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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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Settle down
By Egglick on 10/28/2007 6:00:02 AM , Rating: 2
If I remember correctly, the Far Cry demo wasn't completely polished either. Performance improved a bit with the final release, and also when ATI/NVidia optimized their drivers.

Bottom line, you can still expect a decent percentage of improvement with high-end cards. Midrange and older cards, not so much (or not enough to change a whole lot).

RE: Settle down
By mmntech on 10/28/2007 11:12:53 AM , Rating: 2
It could possibly be a beta demo. I know the Flight Simulator X demo didn't run as well as the final version.

Looks like I'm going to have to skip this one. If it's putting 8800 systems through the ringer, I doubt my 7600GS will even load the title screen. lol. That's why I've kind of given up on PC gaming. I enjoy it but my banker doesn't. Hopefully they'll follow through with the rumored console version, even at reduced quality, because Crysis does look like a decent game.

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