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More of the same
By fri2219 on 6/25/2008 11:33:13 AM , Rating: -1
Bleah, wake me when ATI or NVIDIA puts out a Crysis friendly card that doesn't double as a space heater and sucks less power.

Bigger isn't better, just ask anyone with a tumor.




RE: More of the same
By Parhel on 6/25/2008 11:48:34 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
wake me when ATI or NVIDIA puts out a Crysis friendly card


Have you considered that maybe Crysis is the problem here, not the cards?


RE: More of the same
By Belard on 6/25/2008 2:53:21 PM , Rating: 2
Well, kind of.

With the effects the game is trying to do, it's pushed way pass the abilities of yesterdays and todays video cards.

It's amazing, when Crysis first came out - a $600 GeForce 8800GTX was the best in town. Now a $200 video card is even faster. Sometimes its less than $200.

Play a UT3 game which also looks great, but not the same tech shows some possible problems with Crysis - but how many games have the vegatiation level? Hell, UT3 ran at about 35fps (1024x768 MAX details) on a GF7600GT and AMD x2 3800, not bad.

I've played Crysis on a 3850 card in med/High details on 1280x900 res, it looks great and played well. How much better is MAX details?

How did the Crysis team develop this game back in the day when the best was the ATI 1900 and GF 7800 cards?


RE: More of the same
By ChronoReverse on 6/26/2008 1:17:03 AM , Rating: 2
Crysis Warhead is supposed to run a lot better according to the developers. They also said they haven't rolled it back into Crysis as a patch because of time or something.


RE: More of the same
By Mitch101 on 6/25/2008 12:55:25 PM , Rating: 3
Look on the bright side by the time a mainstream video card plays the game at decent rates it will be on the $4.99 bargain shelf.

Plenty of other games to play in the mean time.

Actually what I dont like is why cant they take resolutions down on each video card until the game plays at 30fps and 60fps. For instance lets say the radeon 3850 plays the game at 1024x768 at 30FPS instead of showing it will play at 2FPS at 763427861726 x 76482394 resolution. The way the review sites portray the game you would think no video card exists that you can play the game on.

You know If I knew what resolution I could play the game at decent frame rates I might have bought the game. This is poor execution on the part of the review sites. Ok so I can only play it at 1024x768 thats fine by me. Arent games supposed to be about gameplay? I can name plenty of pretty games that are horrible to play.


RE: More of the same
By Visual on 6/26/2008 2:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
If you have a TFT, as you should by now anyway, then you only want to play it at native resolution.

The game does have lower quality settings and is playable on many cards now - there is no excuse to not buy it. Or try the demo at least... don't just judge it by video card benchmarks.

These articles are focusing on the hardware, trying to stress it out the most, to show what it is capable of and where it tops out - it is not at all a review of the games, their prettiness or gameplay. So I don't see why your comment winded up in this direction.


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