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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad..., 29 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Crysis 2 (PC DVD) (Video Game)
I have completed Crysis and Crysis Warhead several times and really enjoyed these two titles. That said it goes without saying that I decided that Crysis 2 is a must have.

The up side:

My rig is a Core 2 Duo, Geforce GTX280 running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit. After 3 years it is starting to age a bit but running Crysis 2 on full HD with all the options maxed out is a pleasure. Sure C2 only supports DX9 as the development teams had to compensate for the consoles that lag behind in that respect. But it looks great considering it runs via an API that was killed off when windows XP was dropped. The benefit of this is that a larger audience can share in the Crysis 2 experience as it was intended - Great!!!

You don't need a killer rig to run the game on mediocre settings not to mention the settings being maxed out. When Crysis was released it killed your high-end pc even in Windows XP on DX9, DX10 (Vista) looked great but killed your PC even more. It would be nice to have DX10 or 11 support for C2 to improve the visuals, but make no mistake, Crysis 2 is a pretty game in its own right. Some complain that they would have wanted more graphics options but there is no real need for that considering how well C2 runs on average hardware. It would be nice to adjust the anisotropic filtering and AA settings etc. but it is certainly not a problem.
The game play is good once you get used to how the nano suit function this time around. One can apparently customize your suit now still have to check that out. The environments look good and the AI is o.k.

The downside:

The story is not a direct continuation of the original Crysis story line. At the end of Crysis we were set up for a sequel that sadly may never see the light of day and this is disappointing. At this point the only thread of continuity between Crysis and C2 is the appearance of Prophet (I still need to complete the game so I could be wrong here). This does not mean that the story in C2 is poor but what happened in between the first and second game? Going back to the Island to kick some alien butt and poof we are in NYC a couple of years later. Some argue that this "reboot" of the story line is to bring console gamers in to the Crysis universe. Poor argument, have a look at how Mass Effect 2 was handled for the PS3 to bring that franchise to PS3 gamers.

It is only a 32-bit app so no native 64-bit support(Read console port), check point saves(Read console port) and for some the simplified nano suit could detract from the experience. I personally would have preferred being able to save the game when I need to and not being limited to checkpoints and auto saves. It would also have been nice to disable the hand holding by the game when it comes to announcing objectives when using the visor and it would have been great to have had the female voice for the nano suit.

None if these "issues" are game killers or detract from the experience though. C2 is an enjoyable game, has high production values and is quite a polished product. C2 can definitely stand on its own feet so I recommend getting it. I just really hope that Crytek follows through on the story as they were originally planning on doing a trilogy, perhaps they can even fill in the massive plot hole between C1 and C2. That would be really great.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2011 17:27:27 BDT
Gadget Guy says:
Nice Review

Posted on 11 Apr 2011 13:48:40 BDT
J. C. Murphy says:
They are adding directx 11 later on with a patch so it gets prettier and more demanding.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2011 09:49:30 BDT
woolerland says:
hhhmmmm... i doubt a 'patch' for dx11 will be that good, most likely a few graph extensions but overall the change quality will probabley be quite low and will just eat frames. am i wrong to think a proper dx 11 add-on will also have to be quite large in size? i duno, im just pestimistic in life.

i personally found the downsides to be a huge game killer for me. maybe one day, i'll start playing it again... also i loled at the fact that the piracy version had quick saves while the legal one didn't, they randomly chose not to add it in :S

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2011 10:39:41 BDT
A patch for dx11 has been confirmed by Crytek but as woolerland says it will be either 1. A massive patch because a game that was coded in dx9 or 10 and is boosted to 11 needs a LOT of work to improve visuals to a high end pc standard. or 2. A massive patch that will just add particle effects and some AA. Still if you have the game it will cost nothing to find out.
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