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Very good game but could be better AND you really need an SSD.
on 11 March 2013
I am relatively new to gaming and I have been playing this game for ten days now. I also own Crysis 2. In terms of graphics performance, Crysis 3 is a worthy descendant of Crysis 2. The graphics are good on HDD but if you really want to see the graphics shine and have better/smoother gameplay, then you really do need an SSD (I have all advanced gfx on ultra-high settings). With my Western Digital caviar black 2TB HDD (and with 1.2TB of available storage space), I found the graphics especially background scenery to be somewhat pixelated, coupled with frequent lack of fluidity whilst gaming. I figured that the data read rate from the HDD was too slow for the game. I recently purchased a Samsung 840 250GB SSD (read rate 550 mb/s). All installed and WOW, graphics are absolutely crystal clear and without equal. Gameplay is now very smooth.
I only have a couple of gripes. Firstly, just like its' predecessor, the Crysis 3 storyline is just way too short. There are also no DLC's (just like Crysis 2), which for me is a major let down because I want extra missions and a deeper storyline. This is where games like Mass Effect 2 and 3 come on top.
For the last three days, I have also been experiencing game freezes and crashes. I intially assumed this was the result of the slow data read rate of the standard HDD. However, I have just experienced my first game freeze and crash with my brand, spanking new Samsung SSD. I have read a few other Amazon reviews and I have noticed that other people have experienced the same problem. Clearly Origin really needs to improve it's servers and storage facilities (as data transfer and stability is not reliable).
There are also small, niggling issues with the game which others have mentioned (such as the hunter bow which I love but it has a maximum capacity of only nine standard arrows and three each of the special tip super thermite, electrical and cluster ammo).
All in all, the graphics are absolutely stunning (and without equal) but it is let down by the above issues.
My system specs -
Arctic Cooling A30 cpu cooler
Crosshair V formula Z motherboard
16GB Kingston Predator Hyper-X RAM @ 2400MHz
Gainward Phantom 680GTX gfx card
Samsung 840 250GB SSD
3xWD 2TB caviar black HDD's
Creative Z soundblaster card.
Coolermaster 1200W silent pro Gold psu
Coolermaster storm trooper atx case.