News Summary:

29/11/2012 version 1.1 released!! Added download and replaced the screenshots with 3 new ones from v1.1. The videos are still v1.0 footage. Changes include brightened shadows, darkened desert, reduced bloom and more visible and vibrant sky. 

Background:


I wanted to create the perfect graphical enhancement for Far Cry 2 - one where the colours are bright and realistic, not bland and brown. One of the issues I encountered is the game's vast array of settings from bright desert to dark, shadowy lush jungle. 

Using CeeJay (of guru3D.com)'s SweetFX Shader Suite package I was able to integrate SMAA anti-aliasing, custom HDR, Bloom, shadow gamma adjustments and a whole lot of other technologies to change the look of the game. 

 I have spent hours upon hours customizing the configuration file in SweetFX to best suit Far Cry 2. I think what I have arrived at is truly excellent and makes the game look amazing. 

Installation

1) Copy all contents of this folder to the /bin directory in your Far Cry 2 installation folder. For Steam users this can be found in C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/common/far cry 2

 2) I highly recommend you also copy config.txt into My Documents/My Games/Far Cry 2 directory and add the following line to your Far Cry 2 launch parameters without quotations "-exec config.txt". This will turn off in-game bloom, hdr and other tweaks that will conflict with the mod. 

To add launch parameters for Steam users, right click on Far Cry 2 in your games list, click Properties, then click Set Launch Options and type "-exec config.txt" without quotations. 

 For non-Steam users right click on FarCry2.exe in your Far Cry 2/bin folder and click Creat Shortcut. Right click the shortcut and under the shortcut tab in the Target field add "-exec config.txt" without quotations at the end of the line. It should read something like

.../far cry 2/bin/FarCry2.exe" -exec config.txt

3) I also recommend customizing your in-game settings as below;
- Leave Brightness, Gamma and Contrast neutral
- All graphical settings should be maxed except Shadows, Shader and Geometry. I have these one notch down from max to improve FPS performance. 
- Widescreen tick box enabled for modern resolutions

- The mod will run automatically when you launch the exe/shortcut or from Steam.


Troubleshooting:


- Press SCROLL LOCK on your keyboard to disable/enable the mod in-game. If there is no change then the mod probably isn't running.

- Make sure all overlay software is disabled. Overlay software includes FRAPS or other software that displays or records FPS, or in-game video and screenshots.

- Make sure you have DirectX 10 enabled in the game settings before installing. The mod is reported to work in DirectX 9 but, if your graphics card can handle DirectX 10 it is highly recommended. 

- If you are getting the Far Cry 2 splash screen but the game doesn't appear to be launching open your nVidia/AMD control panel settings and restore everything to default. Far Cry 2 doesn't like the control panel trying to force its settings on the game. 

- It goes without saying but make sure you have the latest patch from Ubisoft installed if you are using a non-Steam version.

- If you are running the non-Steam version, try launching FarCry2.exe directly with administrator rights rather than any shortcut to the exe. This has fixed launch issues in some circumstances.

- If you are experiencing low FPS there may be a conflict between your onboard GPU and your graphics card. Try forcing your graphics card on in your nVidia/AMD control panel. Alternatively, deleting d3d9.dll may fix the problem (but only if you are running DIrectX 10 version of the game). 

Editing:

- You can further modify the config by editing  SweetFX_settings.txt in your Far Cry 2/bin folder. If you want to alt-tab and do this in-game you may have to press PAUSE BREAK to reload the changes once you save the txt file

- You can take in-game sceenshots using the PRINT SCREEN button which is saved under the Far Cry 2/bin folder as a bitmap image.


Recommendations and Other Tips:


- For modern high dpi mice you may need to edit GamerProfile.xml under My Documents/my games/Far Cry 2. The "GameProfile Sensitivity" field is the one you want to change. For 3500dpi mice I use 0.15. Note that if you subsequently open your settings game you will need to edit this file again as the game will overwrite your changes.

- If you are getting random crashes after long gaming sessions this is likely to do with the Memory Leak issue in DirectX10. This was never patched out by Ubisoft, so make sure you save often. 

- Field of View (FOV) is not directly editable but if you tick the Widescreen box in Display Settings the FOV is far more suited to modern widescreen resolutions (1080p)

- Add the following line witout quotations to your shortcut or steam launch parameters to skip the unskippable start-up movie "-GameProfile_SkipIntroMovies 1" - Upon launch just press enter repeatedly to get straight into where you last left off. 

 - Run this mod together with the latest version of Dylan's Far Cry 2 Realism Mod for an optimal Far Cry 2 experience and probably one of the best games in the world, period. Link below
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5 comments by sproyd on Nov 29th, 2012

I'm still waiting to start my new job so spent 5 hours today updating to v1.1 
 There are some big changes in v1.1 over v1.0. There is now a config.txt file that once setup per installation instructions will execute console commands upon launch. These are tweaks and adjustments to prevent in-game setting conflicting with the mod.


 Secondly, there has been an overhaul to the HDR so the extremes shouldn't be so bright/dark as many users commented. The difficulty with tweaking this game is that you need to be able to show bright desert, shadowy plains and lush jungle in the viewable spectrum of light. I was able to make tweaks through SweetFX to shadow gamma that allowed me to keep the mod colourful and bright during the day but lift the darkness of the shadows and indoors. Also, the desert should not be blindingly bright anymore - still bright but you should be able to see where you are going!

Let me know thoughts!

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sproyd's SweetFX Graphical Enhancement Config v1.1

sproyd's SweetFX Graphical Enhancement Config v1.1

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Changes are numerous but primarily the mod now includes a config.txt that once setup per instructions will execute console commands upon launch. Other...

sproyd's SweetFX Graphical Enhancement Config v1.0

sproyd's SweetFX Graphical Enhancement Config v1.0

Nov 24, 2012 Full Version 3 comments

Install by placing all of the files and folders into Far Cry 2/bin directory.

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unmeaty
unmeaty Aug 6 2013, 10:34pm says:

This is an excellent mod, but I keep getting CTD without an error message after 5 to ten minutes. I've seen several other people with the same problem. I've tried all of the troubleshooting methods you mentioned and some of my own, to no avail. I'm using a retail (non steam) version patched to 1.03 on windows 7 64 bit. It only works on DX10, and only for 5 to ten minutes. I've tried all of your tips, I've tried resetting all of my nvidia global commands, I installed it just as you explained. I've started it with a shortcut and config extension, directly from the exe file, I've varied my framerates in game and in your config file, turned vsync on and off, no dice. I have a nice system, core i7 IB with a EVGA gtx780 SC on a SSD, when it runs it looks great and gets great fps with all setting maxed. I have 16 GB of RAM, so if this is a DX10 memory leak that's a hell of a leak. I'm using Dylan's realism mod as well...

I'll be happy to provide you with any troubleshooting assistance / info you require, I'm sure there are many people who would be appreciative of a fix - myself included. If I find a solution I will post it everywhere I've seen this problem mentioned (mainly youTube) but any advice would be great.

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cessnicalocomun
cessnicalocomun Jan 4 2014, 4:41pm replied:

Same here.

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pet131
pet131 Apr 25 2013, 8:09pm says:

For me to pick up Far Cry 2 in 2013, I had to have a couple of good reasons.
One of them is this thing.
It’s “VIBRANCE” option made Far Cry 2 playable this time around! The other options are also very nice enhancements, but not very “realistic” for my specs (E8400+HD4890=DX9).
I combined this “VIBRANCE” option (#define Vibrance 0.4) with “Dylan’s Realism mod” and now I’m one happy peppy gamer. TY for this one!

Far Cry in 2013
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SourHyperion1
SourHyperion1 Mar 17 2013, 1:30pm says:

Gah. I can't get it to start. It shows the splash screen and then crashes. Any suggestions?

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sproyd
sproyd Feb 22 2013, 6:29pm replied:

Hi There.

Hmmm - I'm not sure about whether SLI would be causing issues. Try taking out one of your cards - a single 570 should be enough to run at a decent frame rate.

Please report back either way.

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KuroiChocolate
KuroiChocolate Jan 8 2013, 9:57pm says:

It is wonderful.
Can you make some new weapons and can equip any weapon for any gun slot ?
Sorry about my English.

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lambdist
lambdist Jan 7 2013, 3:10pm says:

I hope that sproyd will add this config in next version.
If anyone plays on Windows XP (but you want photorealistic graphical enchancement), so you need to disable all features except these good ones:
1) #define USE_SMAA_ANTIALIASING 1.
SMAA Anti-aliasing (optional, if you need better antialiasing and optimisation just enable this one and disable ingame one)
2) #define USE_DPX 1
Cineon DPX (makes graphics more realistic, improves saturation, gamma, contrast etc)
3) #define USE_TONEMAP 1
Tonemap (optional, good addition to DPX option, fixes DPX's contrast and gamma if it looks unrealistic on your monitor)
4) #define SMAA_DIRECTX9_LINEAR_BLEND 1 (improves antialiasing, only if DX9 hardware).

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