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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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RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By enlil242 on 10/28/2007 11:26:39 PM , Rating: 2
Bring it on!

That makes no sense... Look, I don't mind developers pushing the limits of *current* hardware. That is what I expect them to do. But to create a game that only a future video card / processor can handle is plain stupid and I will not buy a game I cannot play with my system plain and simple...

I just did a wholesale upgrade this past summer complete with and Nforce 680i, Q6600, 8800GTX, 2GB of memory and it seems that I am now just able to play F.E.A.R and Rainbow Six at full settings ... so I guess I'll just pick up Crysis next year or whenver I upgrade again. At least then I'll be able to get it for sub $19.99...

I know with the development cycles the way they are, it may be hard to anticipate the technology that might be availbale when your project is released, but I think they can *try* to make $3,000 machines able to play the game at acceptable settings. (again, see Half Life 2: Orange Box, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, Lost Planet).

So, for all of you out there with 22+ inch monitors that pick it up, enjoy playing at medium settings! ;-)

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By timmiser on 10/29/2007 12:56:32 AM , Rating: 5
You guys must be new to PC gaming because this is how it has always been.

Wing Commander 2 and Links 386 were two games that came out when the 386 was a $3000 PC and that was the minimum but they didn't run great until the 486 came out!

US Navy Fighters was released during the 486 days but it wasn't until 2 years later when you could run it at full resolution and settings. It featured resolutions that were unheard of, you couldn't buy a monitor for under $5000 that supported the resolutions it could support! That was back when everybody had 14" monitors at 640x480 or 800x600 or if you dropped a grand on a 17" monitor you could do 1024x768!

Nascar Racing 2003 and Rally Trophy were another couple games where you could forget about running them at max settings at the time they were released.

Even last year, Microsoft Flight Sim X you STILL can't run at max settings yet and get decent frame rates even with the hottest hardware.

The point is, this is what makes PC gaming what it is... Bleeding edge technology! Any whiners need to get over it or go back to their Xboxes and Playstations!

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By NicePants42 on 10/30/07, Rating: 0
RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By 1078feba on 10/30/2007 4:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
Gonna run the demo tonight on my dual Ultras, will report back once I get the chance.

I can say it with confidence right now though: if it chugs at all at 1680x1050 at medium/meduim-high settings, I will be pissed rofl.

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