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.


  1. Bartholomew P. Skibbenheims III - March 1, 2011 10:44 pm

    I am not sur­prised the con­solized it so much. They lost mon­ey on the orig­i­nal at the end of the day and it is pub­lished by EA after­all. Not say­ing I will sup­port what they did, because I will not, but just say­ing it does­nt shock me these days.

  2. CaptainMurphy - March 1, 2011 11:15 pm

    I’m dis­ap­point­ed but not ful­ly sur­prised. The first Cry­sis was a big let down as well after all their talk.

  3. zero_19 - March 1, 2011 11:45 pm

    Hon­est­ly I’m not sur­prised. I would not expect any game to be devel­oped for the PC instead of a port unless it is some­thing like an RTS that just does­n’t play well on a con­sole.

  4. CaptainMurphy - March 2, 2011 12:11 am

    Fin­gers crossed Bat­tle­field 3 does­n’t end up this way.

  5. thomas - March 2, 2011 1:42 am

    chill sluts . cry­sis 1 was per­fect
    cry­sis 2 they had to make mon­ey so they made it for con­sole as well. thats the world we live in now. games are get­ting worse for us pc gamers rather than bet­ter. annoy­ing isnt it

  6. CharcoalCoyote - March 2, 2011 8:31 am

    All hon­esty, I hate games that go straight for graph­ics. Now, under­stand­ably, that was the thing with Cry­sis. The remarks about “can it run Cry­sis on the high­est set­tings” were fair­ly ram­pant when the game was first announced. I’m more of a “fuck graph­ics, Paper Mario was a far bet­ter game than this” type guy, but I also believe in stick­ing to what you’re expect­ed to be. Cry­sis is sup­posed to be the ulti­mate graph­ics game. If it’s not, then it has failed.

  7. PimpmasterF - March 2, 2011 9:33 am

    This piss­es me off on more than one lev­el. Cry­tek has sold out, I dont care if its devel­oped for con­sole but it should have been cross devel­oped for PC also, Cry­sis and Cry­sis war­head set the bar pret­ty damn high in my opin­ion and this port pret­ty much says “Eh, who gives a shit, well get paid any­way”. If any­thing it should have been port­ed to con­sole (if they can do that) to achieve their intend­ed mon­ey grab. I feel this basi­cal­ly says they dont give a shit about the PC com­mu­ni­ty.
    Cry­sis set a real­ly high bar in terms of PC gam­ing and graph­i­cal inten­si­ty set­ting cry­sis 2 up for an epic win, and they total­ly bombed that, send­ing out a patch, espe­cial­ly after its been out a while, does­nt rec­ti­fy shit, unfor­tu­nate­ly ive already pre ordered it so I guess ill see if my rant is over the top, and I hope it is. until Im proven wrong i remain incred­i­bly dis­s­a­point­ed. and yes if they do this to bat­tle­field 3 I will be soooooooooooooo pissed off!
    Rant over

  8. T8 - March 3, 2011 11:49 am

    cry­sis accom­plished what they set out to do with the orig­i­nal game. They arnt going to be able to keep those stan­dards so high for much longer. This is just some­thing that was bound to hap­pen.

  9. PimpmasterF - March 3, 2011 1:38 pm

    unfor­tu­nate­ly T8 is right, its a damn shame to, I miss the good ol days of PC gam­ing good­ness before all this sell out mon­ey grab­bing bull­shit. On a dif­fer­ent note Ive been play­ing the Cry­sis 2 mul­ti play­er demo and while my pre­vi­ous rant still stands I dont hate the game, it looks like ass and as thsound­man said its COD with cry­sis skin. When I say it looks like ass I mean com­pared to the first cry­sis, com­pared to most oth­er games its about aver­age, if they can patch it to uti­lize a high­er Direc­tX, get rid of the con­sole menus and add graph­i­cal cus­tomiza­tion it would be tons bet­ter. How­ev­er I have decid­ed to give it a chance, most­ly due to hav­ing pre ordered it before I found out its por­tish non­sense and there isnt any­thing else releas­ing soon I dont already have a pre­order for.

  10. ScrotusKilmystr - March 4, 2011 6:26 am

    If it’s any con­so­la­tion The con­sole ver­sion looks like ass as well I was total­ly un-impressed giv­en the pedi­gree this game has-to and should live up to graph­ics looked about 5 years ago even for a con­sole.…
    but like you said bat­tle­field 3 still gives hope and from what i’ve seem so far it’s look­ing good for all the PC guys out there

  11. ScrotusKilmystr - March 5, 2011 6:37 am

    Update on the demo issue at least for XBL… Cry­tec released a “NEW” demo for XBL and they did add alot more from the pre­vi­ous lack lus­ter cook­ie cut­ter demo The graph­ics are much bet­ter theres a cool video point­ing out some of the fea­tures and a sec­ond game mode gets unlocked at lev­el 6 there is also a 2nd map that isn’t metioned at all that is playable
    While the game is still look­ing like a COD clone I think maybe Cry­tec is try­ing to move in the right least for con­soles
    Lets hope to see a HUGE leap for the PC gamers out there that made the first install­ment a bench­mar­ing tool for gam­ing rigs every­where

  12. FUCRYSIS2 - March 8, 2011 10:53 am

    us PC gamers should NOT buy cry­sis 2 once it is released.

  13. AiR - March 9, 2011 10:38 am

    like the oth­er cry­sis games i will buy it when its on spe­cial on steam and then prob­ly nev­er play it lol

  14. bootleg Crysis - March 20, 2011 1:09 am

    If Cry­sis does­n’t come out with DX11 or even DX10, I’m just going to boot­leg it. Sim­ple as that.
    Screw you con­sole ports!

  15. darkcg - March 24, 2011 7:24 pm

    Let me under­stand the “cry­sis gamer” psy­chol­o­gy. You’re dis­ap­point­ed because the game allows you to play the game, while you would expect­ed to throw in the toi­let all your expen­sive equip­ment for an unop­ti­mized, unuse­ful­ly heavy game. You’re dis­ap­point­ed because you would expect­ed to play it in the next three years with the next three gen­er­a­tions cards. The game looks amaz­ing, has a great graph­ics. No, it’s not Direc­tX 10 and 11 that makes good graph­ics. I’m a PC gamer also, but some­times I don’t under­stand all the stu­pid­i­ty behind this.

  16. darkcg - March 24, 2011 7:27 pm

    @FUCRYSIS2: I will buy it, instead. Do you know why? Because I can play it now. I don’t want a game now to play it in three years. No thanks. I have a GTX 580, I play on a 1920x1200 mon­i­tor and Cry­sis 2 makes good use of it. Amaz­ing graph­ics with right per­for­mance.

  17. thsoundman - March 24, 2011 7:29 pm

    It’s not that i can’t break my sys­tem that sent me off the edge. It’s the fact that I did­n’t have the option to do so. Cry­sis I will admit was ter­ri­bly cod­ed and it need­ed a great deal of opti­miza­tion. That being said DOOM3 coudl­n’t be run on the mod­ern sys­tems of the day for almost 2 years after it’s release. I could care less that the game is opti­mized… I think that some­thing that should be tak­en more seri­ous­ly with­in the game devel­op­ment indus­try. But thats a whole nother top­ic. I’d like to be able to play it at this lev­el and then in 3 years when i get new hard­ware I want to see how much bet­ter it looks. A prod­uct that gets bet­ter with age if you will 😛
    BTW wel­come to the site I appre­ci­ate your input. We hope to see you around when I fin­ish my off­i­cal review of the final prod­uct. You might find it supris­ing. Thanks again and wel­come.

  18. hoppychopz - March 28, 2011 4:00 am

    I am very very dis­ap­point­ed. A while ago i down­loaded the leaked ver­sion and to my shock when i opened it it had Xbox but­tons and said press start to begin i was SHOCKED!. now no dx11 i have lost faith in the gam­ing indus­try. Remem­ber when games start­ed to take off when halo 1 was released back then it was about the sin­gle play­er expe­ri­ence that addict­ed you. Now all games are about is mon­ey and no cre­ativ­i­ty. The only games that get talked about now are online games were u run around on a few maps and kill each oth­er that gets old REALLLY!!! fast. The pro­duc­ers need to focus on the sto­ry line as much as the graph­ics and online expe­ri­ence. before long games wont have a sto­ry they will be all online. And when that day comes im going to Nuke the world.…..

  19. Brad - April 20, 2011 6:12 pm

    Peo­ple I agree with all of you but don’t fear, Bat­tle­field 3 wont turn out like this dice was a PC dev and will always be a PC dev, con­soles are get­ting watered down PC ports not the oth­er way around


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