb depth to the game, it made me almost put a severed horse head in my parents bed. Superb game

    Second one is MOHAA and CoD, more specifically the Omaha beach landing mission in MOHAA and the Stalingrad landings in CoD, superb set pieces (if a bit distasteful) made you really feel apart of the game.

    Third one, the original Deus-Ex (thought IW was a bit bland) Really gets you thinking, great game.

    4th, Max Payne (1 & 2, more so 2) really stylish game, smooth as a babies arse and overwhelmingly cool in the purest form of the word "Cool"

    Finally, Doom (Original flavour) groundbreaking game, absolutely blew me away back in 1993 (damn is it that old) scared the living s**t out of me too, storyline lacked a bit, but who cares, it was in a different league for many years after its released, Duke Nukem 3D came close for me when that came out in 1995, i loved that game.

    So, with rehards to r1_forever's challenge, i think vie found a few games which are good, other than Far Cry.

    And yes, i did complete it without the cheats, but if you do want to cheat, try the trainer, download it here;
     

    Attached Files:

  9. schizoid77

    schizoid77 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    Just FYI, new Forceware drivers 56.72 fix some FarCry graphical problems...might wanna check it out...

    I know I have some mad glitches that I hope this fixes, but my guess is I will have to wait for Ubisoft to patch again.
     
  10. r1_forever

    r1_forever TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Reply To DoM

    I have to agree with you DoM on your choice of games. You even picked the 2 levels of MoH and CoD that I loved. Max Payne 2 I didnt think was all that good due to the character size of the enemy, they seemed small is all I can say to explain it. I would have like another weapon in Far Cry like an M-60 / chain gun option to carry, but my favorite is the Shotgun or the Sniper! What is it about Sniping someone accross a valley that is so satisfying. My phsycologist says I should try playing MYST to expel these evil tendencies...so I sniped him yesterday!
    Andrew.
     
  11. (=DoM=)

    (=DoM=) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 242

    HA HA HA HA!!!




    *slowly backs towards the door*
     
     
  12. RottweileR

    RottweileR TS Rookie

    single player vs multiplayer

    game is great, but for some reason it runs flawlessly in single player but chops up on multiplayer. The multiplayer will start great but after 5 or 10 minutes it starts consistently chopping, regardless of if im looking at a wall or a base full of players. As soon as I disconnect, the single player still runs fine. Not quite sure what is going on. Also the rockets are pretty overbalanced, not necessarily the 4 shot rocket launcher, but the secondary fire mode of one of the guns where you get 5 rockets before reloading, you can completely dominate the map with that one gun. All in all tho, definetly worth the purchase especially if you have friends in a clan to play it with. What a great time it has been for FPS's lately, UT2004, farcry, still playing planetside here n there.... good times with good titles on the horizon as well
     
  13. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    Okay, i retract my previous statement ** Far Cry Rocks **, don't know about it being the best fps of all time, but certainly the scariest game I can remember playing. Much better than the demo.
     
  14. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Finally got it a couple days ago, but only played it for around 45 minutes. I ran it with all the settings turned up as high as they went, at 1280x1024, and it ran very well, I think in one huge, intense firefight a frame or two may have been skipped, but I don't mind because the game looks so awesome :eek:

    And as for it being RAM-dependent, that's probably right since I recently added 1GB of DDR333 to this machine, which makes it have a total of 1.5GB, both channels at 333.

    Writing about the game makes me want to play it...so yeah, I'm off.
     
  15. Ajax-Alan

    Ajax-Alan TS Rookie

    Hi,
    As a new member I am not sure if this has been debated.

    I have FAR CRY Demo and will shortly be buying the full version. However in the DEMO I find the aiming cross is invisible on a light background. I have overcome this problem like this:-

    Obtain a small piece of semi flexible clear plastic. (I have used a piece of the sealing plastic from a finger plaster cut to size )
    Cut it to about 2cm square and draw a small circle with a wax pencil that is a size that fits into the the inside of the aiming X
    Now draw a cross within the circle.

    When the X is on the screen moisten the other side of the plastic and align on the screen so that the circle is centered within the aiming X. The moisture will hold it in place.

    I have a 19in flat screen Monitor and there is no static on it. A CRT Monitor does have static and the plastic would stay in place without the moisture.

    The thickness of the Flat Screen surface is very thin so there is no paralex to worry about. But a CRT monitor has a glass thickness of about 1.5 cm so you need to align the plastic in line with your eye view of the Aiming Cross.

    It is very effective and you can always see the aiming X no matter what the background is.

    I dont know if the full version has this problem.

    Cheers
    Ajax-Alan
     
  16. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    First pics of FarCry with PS 3.0

    Picture 1 : Before / After

    Picture 2 : Before / After

    Pictures taken from -> Pcper.com

    PS. The before pics are from FarCry running PS 1.x shaders so the effect probably won't be that groundbreaking going from 2.0 shaders on an ATI board to 3.0 shaders on the GF 6800.
     
  17. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,568   +103

    I'd seen this on the Future mark forum.
    Apparently Nvidia had the PS1.0 pictures marked as PS2.0. More controvesy surrounding Nvidia again :rolleyes:
     
  18. OAKside24

    OAKside24 TS Rookie

    FarCry on PCI...

    I run FarCry on PCI baby. I got a new HP ($1100) with ONLY a PCI slot. HP will do that to ya if you don't do your homework... I'm tryin to figure a way to fix that for cheap (PC is 40 days old, model HP Pavilion a424x) got a a550e with AMD64, good audio/graphics and by goda AGP 8x port! Wow!?!

    My PCI machine runs 2.6Ghz, P4, 512 ram with a VisionTek 256MB Radeon 9200 PCI TVout card. Awesome... on low . I CAN'T EVEN GO TO MEDIUM ON A $1100 HP! HAHAHA. It's really not funny. PCI sucks at graphicstuff. Welp, onto my 3200 AMD64...

    HAHAHA...:(

    Any suggestions on a new motherboard for a new HP? Can I put my old Pentium4 2.6GHz into a new mobo? THANKS and enjoy...
     
  19. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Sorry, I just had to...

    LINK

    It's a pic of FarCry running on ATI's R420 :eek:

    *Edit* Wtf is wrong with that link ?? Why does it show up like that ??:suspiciou
     
  20. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 422

    Heh - nice.....wonder what clever shader they used to do that? It will be interesting too see if SM3.0 can do it better :p

    Steg
     
  21. xtrmn8r

    xtrmn8r TS Rookie Posts: 62

    clever shader? mother nature by any chance?

    :rolleyes:
     
  22. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,427

    That pic makes me want a new graphics card. I thought my 9700 Pro was ok for now, but, WOW, I don't see anything that compares with that on my machine.
     
  23. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,565   +329

    Re: FarCry on PCI...

    The problem with your PC performance for running the game is the videocard, I'm impressed how those 256mb can usually mislead a lot of buyers, the video chipset you have (Radeon 9200) is at the bottom of the Radeon line, to give you a good example of what I'm talking about, a 128mb Radeon 9600 can perform twice as fast, RAM amount is not the most important factor for gaming.

    As for that shot from HardOCP, that was an user submit (joke)... unfortunately we are not there yet, that's an actual photo with some Photoshop work on it.
     
  24. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 340

    Best Video Card for FarCry???

    Can anyone provide an analytical method to determine the best videocard for FarCry?
     
  25. escarvajal

    escarvajal TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Just finished Far Cry- ending *spoiler*

    How 'bout that ending?! Not what I expected.

    He gets off the island, and while on the boat administers the antidote to the girl. She recovers while she looks over at a script of 'Far Cry'. That's it! Yehaa!
     
Topic Status:
Not open for further replies.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...


Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.