GC '07: Crysis Updated Hands-On - It's Almost Done

We check out the DirectX 9 version of the game as this anticipated shooter nears completion.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Crysis dazzled us with its jaw-dropping graphics at E3, but the theme for Crysis at the Games Convention is that this highly-anticipated shooter also looks great on older hardware. To that extent, all the kiosks of Crysis here are running the DirectX 9 version of the game. And while the DX9 game doesn't look as good as the sumptuous DX10 version that we played at E3, it still looks really good.

The demo on display is the opening level of the game, the same as the E3 demo. You begin as a US Special Forces commando, clad in a high-tech "nano suit," and you must infiltrate a Pacific Island that's held by the North Korean military. At your disposal is your rifle, which can be customized with various accouterments, such as a reflex scope, silencer, and laser sight. You also have your nano suit, which can temporarily cloak you, or boost your speed, strength, or damage resistance. Your mission in this level is to get across a bay that's crawling with North Korean patrols.

The most obvious difference that we saw between the two versions is that the DX9 lighting isn't as rich or atmospheric as in the DX10 game. When we played the E3 demo last month, we were struck by how realistic the lighting was in the level; the setting sun created an incredible sight. The DX9 lighting, on the other hand, looked similar to many other games, but the amount of detail in the game is still impressive. Individual leaves sway due to a soft breeze, and the texture work on everything is just amazing.

This is still a challenging game. Though you have a nano suit, you'll get killed quickly if you try to run-and-gun through the level. You have to move smartly, shooting from cover and not charging stupidly ahead. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways of approaching the level. You can try using the large amount of jungle to sneak around the North Koreans, or you can assault up the beach, or the road, or the mountain, or you can even try to swim around the defenses.

We had a lengthy discussion with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, and he told us that the game is just two or three days from having all its features finished. Don't get too excited, though, because what follows next will be six weeks of bug fixing and polishing. Still, getting all of the game's content finished will be an incredibly significant milestone, and the team is working nonstop to hit it. Once hit, almost all the difficult work will be over, and Crytek can look forward to wrapping up work on a game that began almost four years ago.

As to what's next, Yerli said that the team plans to rest, but there are ambitious plans ahead. The company has had a secret project in the works, and Crysis itself is designed as a trilogy, assuming it does well and the fans want it. But judging by what we've seen and played thus far, the odds of that not happening are very long indeed. Crysis will ship on November 16.

Discussion

210 comments
sentenced83
sentenced83

how will it run on amd 6000 2 gig ram and 7900 gto ??

TimDigit
TimDigit

With so many games, that I like, coming out this fall; I'll have to exercise great restraint!

whocares9
whocares9

I want this game so bad already. It look so impressive and emmersive.

deathwalker182
deathwalker182

"This game will pawn bioshock with it's graphics and gameplay!" - God_Of_Shawn. Graphics yes...Physics yes... Technology yes... Gameplay?? Atmosphere?? Although I can't wait to play Crysis, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed that games are just reduced to the level of beauty over substance. Still as long as games like Crysis and Bioshock both exist I'm happy on both fronts :D

Shaynas_Kitten
Shaynas_Kitten

This looks like the perfect game to push my computers limits to. I know there are better computers out there, but I just haven't found a game that'll really slow me down. Also, it just looks amazing overall. From the physics to the graphics, it just seems like it'll be better than most games possibly even better than Halo 3 will be? Can't tell for sure yet though, so don't bash my comment.

mindless1987
mindless1987

alright, i cant wait, i just have to finish building my new computer before then, i hope i can come up with the money, *sigh*

cortez1112
cortez1112

@ luminouslight. wtf? you wish you had an 8800GTS? as we're wishing here, why not wish for an 8800GTX? lol. this games looks uber cool. i wonder if it will play on my rig.... 2.6GHz P4, 1GB ram and a 5700LE 128MB AGP card lmao. i so cant wait til i upgrade my AGP card, gonna get a 7800GS OC 512MB from EVGA. why dont they make the 8800's in AGP? nVidia and ATi are nowhere near using all of the 8x AGP bandwidth!!!

SmashFan
SmashFan

this game looks insaneeeee

god_of_shawn
god_of_shawn

This game will pawn bioshock with it's graphics and gameplay! Not sure about UT3 though....UT3 looks like a tough challenger for Crysis. =D

gorkem2020
gorkem2020

this game is going to include turkish subtitles and voices.. im really glad to hear that :D

killercuts3
killercuts3

September 25th. I mean the 25th may as well be new years.

Errur
Errur

when will they release a demo?

coodename007
coodename007

I want it....but i think i need to get a DX10 to my computer to play it.

beserkerdragon
beserkerdragon

This game is running on DX9??? I think this is some of the best news I' ve ever heard. All hands for Crytek. I just hope it will work on a XFX GeForce 6800 Extreme 512 MB DDR3 AGP card.

12sharmar
12sharmar

Crysis looks absolutely amazing

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

Well from an interview i have read with the brother's at crytek the game will look better the more pc hardware advances ie no matter what rig you own now it wont run this with it all turned to max , they want the engine to remain top of the tree for some time it would seem and will encourage you to replay it when you upgrade

el_carl
el_carl

This game may have some hope. At first I thought it was going to be all flash, no substance sort of deal, but this may turn out to be good. The nano suit will really make multiplayer insane.

fratos
fratos

I think this is where the Direct X saga ends ... if you know what i mean... :D It can't get anybetter than this.... though i hope the contrary :P

aringarosa101
aringarosa101

still looks like it's gonna need one heck of a computer to run tho... but it looks astounding.

starsky303
starsky303

I had been using 2x Geforce 7800GTs in SLI. Got an 8800 GTX XT a while back. The difference is big. I'm tearing through games at 1680x1050 and that includes Bioshock at full whack. Those of your buying an 8800 card wont regret it. Roll on Crysis!!!!!!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

'Older hardware' why are publishers and the media so wooly about what minimums are going to be needed? ('maximums' hardly matter), we could certainly be given information with it being updated as we get closer to release. I mean, what does this article tell us? Assuming you don't have an uber brand new PC?! I also dispute Gamespot listing STALKER along with Bioshock and Quake Wars in their 'Similar Games' column on the right. STALKER is a free form open-world game, more akin with Oblivion than well disguised, but nevertheless, rail shooters like Bioshock, Quake Wars and Crysis.

herdvoorje
herdvoorje

it will run on my pc i think i got a nexus breeze pc case with corsair 520 watts modulair p4 3,6 ghz with the zalman cirkel like copper cooler 1gb ram 400mhz dual channel 7600gt from xfx 580 version overclocked and best zalman cooler on it copper with a bleu led:P and like 5 coolers on max power i like my nexus breeze case it dusnt make much noise :) o yeah and a asus ai series motherboard.

ONESNIPER_basic
ONESNIPER_basic

thx 4 the feedback smokerz911k & Lawsoc. my nvidia 6800 gt oc 256MB DX9 card ran the bioshock demo fine, so you're most likely correct about crysis.

Robb12123
Robb12123 staff

I am getting a 8800 Gtx 756mb Card - Its gunna be sooo great, as im on an X300 Card right now!!!!

WMDN
WMDN

This game is all !!! Crytek Rules!!! .... Dx9 cards R.I.P.... Save Nvdia 8000 series :P

mdavis999
mdavis999

man i have not seen any diffrence between dx 10 and 9 but when i get my 8800gtx ultra 756mb graphics card them ill see i suppose I got a 7600gt at the min lol

smokerz911k
smokerz911k

LaP sky > 8800 GTS 640MB will be able to run it on mid settings and mid resolution. But you definately need to add 1GB to your system. and The speeed of your CPu means nothing if it's a poor P4. dude a 8800gts can run it on max setting. wth are u talkin about, i think u mean 8600

smokerz911k
smokerz911k

ONESNIPER_basic "YES!" maybe i won't have to build a $5,000.00 system to play this great looking game! i just hope that it'll run using an older system running DX9! can someone @ gamespot please give us the official word on whether or not they plan on releasing a DX9 version of this game, thanks! the game is goin to be directx9 ready, but for these who have vista and top end video cards(me:D) well have the preveliege of runnin it at direct x10

jscherdell88
jscherdell88

even if the multiplayer isn't good its still going to be amazing...look at bioshock no multi but still an absolutely amazing game that i can play over and over.

coldman45
coldman45

this is game is going to rule them all including halo3

getllamasfast
getllamasfast

RorshachV: the game was discontinued for consoles 'cause they were too weak-sauce for it! PC RULEZ!!!1!

gamerjerome
gamerjerome

Well the first level demo will be out next month. Will see how it runs on 2-3 old systems. I can play the bioshock demo fine at 1280x1024. I'm using a BFG Geforce 7800 GS OC - AGP

Lawsoc
Lawsoc

I wouldn't worry about getting Vista just for this. Like everyone else I'd love to see what Crysis looks like at its best (i.e. a powerful DX10 rig) but, judging by everything I've read, I'm confident that the differences between DX9 and DX10 won't be significant - certainly not significant enough to justify the hassle and expense of what might be an otherwise untimely "upgrade".

ONESNIPER_basic
ONESNIPER_basic

"YES!" maybe i won't have to build a $5,000.00 system to play this great looking game! i just hope that it'll run using an older system running DX9! can someone @ gamespot please give us the official word on whether or not they plan on releasing a DX9 version of this game, thanks!

spike042
spike042

Damn... I really dont want Vista yet... Curse you microsoft! I guess dual-boots the way to go =/

CaribouLou5
CaribouLou5

Can't wait. November 16th couldn't get here soon enough.

hawk-hunter
hawk-hunter

I'm looking forward to this, but I'll try a demo of it first.

wlodyka10
wlodyka10

I was in Leipzig especially for having a look at this much awaited game. However, I hardly saw the differences with far cry: same environments (the tropical forest), same gameplay. I suppose the developers "imported" a lot from the graphics of their previous game. Not to say that the continuous switching on and off of the stealth suit is really annoying.

InhiBitoR90
InhiBitoR90

probably not... according to the crysis site, the minimum requirements are: CPU: Athlon 64 3000+/Intel 2.8ghz Graphics: Nvidia 6600 or ATI X1600 - Shader Model 2.0 RAM: 1GB HDD: 6GB Internet: 256k+ Optical Drive: DVD Software: DX9 with Windows XP / Vista and recommended: CPU: Dual-Core CPU (Athlon X2 / Pentium D / Core 2 Duo) Graphics: Nvidia 7800 or ATI X1800 (SM 3.0) RAM: 1.5GB+ HDD: 6GB Internet: 512k+ (128k+ upstream) Optical Drive: DVD Software: DX9 with Windows XP / Vista

smak_1292
smak_1292

I have a 3.2 Ghz processor, 512 MB RAM and GeForce 6200 (128 MB) video card. Can this game run on my computer on the lowest settings?

pat_gamespot
pat_gamespot

cant wait!!!! the PC is getting its edge back wooo!!

rendallchoc
rendallchoc

You know right when everyone has played this..... Most games will look like something i left in my bathroom toilet earlier today..... ;) also Crysis is gunna put a TON pressure on game developers !

rendallchoc
rendallchoc

a Slap?! more like A fat PUNCH in the BALLS!!!!

RorshachV
RorshachV

breakdown 84: not really sure the 360 could handle this...and paring down the graphics would just be a slap in the face

valcrist09
valcrist09

Demo on sep 25TH!!!!!! woot wooot

razorsedge678
razorsedge678

kinda sad in a way that the lighting is actually alot better in dx10 because im not ready to go to vista yet...i think ill buy a 320 gb harddrive and do dual boot system