Sunday, February 6, 2011

But can it play Crysis...2?

Unless you are Patrick Star (living under a rock), you must have heard of Crysis, one of the most talked about, most reviewed game of the decade. A mixture of Halo and Call of Duty, Crysis embodies the modern PC gaming platform in the class of other classics like Quake and Half Life. Developed by Crytek in 2007, the game is an engineering marvel. Dropped in a tropical island the player encounters both North Koreans and alien life forms to combat with futuristic weapon and the “Nano Suit” which enables a player to briefly gain invisibility, super strength/speed, or increased armor.

All discussion of Crysis starts and ends with one thing, the graphics. With a twenty million dollar budget, the game has the same impossibly real appeal and upkeep of Justin Bieber’s hair. It plays and glitters like a Stephanie Meyer’s novel, yet with the same profoundness of Dostoevsky. In an industry that appeals to philistines, Crysis has set a standard visually and artistically that has not been exceeded to this day, even with the advancement of new DX11 technology.

Crysis allowed PC gamers to really harness the power of their computing system, and show console gamers the gaping difference; well, that is if your computer could run Crysis. The game was very systematically demanding at the time, it seemed anything less than Tom Cruise’s Minority Report computer could not run it. So much so that it became a running joke on the internet that any mention of new computer hardware would be met with the simple question, “can it run Crysis?” And for those selective bunch that could run Crysis at its max settings, they swore that Crysis looked better than real life.

Now three years later, Crytek is finally releasing their highly anticipated Crysis 2. Where the first game relied on gameplay over exposition, the second revision promises an epic plot that matches the grandeur of the rest of the game. The game also leaves the jungle for the concrete jungle of New York City and more importantly, the game will feature a much better multiplayer option similar to that of Halo and Call of Duty. A multiplayer demo was released recently on Xbox Live and after playing a bit, I can honestly say that Crysis 2 is one of the most gorgeous games I have ever played, and this is on an Xbox and not PC. The alien battered NYC is breathtaking, the battle on the top of a skyscraper showed the majesty of Crysis 2 in all its destruction.

Crysis 2 will feature some standard multiplayer modes, and offer map creation and ranking system,
  • Capture the Relay –Standard CTF
  • Assault – Assault mode that pits normal soldiers against Nano-Suit wearing super soldiers
  • Instant Team Action – Standard deathmatch
  • Crash Site – Node control battle
  • Extraction – Teams battle to extract bio-ticks

The game will officially be released on March 22nd, and it promises to be more graphically amazing than the first Crysis and to require a much friendlier system requirements.

Crysis 2 - PC Minimum System Requirements
Operating system: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, with the latest Service Pack
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2Ghz, or AMD Athlon 64 x2 2Ghz, or better
Memory: 2Gb (Vista requires 3Gb)
Hard disk space: 9Gb
Video: NVidia 8800GT with 512Mb RAM, ATI 3850HD with 512Mb RAM, or better
Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
DirectX®: 9.0c
Controller support? Microsoft Xbox360 Controller for Windows
Any special multiplayer requirements? Internet Connection Required Internet connection also required for a one-time authorization when the game installed/first run.

The minimum requirement does not seem very demanding, but to fully run Crysis 2 in all its glory will still require a nice quad core CPU with a high end DX11 video card, so in the next few months we will finally find out,

Can it play Crysis 2?

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