Byte-Syze: The Crysis 2 Demo

By Alec Meer on March 1st, 2011 at 7:58 am.

Just a quick one, as gallons of hot caffeinated beverage must be consumed before full-scale writing can commence. The Crysis 2 multiplayer demo is now available: prepare your tubes for delivery of Crytek’s latest GPU-troubler.

It’s got two maps (Skyline, set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers, and Pier 17, an open environment with limited cover), two modes (standard team deathmatch and a defence mode) and it’ll cost 1.5GB of your precious hard drive space. Grab it from places such as here and here. I have yet to play it, but I nonetheless award it 119.7 Shooty-Bangs out of Tier 7 Ultro-Death.

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  1. crainey92 says:

    Hopfuly now I can play at more than 25fps (Thanks xbox) and actualy have fun doing so, don’t let me down computer we’ve done this before just one more time!

  2. konrad_ha says:

    PC-vendors rechoice!

  3. Novotny says:

    Wheee, grabby grabby. The frame rate in the leaked beta was excellent. Er, or so I heard.

  4. GeForceFX says:

    Just played it. It’s better than any of the likes of blops. Too bad i only get like 30-40fps on “advanced”(aka low) :/ 275gtx oced not cutting it anymore i guess..

  5. Eggy says:

    DX9 demo, what were they thinking?

    • stahlwerk says:

      “Everywhere I look, there’s WinXP”, perhaps?

    • Eggy says:

      Doesn’t mean they couldn’t have included support for DX10, 11. As a PC gamer I couldn’t care less about people still running Windows XP. Crytek was known as a developer taking advantage of the latest hardware (or even future hardware), with Crysis 2 they made a watered down PC version. The game was clearly developed with consoles in mind.

    • woodsey says:

      Or, y’know, they just didn’t bother packing it with the beta.

      They’ve said plenty of times that it’ll ship with DX10/11 support.

    • shoptroll says:

      Dragon Age II demo also lacked a DirectX 11 renderer. However, 360 runs DirectX 9, so I’m guessing they only QA’d a demo running DX9 as I assume that would be cheaper.

    • Tom says:

      lol

  6. Davie says:

    I think I will download it so I can boil tomorrow morning’s coffee on my GPU.

    (I wish I was joking. My last graphics card read a steady 106 degrees Celsius for two months before burning out)

    • CMaster says:

      Clean the dust out of your damn PC, rather than ruining hardware.

    • Davie says:

      Oh, I did, many times. It was a Radeon 4850, which apparently is one of the most overheating-prone cards on the market. My true mistake was not reading enough reviews before buying the damn thing.

    • godgoo says:

      I have that card, it does get hot but the reason is that it’s far more power hungry than it claims; over compensating with the psu solved the problem for me, still going strong and running current games at high settings, woo-hoo for consoles giving my wallet a break!!

    • Ziv says:

      Actually the 4800s issue with heating was due to the driver (which was kinda fixed but not really), I have a 4870 and I don’t let the driver automatically control the fan, I put it on 28-30% when not gaming and 35-40% when gaming (and the noise matters less).

    • Vandelay says:

      I used to have a 4850 and it was definitely excessive on the heat. It would idle at around the high 70s. I had to have the fan set at 60% to get any sort of reasonable temperatures and it would make a real racket. It got even worse when in the middle of a slightly demanding game.

      Compared to my new 6950 that doesn’t even hit 40 whilst idling and it was obvious there was something wrong with the card (at least, with the stock cooler – although, you can’t really compare, as my new card is a dual slot.)

    • TehJman says:

      Had the same problem, my HD4850 even got up to 125 Celsius, never burned through though, it did however always made my PC shut down when playing games. (also 70-80 Celsius idle)
      Thus I looked for an aftermarket cooler. Got an Akasa Vortexx Neo, wasn’t even expensive, easily installed and temps dropped radically. Idle temp around 30-40, and heavy load 60-70.
      It was even less noisy than the stockcooler on the card.
      I then also got another HD4850, but the Vapor-X model by Sapphire which already has a better cooler on it and is slightly higher clocked. Now been running these two in crossfire since a year or so. Still keeping up with the high-end games :)

    • JohnLemonX says:

      hmm, my 4850 never goes over 80c with Crysis at high settings, idles at 40-50

  7. Tunips says:

    The suit mods do shake things up a bit compared to the current manshoots. Using enhanced armour mode gives you a chance to react to coming under fire, something not seen outside of unreal. I’ve always preferred the slightly more survivable games, and it’s strange that this can be both sorts at once.

    What are the little blue icons that hang around the map with some stealth fuzz under them? I haven’t seen any way to interact with them.

  8. Robin says:

    Reading comments about the demo, it seems the game is severely affected by consolitis. I red of very slow walking speed, cramped fov, giant weapons taking 1/4 of the screen, mouse emulates pad, and all the rest of the bad console-born things.
    Gonna try it to confirm it, but this is really.. sad.

    • rivalin says:

      yep, exactly how I found it, with the vague resemblance to the original, the glaring deficiencies are even more obvious, frankly it’s pathetic and suggests that Crytek paid literally no attention whatsoever to the pc version during development; absolutely everything is oriented around consoles, right down to the moronic “press start to begin” screen, oh really, start, why that’s right here on my gamep… OH WAIT, I’M PLAYING ON PC AND I DON’T HAVE A BLOODY START BUTTON YOU CRETINS!

      I understand they’re just a company that wants to make money, but I loathe both them and the shiv they stuck in the back of pc gaming.

    • wengart says:

      I never understood the need for the press start to begin screen. I mean why not take you straight to the main menu.

  9. Vinsanity says:

    I’m usually one who loves motion blur but the kind that crysis 2 is using really hurts my eyes. Whatever happened to the awesome object motion blur in crysis?

    • subedii says:

      So THAT’S why my eyes were watering. That and the low FoV make it difficult for me to focus at times. Weird, it’s almost like I’m seeing the image but my mind can’t really focus on it properly and interpret it.

      Doesn’t help that they took away all the graphics settings and replaced them with three nonsensical text descriptors. That’s just plain stupid any way you look at it. Seriously, who thought that having a scale with one option called “Gamer” and another called “Advanced” actually MEANS anything? How am I supposed to interpret that? It’s like comparing an orange with a freaking can of soup.

    • P7uen says:

      A gentleman would always choose the soup.

    • Novotny says:

      Soup’s you, sir.

    • Sweedums says:

      does anyone actually know which setting puts the graphics to highest? i turned it to “hardcore”…. but i honestly can’t tell if thats maximum, the settings are so bloody vague… if hardcore is the highest, it looks ok, i’m going to assume the sp looks better as was the case in the first game.

      overall, between the moronic splash screen at the start, the 12 player cap in servers (is this going to be the case in retail?) the silly graphical settings and the fact that it kicks me out of every server after about 3 minutes…. yeah, not great first impressions, I think I’llbe giving this a miss.

  10. Daiz says:

    Object motion blur is reserved for DX10 and higher, and apparently the Multiplayer Demo is locked to DX9 like the beta.

  11. Heliocentric says:

    This game sits in a wierd place. It wants to push its ‘usp’ so its demo can’t be vehicular combat but thats what i really need to see in action to judge if the lumbering tank vs super soldier dynamic works. My call would to give vehicles counters to abilities, give one heli heat vision for camo and a tank ap rounds for defensive and a jeep an mg with homing bullets for speed but make all vehicles fragile enough that they handle like a power up rather than a strategic asset.

    We’ll see.

    • Kotua says:

      Cnsidering there isn’t going to be a Power Struggle-esque mode, and the whole killstreaks thing, I think vehicles are unlikely to be in multiplayer.

    • Turin Turambar says:

      “It wants to push its ‘usp’ so its demo can’t be vehicular combat but…”

      Lol. The true reason they dropped the vehicular combat in the multiplayer is consoles. Now maps are 10-15 times smaller, that’s the reason. Also, CoD style mp is more popular in consoles than the previous style.

  12. Theory says:

    Been a few minutes now and it’s not even letting me login and reach the main menu. Looks like it’s reliant on http://www.mycrysis.com/, which is offline.

    • ANeM says:

      mycrysis appears to be accessible now, however the login servers are still not responding (or at least I have not yet managed to make them respond.)
      Rather annoying considering the game takes 2 minutes to get around to the unskippable EA logo video at the beginning.

      Edit: Oops! Spoke too soon, mycrysis went down as I was creating an account.

    • Kelron says:

      Yeah, I can’t create an account either.

    • Eukatheude says:

      Looks like i’m not alone.

    • Bantros says:

      The account is nothing to do with mycrysis, although you can link it. It all runs of a GameSpy account

  13. Calneon says:

    Looks amazing, only complaint is that all three performance options seem to be the same (I think gamer was the worst performance with ~30, advanced was best with ~40). Is there no way to turn stuff off on it’s own? Would really like to turn off the motion blur as it’s terrible in multiplayer.

  14. Phinor says:

    Mouse seems sluggish and worst of all, FOV is unplayable. This is not good, not good at all Crytek.
    The little gameplay I managed before losing my mind due to the FOV was decent enough but Crysis Wars was a gazillion times better.

    Also I would like to edit my graphics settings, eh?

    • Calneon says:

      Yeah, my mouse is too sluggish to play properly. Whether that is just poor design or because I’m running at 40FPS and not 60, I don’t know.

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      I had the exact opposite experience, though I am running at LUDICROUS SPEED. It’s smooth as butter.

  15. jamie144 says:

    anyone else get loads of virus warnings during install and loading the game up? CAnt get passed registration too

    • godgoo says:

      avira picked out 3 or 4 of the dlls as virus’s, i made exceptions. also I found if you attempt to make an account, then kill the program, reboot and sign in with the details you attempted it works. I think the game shows some promise but I agree with others that the mouse smoothing (i presume) and motion blur make for a clunky ride.

  16. Theory says:

    Got in and played a few rounds. It’s a forgettable MW2 clone. They made headshots kill instantly, and that’s how most fights are resolved (so much for the whole armoured nano super-soldier thing). Also, if I’m reading the end of match numbers right, more experienced players get more armour/energy/cloak.

    Anyone worked out what the suit mode that slightly zooms your view in is for?

    (And anyone worked out what the hell the graphics settings mean? The list loops, so you can’t even slam it all the way to the right!)

    • jamie144 says:

      so do you have a gamespy account? how did you log in? register?

    • Theory says:

      I made an account through the game. The UI stalled, but the operation did actually succeed. After restarting the game (required a trip to the task manager as Alt+F4 was ignored and there’s no cancel button) I could log in.

    • Calneon says:

      You use your EA account.

    • jamie144 says:

      it says my username of my EA account is invalid. Even though it doesnt go against any of the criteria they explain..

    • Shazbut says:

      Right. It says my email address is being used by another account, which I hope not. I registered with MyCrysis, entered the same details and still couldn’t get in. Then I made up some crap and linked it to another email address and DID get in, played for 40 seconds, it crashed, and then I tried to re-enter those same details and couldn’t get back in. This is not my idea of a good time.

  17. Ravenger says:

    I wonder if the lack of individual detail settings is an effort to make a level playing field for multiplayer. I know on some multiplayer games you can turn off features like foliage so you can see enemies when they believe they’re hidden.
    But if the single game is like that I won’t be buying it.

  18. jamie144 says:

    mine just hangs on creating account. Should I disable windows firewall?

  19. dux says:

    I got as far as the “Press Start to begin” screen before uninstalling.

    That told me all I needed to know.

    • Oozo says:

      Seriously? Way to go, Crytek, way to go…

    • subedii says:

      Eh, that’s a fairly minor thing if we’re fair. Honestly, I was actually surprised when the intro video they had referenced the correct keybinds instead of 360 controller buttons. To me that more than makes up for it and shows that they were at least trying to tailor the game for the platform.

      Then of course you get to the options screen and return to your previous melancholy, but hey, at least it was a decent first impression.

    • Oozo says:

      Yes, no big thing. Just a bit careless, especially since it’s the first thing you see. (And since they had to expect a bit of backlash from the PC-crowd anyway, so, not off to a good start, is all I’m saying.)

  20. Hunam says:

    Yay for ambiguous graphics settings!

  21. CrazyBaldhead says:

    MAXIMUM Boredom.

  22. Mephisto says:

    After the DA2 demo and now this, I have seen the light. Xbox 360 is our prosperous future. Take that PC gamers!

  23. Creeping Death says:

    I’ve seen so many videos of the mp over the past few weeks to know it’s not worth my time to download this. It just gave me a massive CoD vibe…

    Am I the only one that hasn’t been impressed by anything Crytek has ever made? Sure, they’ve all had that “oooh shiny!” attraction, but everything they’ve made just suffers from bad design choices.

    They should just take the first level from Crysis and release it as a chicken abuse game, that was where I got most of the fun from that game :P

  24. Ziv says:

    Oh god, I was really expecting this… Those are some bad comments……..
    Still gonna try it?

  25. Eukatheude says:

    I just get stuck when trying to create an account. Meh.

  26. JonClaw says:

    “PC is still important to us”

    “Press Start to begin”

    • Hallgrim says:

      Would be hilarious if it wasn’t so fucking sad.

      Remember tho, bad sales are due to PIRACY, not INCOMPETENCE.

  27. ghost4 says:

    Press start to begin and then check the options to set your autoaiming and then configure your graphics by choosing from a list of presets that are not explained in any way. Once you’re in the game get ready for some hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping action as you slooooooooowly shamble around and aim with a sluggishness that isn’t too far removed from a gamepad. Notice how the nanosuit completely changes the game by making it exactly like any other boring military shooter.
    I’ll wait until the game hits the bargain bin. The single player isn’t worth full price.

    • suibhne says:

      To be fair, Crysis Warhead had the same type of graphics settings. They’re not really any less explanatory than “Low”, “Medium”, “High”, and “Tyrannosaur”.

    • Jesse L says:

      I’ve played the XBox demo as well, and let me tell you, it feels slow and sluggish and like a boring military shooter there as well. Console shooters don’t play that way just because they’re on consoles. I know gamepad aiming sucks in comparison, but movement doesn’t have to.

      My computer can’t run Crysis, and I was excited to get the chance to play the sequel, but now that I’ve tried the demo it’s very unlikely I’ll buy it. Certainly not for the multiplayer, anyway. I don’t see why, just because this sequel will also be available on consoles, the levels – especially the single player levels – have to be small and linear. Just Cause 2 worked just FINE on my XBox. Probably because it didn’t get bogged down by populating its rooftop greenhouses, for example, with millions of utterly useless, distracting, lovingly placed details. It would be nice to have that kind of detail in a sprawling wide-open level, but it is not necessary to have both to make a fun AND beautiful game.

      The focus here is on the wrong elements of presentation, is what I’m saying.

    • pizza65 says:

      @jesse- You can play crysis, if you can play the sequel. Maybe not maxed, but still. It’s a much better game, even if it’s not to everyone’s taste. Do it!

      EDIT, also, warhead was nothing like it for graphics settings. The names were silly, yes, but it was still clear which order they came in (because LOW was at one end or the list, rather than a looping box). Also, you didn’t just have presets, you had control over shaders, volumetrics, textures etc individually. And motion blur, which would be nice right now.

    • Jesse L says:

      Narp, I’m only getting the chance to play the sequel because it’s coming out on XBox. Can’t run Crysis. Can just barely run Minecraft.

  28. Robin says:

    The thing I less get is: the hugeness of the weapons.

    http://img6.imagebanana.com/img/n5769bf4/compareq.gif

    Why all modern (console-designed) shooters have giant weapons taking up 1/3 of the screen? What’s the logic behind this design choice?
    Someone please help me understand, because I can’t.

    • Potentaint says:

      It’s probably so the hardware doesn’t have to render so much background detail and instead only has to render a few hundred/thousand polygons for the weapon with a single texture. I imagine this is so the game can get a marginal frame rate boost when played on consoles. This demo appears to have been ripped and re-coded for use on the PC.

    • Joshua says:

      Because guns are shoulder held, and actually held quite close to the face (so you can just tilt your head in order to aim trough the iron sight).

    • Text_Fish says:

      Getting their moneys worth out of overpaid modellers and texture artists. :P

    • godgoo says:

      if you look at the comparison this seems to have a lot to do with the very restrictive FOV.

  29. J-Han says:

    Based on playing with all three settings with FRAPS on, the game’s horribly ambiguous graphic settings seem to go like this:

    Gamer = Low
    Advanced = Medium
    Hardcore = High

    I could be wrong.

    As for the game, it’s alright. Wish the aim button could be toggled instead of hold.

    • Koozer says:

      Advanced: Blinding lens flare mode. The other two look the same but without the sun gone nova.

    • clive dunn says:

      I like to think of the graphics options as being more like this:

      Gamer = Fish
      Advanced = Turnip
      Hardcore = Belt Buckle

  30. Binman88 says:

    The game looks great, but what good is that when I can’t bloody aim at anyone? The mouse movement is floaty and imprecise, and the motion blur makes it very difficult to track an opponent. And why have three ridiculously named graphics options? At least put a god damn number beside them so I know which one’s the best and which one’s the worst!

    • TotalBiscuit says:

      Exact opposite experience, mouse-aiming seems very very nice indeed. However there are plenty of problems aside from that.

    • pizza65 says:

      It’s irrelevant how good mouse aiming is when autoaim is enabled.

  31. GoldenNugget says:

    I still can’t log in. Soooo many issues with the demo from what I’ve read (mainly consolization). Maybe I should just give up since the demo keeps tell me that it doesn’t want to be played.

  32. alilsneaky says:

    Aside from all the squabbling about details and your likes and dislikes, I don’t think anyone can argue against the fact that the netcode and hit detection is terrible, and that the game copies the single most flawed aspect of the cod games: the spawn system.

    So very dissapointing.

  33. jonfitt says:

    Help! Can someone help me find the Start button!

  34. Devenger says:

    This is awful. Just absolutely awful. It might look pretty, but it runs horribly (for some reason my computer really hates certain post-processing effects like motion blur and anti-aliasing, and lo and behold, there is no way to turn them off), the gameplay feels stunted (the suit powers being potentially interesting, but instead they are just mundane, frustrating, and also have some perks shoehorned into their categories), and for some reason they’ve decided I shouldn’t be able to turn around at any decent speed (mouse smoothing TO THE EXTREME).

    I think the comparisons to Call of Duty might be unjustified. I jumped the CoD fishing ship after CoD4, but CoD4 really was a great game – the fresh-at-the-time create-a-class feature was good design, and meant there was a decent (not huge, but sufficient) range of things to try, not so different to how TF2′s classes give you different options to see and play the game in different ways. As far as I can tell, copies of CoD4′s formula (even the sequels) lost much of the magic. And now it’s sludged its way down to Crysis 2, and it’s just grotesque. The identikit kill streaks, mission formats and character roles genuinely upset me.

    And it’s one of the worst ports I’ve had the horror of playing for a while. Remind me to stick to PC exclusives, or developers that haven’t taken the easy option. I’m not saying Crytek haven’t tried to continue making games for the PC; but try as they might have, they failed, and gave us this instead.

    tl;dr: awful port, man-shoot-clone, no redeeming features immediately evident.

  35. omicron1 says:

    Impressions:
    1. Can’t skip the intro company-credits.
    2. “Gamer/Advanced/Hardcore”? How do I mess with the advanced settings?
    3. Crashed starting the first game.
    4. It runs at 10-20 fps on lowest settings. This makes it almost impossible to actually PLAY.
    5. Why did it have to be multiplayer-only? I have absolutely no interest in multiplayer, and not being able to see anything/aim properly/keep the view from stuttering all over doesn’t help matters one bit.

    End result: Yeah, this sucks. If it has a short (read: 4-8 hours) campaign, I’ll get it when it’s $20. If it’s long, maybe as much as $40. $60? No ruttin’ way.

  36. bhlaab says:

    -demo begins with “press start” cool beans

    -moving the mouse around in menus makes the whole screen jiggle around. a non-feature created so that console players can have fun absentmindedly jiggling the joysticks around in the menus works to the detriment of pc users

    -graphics settings: gamer, advanced, HARD-CORE
    these are the only graphics settings. maybe this is a demo thing but you can’t adjust individual settings at all. i’ve seen crappy pc ports of japanese games that let you do at least that

    -on HARD-CORE i get around 30-50 fps same as crysis 1 basically

    -the game is blurry as hell, felt like i was running on non-native res

    -crysis 1 used volumetric shaders to create realtime clouds in the atmosphere instead of a skybox. this game appears to replace skyboxes and volumes altogether in lieu for a giant bloom hdr spotlight that fills the entire atmosphere

    -there’s a weird latency to your controls. like if you press jump it takes a moment before your guy actually jumps. mouselook feels very weighty and unresponsive. I’ve never played killzone 2 but it feels a lot like how that game has been described

    -fov feels hella low. guns take up the entire bottom right 1/4 of the screen it seems

    -aiming assist is automatically on

    -you can still use the mouse wheel to select powers, but you’re pretty much supposed to use hotkeys

    • jamie144 says:

      wasnt killzone ps3 exclusive? (no mouse). I find the sliding to be really unreliable

  37. Moni says:

    I can’t comment on the game because it appears to be a terrible demo.

    The server browser doesn’t appear to have a refresh button, so the server filters are rubbish. I click the option to filter out all the full servers, then the first 10 servers I click on are apparently all full.

    I close and come back later, try to log back in, but now it refuses to let me back in.

    So I haven’t played the demo, I can’t comment on how terrible it might be.

    • MajorManiac says:

      Same thing.

      As there isn’t even a single player tutorial to go through, this demo actually puts me off getting the full game as I don’t think it’ll even work.

  38. kubaduba_pvp says:

    Well, it’s a nice ripoff of Killzone 2 menu. The menu itself managed to heat up my card to 80 degrees (5970). Music got boring after a minute.

    I waited for 30 minutes and did not manage to join a game. You haven’t sold me on this one Crytek!

  39. Text_Fish says:

    After quite a bit of searching I managed to join two servers full of people who didn’t even know how to start the game. We did have some good discussions about the profanity censors in the game though. Aparently the word “poo” is deemed too strong for this Pegi 16 rated game. Arse, Bollocks, Bugger and Twat were all A-Okay though.
    That is my experience of Crysis 2 so far.

  40. Huggster says:

    Game engine seems pretty good.
    Apart from that the MP looks like plays like your mainstream team deathmatch FPS.
    Also it overheated the VRMs on my 4870 until is crashed my system. Waah! Not had that since Crysis.

    Full game looks like it could be okay. I am guessing without all that foliage to render they may have a nice open city. Lets see.

  41. Huggster says:

    Full game looks like it could be okay but demo was a bit poo poo.
    Also it overheated my 4870.

  42. InsidiousBoot says:

    10-20 fps on lowest settings? I wonder what GPU you have..

    My top annoyance’s atm..

    1.suit announcer (functions) needs to have a disabled option, I have it bound to my mouse and Its annoying to hear the suit speaking everytime..
    2.in options when pressing esc it goes back to the game instantly not just 1 page back.
    3.auto aim option under game options ? :S
    4.no advanced graphics options.
    5.maps should have been a bit bigger.

    Runs great on advanced though, 55-70 fps @ 1680×1050 – hardcore runs at 45-55.. not playable for me.

    with 460GTX 1gb @ 900/1800/2100 , i5-750 4.0ghz – 1680×1050

    Gameplay isnt that exciting.. but its oke, to be honest I find the suit more of a gimmick in MP then a gadget, it works great in SP though. Luckily there are server options to have it disabled and there are some other awesome MP modes that aren’t in the MP Demo.

    • piercehead says:

      Suit works great in SP eh? Tsk tsk :(

    • BOB850123 says:

      I’m surprised that you are only getting 45-55 fps on hardcore at 1680×1050. I have a GTX 460 HAWK(1GB) running at lower clocks (800, 1600, 1850) and I can get the same frame-rates you mentioned running at 1920×1080. I do have a 2600k @ 4.0 ghz. but I would not think it would make that much of a difference.

  43. SackManDoo says:

    No FOV option? Generous mouse smoothing? AUTOAIM??? RRRRRRRRRRRAGE WHY even release it on PC? Come on Crytek.

  44. Xiyng says:

    After reading all these comments, I think I’m having second thought about this… The demo, that is, let alone the full version. Never was that interested in the game after seeing how it was like, seemed pretty obvious it was going to have some heavy console influence. But I certainly didn’t expect it to be as bad as it actually sounds.

  45. Robin says:

    I have a 4:3 screen and the demential fov makes it utterly unplayable.
    Sadly this probably affects the single player too, so, even if I absolutely loved the first one, I won’t be able to buy this sequel. Good thing I never preorder games.

  46. MD says:

    Man, if normal people are complaining about the FOV I’m not even going to bother with this. When will you learn, developers, when will you learn? You can set the default to whatever ridiculous value you like, but make it customisable! Sounds like they fucked up the controls as well, which is equally unforgivable. Again, you’re welcome to apply whatever ridiculous filters you like to our mouse input by default, but give us the option to enter ‘cursor actually replicates what your mouse does’ mode, without acceleration, smoothing, lag, etc. etc. etc.

    And yeah, I know these things don’t bother everyone. But for me and plenty of others, it’s not just something we make up in order to have something to whinge about. If low FOV doesn’t bother you and you can’t understand why people complain about it, just replace ‘low FOV’ with some sort of graphical flaw that would bother you — I can almost guarantee there will be something, even if you’re a lot more tolerant than me and have to imagine something a bit ridiculous. Same goes for mouse control — you might not notice or care, but I bet that at some point along the scale, imprecise controls would start to bother you. So rather than assume I’m a whinging idiot, just realise that different things affect different people to different degrees, and there don’t have to be any losers in this argument — just give us some bloody choice, and everyone will be able to enjoy your game.

  47. Capt Fatbeard says:

    I swear this is a complete guide in how not to release a demo…. From the problems other people been having I haven’t been able to get past the log on screen I must have tried about 30 times yet it tells me there are network problems greattttttt. If you release a demo surely you must put in place the servers and bandwidth to cope with the demand seems like gaming 101 to me….

  48. wazups2x says:

    C-c-console port!

  49. archagon says:

    Wow, so much whining.

    The multiplayer is heavily inspired by CoD, yes, but that’s hardly a strike against it. The suit options are fun, the levels are well-designed, the jumping and grabbing and sliding feels great, and everything is just so gorgeous. I played for 4 hours without noticing the time go by. It also runs extremely well on my years-old PC, which I wasn’t expecting at all. Indeed, Crysis 1 runs worse!

    Less mouse smoothing would be good, as would more graphics options. (Though to be honest, I sort of like the Low-Medium-High model.) I also agree that Autoaim definitely shouldn’t be there, though I haven’t noticed any unnatural aiming so far. Other than that, no real issues.

    I’d hardly call this a case of consilitis. You guys are just way, way too picky, and perhaps a bit bitter about CoD’s immense success.

    • archagon says:

      Oh, and I love the menu-jiggling and giant guns. Makes the game feel nicer, more solid. Haven’t noticed any hit detection problems at all. The browser and filter are rather annoying, but they’re really no big deal. Battlefield: BC2 is exactly the same way. Why hold it against the game?

    • Real Horrorshow says:

      I agree with you. I’ve been out of the PC gaming/online scene for the last six months, and in my absence it seems like the PC gaming community’s tone has become almost a self-parody of the whining elitist stereotype.
      Well maybe it’s been like that for years now, what with Oblivion being considered the worst game ever made.

      I’m not buying but it was nothing especially horrible OR amazing. Graphics settings are dumb but will probably be more detailed in the full version, all the features are borrowed from Call of Duty. It’s just…OK.

      I am pretty disappointed that they went this route in general. Power Struggle was a bad-ass mode and would have been epic fun for years if Crytek hadn’t given multiplayer such shit support and, yes, if the game wasn’t pirated by probably 90% of the people who’ve installed it on their PC.

    • Cognitect says:

      Real Horrorshow, Crysis sold more than 1 million copies in the first three months alone. To date, it has sold over 3 million copies, and Crysis Warhead sales have topped the 1.5 million mark. In this particular case, at least, piracy did not cause any significant damage.

  50. Davee says:

    I was moderately exited when I saw this.

    Downloaded > Put Settings on ‘Advanced’ (Medium?) > Started playing > Had good FPS when not turning due to motion blur > Went to look after motion blur settings > Did not find any > Set graphics options to ‘Gamer’ > Noticed Motion blur was still there with inherent FPS drop > Stopped playing > looked for some modifiable .ini files > Found none > Ragequit.

    The least they can do to the PC version of a game this graphically advanced is to include advanced graphics options somewhere! Geez, Crytek.
    As with Crysis; it looks gorgeous, gameplay seems okay between the moments of fps drop, but nothing special.

    I’m not opting to buy this.