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Crysis demo released; gamers lament the weakness of their PC hardware

Gamers who recently spent a considerable sum of money on a high-end video card will finally find that their piece of hardware is no longer overkill. That’s right, the Crysis single-player demo is here as promised by the developers late last month.

The demo was originally set for release on September 25, but developer Crytek decided to push the public debut date back a month in the interest of quality. The retail date of November 16 still appears to be on-track.

“We are taking some extra time to make sure you that you have an amazing experience but also we did not want to risk the release date of Crysis at this stage,” Cevat Yerli, CEO of Crytek, explained regarding the delay. “To get the game into your hands by November the 16th, we had to make this call.”

The demo may be downloaded directly from an EA Canada web server. The 1.77GB download includes the entire first level and the CryEngine 2 - Sandbox 2 game editor, giving the community an opportunity to get familiar with the tools before the retail game ships.

As should be well known by now, Crysis is the most hardware-demanding game to ship this year. Those who are interested in diving into the demo should read the official system requirements and recommendations before downloading.

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just played it
By TMV192 on 10/28/2007 1:58:42 AM , Rating: 1
Definitely an improvement over the beta, but it's no Unreal 3 Engine. I haven't tried scaling it much but I can say at medium it looks a lot like Far Cry on Ultra High. Mostly my Orleans 3500+ holding me, I got 2GB DDR2 800 RAM and an X1900GT

RE: just played it
By Griswold on 10/28/2007 5:58:08 AM , Rating: 2
No, its not your CPU its your D3D9 card that holds you back.

RE: just played it
By hadifa on 10/28/2007 6:14:17 AM , Rating: 2
It is both the CPU and the GPU but considering this game can benefit from a quad core and considering the resolution (800*600) it is more the CPU.

I read a post from Crytech developers a few days ago which said if you have a balanced PC, you should first try to upgrade the CPU or something like that.

RE: just played it
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/29/2007 7:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't seen it taxing my quad core, but it does beat my graphics card into the ground.

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