Crysis 2’s Fancy Graphics Patch Released

Woo, fancy! It’s here.

When using the new “Ultra” spec, DX9 platforms will benefit from real-time local reflections and contact shadows. The owners of DX11 platforms, in addition, will be able to enjoy hardware tessellation (requires the installation of the “DX11 Ultra Upgrade”), parallax occlusion mapping and several improvements for shadows, water, particles, depth of field and motion blur.

Phwoar, eh readers? (You probably want to download the hi-res textures patch on the same page, too.)


  1. ResonanceCascade says:

    So now we can all go back to whining that Crysis games are just a tech demo, right? :)

    • Kirioth says:

      I think you’ll find they are not simply “a” tech demo. They are “THE” tech demo.

    • szlevi says:

      Err, how could Crysis ever be a tech demo for anything other than consoles when it’s running on DX9 in the age of DX11?
      One of 2010’s biggest, most overhyped flops on PC was Crysis 2, I think – looks mediocre, a typical console-port with a multiplayer that’s is still a no-go (admittedly after BF:BC2 it’s hard to come up with a meaningful competitive MP nowadays.)

  2. JerreyRough says:

    Which leaves the question: Why wasn’t this in the game when it came out? Did they just not have enough time to make and finish this content for release?

    • markcocjin says:

      They had to patch the hell out of this because unlike Crysis 1, this game was meant to run on lesser machines. While some games were built with higher quality assets then downgraded to meet the spec, this one was just okay then upgraded just now.

      It’s too bad you can’t patch in a better gameplay.

    • Aemony says:

      The realistics will say that it’s due to the lack of time before the deadline for the game came. The conspiracists will tell a tale of Nvidia bribing EA to ensure that CryTek hold back on the DirectX 11 patch. The pessimist will state that it’s yet another reason why CryTek has abandoned PC gamers, while never giving a solid reason as to why it has taken so long. The optimist will enjoy it.

      And then there’s those whom angrily hate CryTek for the use of the word ‘gift’ when talking about the graphical upgrades being released.

    • Roaring Panda says:

      Probably because the longer they hold off from release the more time money isn’t being made.

    • SpinalJack says:

      I very much doubt they didn’t have high resolution assets from the start. Development assets tend to be much higher resolution than the compressed version that finally gets into the released game.

    • bill says:

      It doesn’t really leave that question at all. It wasn’t in because it wasn’t in.

  3. jettpack says:

    do we know if the update will work on steam automatically?

    • Potentaint says:

      This is a very important question for me. I knew there was a reason I had not yet played through the single player mode.

    • Aemony says:

      The update (v1.9) will automatically install on your computer. If it doesn’t already, restart Steam. The DirectX 11 update and the high resolution texture pack is completely optional and works on all versions of the game. Download and install them after your Crysis 2 has been updated to v1.9.

  4. Jamesworkshop says:

    Hurrah makes me weep for my Dx10 only 9800gtx and 32 bit windows 7

    As for steam the games 1.9 patch will load and then you have to do the textures and dx11 patches Seperatly

  5. mkultra says:

    Wow! Thanks, Crytek. You really are the best!

  6. RiptoR says:

    I actually didn’t mind that those fancy-schmancy über-effects weren’t in the game.

    My (almost) 5 year old rig (q6600, 8800gtx OC’ed) handled Crysis 2 good enough while still looking very good (high settings).

    • mkultra says:

      By high settings, do you mean “hardcore”, or, perhaps, “gamer”?

    • Ringwraith says:

      One of the early patches actually reverted those to much more easily understood terms.
      They worked fine in Crysis Warhead when they used them as they were in a drop-down menu so you could tell which was which.

  7. SirKicksalot says:

    Alt-tab after loading the level for the first time, it doubles the framerate.
    It looks un-fucking-believable, especially in the night levels. I get about 40 fps on my q6600, 4 GB RAM and GTX 470 at 1920 x 1080. It’s a slight drop from the DX9 version, and there’s a bit more stuttering sometimes.

  8. ChillaChin says:

    A much bigger question is: Who cares? Who cares about Contact Shadows and Hardware Tessellation when ultimately the game is just bad. It’s a bland FPS game in an over-saturated market of bland FPS games. Making it a bit more shiny isn’t going to help this ultimately unimpressive game

    • Aemony says:

      Gameplay-wise Crysis 2 is superior to Crysis, offering a much more immersive and awesome gaming experience. Everything else is highly subjective.

    • subedii says:

      Funny, I’d say the reverse. Saying it’s superior to the first game’s gameplay is very definitely subjective.

      Whereas I’d agree that putting out a graphics patch, especially three months after release, isn’t really going to do much for its sales.

    • Starky says:

      While I happen to be of the opinion that Crysis 2 was on par with Crysis 1, but not as good as warhead – and that all 3 were damn fine games overall.

      Both “immersive” and “awesome gaming experience” are highly subjective. Hell immersive is one of those stupid meaningless PR buzzwords, and one mans awesome experience is another’s pile of dog crap.

      You wouldn’t happen to work for Crytec would you?

    • Vandelay says:

      Crysis is by far the better game. Still enjoyed Crysis 2 though.

    • Ravenger says:

      Crysis 2 was far inferior to Crysis. Sure it was more polished and performed better, but it’s obvious that Crysis was designed to compete with the COD style console shooters, and it suffers because of that with excessive streamlining, smaller more limited levels, less free-form gameplay, worse AI, and less interactivity with the environment.
      Graphically I’d also say it’s worse, not due to it being DX9 with lower textures, but due to the excessive post processing and motion-blur, and a weird high-contrast colour palette. Thankfully the latest patch allows you to turn off the worst of the post processing.

    • Lukasz says:

      not liking something is perfectly fine but goddamn boy. get off the high horse and do not believe your opinion is of any importance or is shared by everyone

    • Potentaint says:

      “Crysis 2 was far inferior to Crysis. Sure it was more polished and performed better, but it’s obvious that Crysis was designed to compete with the COD style console shooters, and it suffers because of that with excessive streamlining, smaller more limited levels, less free-form gameplay, worse AI, and less interactivity with the environment.”

      Completely disagree. The gameplay in Crysis consisted of “Jump on top of the building then down onto the bad guys” or “Run around the building and then shoot the bad guys”. I can’t say that I had fun with Crysis. I much prefer Crysis 2, but then again I also have a sweet gaming computer and consider it my crown jewel.

    • Aemony says:

      I know that in my post I contradicted myself somewhat but didn’t really care at the time. Just ignore it for what it is, a ridiculous attempt of mine to summarize my thoughts into a really short text. As English ain’t my primary language this is a certain area I often fail at when trying to convey my thoughts, something all of my wall-of-texts over at SPUF illustrates pretty good. Though practice makes perfect, right?

      Work for CryTek…? That was an interesting question… Though I can see that my post portrays a lot of similarities to the fiasco that were BioWare’s employee reviewing Dragon Age 2 at MetaCritics, while calling into question the opinions of the fans.

      But no, I do not work for CryTek. I’m actually a mere Swedish student currently studying for a Bachelor’s in game development. Though working for CryTek would probably be really interesting, as I’ve always liked their products (well, not really Far Cry as I never got passed the first encounter with those damn aliens/monsters/whatever).

      Though you did give me an idea for a potential side-job while studying… Doing damage-control by being ‘undercover’ online sure would be an interesting experience, as long as I didn’t have to make excuses for failures such as DNF. The excuses for releases such as that would need to be so stupid that it would harm my intelligence.

      Meh, wall of text again… :S

    • subedii says:

      You’d have to go to hardcore gaming forums and try to get them to discuss how super awesome Barbie Princess Horse Adventures is.

    • Starky says:

      Don’t be a fool, anyone who doesn’t know how awesome Barbie Princess Horse Adventures is has no right to call themselves a gamer, nevermind a hardcore gamer.

    • Starky says:

      I only asked if you worked for them because of your comment above about the patch, struck me as community manager like in tone (maybe you have a calling in that area) – it wasn’t really intended as a accusation, well not a hostile one anyway.

    • Ringwraith says:

      I enjoyed Crysis 2 more than 1, one of the main reasons being that I used all the suit modes a lot more. Cloak is as broken either, and although you could probably sneak past pretty much everyone, it’s harder than it was and this actually will come back to bite you.
      Also, I actually found the AI to be much better than the first game, aside from the odd time they got caught on the scenery (or in one case, each other, that was weird to say the least), but I’ve seen someone make a tree fall on themselves in the first game so neither’s perfect.
      Saying there’s much less “sandboxiness” is I find is a rather silly thing to say, as you get a lot of options of dealing with situations, especially with large areas you get to much around in. About the only thing it loses from the first is that each encounter is more-or-less in a self-contained area, unlike the massive sprawly maps of the early missions of the first game where you could even pick your orders of objectives if you really wanted. Although, Crysis 2 has a lot more verticality to it, which is always a good thing.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I enjoyed both games. But in my opinion the stealth was even more ‘broken’ in the second one. You could use silenced pistols while invisible, meaning you could never be seen and shoot everyone in the head. I don’t see why people say that it’s broken though, as I really enjoy it, and that’s the whole point of a game. You know.. To have fun!

    • Kablooie says:

      Yay for better textures and effects.

      It’s not going to impel me to buy it any sooner, however. I’m still going to wait for it to hit the bargain rack.

    • szlevi says:

      I fully agree, Crysis 2 is a classic console-oriented junk, utter piece of shit. Anyone’s cherishing it on PC has to be under 30 and completely clueless about the history of FPS (especially on PC.)

    • Warth0g says:

      Could someone please provide a link to Barbie Princess Horse Adventures, sounds right up my street?

    • Shortwave says:

      Under 30? Seriously szlevi? That is a joke I hope.
      I’m 24 and have been gaming longer than FPS games have existed.
      So like.. In your face.

    • Hendo says:

      @ Shortwave
      Feeling really bad about pointing this out given that I support the general message you’re trying to pass across. THAT SAID, first person shooters have kinda been around since… like… Maze War and Spasm. They were early-mid 70s!

      All the same, I do agree that the examples which really definied the genre are Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake (etc.) and you would have been able to play them (maybe not old enough by law but what do parents really know?!).

      Anyway – I agree with your point.

      @ szlevi
      I’m only 21 but still like to think I have fairly good knowledge when it comes to FPS games. You’re comment is somewhat… poorly thought out. After all, it would be fair to argue that someone my age could have been introduced to video games in the Golden Age of FPS? Other than those above, there was also Duke Nukem 3D, Half Life, Battlefield 1942, Goldeneye (I know… a console game!… so shoot me!) and hybrids such as Deus Ex or Theif.

      In fact, I’d be hard pushed to find an FPS so fondly remembered (and still played) prior to 1992.

      Your argument would probably hold more weight if you went with “15 and under” but even then, it’s a very large generalisation…

  9. Daz says:

    Just had a blast through the first two levels, on gtx 460 with all the packs installed and everything set to Ultra the framerate certainly takes a hit, maybe 30fps average and down to as little as 10-15 in combat, but the visual upgrade is extremely noticeable, especially with the hardware’s actually pretty obscene in places, you can actually see each individual brick stick out of a wall for example.

    link to

    Quick pro tip for 460gtx or equivalent users, you can set everything to ultra but turn “objects” down to extreme and the framerate remains pretty high, but you will lose the tesselation effects :(

    • Vandelay says:

      How does performance compare to Metro 2033? I was never sure if the poor performance I got from that maxed was due to the DX11 settings being experimental or my HD6950 not being up to scratch for tesselation and the like.

    • Daz says:

      Sorry I’ve not played 2033, waiting for another sale :)

      I’d say the performance i’m getting in C2 is just about playable on my 460gtx with everything maxed, bare in mind however that my monitor is 1440×900 native which is a fairly small resolution by todays standards. Going up to 1080p or above I think the 460 would fall into the “forget about it” category :)

    • Nallen says:

      My 5750 struggles a bit, it’s not really playable without getting headache but then the whole system save the CPU is under recommended for both packs being installed (on my HDD not my SSD, 6Gb not 8Gb RAM, 1Gb not 1.5Gb VRAM)

    • Vandelay says:

      Thanks Daz. I remember the days when everyone was jealous of my 1680×1050. :(

      Had a quick glance at a comparison ( – handy website, I’ve not seen before,) and there is a fairly large performance difference between those two cards. Shouldn’t be any problem then.

      Downloading now.

    • dsi1 says:

      So I knocked over a light.
      link to

      I love this game now.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      Too little, too late IMHO. These two shots will forever sum up my crysis2 experience.

      link to

      link to

    • roxahris says:

      DigitalSignalX: So, you were wowed by the attention to detail and customization options? That’s certainly a lot more than most people can say.

    • Nallen says:

      Whereabouts in the game was that picture of the sign taken? (it is horrendous.)

  10. Retribution says:

    I like how PoM is considered new and amazing with dx11

  11. Soon says:

    What comes after Ultra?

    • Dozer says:


    • Starky says:

      Then comes: HyperUltra

    • Monkey says:

      Is too old to say Mega, probably

    • dsi1 says:

      But not UltraMega.

    • povu says:

      Master, according to Pokémon.

    • Zenicetus says:

      Ludicrous, and then Plaid.

    • Jake says:

      It’s like how you can’t order soft drinks in a ‘small’ any more, just a child size and everything has names that are too embarrassing to say. Games should have graphics settings as ‘child’s graphics’ then ‘maximum’ then ‘ultra’ then ‘hyper-ultra’ then ‘double ultra-mega’.

    • Dan Forever says:


      Level 1: Regular Kill – 1 Kill
      Level 2: Double Kill – 2 Kills
      Level 3: Multi Kill – 3 Kills
      Level 4: Mega Kill – 4 Kills
      Level 5: Ultra Kill – 5 Kills
      Level 6: Monster Kill – 6 Kills
      Level 7: Ludicrous Kill – 7 Kills
      Level 8: Holy Shit Kill – 8 Kills
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  12. B0GiE-uk- says:

    I bought the game when it first came out and have refused to play it until the dx11 patch came out.

    Am now looking forward to playing this. Hope my HD5870 can handle it!

  13. cliffski says:

    I program graphics code all day and I don’t know wtf all these doohickeys you mentioned are :(

    • PatrickSwayze says:

      Clearly you program lacklustre graphics. Lemme guess, indie developer amirite?


    • D3xter says:

      You’re obviously a bad developer xD

    • dsi1 says:

      I still don’t know what SSR stands for, just that it has something to do with reflections. (and after reading the PDF on this patch it seems that it uses raytracing, neat)

  14. Jabberslops says:

    What I’m wondering about the DX11 patch is whether the game will run faster than DX9 on Windows 7 64Bit. I was getting only 30-40fps at 1920×1080 with all settings maxed but with motion blur and AA off with my Q6600 OC’ed to 3Ghz and MSI GTX 460 1GB Cyclone. Since I still dual boot to Windows XP I was able to compare it and i was getting 1/4 more fps.

    Before anyone says DX11 cards handle DX 9 poorly, you are wrong. Since the release of Vista and Win7 I have owned and used a Geforce 8800GTS 320MB, 9800GTX 512MB, GTX 460 768MB/1GB, Radeon HD 4200, HD 4650 DDR2, HD 5750. Nearly every DX9 game I have played is faster in XP than Vista/Win7 32/64Bit.

    On my Q6600 and GTX 460 1GB, CoD Black Ops run at about 30-40fps in Windows 7, but over 100 in XP. On the flip side, I actually get the same FPS in Bad Company 2 using DX11 as I do on XP but DX10 runs half as slow.

    • Starky says:

      While millions of benchmarks all over the internet put the difference between running a game in DX9 on windows XP and running a game in DX9 on windows 7 as maybe 2-3 frames per second.

      Maybe you just have a really fucked up windows 7 install.

    • ulix says:

      So basically you buy a new Graphics card like every half year, even thou8gh you could just keep the one you have for two years and still play everything fine maxed out?

      I could play everything on max settings (1080p) on my 8800GTS until maybe the end of 2009, and by then the card was about 2 and a half years old.

      Most console ports would still run on high settings with an acceptable framerate.

    • Jabberslops says:

      Get ready for a bit of history with my video cards in response to me buying a new video card every year. Because I can.

      The 8800GTS was an RMA replacement for my 7900gtx that died. I used it for a year and then I sold the 8800GTS and paid for half of my 9800gtx in 2008. Then my 9800gtx died and In November I bought my GTX 460 1GB to replace it because I knew I was getting an HD 5750 back from the RMA. I sold the HD 5750 after I used it in my HTPC for 3 months. I got the HD 4650 for free from the ATI litigation about HDPC compatibility and used it in my HTPC before the HD 5750 on the motherboard that has the HD 4200 built in. I bought the GTX 460 768MB to replace the HD 4650 because it was crazy cheap and I was sick of dealing with the drivers not functioning correctly every time I plugged in a new monitor or TV or changed multi-monitor settings.

      I loved my 9800GTX, it was the XFX Black Edition and played everything great until I got my 1080p monitor and started playing everything at 1080p. The card could handle most of what I played at 1080p but it was already starting to fail and just overheating too often and eventually offed it self. It was an awesome card while it lasted.

      My GTX460 is great and don’t plan to buy another video card for 3 years.

    • psyk says:

      Man the 9800 runs hot, sure you could cook on it. What would people recommend as an upgrade to the 9800GX2. Price isn’t to much of an obstacle brought the 9800gx2 near to when it came out.

    • bonjovi says:

      i’m using 480 but it runs really hot, I used to own 7800gtx, 8800gtx, 4750 and so far 480 runs way hotter and louder than anything I’ve seen before.

      I don’t mind it that much, but sometimes I think about energy bills, and of course all my fans in my antec1200 need to be on full to keep the wailing of the GPU cooler down.

  15. Dozer says:

    How many terabytes is the game download now?

  16. The Hammer says:

    Are there any galleries of screenshots for this? I must admit I am very interested in seeing just how good the graphics are now.

  17. somini says:

    Still not available on Steam…

    • The Sentinel says:

      Ha! Where is your ‘god’ now?

    • johnpeat says:

      His ‘god’ is within days of having a sale which will cause mass mayhem to the wallets of the PC gaming world – is where his ‘god’ is…

      Crysis 2 we can live without – in fact that goes for all EA’s releases tbh, let them take them to ‘Origin’ for all I care…

    • Jamesworkshop says:

      Was available on steam, is no longer available on steam

      sorry peeps you snooze, you lose

  18. l1ddl3monkey says:

    Start STEAM and the patch downloads on it’s own. Start game. Stop game and log out again to download DX11 pack. Download DX11 pack. Install. Start game. Select DX11 features. Game requires restart for DX11 features. Get bored of faffing about and play something else.

    (It does look nice tho!)

  19. Yosharian says:

    Shame the actual game is still a pile of shite, eh?

  20. Navagon says:

    Oooh now with even more pretty.

  21. D3xter says:

    Check here for comparison shots btw.: link to
    The difference Tesselation alone makes looks pretty huge, Depth of Field and added Screen Space Ambient Occlusion like in Witcher 2 to make things “pop” and Screen Space Reflection for added Reflection-y fun. Won’t make the game any less of a “console port” with dumbed down Level design and gameplay and a blatant rip-off of Call of Duty as a multiplayer though.

    New Trailer for DX11 features: link to

    • KenTWOu says:

      Screen Space Ambient Occlusion like in Witcher 2?

      Man, Crytek invented SSAO. Crysis and Crysis 2 has SSAO right from the box, with this patch they just add new algorithm – SSDO (Screen Space Directional Occlusion).

  22. QualityJeverage says:

    It both amuses and depresses me that in every article I’ve seen about this, at least 50% of the comments were “Too bad the game still sucks.”

    If you don’t like the game, keep on scrollin’. No reason to comment on an article that really has nothing to do with whether or not you liked it.

    • mkultra says:

      There’s really no point commenting if you enjoyed the game, either.
      Let’s get existential.

      EDIT: This post means nothing.

    • Yosharian says:

      I have as much right to post my dislike of this topic as much as you have the right to drool over a graphics patch that should have been in the original game.

      Crysis 2 is an embarassment of a game, that’s my opinion, and no amount of post-launch graphics updates will fix that.

      Hey, it’s just my opinion.

  23. Boozebeard says:

    If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s been removed from steam I would be tempted to buy it just to see the pretties.

  24. LieutLaww says:

    it does look rather pretty with both those patches applied

  25. My2CENTS says:

    Damn how can i possibly care less?

    • Vague-rant says:

      You could not care enough to post.

      Normally I wouldn’t respond to that question, but you seemed a little confused so I thought I’d give a helpful answer.

  26. Paul says:

    Nice, those textures help a lot (and without any fps hit). I will replay the game, since I actually enjoyed it quite a bit (certainly more than any CoDs or MoHs). DX11 stuff is ncie too, but not enough to make me sacrifice 60fps. I need that to have pleasant experience.

  27. Theodoric says:

    This could’ve convinced me to buy it, but alas, it’s not on Steam. Being an incredibly lazy person used to comfort such as using only a single video game download client, I shan’t purchase it.

  28. Carra says:

    It’s a smart move. Those with a new PC will now be forced to buy Crysis 2 to see what their PC can handle.

  29. Branthog says:

    So is this like the bullshit I had to deal with for Dragon Age 2, where I had to go online and separately download a “hi-rs pack” (for a PC game…wtf!?) that required me to find my credentials for EA, log into the EA site and social network system, then provide a serial/registration number for the game, then figure out the shitty navigation system, then download the file, then run an installer?

    • Ringwraith says:

      Considering that the high resolution textures won’t run unless you have a 64-bit operating system, it’s being released a while after launch, and the fact they are fairly big so a forced download would be unfair to people who can’t even use it, I’d say it’s not unreasonable. This being the higher-than normal resolution textures, the standard ones are pretty damn good by themselves.
      Also, they don’t use the EA servers as far as I know, or the at the very least, they use their own section of them, so tons of extra logins are probably not needed.

  30. iSoLateD1 says:

    OK, highest settings dx 11 w medium motion blur, everything else maxed out 1080p on core i7 860/gtx 480 i get 30 to 60 fps. In the wide open areas it went around 30, and an enclosed area (like when you meet gould it was mostly 40 to 60. It never went under 29 fps or over 60, which is weird but whatever. Its probably not worth playing again if you already finished it in dx9 like I did. I still like the muliplayer but I may dial that back to direct x 9 and just make use of the better textures.

  31. Adam says:

    Crysis 2 already looks amazing on the PC with high settings, can’t wait to see what DX11 can do with this baby.

    • DK says:

      Crysis 1 looked better, with lower hardware requirements. And it was a better game too. And to top it all off, it also had a story that made sense instead of a giant pile of retcon and nonsensical “plot”.

  32. wodin says:

    Played it through to the end…and have no inclination to play again even with fancy eye looked good enough anyway…

  33. siliciferous says:

    So when will I have another chance to purchase this on Steam? ;)

  34. matrices says:

    Installed everything, ran at max.

    It looks like a proper visual update to Crysis now – visually comparable to Warhead, but with better art design, use of color, and post-processing effects.

    Compared with the graphics before today, it’s like having fog removed from the screen: everything is much clearer and crisper.
    People can pretend that graphics make no difference or they can play the fashionable populist, but at the end of the day the increase in graphical fidelity* does really make a big difference in a first person game.

    *Fidelity does not necessarily mean the latest eyecandy, but in the era of consolization, it does at least mean textures and terrain that doesn’t look like smeared diarrhea. Noticing a lot of nice little artistic and design details that were simply lost in the ugliness of shit textures and flat terrain before the update.

  35. Angryinternetman says:

    ….”but at the end of the day the increase in graphical fidelity* does really make a big difference in a first person game.”

    In soulless superficial shallow games!

  36. Sldook says:

    Hm, imagine this situation – widow is burying her husband in paper coffin. After three months, people from funeral company will stop by and offer her new luxury coffin made from marble…

    And now, tell me honestly, is not that embarrassing?

    Who cares after such a long time?

  37. oceanclub says:

    This inspired me to jump back into Crysis 2 after, a while back, getting stuck at a helicopter boss battle in a small room; something that manages to combine two of my pet loathings. I got past it by putting the difficulty down, only to find I can’t switch it back up again – foiled! I was a big fan of the first two (Crysis 1 & Warhead( but I just find there’s something not quite as satisfying about 2. I’m putting a new build together this week (i5 2500K/8GB/GTX 560ti/SSD cache) so I’ll probably Crysis 1 on there first to see how it copes…


  38. laddyman says:

    The fact that it’s just now gotten all its shit in order graphics-wise makes me sad. Crysis was future-proof right out of the box, not several months after launch receiving a patch to do so. Crytek, I am disappoint.