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post #11 of 27
I downloaded and patched my copy of Far Cry with the 64-bit update and the 64-bit Exclusive Content update. It seems to run slighly faster despite the fact it's running on a 32-bit OS.

I just need to get to the Pier level now so I can see what some of this Exclusive Content really is...
post #12 of 27
FarCry 64 looks better on my cousins machine for sure. And I get 60 more FPS with CS:S 64. And yes I use it on XP64, I have a dual booting system.
post #13 of 27
I use it on bog standard windows XP Home (32-bit) though I did this;

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What is FarCry 64-bit content?

The AMD64 Enhanced Content Update was released as an optional download in May 2005 to showcase improvements in FarCry made possible by AMD's 64-bit architecture.

These AMD 64 update additions include:

* Optimised and refactored code to take advantage of 64 bit architecture.
* Two AMD64 exclusive multiplayer maps – MP_Stronghold and MP_Gorge
* Added Offset bump mapping support.
* Added higher resolution textures and objects.
* Increased some viewing distances
* Updated the Pier level with new content

When released, these updates required an AMD Athlon 64 processor and Windows Professional x64 Retail Version to be installed, otherwise the updates could not be applied. However, it has since been discovered that is possible to apply these updates to FarCry on a system with a 64-bit CPU/32-bit OS (Win XP) and even a 32-bit CPU/32-bit OS (Win XP).


How to install the AMD64 updates:

Firstly, thanks to Guinny at the OcUK forums who originally posted this there. He in turn thanks unstrain1969 from the Far Cry forums for originally getting this to work, as well as Moth from the 3DGPU forums and the guys at Beyond3D, where he picked this up.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE:

1. Download the AMD64 Upgrade (486MB) and AMD64 Exclusive Content Update (422MB)
2. Before installing the files, make sure that you have the Windows Installer 3.1 package on your system -- if you keep your system regularly updated via Windows Update it should already be installed, alternatively download and install the redistributable from Microsoft.

3. Extract each upgrade to a separate directory, e.g. C:\\FC64U for the upgrade and C:\\FC64ECU for the exclusive content.

4. Select the START menu and then Run... and in turn, browse to the directory to where the update/content executable was extracted, but don't run it yet. It doesn't matter in which order this is done.

5. So, for the upgrade, you would select C:\\FC64U and select the farcry_amd64upgrade_us_uk.exe file and press Open, but do not press OK yet. Add /a to the line present in the Run... command and then press OK, i.e. you should have the following in the Run... command before pressing OK:
"C:\\FC64U\\farcry_amd64upgrade_us_uk.exe" /a

Press OK and the extraction process will now begin.

6. Do the same thing for the exclusive content update -- so, using the directories listed above, the following path would be indicated in the Run... command:

"C:\\FC64ECU\\farcry_amd64_ecu.exe" /a

Press OK and wait for the extraction to complete.

7. While extracting, both processes may appear to hang/stall, but you should notice that the HDD will be very active during the extraction and it will take a couple of minutes for each one to complete.

8. After both extraction processes have completed, go to each directory (again, it doesn't matter in which order this done) where the files have been extracted and then select all files and folders within ...\\Far Cry folder and copy them over to your Far Cry install directory.

So, for the upgrade you would navigate to
C:\\FC64U\\Program Files\\Ubisoft\\Crytek\\Far Cry

and for the exclusive content update you would navigate to
C:\\FC64ECU\\Program Files\\Ubisoft\\Crytek\\Far Cry

and in turn select all the files within the ...\\Far Cry directory and copy them over to your Far Cry game install directory, e.g.
D:\\Far Cry

Ignore any warnings and select yes, overwrite all if prompted.

9. When done, run the game. If it has worked you will see an AMD64 animated video before the Far Cry menu appears.

10. Enjoy!
post #14 of 27
I have played through both versions and there's not a whole lot of difference. Mostly the view distance is better and some textures look better but not everything. All that and performance is the same, so not bad. Also the game is very playable; I was expecting it to be crashing left and right with the beta drivers and all but it ran rock solid and never had a single issue.

Also this quote is importiant to take into consideration, and beware that it's the same with a lot of 64 bit games.

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Originally Posted by AnandTech
AMD's goals are quite admirable, but the fact of the matter is that none of the visual improvements enabled by the Far Cry patches had anything to do with AMD64 or EM64T. They are artificially limited to run on those platforms alone, but could work just as well on a 32-bit platform.
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t4ct1c47, will your procedure run on an intel CPU??
    
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If it is EM64T enabled (64 bit) and your CPU is not, the 5x1, 6xx, 8xx and 9xx CPUs are currently 64 bit to my knowledge....(desktop CPUs) me n you both have the 530J, im not sure about you but I got mine the 3rd day they came out so I got some good use out of mine so im not dissapointed in the least that its not 64 bit lol.
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If it is EM64T enabled (64 bit) and your CPU is not, the 5x1, 6xx, 8xx and 9xx CPUs are currently 64 bit to my knowledge....(desktop CPUs) me n you both have the 530J, im not sure about you but I got mine the 3rd day they came out so I got some good use out of mine so im not dissapointed in the least that its not 64 bit lol.
well, it's not what i expected, but maybe i wanted too much from it. i bought it a couple of weeks after it came out. and i did get some good use out of it too.
    
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t4ct1c47, will your procedure run on an intel CPU??
Sorry for the late reply.

It doesn't matter if you have a 64-bit capable (Athlon 64/EM64T) CPU or not because the software isn't running in 64-bit.

In short, yes it will work. The optimisations of the 64-bit patch don't need 64-bit software or hardware to run. They may have been designed to improve performance for people using Windows x64 but they still give slight benefits like increased view distances to those still using a 32-bit OS. There's also the Exclusinve Content which I have yet to see myself as I've only just started playing though the game again.

I think I'll submit this as an FAQ.

If anyoone has any problems installing the 64-bit patches onto their Far Cry feel free to PM me.
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thank you t4ct1c47, i'll try that.

i do not plan to install winXP 64 bit, even if i'll be buying and AMD 64 soon.
    
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post #20 of 27
I don't know about you guys; but it looks the samething to me on a 32bit.
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