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Crysis 2 Multiplayer PC Demo Arrives in March

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PC gamers finally get a little taste of Crysis 2 multiplayer action.

As promised, Electronic Arts has announced that the multiplayer demo of Crysis 2 will arrive on the PC March 1, 2011. The news arrives nearly one month after the demo originally appeared on the Xbox 360 console as an Xbox Live Gold account exclusive.

"In the demo, PC gamers will master the game’s signature Nanosuit, which allows them to be strong, be invisible, be fast and become the ultimate weapon," reads the announcement. "Players will compete in six vs. six matches set against a war-torn Manhattan in two maps: 'Skyline,' set on top of the rooftops and interiors of skyscrapers, and 'Pier 17,' an open environment with limited cover."

The Crysis 2 demo will also feature two multiplayer modes: "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site." The former mode pits two teams against each other as they kill as many opponents as possible to win the round. In "Crash Site," players will battle for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding their pods and keeping enemies at bay.

Electronic Arts has also served up a sneak peak of each map which can be found here (Pier 17) and here (Skyline). As for the demo, the actual download size is currently unknown, but will be available at http://crysis.ea.com and other mirror sites starting March 1. The full game is slated to hit retail shelves on March 22 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC.

To play the demo, you need to meet the following system requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, with the latest Service Pack
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 x2 2 GHz, or better
  • GPU: Nvidia 8800GT with 512 MB RAM, ATI 3850HD with 512 MB RAM, or better
  • Memory: 2 GB (Vista requires 3 GB)
  • HDD space: 9 GB
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • DirectX version: 9.0c
  • Controller support: Microsoft Xbox360 Controller for Windows
  • Multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection

Note: There's indication that this list of minimum hardware requirements many not be final.

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    kiddagoat , February 17, 2011 4:46 PM
    So basically what they are saying.... the system requirements have not changed since Crysis 1 and the game has ultimately been dumbed down for the consoles and the PC gamer gets the shaft yet again....

    Crytek used to be the ones that put out the new engines or implemented new feature sets in games to show case the capabilities.

    FarCry set a new bar.... Crysis established a new one.... Crysis 2 is taking 5 years back.... WTF Crytek! Another good PC developer gone turncoat.
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    kiddagoat , February 17, 2011 4:49 PM
    Video cards up to 3-4 generations old can play Crysis 2??? WTF!!! And it is not even 64-Bit native??? They established a 64-Bit for FarCry ffs....

    Sorry for the double post but this really pisses me off....
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    silky salamandr , February 17, 2011 5:03 PM
    People complain when the specs are too high. People complain when the specs are too low. Simply dont play the game if it pisses you off that much. But we all know that you will play the game and complain all the way to the end.

    You shouldnt have to have 1500 bucks invested in a triple sli setup to run a game at a respectable fps with all the candy on period.
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    ken062083 , February 17, 2011 5:07 PM
    Comparable system specs to Crysis 1 does NOT mean the game will be dumbed down. Crytek developed an entirely new engine for this game (that looked amazing in the demo btw). Better coding = better performance with lesser hardware
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    rohitbaran , February 17, 2011 5:07 PM
    Well, the requirements are not very high, but most of the laptop owners, myself included will not be able to play it. The game however doesn't look much improved from the original Crysis. Yes, they have made an achievement by developing a cross platform engine, but visually, the game doesn't break any new ground.
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    elcentral , February 17, 2011 5:15 PM
    its made for fucking consoles in mind of corse its get lower standards how did ppl not c this comming i already realised this the secong they anounsed it for consoles.
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    wikiwikiwhat , February 17, 2011 5:15 PM
    This game doesn't work great on consoles. I've tried it and played the 360 demo. This belongs on PC. Honestly, they are hoping the consoles would be money-makers for them. Will they probably sell a million? Yes. They need to get controls fixed before this game releases on Xbox 360.

    I dunno, after playing Crysis 1 and Crysis Wars, Crysis 2 looks like an abomination. Pretty grahpics but its gameplay is hurting.
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    Trialsking , February 17, 2011 5:16 PM
    kiddagoatVideo cards up to 3-4 generations old can play Crysis 2??? WTF!!! And it is not even 64-Bit native??? They established a 64-Bit for FarCry ffs.... Sorry for the double post but this really pisses me off....


    Have you been living under a rock for the last 6 months?!?!!? Everyone knew this the moment they announced its was going to the PS3 and Xbox. Anytime a game goes to the consoles it guarantees it will not be breaking any new ground graphically.
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    geekapproved , February 17, 2011 5:22 PM
    I'll need an Xbox 360 controller to play the demo on my PC??

    That's what the system requirements say.
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    chaoski , February 17, 2011 5:22 PM
    I will hold my judgment until I play the Demo....my hopes are high.
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    joytech22 , February 17, 2011 5:25 PM
    I like how everybody is saying how much the games graphics will be toned down when they forgot one important detail:

    The game was developed on all systems at the same time, the game has GRAPHICS SETTINGS on PC and that no company is going to purposely go BACKWARDS in graphics on PC after so many years of development.

    Sure, consoles have limited how many missions we get and stuff (I blame the 360 with it's limited storage) but the game will still look great on PC.
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    unknown_13 , February 17, 2011 5:32 PM
    I really don't understand why the people are pissed off 'cause a Core 2 CPU and a 8800 series GPU would play the game with solid FPS on medium-high settings. Would you be happy if the game required an i5 and a HD 5800 for low settings?? Surely NOT! And as someone already pointed out, CryEngine 3 is a whole new engine.

    And what is really important to me is the gameplay. Serious gamers would worry more 'bout the gameplay than the graphics (which will obviosly be perfect in Crysis 2)
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    dingo_d , February 17, 2011 5:47 PM
    I thought that 'demo' already got out :face:
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    utengineer , February 17, 2011 5:51 PM
    "Note: There's indication that this list of minimum hardware requirements many not be final."

    Even if these are the final-final minimums, that does not mean you cannot crank up the settings for higher-end machines.
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    darkchazz , February 17, 2011 5:52 PM
    All those idiots are whining about a game that has not been released yet, what the hell...

    They probably pirated the buggy leak which is locked at DX9 and medium gfx settings, and thought that's maxed out.
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    sceen311 , February 17, 2011 6:08 PM
    kiddagoatVideo cards up to 3-4 generations old can play Crysis 2??? WTF!!! And it is not even 64-Bit native??? They established a 64-Bit for FarCry ffs.... Sorry for the double post but this really pisses me off....

    Guess they actually wanted people to be able to play their game... damn you Crytek for not requiring that I buy a new computer just to play your game!
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    nevertell , February 17, 2011 6:30 PM
    From what I've seen, you can play the beta version with an 8800gt 512 at 1080p without any noticeable slowdowns.
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    iNiNe5 , February 17, 2011 6:56 PM
    I understand that enthusiasts get upset that many games developed nowadays aren't worth enough to be played on your 10k setup, but do realize that video game development is now a business and not an art. Don't let the word "Studios" in the company name fool you.
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    dalta centauri , February 17, 2011 7:25 PM
    iNiNe5I understand that enthusiasts get upset that many games developed nowadays aren't worth enough to be played on your 10k setup, but do realize that video game development is now a business and not an art. Don't let the word "Studios" in the company name fool you.

    Although there are a number of games that play on 400$ systems maxed out while the 1k systems are losing what potential they had. There are times when developers and publishers shouldn't exclude those who spent more then the norm, but base off of the enthusiasts and degrade from that.

    I'm happy that Crytek and EA decided to release a multiplayer demo after the leak, I though Crytek would have to redo certain parts of the game and make a later release date. Could still happen, but so far there's no news of delaying the game.
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    JDFan , February 17, 2011 8:12 PM
    Guess they figured since the game has already been leaked to PC players that they might as well finally release a DEMO !
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