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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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My results
By FITCamaro on 10/29/2007 7:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
E6600 @ 3.0GHz
512MB X1950XTX w/ Catalyst 7.10
2x74GB Raptors in RAID0
22" LCD 1680x1050

Playing at 1400x1050(I don't know why but 1680x1050 wasn't an option) with everything high but 3 settings (shadows, volumetric effects, and one other) I averaged 20 fps. Was completely playable. I'm sure when I hit some scenes with a lot going on I might slow down a bit but we'll have to see. I'm gonna wait a month and see what the 8800GT and new 3800 series from ATI is like. Might upgrade. Who knows, might grab a quad core too.

RE: My results
By TimberJon on 10/29/2007 12:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
Beautiful! I expect the final to have a little more polish, and perhaps run better when the entire game is installed.

Custom CyberPower Infinity SLI KO
X6800 paired w/Asus P5W water cooled
ATI X1950 256 Mb
Raid1 - 2x 250GB SATAII
3 GB PC6400 Dominators
UltraSharp 2007FP

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