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Crysis 2 to Have 'Best Graphics You've Ever Seen'

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That console of yours that's going to be turning four or five years old this year -- it'll be playing Crysis 2, and it'll look awesome.

PC gamers know well how astonishing the graphics were from the original Crysis, even by today's standards years after release. Now with Crytek working on a sequel that's spread out to consoles, the developer hasn't changed its goal of providing the best visuals possible – even on consoles based on technology from five years ago.

In an interview with PSM3, as relayed by CVG, Crytek executive producer Nathan Camarillo said that the graphics for Crysis 2 will be 'the best you've ever seen' even when running on a relatively outdated GPU as the Nvidia RSX in the PlayStation 3.

"We know [developing for PS3] is a big challenge, but we're happy to accept it," said Camarillo. "The most important thing that Crysis taught us as a developer is that, while cinematic graphics and convincing gameplay will get you a lot of press and build strong interest before release - you shouldn't count on that exclusively."

"We're aiming to set the graphical benchmark," he continued. "Why would anyone not want to play a game with the best graphics they have ever seen, great gameplay, some engaging fiction, challenging AI, killer weaponry and a complete gaming experience like no other?"

While CryEngine 3 makes it easy for the Crysis 2 developers to port their work easily between platforms, there's no doubt that those wanting the experiences that best match the pictures below will need to be playing on PC.

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    tipoo , April 2, 2010 12:52 AM
    Three years since Crysis 1 was launched, and I still think it has the best video game graphics out there. Thats really saying something. I'm eager to see how much they raise the bar this time.
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    builderbobftw , April 2, 2010 12:54 AM
    It's gonna be the same Fry Cry 2 thing.

    The game will play better, look better on PC.
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    doc70 , April 2, 2010 1:11 AM
    I just hope it will be developed natively for PC.
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    tipoo , April 2, 2010 12:52 AM
    Three years since Crysis 1 was launched, and I still think it has the best video game graphics out there. Thats really saying something. I'm eager to see how much they raise the bar this time.
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    builderbobftw , April 2, 2010 12:54 AM
    It's gonna be the same Fry Cry 2 thing.

    The game will play better, look better on PC.
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    heroofspirits , April 2, 2010 12:57 AM
    wow these pictures look awesome!! wonder how much the graphics will have to be turned down so that the game plays on a console?
    PC FTW!!!
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    XD_dued , April 2, 2010 12:57 AM
    Hopefully since its coming out for consoles too it'll be better optimized.
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    socrates047 , April 2, 2010 1:01 AM
    Cod 6 is kinda getting boring,the next game that i'll buy will probably be Crysis 2 for the PS3.
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    Parsian , April 2, 2010 1:03 AM
    it is a shame that since late 2007, no other company has pushed the limit...

    On the other hand, lets hope for a better future
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    doc70 , April 2, 2010 1:11 AM
    I just hope it will be developed natively for PC.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 2, 2010 1:19 AM
    Reminds me of when Donkey Kong Country came out for Super Nintendo... that was like "thee" best looking game. Squeezing everything out of it. Honestly, it would be cool to see more games pre-rendered like that. Killer Instinct was done in a similar fashion.
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    aethm , April 2, 2010 1:22 AM
    I have HUGE doubts that those screen-shots will be even close on the PS3 and Xbox. Unless the cry-engine 3 is magic?
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    Shadow703793 , April 2, 2010 1:23 AM
    builderbobftwIt's gonna be the same Fry Cry 2 thing. The game will play better, look better on PC.

    Fry Cry? I know know such thing! :lol: 

    Anyways, agreed. At any rate, I'd like to see what the console kiddies say about their "awesome" graphics on their PS3s,etc.
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    Trueno07 , April 2, 2010 1:30 AM
    If they really want to impress me, they'll have to create the best graphics I've seen AND keep the requirements from reaching absurd levels. The source engine looks spectacular compared to the system requirements.
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    pharge , April 2, 2010 1:32 AM
    Crysis 2 to Have 'Best Graphics You've Ever Seen'

    nice!

    But I hope I will not need the "best grapic card I can never aford to enjoy the beauty!....>_<

    heard its min. is more friendly.. but how about the requirement to see the max on 1900x1200? 5970 CF?...;P

    ...
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    dreamphantom_1977 , April 2, 2010 1:41 AM
    I wonder exactly what got cut out to make it run on the consoles. Must be running a quarter of the texture size of the pc ver. No AA, less shadows. But, I seen a video on youtube of it running on the console and it looks pretty good. So, if they made it look that good on the console I can only imagine what it's gonna look like on the pc. Especially in 3d. Can't wait.

    Hopefully it's Really free roam this time.

    I wonder if you can just hop in any car like GTA. That would be so dope. Especially if you can still fly vehicles and stuff.

    More details please.
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    nottheking , April 2, 2010 1:47 AM
    Finally, a use for our 5970s, for those of us too poor to afford the displays for Eyefinity! (since we spent all our money on the cards...)

    Seriously, PS3 and 360 games look more and more like Wii games every passing day, compared to what I'm seeing on the PC.
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    one-shot , April 2, 2010 2:01 AM
    aethmI have HUGE doubts that those screen-shots will be even close on the PS3 and Xbox. Unless the cry-engine 3 is magic?


    Did you bother to read the article?

    "there's no doubt that those wanting the experiences that best match the pictures below will need to be playing on PC."

    The only thing magical is reading.
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    tpi2007 , April 2, 2010 2:01 AM
    To be honest I beg to differ, the screenshots on this page certainly look good, but if the graphics are going to look no better than these screenshots, then I don't think there is much improvement, probably some tweaks, definitely big coding optimizations, but overall I don't think this "cinematic" concept has evolved much in the last five years.

    Compare these screenshots to playing Crysis in Very High settings with AA on. Is there anything to really be that enthusiastic about ?

    In my opinion consoles are holding back game studios in developing truly "life-like" graphics instead of just cinematic. I mean, the Xbox and the PS3 both have DX9c GPU's. The GPU on the PS3 is a modified 7900GTX. Remember that an 8800GTX than came after it was faster than two 7900GTX's together.

    Whyis Crysis famous until this very day ? Because it pushed the envelope. You still have to buy the most expensive graphics card setup if you want ot make it look at its best at max resolution and AA. Thtat is what drives progress.

    Sure, console owners will appreciate the effort and we all appreciate the code optimizations, but if adding to that we don't get another push forward, we. the PC users will continue waiting for these two consoles with their meager 512MB of Ram amd DX9 GPU's (notwithstanding powerful CPU's, but there is only so much they can do to improve graphics) to fade away and a new console launch.
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    andrewcutter , April 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    its closed.... there was no way they could have gone for open environments........
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2010 2:02 AM
    I would love to look at all the great pics of crysis 2 but your image gallery is freaking terrible. I cant even open the pics in new tabs... and on top of it the full version pops in a new freaking window...
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    Kelavarus , April 2, 2010 2:03 AM
    phargeCrysis 2 to Have 'Best Graphics You've Ever Seen'nice!But I hope I will not need the "best grapic card I can never aford to enjoy the beauty!....>_<heard its min. is more friendly.. but how about the requirement to see the max on 1900x1200? 5970 CF?...;P...


    How about... Not available yet? :p 

    Thing is, just like Intel says it's staying ahead of software with their hardware, once again, Crytek should not be afraid to stay ahead of Hardware with software.

    As long as it doesn't look downright ugly with current, there should be no problem with even a 5970 not being able to max it out.
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    Regulas , April 2, 2010 2:25 AM
    I wonder if they will cripple the PC version with draconian DRM, I sure hope not. They (Crytech) blamed the "evil" PC pirates for almost everything last time.
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