Crysis Demo Review

This seems to be the season of game demo releases: This weekend, I tried out the Crysis Demo. Crysis is the latest game created by Crytek, the german company which became popular with their first game 'FarCry', which is also based on the CryEngine (Crysis is based on the CryEngine 2).
After starting the demo on my DX10 capable Vista PC, the game set all graphics options to 'low', reducing the beauty of the announced nice-looking world in Crysis to a minimum. So I changed all settings to 'high', and to my surprise the game still was running smoothly with a high fps count. Needless to mention that the graphics looked astonishing impressive: Niceley animated blurred shadowmaps everywhere, cool lighting effects, impressive water waves with reflections/refractions, post processing effects full of atmosphere and so on. Great.


It was very nice to be able to play around with the graphics settings of that game: In Crysis you can open the options menu and change almost every setting while the game is running, without a significant reload or waiting time. Some other things about the demo I liked were:
  • The model of the player casts a realistic animated soft shadow on the ground, although this is a first person shooter. There where games before Crysis to do this, but very few only, and I really like this because this feature makes it possible to estimate sizes and positions a lot better during gameplay.
  • Jungle! Woha, the game has a lot of plants in it, all of them are animated and casting and receiving shadows, most of them are destructible in addition. Never saw a game with that much good looking flora, I think Crysis needs a bush knife as feature ;)
  • The game AI is quite clever: The enemies are behaving very realisticly and seem to have free will and strategies, so it is really fun to play this game.
  • The story and the game elements like the suit the player is wearing is a good idea and whets the appetite for more. The cut scenes are very thrilling too. Just play the demo and you'll see what I mean ;)
All in all, a very great demo and I didn't regret to have downloaded the more than 1 GB sized package. I had expected Crysis to be a boring 'Farcry with better graphics', but Crytek really made something out of this.

eight comments, already:

Who needs a bush knife when you have guns? ;-)
el.cid - 30 10 07 - 06:49

You seem to be pretty interested in the soft shadow maps, I made something like that with Irrlicht a while ago, here: http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/phpBB2/v..

I wish I can run Crysis but I don’t think I can afford a good enough video card.

Cheers
BlindSide - 30 10 07 - 09:44

Crysis runs fine on old systems, too.
I have an AMD x2 4200+ 1GB RAM and an old ATI X800GTO. It runs fine at 1280×1024 with medium settings.
The game will be fantastic. Can’t wait for the release
Sylence - 30 10 07 - 13:59

http://arstechnica.com/journals/thumbs.a.. lol
Matthias - 30 10 07 - 15:10

Hmmm, Bioshock, Unreai 3 demo shortcuts also.
I am playing Bioshock in 16 bit graphics on nvidia 6200. (tears)
Still the game has great atmosphere and solid gameplay. To say I was pro bioshock before its release as a boring FPS but it has real content. Never played anything like that before except maybe Half Life 2. Crysis is really going better than the expectations. Really great Graphics with better gameplay. But how is facial expressions in it. I like talking emotional NPC’s in game Like HL2.
kinjel () - 30 10 07 - 16:00

Bioshock and Half Life 2 … bah. Be cool, play the originals: System Shock 2 and Half Life 1. And if you want emotional NPCs, I highly recommend Vampires: Bloodlines.
you know who () - 31 10 07 - 19:21

I played the demo on an Acer laptop, Core 2 Duo T7300 2Ghz, 2 GB 667Mhz and Nvidia Geforce 8600GT M (256MB).

Unfortunately, i dunno if its the driver for my card or my config is not good enough but this game did not seem to run anything close too smoothe when the settings were on anything more than evrything low., the resolution was 1280 by 800 but i hads to reduce it even more to eb able to play it at a bettr frame rate
Hemz - 11 11 07 - 10:19

I played the demo on an Acer desktop 4600 2X, 2 GB ram, ati x1550 (crappiest video card there is) and it worked great on low settings at like 1100 700. Cant wait to try it on a nvidea 8800
Birdman () - 13 11 07 - 03:51


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