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^^ just wondering. Hope the new consoles can let us PC gamers get on with it, and get past 1080p
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Crysis 3 seems to have upped it, but I haven't played it so I can't confirm. Aside from this, it hasn't been raised since Crysis in 2007.
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Even Crysis 3 is playable on most modern gaming rigs, even medium-end ones. What really upped the bar, I think, is the modding community. Skyrim looks terrible at factory settings, but when you install 4K textures, advanced physics mods, and a custom ENB shader, then it begins to look ridiculous.
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Hawken maxed out with full Physx support makes my rig crawl.
 
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Well the OP said graphics, not just what games run like crap. As for BF3, it didn't raise anything except the schlongs of teenage boys. It looks worse than Crysis which is approaching 6 years old, but of course most don't see this, since most people see good lighting, glare, and color, and automatically claim it has great graphics.

Lots of misc objects in BF3 are poorly rendered with low polygons and bad textures, texture quality is a mixed bag all around, bump maps are hard to find, parallax mapping is not used which makes lots of areas look awful, just about everything is worse than Crysis visually. However the ambient occlusion is perfect and the best I've seen, but it hardly makes a difference. No bar was raised here!

Good call by briddell - people don't seem to realize how good modded Skyrim looks. Using RCRN (or ENB if you prefer), dozens of texture packs, Flora overhaul + lush grass/trees combo, WATER, SMIM, and more, put it above almost everything else in terms of visual quality.
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@boredgunner

If you haven't already, I suggest you go back and re-play vanilla Crysis once more. It doesn't look nearly as good as you make it to be. It can look quite aged, especially in terms of texture quality, which looks horrible in many areas.

Crysis 3 is graphically speaking, leaps and bounds above Crysis 1.


Games that have raised the graphical bar in recent memory:

Crysis 3
Crysis 2 with MaLDo 4.0
Witcher 2
Hitman: Absolution (high quality assets/textures )
Tomb Raider 2013 (dat TressFX)

Metro: Last Light looks like it will be raising the bar as well. I have yet to play modded Skyrim.


But, Crysis 3 is simply in it's own category.
Edited by ELCID777 - 5/10/13 at 12:08pm
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Even Crysis 3 is playable on most modern gaming rigs, even medium-end ones. What really upped the bar, I think, is the modding community. Skyrim looks terrible at factory settings, but when you install 4K textures, advanced physics mods, and a custom ENB shader, then it begins to look ridiculous.

You obviously haven't played Crysis 3 on ultra with ALL cvars unlocked and turned up to maximum values.

Playing Crysis 3 with the aforementioned settings + high resolutions or down-sampling, will bring ANY rig to it's knees.
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You obviously haven't played Crysis 3 on ultra with ALL cvars unlocked and turned up to the max.

Playing Crysis 3 with the aforementioned settings + high resolutions or down-sampling, will bring ANY rig to it's knees.

I said playable, not maxed out. On my rig, with all settings maxed, x16 MSAA, ultra, etc., I only get about 40 FPS on my 680, but still, at lower settings, without AA, for example, it is playable on most systems built in the last 4 years.
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+1 for modded skyrim. I've tried the new crysis and I must say the graphics are fantastic compared to the original crysis (un-modded of coure). Unfortunately the game itself is weak. Also another +1 for Witcher 2. I can't wait for part 3. I suppose you could also through far cry 3 into the mix.
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Intel i7 6950x ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified 
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32GB G.Skill Ripjaw 4s @3333 Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Kingpin Cooling F1 Dark CPU Pot Kingpin Cooling Tek-9 Fat GPU Pot 
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Kingpin Cooling Tek-9 Fat GPU Pot Windows 10 x64 Pro 2x EVGA Supernova 1600P2 
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Intel I7 6700k Asus Maximus VIII Hero EVGA GTX 1080 FTW 32GB G.Skill Trident Zs @3200 
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Samsung 850 Pro 1TB Corsair H100i GTX Windows 10 x64 Pro LG 34" Ultrawide 
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Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma EVGA Supernova 850P2 Coolermaster 5 Pro Razer Naga Epic Chroma 
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Intel I7 5930k ASUS Rampage v extreme EVGA 980 Ti Classified EVGA 980 Ti Classified 
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EVGA 980 Ti Classified G.Skill Trident Z 64GB DDR4 @3200MHz Samsung 950 pro M.2 512GB  Samsung 850 pro SSD 1TB 
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Corsair H100i V2 Windows 10 pro x64 LG 34" Ultrawide Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma 
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EVGA Supernova 1600P2 Lian Li PC-600WB Razer Naga Epic Chroma 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 6950x ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified EVGA GTX 980 Ti Classified 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
32GB G.Skill Ripjaw 4s @3333 Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Kingpin Cooling F1 Dark CPU Pot Kingpin Cooling Tek-9 Fat GPU Pot 
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Kingpin Cooling Tek-9 Fat GPU Pot Windows 10 x64 Pro 2x EVGA Supernova 1600P2 
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