How to Fix: Far Cry 3 - Black Screen / Launch Failure / Crash

Far Cry 3

Fix Far Cry 3 Errors

Ubisoft really knows how to make a great game.

And that can be seen VERY easily when playing Far Cry 3, which was just recently released.

You can get it the usual ways -- on Steam, CD / DVD, Origin, etc. It's also available on all platforms -- Windows PC, Xbox 360, and of course PlayStation 3 (PS3).

Playing as Jason Brody, you destroy everyone, and everything, that crosses your path.

After downloading the game (digital copy) or installing it through a disc, you may encounter or simply notice that Far Cry 3 fails to launch. This can be in the form of a Far Cry 3 Black Screen or simply you launching the game and nothing happens. Alternatively, an error message could pop up too indicating that Far Cry 3 crashed.

Far Cry 3: Fix Game Launch Failure

There are some common ways to solve an annoying problem with the game not opening correctly. Whether you are using Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or even the beloved Windows XP, all of these methods work just the same (for the most part). Follow the guide below to troubleshoot your way into finding a solution to get your Far Cry III game running.

-- Install PunkBuster manually via the support folder! Thanks SUNSPY
-- Included with the game is a DirectX install (this is with Steam copies as well). INSTALL IT! This can also fix audio / no sound issues for FC3.
-- You may be tired of hearing this, but update your NVIDIA, ATI, Intel, etc -- graphics card drivers to the LATEST version! These new video card drivers supply great hotfixes for games that solve a lot of different bugs and glitches by tweaking how the drivers / card interfaces with the game. They provide a good increase in the rate of frames per second (FPS) as well, so if your game was going to stutter, then it could help that as well as solve problems with crashing and black screen on launch.
-- Depending on when you view this guide, make sure you immediately patch your game with the latest available patch.
-- Validate / Revalidate your game cache if you are using Steam!
-- Set your game compatibility mode to Windows XP SP3 (right click the EXE -> Properties -> Compatibility Settings)
-- It is never ideal, but try running under "Administrator Mode"
-- Change your screen resolution to something lower
-- Certain codecs can cause issues with games so keep that in mind (this rarely happens though so don't count on it)

These are all the fixes available as of right now. Expect more to come soon -- so if you didn't solve your problem yet, come back tomorrow for more game-specific Far Cry 3 game fixes!

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  • By XxCaben37, December 29, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Thank you for this!
    I am updating NVIDIA and hope it will work 😀
    I think so cause I have never updated it once taking some times but worth it thank you 🙂

  • By nab, December 30, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    XxCaben37, so you haven't try the solution, and you already thanking fot it?

  • By aphextwinaka, January 2, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Whether the fix works or not the author still put the time and effort into writing the article and deserves thanks.

  • By SUNSPY, January 18, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    I got this on Steam. Black screen screwed me.

    The "first time run" doesn't seem to install PB. At least thats what happened to me.

    Go to install folder \ support and install Punkbuster manually

    Works now.

  • By UpwardGaming, January 18, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the tip 🙂 Will be sure to add it to the list of fixes!

  • By biggyb, January 26, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

    Thank you for the information. This worked perfectly.

  • By Sidharth, February 16, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    After a loading screen the game crashes back 2 desktop sayin bex error.. Any solution buddies ?

  • By nah, March 3, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    where can i download this fix from ??!

  • By rizzeh, March 4, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    If you have Steam install make sure to launch Uplay separately from windows menu after install, it would update uplay and game should load normally via steam.

  • By hassan, January 4, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    not works

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