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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 phaxmohdem on 10/29/2007 1:24:57 PM , Rating: 2
AMD Athlon X2 6000+ (3.0gHz)
4GB RAM Crucial XMS2 DDR2 800
eVGA 8800GTX @ stock
Dual Raptor 150GB App/OS Drive (RAID-0)
Win XP SP2
1600x1200 Res

At high settings with 2x AA enabled, I was averaging close to 20ish FPS just wandering around with no action. Low teens under heavy fire.

with no AA, the game would hover between 25-30FPS when there was not crap blowing up all around, during massive action, it would dip into the high teens.

Overall the game was totally playable without AA enabled @ all high settings @ 1600x1200 on my setup, and the picture quality honestly looked about the same as with 2x AA

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