Crysis 2 demo now available, game coming March 22nd
by Dave Loft
The multiplayer demo for Crysis is now available on the PC and Xbox 360. There are two maps in the demo, Pier 17 and Skyline. To go with the two maps are two ways to play them, team instant action and crash site. The game only supports up to 12 players on PC just like the console, so anyone hoping for a larger player count will be disappointed. Combat is simplistic and definitely geared towards Call of Duty fans. For anyone who enjoys the depth of multiplayer in a Battlefield game, Crysis 2 will most likely fall a little short. For what it is, it’s still an enjoyable game.
Like Crysis before it, Crysis 2 will bring your system to it’s knees. To make matters worse the graphic settings offer very little options. You get three choices, Gamer, Advanced and Hardcore and you do not have the option to customize any of them. On my Core i7-920 rig with 6GB of RAM and a Radeon 4870 w\ 1GB of VRAM I was getting below around 25fps at max settings with a 1920 x 1200 display resolution. For a smooth 60 fps I had to set the graphics to Advanced and resolution to 1440 x 900. If I used the native display resolution of 1920 x 1200 with Advanced settings, it provided performance that mostly stayed above 30 fps.
I’m actually quite surprised to see Crysis 2 have so much trouble running on my PC as it is able to run on the much slower console. My Radeon 4870 is about 4-8 times as powerful as the GPU used in the Xbox 360 and PS3. It seems Crytek is just unable to make a game that runs well on PC hardware. So if you have a low end desktop or anything but a high end laptop I would not recommend getting this game. It’s good to see they released the demo so everyone can test how well or not well as may be the case it runs with your hardware.
The demo comes in at 1.8GB, so if you don’t have a fast connection you may be waiting a while. I downloaded it from Steam, but EA and Crytek made a magnitude of options for downloading the PC version. Download links are listed below, pick your poison. The trailer below demonstrates how the multiplayer ranking system works. While the voice over is terrible, it’s well worth watching.
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