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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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I am impressed!
By Martimus on 10/30/2007 3:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have a semi-old system (I bought it around 3 years ago at tax time), yet I was able to play the demo at 1024x768 with low settings without even the slightest noticable frame-rate slow down. Beyond that, the low graphics settings still look very good on the game, so it still looked better than the STALKER game I have at high settings. I thought I would have to wait until I buy a better system to play Crysis like I do with Bioshock (since I don't have SM 3.0 - I have an X800 XL), but it looks good enough to play and enjoy on the computer I already have. I am very impressed that Crytek was able to make such a top line game scale so well to lower end systems without sacrificing much graphically. Other than water, everything on the Island looks great, and even the water isn't bad, it just looks like water from an average game.

RE: I am impressed!
By Captain Orgazmo on 10/30/2007 5:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 2900XT, and believe me, it doesn't look nearly as good on medium or lower compared to high and above. High shaders compared to medium is like night and day on how objects appear lit, and the whole depth of color and brightness in the scence. Other settings which require SM 3.0 also make a huge difference in appearance, and the overall realistic look and feel of the game. Unfortunately, all these great looks come at the cost of performance: Crysis cannot be run as it was meant to be seen on current hardware.

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