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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 10/29/2007 4:41:44 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmm, I installed the hotfix during the demo install. It is worth noting that it is not by any means unplayable. I just had to lower the settings, turn of AA, AF if I was to keep playing at 1920x1200. And even though I did that, it chugged in parts. I have just been getting used to games finally running like silk on my machine since I upgraded...

To Timmiser: I am by no means new to gaming. Since Pong I think I have played almost all types of consoles and PC games. Plus I jumped on the 3D train full force when I forked over the cash to upgrade my game system with a DUAL Diamond Monster 3D card setup! ($700 for both in 1996/97). My point is, it doesn't make me a n00b or a console head to want *current* games to take advantage of *current* hardware. I guess it's the software that pushes harware vendors to up the ante...

For that I'll wait to play the game until it plays the way I like it. Simple as that. Perhaps when the '9800GTX' comes out.

RE: Q6600 and 8800GTX?
By timmiser on 11/1/2007 5:27:57 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes new games will come out that push the latest hardware to their limits and sometimes the new hardware that comes out has no software to push it to the limit. Either way, some people get annoyed at this which is what I don't understand.

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