Crytek and EA released the highly anticipated sequel to Crysis last week. While waiting for it to become available Down Under, I read numerous reviews of the game. Most were very positive, while informal observations from bloggers and PC gamers found that Crysis 2 deviated from some of the gameplay basics of its predecessor and feels closer to a Call of Duty-style shooter.
As you've probably expected from our performance reviews, we leave it up to you to judge the gameplay and instead focus on how the game plays on a variety of hardware.
However, the lack of DirectX 11 support at startup is still relevant to our discussion. As PC gamers, we're a bit disappointed with Crytek's exclusive use of DirectX 9 rendering, especially given the fact that the original game supports DX10.
After some setbacks from PC users over the past year, Crytek responded by claiming that Crysis 2 would have superior graphics over console versions on the PC. This was taken as a sign that the company would remain true to its PC roots. But then came the demo fiasco when EA / Crytek released a Crysis 2 demo exclusively on the Xbox 360. Until a few weeks later, when a last minute PC multiplayer demo surfaced, nothing was announced for the PC.
When the PC demo finally arrived, lots of Xbox 360 leftovers were carried along, such as: For example, the prompt to press "Start" or "Adjust TV settings" when configuring the game brightness.
Unfortunately, the start of the game didn't go very smoothly either. Crysis 2 encountered some technical issues that led to the release of a patch for the first day. Various graphic errors are not taken into account, e.g. B. Flickering screens and multiple GPU issues. Some users also had activation issues, although we understand that the developer responded to these issues fairly quickly.
From today's perspective, Crysis 2 offers better textures on the PC, but that's different from the higher resolutions and frame rates that PC titles typically offer. DX11 effects are expected to be added in a future patch, but in the meantime don't misinterpret us, the game looks great anyway.
Of course, it's not exactly what we expected, but Crysis 2 still seems to be pretty fun. Now the question remains to be answered, how demanding is Crysis 2 on PC hardware. Despite its shortcomings, can it bring the most performance-hungry rigs to their knees like the original game did? Today we want to find out as we put a wide range of processors and graphics cards through the glove.