Missing the point again. Crytek raised the bar with the first Crysis by offering incredible visuals and exploiting newer technology. While yes, the game is beautiful, it is not what people expected. We wanted something that brought our computers to their knees. Not take one step backwards (dx9) and a half step forward (using dx9 beautifully). We wanted a game built for DX11 that raped our computers. Game developers aren't forcing anyone to run their games on the highest settings.
1. Crysis 2 has great visuals on par with Crysis 1, even IF there were no changes from the demo.
2. Your ignorance shows when you say 'takes a step backwards to Dx9' because 9/10ths of Crysis 1 was in Dx9 and the little that was advertised to be only in Dx10 was actually false. All the visuals in Crysis 1 work under Dx9 just fine. You're getting too hung up on what version of Direct X they're using.
3. You want a reason to justify your purchase, i get that. Most of the real gamers around here could care less what could 'rape our computers' if it has bad gameplay. I'd rather they took their time on the gameplay than worried about appeasing the top 1% of nerds out there.
4. While you say game devs aren't forcing anyone to run it on ultra high settings, you have to realize the foolishness in that statement from a business perspective.
The dev has a budget that buys x - number of people working for y - number of months. Adding extremely high graphical content takes millions more to do in the form of either increasing x or y. I, and many other would rather they spent that time on developing a well-polished game. The vocal minority would rather they upgrade the graphics so that the whopping 6% of people who can use Dx11 will get a chance to justify their completely unnecessary GPU purchase.
Having said all that, Crysis 2 is supposed to have a Dx11 patch soon after release, so the fact that you're complaining about graphics is even more baffling.
The flip side of that though is why would they do such a thing if such a minimal amount of people would actually get to enjoy the game on its highest settings. This is a valid point, but that is not how Crytek use to think. Thus disappointment.
1. People's main complaint for Crysis was that it was less of a game and more of a tech demo and the engine was horribly inefficient. So, Crytek, listening to the people's complaints went back to the lab and changed things around. Now people are whining that Crysis 2 isn't a graphical tech demo.
2. In 2004 there weren't enough PC elitists to troll and kick up a s--tstorm over nothing and in 2007 you can refer back to #1.