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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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For those of us with modest rigs...
By sh3rules on 10/28/2007 5:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
...not all is lost. I have to run everything on low, but I still get some decent gameplay. I can still have fun with the game until I get a new rig, since the gameplay is better than FarCry. I had fun with the demo, even though I had to run it at 1024 x 768 (the game looks like FarCry at this setting, which is not that bad).

RE: For those of us with modest rigs...
By walk2k on 10/28/2007 7:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
Plays great at 800x600 on Low settings and still looks pretty good. Not nearly as good as High/etc but not horrible either, totally acceptable for a low spec.

AMD X2 4400+ (dual core 2.2ghz) 2GB ram, 7800GT (256MB)

RE: For those of us with modest rigs...
By walk2k on 10/28/2007 7:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Now set rez to 1280x1024 panel and Medium settings, bit choppy but very playable. On High it really grinds though.

For reference this system gets 4000 in 3dMark06

By sh3rules on 10/29/2007 8:47:33 AM , Rating: 2
At least you have double core. My rig:

Athlon 64 3000+
6800GT 256

Probably I have the lowest specs here, but Crysis still runs on the lowest settings. With everything on high the game looks amazing (since it's a slide show, you have time to appreciate the details). Sometime in the next 4-5 months I'll be getting a new machine, and I'll get one of those quad core CPUs; I've been saving for a while.

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