March 1, 2011

Crysis 2… A Sellouts Story… No DX11

This article is going to be a bit biased as I am a PC gamer at heart and I was dearly looking forward to Crysis 2.  Bragging to all my console friends about how it was the flagship for PC gaming and that none stood next to it in terms of graphics.  Today was a massive let down for me. 

I first got the news that the Crysis 2 demo was finally out for PC and I went to go download it.  First thing I n0ticed when I started the game was the tell tale sign of a port “Press Start to Begin” .  Generally this means someone was to lazy to remove text to say “Press any key to continue”.   This is generally a bad sign as the game has clearly been ported.  I decided to go ahead and try it out to give it the benefit of the doubt.  I went to change my graphics settings only to find out that I only had 3 options gamer, advanced and hardcore.  I was not allowed to tweak any of my graphics settings the way I wanted to.  This is a big deal for me as I’ve payed good money to have a great setup.  To be fair, however, this is a demo and demos don’t always include full functionality.  That being said I will reserve that judgement for the final product when I get my review copy. 

The second issue I ran into is once i launched the game it felt, looked and played like Call of Duty.  I’m not a fan of Call of Duty for several reasons mainly because it’s a money grab game and to top it off I can’t stand the rat race maps and cartoony style graphics.   It appears as if the devs were going straight for the masses with this title.  I suppose I should point that that is again a demo but I’ll get into why I think it will be more of the same with the full release. 

Crysis has always been known as the “benchmark” game.  “Can it play Crysis” or “but can it play Crysis” were both extremely popular terms with this game and rightfully so as this game set the bar for graphical beauty and quality for the last 3 years.  That being said Crysis 2 DOES NOT set the bar any higher if anything I feel it’s a bit lower in the demo.  I was expecting this game to bring my system to it’s knees and I cranked  all of the settings that I could and it didn’t even phase my system.  I run a Phenom II X4 965, Radeon 5870, Raptor 300 GB Hard Drive and 8GB of ram.  But the real knife in my back for this game was the fact that they aren’t even going to release it with  DX11 and not even DX10.  The developer said it will be releasing it in a patch at at a later time once the game has been out for awhile. 

In essence I’m being told that PC gamers will not be able to utilize their equipment that they probably purchased in anticipation of this game because the developer is holding it back for two outdated gaming systems.  Some of you may say “Thsoundman who the hell cares anyway?  What does it really matter?  ”  To that I would say it really doesn’t matter but I still feel betrayed anyway.  In a day in age where developers where game development is no longer an artform and now it is a business many developers have jumped ship on the PC platform and left us with sub par ports blaming it on piracy.  It was nice to have those few developers that still developed games for the PC and focused on them and I in turn paid full price for those games at release and was glad to do so.  Crytec assured us that this game would not be a console port and before us we have one.  I feel betrayed and I feel angred by a company that I supported.

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