This seems to be the season of game demo releases: This weekend, I tried out the Crysis
Demo. Crysis is the latest game created by Crytek
, the german company which became popular with their first game 'FarCry', which is also based on the CryEngine (Crysis is based on the CryEngine 2
After starting the demo on my DX10 capable Vista PC, the game set all graphics options to 'low', reducing the beauty of the announced nice-looking world in Crysis to a minimum. So I changed all settings to 'high', and to my surprise the game still was running smoothly with a high fps count. Needless to mention that the graphics looked astonishing impressive: Niceley animated blurred shadowmaps everywhere, cool lighting effects, impressive water waves with reflections/refractions, post processing effects full of atmosphere and so on. Great.
It was very nice to be able to play around with the graphics settings of that game: In Crysis you can open the options menu and change almost every setting while the game is running, without a significant reload or waiting time. Some other things about the demo I liked were:
- The model of the player casts a realistic animated soft shadow on the ground, although this is a first person shooter. There where games before Crysis to do this, but very few only, and I really like this because this feature makes it possible to estimate sizes and positions a lot better during gameplay.
- Jungle! Woha, the game has a lot of plants in it, all of them are animated and casting and receiving shadows, most of them are destructible in addition. Never saw a game with that much good looking flora, I think Crysis needs a bush knife as feature ;)
- The game AI is quite clever: The enemies are behaving very realisticly and seem to have free will and strategies, so it is really fun to play this game.
- The story and the game elements like the suit the player is wearing is a good idea and whets the appetite for more. The cut scenes are very thrilling too. Just play the demo and you'll see what I mean ;)
All in all, a very great demo and I didn't regret to have downloaded the more than 1 GB sized package. I had expected Crysis to be a boring 'Farcry with better graphics', but Crytek really made something out of this.