Originally Posted by FuNkDrSpOt
Half life 2 episode 2 actually looked better than Crysis when you considered what was required to run them at the time.
At the time it required a $500 GPU just to run Crysis on medium-low while you could run HL2EP2 on high and they were very comparable. But its quite obvious that Crysis 'aged' much better. Hell Crysis didn't age at all, it had to wait 2-3 yrs for GPUs and 1080p monitors to catch up.
Yes, but not quite as you're telling it. 2007 was also the year the 8800GT came out, and that card can play the game on high settings at 720p/800p. Many people already had 1680x1050 monitors, but then it seems to me people were more willing to lower monitor resolution, like they had been doing for years, in order to play with higher quality settings.
Also, the HD3850 and HD3870 were released in time for Crysis, and you could play Crysis on medium settings on a Radeon HD 3850.
In fact, I can play Crysis at 720p with medium settings + high shaders on a Radeon HD 4670, which has similar performance to an HD 3850. What you needed was a fast CPU and more than 2 GB of ram. I noticed the difference in frame rates when I upgraded my media center from 2 GB to 4 GB. Considering I was using Windows XP Home Edition, I'd say 3GB would also make the difference.
Sure, Episode 2 still looked good, it had much lower system requirements, and you could see that Valve had made some improvements, but my point was that Valve, seeing the landscape ahead, both hardware (the year quad cores became more or less affordable with the Q6600, both Nvidia and ATI with DX10 cards) and software wise (Windows Vista getting better with fixes, with sp1 on the horizon, better GPU drivers and Crysis), probably thought that releasing episode 3 a few months after with the same engine would not be the best idea on many accounts, and that it would be wiser to first make themselves also renowned for also making other types of games, try new ideas, and at the same time wait for the right moment when they could again deliver another "awe" moment.Edited by tpi2007 - 1/21/12 at 5:56pm