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Has Crytek "sold out" to the console audience with its first triple-format release? Or is Crysis 2's new vision for the franchise a necessary shift, fundamental to the continued existence of the world-renowned German studio?

Some say that the company's "Maximum Game" ethos has been compromised by building something that simply must run well on five-year-old console hardware, while others point to the technological leaps being made in the core functionality of the new CryEngine 3 - features which are more refined and enhanced in the higher-end graphical presets exclusive to the PC game.

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Always look forward to DF's analyses; quite decent reads.
Edited by Core2uu - 3/27/11 at 10:46pm
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So much better than Gametrailers and their joke of a comparison video.
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So much better than Gametrailers and their joke of a comparison video.
Agreed.

And to be honest, there aren't many direct visual differences if you look at the stills (object meshes are all the same, PC has a better lighting system) but the experience on console vs. PC REALLY becomes apparent in the video.

Two things that stand out the most are the absolutely HORRIFIC framerate on the console producing juddering like there's no tomorrow and lacking AA is more apparent as well. I certainly WOULD NOT want to be playing Crysis 2 on a console.
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Painful to watch the console segments. Can't believe they released it in that state. PC parts looked terrific though.
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There's also little doubt that the game narrative and the utilisation of Call of Duty-style set-pieces greatly adds to the Crysis experience, and allows the developer to really show off some of the amazing feats that CryEngine 3 is capable of.
yes, this is what I want. More elements of call of duty in my games. Pretty soon the only games left on PC will be World of Dutycraft

Pretty funny seeing how atrociously this runs on console. I mean, when you sell out one of your demographics in an attempt to court another at least bring more then a turd as dowry.
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IMO the PC version of the game still looks great.
Sure its not as great as it could have been, it doesn't have all those options (coming in next patch?) or the extreme textures to tax future systems for benchmarking (like for instance my sigrig plays Crysis2 on extreme settings @1920x1200, just the stupid amount of blur annoys the crap out of me) like Crysis 1 did.

But hell, its still a good game, people are only disappointed cause it go so talked up, and they basically wanted Crysis1 with the graphics stepped right up to max everyone out for another gfx card generation or two.

still a great looking game, and if the story and MP is any good (only just started single play last night) then good work to the dev's
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yes, this is what I want. More elements of call of duty in my games. Pretty soon the only games left on PC will be World of Dutycraft

Pretty funny seeing how atrociously this runs on console. I mean, when you sell out one of your demographics in an attempt to court another at least bring more then a turd as dowry.
Don't take it out of context. He was referring to specifically the set-pieces, also, I don't agree with his wording. Call of Duty needn't have been mentioned there. What Crysis 2 does have are some magnificent set-pieces of its own, regardless of whatever the hell CoD had.

Also, Crytek did a pretty good job with the console side: find another game on consoles that looks like it (which you won't) and you'll find that even the terrible framerate (and the unwholesome experience that it brings) was an achievement.

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<snip>(like for instance my sigrig plays Crysis2 on extreme settings @1920x1200, just the stupid amount of blur annoys the crap out of me)<snip>
O_o ... What do you average like 25FPS?
I just upgraded from a 4870 and let me tell you, I could run it on extreme but couldn't stand the framerate. Then again, I have pretty high expectations (50FPS or above for me is the average I like to have).
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well..this is OCN isn't it, the cards on watercooling.....you can guess where the extra performance is coming from Frame rate is like 60+ but definitely 30 or higher cause theres no stutter or visual slow downs that you get when you dip below 25-30FPS. I can deal with that easily doesn't bother me

That said, my card is how many generations behind, with a bit of OC'ing it can almost keep up with current gen hardware and play the game fine on maximum settings, which is what i was getting at, disappointing in the PC version it didn't have those extra "see if your awesome rig can run at these settings' type options like Crysis 1/Farcry/etc did when they were "the benchmark" game, but all said and done, the game still looks great and if the story and MP is anygood, then i can forgive those shortcomings easily
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well..this is OCN isn't it, the cards on watercooling.....you can guess where the extra performance is coming from Frame rate is like 60+ but definitely 30 or higher cause theres no stutter or visual slow downs that you get when you dip below 25-30FPS. I can deal with that easily doesn't bother me

That said, my card is how many generations behind, with a bit of OC'ing it can almost keep up with current gen hardware and play the game fine on maximum settings, which is what i was getting at, disappointing in the PC version it didn't have those extra "see if your awesome rig can run at these settings' type options like Crysis 1/Farcry/etc did when they were "the benchmark" game, but all said and done, the game still looks great and if the story and MP is anygood, then i can forgive those shortcomings easily
Yeah, it's those dips that I don't like but it's all personal preference.

Anywho, I agree with you about Crysis 2 being a bit more of a game than a benchmark. I haven't played through the entire campaign yet but from what I've heard, it's a lot longer and more focused than the campaign in Crysis and even though this is a little more linear, there are still plenty of options given such as quietly sneaking past, or flanking from certain positions etc. It's a really nice blend and I'm enjoying quite a lot so far.

It's certainly A LOT better than CoD which was just "kill x number of random soldiers to proceed through next linear corridor."

I loved the original Crysis (as well as WARHEAD) and can certainly say that Crysis 2 is a little bit different from them; however, IMO, it is just as good if not more than the originals.
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Is there any detailed articles on how exactly they got crysis 2 to run on the console hardware, being as ancient as it is with 1/10th of the horsepower of modern pcs?

the visuals alone is crazy for the hardware it is running on. We're talking about radeon x1900 and geforce 7800 here.

If that visuals can run on old hardware, real-life graphics itself can be simulated on modern gpus.
     
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