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Crysis 2: PC and Consoles Compared in MP Demo

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They can ALL play Crysis.

Crysis 2 was released this week and brought with it a player-driven first-person-shooting experience.

Unlike the first game, however, this sequel is on the consoles too. For those of you with a beefy enough PC, the choice is simple – go for the PC version. Playing a first-person-shooter is always better if you have the mouse option (though the couch comfort and big screen for consoles is nice too).

If you're unsure about the capabilities of your PC, then perhaps you'll have to settle for a console version. So far, judging from the multiplayer beta, the consoles have kept up really well – at least according to these comparison videos.

PC vs Xbox 360

PC vs PS3

PS3 vs Xbox 360

From all three different versions, it appears that the geometry is nearly identical. The main differences are in texture quality and lighting. Of course, multiplayer maps are tuned for speed rather than the "wow" effect, so stay tuned for a comparison of the campaign.

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    Kaileb , March 24, 2011 11:15 AM
    "the consoles have kept up really well"

    I tend to think that games have been downgraded to run well on consoles, not that they have kept up well.
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    cronik93 , March 24, 2011 11:23 AM
    Kept up? You mean holding PC back? There's no graphical improvement over the first Crysis so what the hell? Same graphics....different setting....Everything else about the game(from the main menu to the linear levels in the SP) reeks of console..

    Boy.....Crytek sure sold out PC gamers big time.
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    Kaileb , March 24, 2011 11:15 AM
    "the consoles have kept up really well"

    I tend to think that games have been downgraded to run well on consoles, not that they have kept up well.
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    cronik93 , March 24, 2011 11:23 AM
    Kept up? You mean holding PC back? There's no graphical improvement over the first Crysis so what the hell? Same graphics....different setting....Everything else about the game(from the main menu to the linear levels in the SP) reeks of console..

    Boy.....Crytek sure sold out PC gamers big time.
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    deathengine , March 24, 2011 11:36 AM
    Its all about the botom line. $$
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2011 11:36 AM
    It's like the Radeon x1k series vs Geforce 7 series all over again... we all know who won that battle. Xenos ~ modified x1800 vs RSX ~ Modified 7800 GTX
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    wfrantz , March 24, 2011 11:58 AM
    Stop all the hate. They created an engine that looks similar to the first, but runs %200 smoother. Jesus... people need to appreciate video games more and stop with all the drama, your like a bunch of 7th grade girls.
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    renz496 , March 24, 2011 12:05 PM
    seriously, it is not the console able to kept up instead the consoles are holding down crysis 2 to shine in pc.
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    mobrocket , March 24, 2011 12:09 PM
    Honestly graphic quality doesnt make the game, its the gameplay...

    see hollywood movies, all the special effects in the world cant make a movie like Battle LA a good movie
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    bustapr , March 24, 2011 12:13 PM
    I agree with wfrantz. This games looks better than most other games on the market and it is a fun game. Why are all the panzies here always complaining about graphics. Id gladly take some old Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Mario games over some graphics behemoths nowadays. Games are meant for fun, eyecandy is supposed to come after fun. This game has both whether your a crysis 1 fanboy or not. And its impressive that a game can look that good on a 360. And Im glad that I wont need a few years of upgrading my pc in order to play crysis 2 at max.
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    caeden , March 24, 2011 12:14 PM
    indeed, saying the graphics are the same or even similar is just silly. They are very different, and the new one runs much smoother. The game will get all of the pretty lights by the time it is actuially released in a more true PC title rather than a console port. They say it will be this way, let's give them some time to follow through.

    That being said, I am personally annoyed that they would come out with a demo that is incomplete, making people think that their computer will run the full game when it may not once dx10/11 is added. All engine designers should learn from UT2K4. Make it playable on even on-board chips, but let the max settings be truly something for the special few.
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    sirmorluk , March 24, 2011 12:20 PM
    Gameplay>graphics
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    jevon , March 24, 2011 12:34 PM
    Yeah the consoles are holding back gaming, not keeping up. Thankfully Battlefield 3 is designed for PC first then ported to the consoles; it's forcing DX10 and 11, won't even run on Win XP - woohoo! :D 
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    pocketdrummer , March 24, 2011 12:43 PM
    Where the hell are the NEXT generation consoles? What happened to new waves coming out every 5 years or so?
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    pelov , March 24, 2011 12:50 PM
    This is the third or fourth plug for Crysis 2 in the past 2 days, Tom's. WTf? Just let it die. It's not a proper PC game and a huge disappointment after its predecessor. Let it die or write your own article regarding how much it sucks.
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    MxM , March 24, 2011 1:04 PM
    sirmorlukGameplay>graphics

    Graphics are part of gameplay. It creates immersion, eye candy, and simply part of the fun. FPS are especially reliant on this, since the immersion aspect is very important.
    caeden
    indeed, saying the graphics are the same or even similar is just silly. They are very different, and the new one runs much smoother.

    That is actually the sign that they are the similar. Old engine on new hardware (which is like 5x faster than what we had when the fist game was out) will runs smoother.
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    adamt19 , March 24, 2011 1:08 PM
    DirectX needs to go away. biggup OpenCL - let devs get closer to the hardware, that's what is holding these games (on PC) back.
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2011 1:18 PM
    This new Crysis is a cop out. Gone is the bleeding edge experience of FarCry and Crysis. Here now the bland mediocrity of huge profits.
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    cronik93 , March 24, 2011 1:29 PM
    sirmorlukGameplay>graphics


    and everything about the gameplay is casual(Consolization)Do any game devs care about the core PC player anymore? I kinda got tired of playing promod, BF2, CSS, etc.
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    Cash091 , March 24, 2011 1:45 PM
    The consoles do look well, but it's clear that the PC looks better! Gameplay on the PC is more fun and just wait for the DX11 patch and stop complaining!!! This game is a ton of fun!!!
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    jp182 , March 24, 2011 1:47 PM
    wfrantzStop all the hate. They created an engine that looks similar to the first, but runs %200 smoother. Jesus... people need to appreciate video games more and stop with all the drama, your like a bunch of 7th grade girls.


    i wish i could give you 8 more thumbs up
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    Anonymous , March 24, 2011 1:52 PM
    Lets see a comparison when they actually patch Crysis 2 with DX 10,11
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