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Crysis 2 SP Shootout: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

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Almost anyone can play Crysis 2.

Crysis 2 represents a new sort of game making philosophy for Crytek. The first Crysis was so insane that not even the highest-end of PCs at release-time were able to run it smoothly with all settings at the highest level. The first Crysis was a game that was definitely made to be best experienced on a desktop of the future.

Crysis 2, on the other hand, is a game that was made for the mainstream gaming PCs of today, as well as the console of five years ago. For those expecting the type of envelope pushing of the first game, it's a disappointment – but the flipside is that now everyone can play Crysis.

Now that the final retail version of Crysis 2 is out, now there's been enough time for a direct PC vs. console comparison. The good news is that the PC is still the best platform for Crysis 2. Even a computer running a GeForce 8800GT can pull ahead of the console versions in terms of resolution and smoothness.

If you have anything older than that though, the consoles match the PC experience very closely (though some would argue that it's the PC that's matching the console experience). Perhaps the PC can pull even further ahead when DX11 gets injected into the game.

Check out the handful of PC vs. console videos below. For the best effect, view them on YouTube and use the highest resolution possible.

Crysis 2: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

Crysis 2: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

Crysis 2: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

Crysis 2: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

Crysis 2: PC vs. Xbox 360 vs. PS3

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    welshmousepk , March 29, 2011 10:38 AM
    Both console version look terrible compared to PC (but better than most console games), so this isn't really offering any new info.

    More looking forward to DX11 and hi-res textures for the PC.
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    rantoc , March 29, 2011 10:40 AM
    So this test just confirms what we already knew, the by todays PC gaming standards weak card from late 2006 outperforms the todays consoles in gfx in this title.

    Heck my old 8800 gtx is almost an ancient relic in PC gaming today and yet manage to beat the consoles in this title, i find it really amusing especially when some kids seems to believe their console is top of the line. Think again - You get what you pay for...
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    rantoc , March 29, 2011 10:45 AM
    welshmousepkMore looking forward to DX11 and hi-res textures for the PC.


    Indeed, heard a patch is on the way from Crytek to the PC enthusiasts.
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    welshmousepk , March 29, 2011 10:54 AM
    They have expressed interest in releasing mod tools also. Hope that comes to fruition, as the modders worked wonders with the first.
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    rantoc , March 29, 2011 11:04 AM
    A good mod api is a good foundation to make sure a class A title lives on for quite sometime (and usually remembered when the next sequel is released, generating better sales from fans).

    I recall all the good old mods for quake for instance, team fortress just to name one!
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    Filiprino , March 29, 2011 11:53 AM
    Looks worse than Crysis 1, all three versions. The PC version might not be at full settings, plus Youtube may degrade it, because I don't see any big difference. So, or Crysis 2 has worse graphics than Crysis 1 or the videos are not good enough in order to not make consoles look like shit.

    I'm doing a playthrough on Crysis and Crysis: Warhead. Then I'll play Crysis 2.
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    cronik93 , March 29, 2011 11:57 AM
    The small linear levels explain why people have way better performance over the first Crysis.....
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    maynardman10 , March 29, 2011 12:05 PM
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    maynardman10 , March 29, 2011 12:12 PM
    I rented it for xbox just to check the story out before a purchase, and the frame rate drops are so bad I had to quit playing it. I own a high end PC with a nvidia 580 and I7.
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    back_by_demand , March 29, 2011 12:13 PM
    FiliprinoLooks worse than Crysis 1, all three versions. The PC version might not be at full settings, plus Youtube may degrade it, because I don't see any big difference. So, or Crysis 2 has worse graphics than Crysis 1 or the videos are not good enough in order to not make consoles look like shit.I'm doing a playthrough on Crysis and Crysis: Warhead. Then I'll play Crysis 2.

    You hit the nail on the head first time.
    Unless you view the original comparison videos in full HD on a 40"+ screen you will never get an accurate difference between them.

    Using less than standard-def youtube vids to show a high-end graphical comparison is plain stupid.
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    Filiprino , March 29, 2011 12:16 PM
    cronik93The small linear levels explain why people have way better performance over the first Crysis.....

    I think the 1080p comparison has a good summary:
    "I'm slightly disappointed that crytek don't included dx11 at launch, however it's greatly optimized and probably the best graphical multiplat game i played on par with exclusives.

    Pc settings are, 1920x1080 very high. Ran on a i7 920 & 6950 with over 100fps. Truly amazing optimizing. But crossfire looks like this "

    On Crysis you do not get over 100FPS with a 6950 at 1080p. Some people say it's because the game does not scale, bad optimizing, etc. I don't think so. If you want to see a bad optimized game with bugs, look at S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

    "Gameplay wise, sure good game. Less open and less options than the first Crysis. Though this feels more polished and got a OK story".
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    thegamersblog , March 29, 2011 12:58 PM

    I was hating on the graphics of Crysis 2 for some sometime until I started to really think about it and now that I have I don't really think it's fair to compare Crysis to Crysis 2 in terms of graphics because they are completely different settings. You can't compare a lush jungle to a dense urban metropolis... nature is by default beautiful. A dense jungle full of life is going to look prettier then the city even if the city has better "graphical" support, every time, hands down. You may think thats BS but go look at pictures of real life cities and then compare them to lush jungle landscape photos or hell just go watch planet earth...
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    Filiprino , March 29, 2011 1:03 PM
    thegamersblogI was hating on the graphics of Crysis 2 for some sometime until I started to really think about it and now that I have I don't really think it's fair to compare Crysis to Crysis 2 in terms of graphics because they are completely different settings. You can't compare a lush jungle to a dense urban metropolis... nature is by default beautiful. A dense jungle full of life is going to look prettier then the city even if the city has better "graphical" support, every time, hands down. You may think thats BS but go look at pictures of real life cities and then compare them to lush jungle landscape photos or hell just go watch planet earth...


    Well, if you look for human characters, cars and other artificial objects, textures, tree complexity (in Crysis 1 there were also small trees), lights, map size, etc. may be you can get a better comparison.

    I can't really speak for Crysis 2 because I have not played it, but there are things that can be compared and based on youtube videos of both games, Crysis 2 seems to look worse.
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    Vladislaus , March 29, 2011 1:06 PM
    rantocSo this test just confirms what we already knew, the by todays PC gaming standards weak card from late 2006 outperforms the todays consoles in gfx in this title.Heck my old 8800 gtx is almost an ancient relic in PC gaming today and yet manage to beat the consoles in this title, i find it really amusing especially when some kids seems to believe their console is top of the line. Think again - You get what you pay for...

    The 8800GTX has the same age as the ps3 and one year younger than the xbox360. Not to mention that the price of the GPU itself was more expensive than the consoles. At the time PS3 prices started at 399$, the xbox360 prices started at 249$, yet 8800 gtx price started at 600$. So it's expected to be better, or it would have been a great disappointment.
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    invlem , March 29, 2011 1:10 PM
    Considering how dated the console hardware is, I'm actually quite impressed by the quality they've managed to get out of the 360 and PS3.
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    rhino13 , March 29, 2011 1:19 PM
    Well as has been mentioned before, I think the standard still is the old Crysis. Heres to hoping that the DX11 patch is of higher quality than Dragon Age's patch :( 
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    amk09 , March 29, 2011 1:28 PM
    VladislausThe 8800GTX has the same age as the ps3 and one year younger than the xbox360. Not to mention that the price of the GPU itself was more expensive than the consoles. At the time PS3 prices started at 399$, the xbox360 prices started at 249$, yet 8800 gtx price started at 600$. So it's expected to be better, or it would have been a great disappointment.


    Yea but that was how many years ago??? An 8800GTX can be outperformed by a Radeon HD 5750, which only costs $90 (brand new on newegg). Also you can pick an 8800GTX off ebay for $80 or less easily.

    Although rantoc was being a d-bag elitist when he made his statement, I agree that its unbelievable how console players STILL think that consoles have the best graphics. Seriously a $90 graphics card poops on both consoles.
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    gaborbarla , March 29, 2011 1:35 PM
    So now we ask, what can't play Crysis 2?
    I for one, prefer to play a game and dream of upgrading instead of getting 100 frames per second on max.
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    mobrocket , March 29, 2011 1:37 PM
    Too bad its not on the Wii, so we could see its powerfulness
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    Anonymous , March 29, 2011 1:44 PM
    retarded, consoles are always going to be one step behind a pc. if consoles were 'upgradeable' hardware wise, hmm perhaps they would just be a computer with a gamepad... imagine that! i bet they could make TONS of money on that! lol, only reason consoles are around is because companies are stuck on an outdated ideal. it's like saying 'this year we've upgraded the manual push rolling long mower, it now has gears, we call it an 18 speed!'
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