Crysis 2 E3 2010 Demo Impressions
Whether you’re into shooters or not, it’s virtually guaranteed you’ve heard of Crysis. Maybe you’ve played it or discussed the gameplay, but odds are that you’ve spent more time talking about the crippling effect it had on PCs when it launched in 2007.
Not one to rest on their laurels, Crytek has headed back to the drawing board and created Crysis 2. Set in New York City, Crysis 2 pits players against alien invaders armed with devastating weapons and new sensory abilities.
Last week at E3, we got a chance to sit in on a demo of Crysis 2 that featured a few minutes of gameplay from the upcoming shooter. So does it hold up, or does it disappoint? Read on to find out.
The first thing that pops into my head when I see Crysis 2 gameplay is WOW. The game looks amazing, which should be no surprise. The New York environments are incredibly detailed, weapons look great, and all the attendant explosions are beautifully rendered.
We also got a chance to see the new NanoSuit 2 in action. Only two modes are available this time, Armor and Stealth. As in the first Crysis, Stealth renders you nearly invisible and muffles movement noise. Armor makes you more damage resistant for those times when you have to say hello with bullets.
So, the gameplay. Crysis 2 is a shooter, and it plays like one. It’s fast-paced and full of action. You’ll find yourself dodging falling buildings and rubble, using a wide variety of weapons, and taking on waves of enemies. One of my favorites from the demo was seeing the player alternate suit modes to successfully take out an enormous mech-like alien with multiple rounds from a rocket launcher.
In all this, I really only saw one big problem: it lags. Even on the PC that EA had set up to demo the game, the lag was visibly present. This was not loading between areas. It looked like frame rate drops, and wasn’t an isolated occurrence.
Now, I’m not terribly surprised by this. After all, the first Crysis was a resource hog, and I saw tons of this type of lag on my PC. But I have to admit, I didn’t expect to see it on the sure-to-be top-of-the-line PC that EA was demoing the game on.
It’s entirely possible that this is an alpha build of the game, and that optimization will smooth out a lot of this lag. Still, I think I’ll hold out hope for a PC demo that will let me see just how taxing Crysis 2 will be on my hardware.
It still looks like Crysis 2 will be a blast to play, as long as you have the horsepower to run it well.