Will my computer run Far Cry 3?
Did Vaas ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Well, he might have his interpretation, but the people here at CanYouRunIT believe the definition to be buying a game before checking out the system requirements. It’s even important when checking out older games like Far Cry 3 and Grand Theft Auto V. When Far Cry 3 initially came out, a lot of people believed it to be the best shooter released in the year 2012. One of the best parts about playing older games is that they become more accessible to play in terms of hardware needed to run them (not to mention the discounts and sales!). Even though Far Cry 3 had some of the most intense system requirements for its time, most modern computers should be able to pass the minimum specs.
If you want to pass the minimum system requirements for Far Cry 3, you only need a 512 MB DirectX 9.0c capable video card that is as powerful as a GeForce GTX 8800 or Radeon HD 2900. Almost 90% of the Nvidia cards that are tested on CanYouRunIT would be over this mark. That’s pretty impressive considering that only about 38% of people pass the minimum requirements for its modern successor, Far Cry 5. So once your PC has the video card requirement on lock down, you just need an older dual-core CPU like a Core 2 Duo E6700 or an Athlon 64 X2 6000+.
The game uses Dunia, a modified version of the powerful CryEngine, and it continued to power the Far Cry series through Far Cry Primal in 2016. What’s great about this engine is that it supports a wide variety of cards ranging from DirectX9 all the way up to DirectX11. This opens up the possibilities for a lot more PC gamers to get involved with playing Far Cry 3. If you are on the lower end of PCs that passes the minimum requirements for it, you will probably need to turn down some graphics settings, like those for water physics. This is important to note for people who just want to play the game and don’t care as much about pushing the game to its graphical potential.
The brilliant thing about the development of Dunia was its (for the time) unparalleled ability to implement water physics while also controlling many other aspects of the game like the dynamic weather system. In order to appreciate all of these graphical and computing advances, gamers found themselves needing a cutting edge computer at the time of release. However, in today’s world, the recommended video requirement of a GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7970 are considered much closer to the midrange than topend. If computers only needed a video card to run, they’d be so much cheaper to build! But we still need a CPU to hit that pass mark on the recommended requirements for Far Cry 3. Ubisoft set this mark at Intel’s Core i7-2700k and AMD’s FX-4150. If your PC can pass these recommended requirements, it can also pass about 90% of virtually all existing PC games on the market.