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"Able to be detached from its mount, the HMG can be used as a portable weapon of pure carnage but be careful, it's got some kick!"
―In-game description

The M3 Scwarz HMG, or simply HMG (Heavy Machine Gun) is a belt-fed, crew-served mounted heavy weapon developed by Schwarz Systems USA. It is arguably one of the most powerful non-explosive weapon that the player can obtain.


The following text is taken from Weapon Focus section of the official Crysis website (now dead):

HMG: The HMG is a belt-fed, crew-served heavy weapon developed by Schwarz Systems USA. Even several decades after the end of the Cold War the HMG is among the first high-caliber weapons designed from state-of-the-art materials. Manufactured from highly durable carbon fibers, the HMG replaces a class of weapons that have been in service for more than a century in some cases.

Chambered for the heavy .50 HMG cartridge, the machine gun can deal out a punishing amount of fire power. Fifty-cal rounds easily penetrate non-reinforced cover and even lightly armored vehicles. The effect versus soft targets is simply devastating. The large caliber comes at a price, however, making the weapon hard to control in automatic fire despite its advanced recoil-dampening and stabilization mechanism.

While the HMG is still too heavy and cumbersome to be effectively used by a single soldier without Nanosuit augmentation, deploying HMGs on vehicle mounts or around fortified positions in overlapping fields of fire can empower infantry to bring down anything thrown at them short of a tank.[1]

Combat Tips[]

  • The HMG is a weapon that must be obtained as soon one is found. This is one of the best ways to conserve ammo on other weapons.
  • If the player finds an HMG that has more rounds than the one they already possess, they should switch to it.
  • Dropping an HMG in an elevator will usually, but not always, cause it to disappear.
  • The HMG takes 3 swings to detach from its mount, but Armor Mode reduces it to 1 swing. Switching to Armor Mode for this extra bonus as well as extra protection is recommended. Alternatively, press E to use it, then press your melee key to remove it from its mount by hand.
  • Players cannot access objectives when holding an HMG, so they should simply drop it.
  • Firing from a turret increases its accuracy, but does not give it extra ammo. It is also impossible to reload, unlike the Minigun from Crysis.
  • Aiming with this weapon while holding down the Power button will greatly increase its accuracy. Doing this is recommended due to scarce ammunition.
  • The HMG has superior stopping power and can take down most types of targets. As ammo can be scarce, the player should remember to fire in bursts when facing lightly armored targets and fire it fully automatically when facing armored targets like the Ceph Devastator Units. It only takes 50 bullets can kill a Ceph Devastator in Soldier difficulty.
  • The HMG is a very common weapon, appearing in almost every level.


Accuracy: 5

Rate of fire: 6

Mobility: 1

Damage: 8

Range: 5


  • Hidden in the game files are two unused variants of the HMG: a grenade-launching variant and an auto-turret variant. The grenade-launching variant has the same firing sound as the regular variant, but it shoots grenades instead of .50 BMG rounds. The auto-turret variant is basically a modified HMG that automatically fires at any enemy AI, but has no firing sound. In Crysis 3, they return as the Automatic Grenade Launcher, the AGL and the C.E.L.L. Sentinel.


Weapons in Crysis 2
Sidearms M12 NovaHammerAY-69Majestic
Sub-Machine Guns FelineK-Volt
Assault Rifles SCARGrendelSCARAB
Sniper Rifles DSG-1Gauss Rifle
Shotguns JackalMarshall
Heavy Mk.60 MOD 0L-TAGX-43 MIKEHMG
Explosives M17 Frag GrenadeM34 Flashbang (Final beta only, scrapped during release) • JAWC4Swarmer
Melee Knife
Sidearm attachments FlashlightLaser sightSilencerExtended Clip
Assault weapon attachments SilencerExtended ClipLight ShotgunGrenade LauncherGauss attachmentHolographic DecoyAssault ScopeFlashlightReflex SightLaser sightIron Sights
Other attachments Sniper scope
Weapons in Crysis 3
Secondary M12 NovaHammer IIAY-69Majestic-Six
Sub-Machine Guns Feline X3TyphoonK-Volt
Assault Rifles SCAR Mod 2GrendelSCARAB Mod 2FY71MTakedownClaw
Sniper Rifles DSG-1Predator BowGauss Sabot Gun
Shotguns Alpha JackalMarshallRhino
Heavy Mk.60 MOD 0L-TAGO.G.R.X-43 MIKE
Explosives M17 Frag GrenadeM19 EMP GrenadeM34 FlashbangJAWREX ChargeSwarmer
Support Bolt SniperIncineratorPinch RifleReaper CannonX-PACHMGAGL
Melee KnifeFistsShield
Barrel attachments BayonetMatch BarrelMuzzle BrakeSilencer
Scope Iron SightsAssault ScopeLaser sightReflex SightSniper scopeTech Scope
Under Barrel attachments Extended ClipDual MagazineForegripGauss attachmentGrenade LauncherHolographic decoy • Mini Typhoon
Skin Standard • C.E.L.L.
  1. "Crysis 2 Weapon Focus: HMG." March 26, 2011.