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BlackCross
21st November 2007, 00:08
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"Crysis makes me sick!"

I’m guessing this title will attract quite a few gamers. It is the direct translation from the title of a swedish article I will be translating into english here today. This is an interesting article written by Andreas Dimestam at SweClockers.com concerning the relationship between the Gaming and Hardware markets. I have done the translation as best I can but if anyone notices a mistake, please make a note of it in the comments! ;)

Around 3 years ago Far Cry was launched by the same developers behind Crysis: Germany based Crytek. The Game was an average FPS that didn’t bring anything new to the genre, but was still a pleasant game, playable at least one time. Back then just like now, graphics were at the center of things.

Far Cry had beautiful environments that few computers at the time could handle. Harware websites and enthusiasts quickly made Far Cry a benchmark standard for all types of hardware. A little later however, something happened which became the beginning of this whole story. AMD launched their 64-bit processor Athlon 64 and were hunting for sales arguments.

Due to the fact that AMD were the first to create 64-bit processors in regular home PC’s, there was almost no software that supported this new technology. This made it difficult for AMD to convince the consumers of the advantages of more “bits in the processor”. AMD was simply forced to convince developers to use the new technology, and one of the goals of this campaign was a 64-bit version of Far Cry.

Apparently AMD managed to “convince” Crytek. About the same time that Microsoft released their 64-bit version of Windows XP a patch popped up on AMD’s website promising gold to those with the courage to buy a new processor and upgrade their operating system. The advantages of “more bits in the processor” was demonstrated with snapshots showing more badass explosions and more detailed textures. Isn’t 64-bit wonderful?

For those of us with our feet on the ground, these arguments were not as convincing. 64-bit in fact has nothing to do with bigger textures. To be able to adress more memory and have access to wider registers can make it easier to handle large sums of data, but at the time no personal computer was even close to breaking the 32-bit barrier. Cut short, this PR scam had nothing to do with “more bits in the processor”.

Back to present day and the launch of the Crysis Demo. Just like last time an enormous amount of hype was built up, largely about the astounding graphics. By using Microsofts latest graphics standard Directx 10, which is only available in Windows Vista, the developers have been able to push the boundaries of what is possible with todays hardware. That is the official version at least.

The truth is the true purpose of Directx 10 is to make developing easier by cleaning up registers and supplying new useful functions. This however is nothing the consumer notices, and therefore Microsoft must point out Directx 10’s “graphical improvements” in order to convince gamers to upgrade to Windows Vista. In reality DX10 does not mean drastically improved visual effects, at least not with todays graphics cards. There is a certain repetition of history to be seen here, right?

And then a few days after the Crysis demo launched the bad news was announced. When using Directx 9 you can’t run the game at “very high” settings, which drastically improves the visual experience from lower settings. A member at Crysis-online poked around a bit with the demo files and found a way to get almost exactly the same visual quality with Directx 9. This meant that the developers (Crytek) had purposefully worsened the Directx 9 setting to make Microsofts new technology appear superior. Apparently Crytek dosen’t mind lying to their customers.

This is not all. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli was interviewed a while back by Shacknews and talked about how beneficial multi-core processors would be for the game. Finally those who had spent big bucks on quad-cores would earn their increased perfomance.

“Multi-core will be beneficial in the experience, particularly in faster but also smoother framerates. […] We recommend quad core over higher clock.”

Quad core was the advice Crytek had to give to hopeful gamers saving money for upgrades. What was the reality again? The reality is that four cores gives zero, I repeat, ZERO perfomance increase in Crysis. And thats not all, because once again the 64-bit question has to be adressed. Cevat Yerli was also interviewed by Gamespot among others praising “more bits in the processor”:

“I would recommend gamers run 64-bit only under very high configurations.”

Cervat Yerli

Better Performance at higher graphics settings? This was not the reality. The truth is that 64-bit improves NOTHING in Crysis!

This is of course the demo version we are talking about, but everything points toward the full version of the game functioning the same. Is this the kind of behaviour us enthusiasts and gamers will have to live with in the future? Game developers being a part of the marketing of new technology and hardware, no longer concentrating on delivering the best possible product but convincing consumers to open their wallets and unnecessarily upgrading their systems? I assume money has exchanged hands more than once behind the scenes, and who the suspects are need not even be mentioned. As a true gamer and hardware enthusias i declare that Crysis makes me sick.

Source: SweClockers

Qwerty
21st November 2007, 00:16
So that's the reality:nowai: *shocked and deppresed*
That Microsoft...

REDDEVIL
21st November 2007, 00:25
oh... he is just gelous he cant run on his shit everyting at "Very High" :dunno:

BlackCross
21st November 2007, 00:27
oh... he is just gelous he cant run on his shit everyting at "Very High" :dunno:
That's stupidty, si plus la asta nu la tema, citeste mai atent, invers ca Very High e interzis daca nu ai anumit hardware, chiar daca e capabil de a merge perfect pe "tazikul" tau.

REDDEVIL
21st November 2007, 00:35
That's stupidty, si plus la asta nu la tema, citeste mai atent, invers ca Very High e interzis daca nu ai anumit hardware, chiar daca e capabil de a merge perfect pe "tazikul" tau.

chiill out dude! O_o that was a joke! shi eu sunt deacord cu chestia asta

Mikey
23rd November 2007, 12:33
oh... he is just gelous he cant run on his shit everyting at "Very High" :dunno:

CHill out. Me & Cross have almost the same configuration on our PC. I played it on High with normal 30-40 Fps. It's obvious that Crysis was just a "zamanuha" to buy DirectX10 and Windows Vista. So shut it. For me crysis is an average shooter with nothing special. Gears of War and COD 4 are better. With the gameplay & scenario.

BlackCross
23rd November 2007, 15:17
CHill out. Me & Cross have almost the same configuration on our PC. I played it on High with normal 30-40 Fps. It's obvious that Crysis was just a "zamanuha" to buy DirectX10 and Windows Vista. So shut it. For me crysis is an average shooter with nothing special. Gears of War and COD 4 are better. With the gameplay & scenario.
+1. Gears şi COD4 rup buci activ.

L.A.
23rd November 2007, 19:41
I don't think that Crysis is something more than a good shooter... And it's normal, it's noat a game that can change the video game world, it's just a action good exemple of a good action game....
P.S. Gears isn't more than a good shooter too for me...

REDDEVIL
23rd November 2007, 21:42
CHill out. Me & Cross have almost the same configuration on our PC. I played it on High with normal 30-40 Fps. It's obvious that Crysis was just a "zamanuha" to buy DirectX10 and Windows Vista. So shut it. For me crysis is an average shooter with nothing special. Gears of War and COD 4 are better. With the gameplay & scenario.

have you ever heard about this?> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humor or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke ???
I totally agree! that was a joke!
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