Hands On with the Crysis Single-Player Demo

crysisbox1-1.jpgIn my mind, game demos should do three things: show me what the gameplay is like, give me a little bit of the story, leave me wanting more, and (adding an optional fourth) completely blow me away. Unfortunately, it’s rare that a demo accomplishes more than the first two, and more often than not I wish I hadn’t even bothered playing them. But that’s just what makes the Crysis single-player demo such a treat, since just this one little demo is more fulfilling than a number of complete games I’ve played. It’s honestly more fun replaying this demo multiple times than playing through the entire game of Crash of the Titans…not a difficult feat admittedly, but impressive nonetheless.

The game kicks off like so many other great first-person shooters, with you parachuting out of an airplane. Unfortunately, you chute malfunctions, and you take a face plant into the water beside a beach, surviving due to your high-technology protective gear. From there, you soon learn that most of the awesomeness of the game can be summed up in one word: nanosuit. Your nanosuit allows you to have a variety of enhancements that can be changed easily on the fly. You’re given a recharging energy meter, which you can devote to four different abilities: armor, speed, strength, and cloaking. The armor enhancement will soak up some of the damage you take, the speed enhancement will make you run super-fast for a short time, and the cloaking enhancement will allow you to go invisible briefly. The strength enhancement probably offers the most fun though. Besides being able to jump higher and throw objects farther, you can deliver one wicked punch. See a few enemies inside small building? Well you could walk in the front door and try to blast them all without getting killed, or you walk around behind the building, punch the wall, and bring the whole thing down on top of them. Basically, if you see a guy glowing red in multiplayer, stay the hell away from him. You can also tweak any weapon you have on the fly, though it may take some practice to do it quickly. You can add silencers, scopes, laser sights, different ammo, and the like without even stopping.


Like Crytek’s previous game, Far Cry, you’re basically on a vast tropical island with multiple routes to take to your objective — in the case of this demo, regrouping with your squad. You can fight your way through dozens of enemies or just avoid them altogether; it’s all up to you. If you choose to fight though, you can take down the enemies is a variety of ways. Snipe them from the bushes, cloak and shoot them from behind, toss barrels at them, or, my personal favorite, pick them up and throw them over a house. The demo has a few vehicles available too, like a gunboat and a Humvee, which you can drive around shooting enemies with. Just make sure to bail out before it blows up.

I was mostly amazed that my computer was able to handle the demo quite well, with only a couple of minor audio flubs. Everything looks great as well, from the facial animation to the way the foliage constantly sways in the breeze and moves as you pass through it. Hopefully, all of that holds up in online multiplayer as well. It shouldn’t take you long to run through the demo if you just go from objective to objective; maybe a half an hour. However, if you decide to test out just what you can do in the game and try to kill all the enemies, as I did, there’s probably a good couple hours of gameplay just in this one demo. Besides which, even after you play through it once, you’ll probably want to play through it again just to try out all the cool abilities once more.

If you want to check out the Crysis demo yourself, go to this link to download it. Or you can just wait until November 16th to play the full game.

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On October 29, 2007 at 12:40 pm

I have to say I thought it sucked. I really didn’t like the suit selection and the enemy AI was appalling. The graphics were great but overall it was disappointing.

Quite funny really, this was the one game this year I was definitely going to buy and if they hadn’t made a demo available I would still be getting it.

Max Payne

On October 29, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I played the demo 5 or 6 times. AI sucks on the normal level, but try hard or delta. Delta mode you cannot shoot from the Jeep, and it’s much harder overall.

I also pre-orderd the game right after from Amazon.ca
Graphics are really amazing!
The game never crashed.

On the negative side, it feels a bit deja vu since it resembles Far Cry… But on the other hand each car game resembles previous ones and so do others.

Get the demo from EA, you don’t need to pay or wait. I’ve downloaded mine in less than 30 min.

Ron Whitaker

On October 29, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Max, you never have to pay to download from FileFront, and you rarely ever wait. Ask around, you’ll see that most people who download here stay here.

Max Payne

On October 29, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Ron, I guess what I meant was that the EA link on the Crysis Demo countdown worked great for me. I tried NVidia which was very slow and something else (don’t remember what) which required registration…
I didn’t mean that filefront required payment or was slow… :smile:
But thanks for the clarification! It sure helps!


On October 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Need. New. Computer.

Someone give me $3000 plz?


On October 29, 2007 at 7:24 pm

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I have been asking for donations for a new computer upgrade for over a year now and still no luck. Plus I think I need even half that much.


On October 29, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Im still using a 6800 Ultra AGP GPU, I REALLY need money for a new computer! :P

However the demo held up quite nicely on medium/low settings for me and I was amazed, I love it. I especially liked boosting in the trucks and ramming the humvees, or shooting the gas tank on the back of the humvee which explodes it.


On November 3, 2007 at 10:04 pm

IT has been a LONG time since I lost sleep getting WASDed in front of my rig and NEVER for a demo.

I DLed this demo and the UT3 demo and tried both to see which would get my full attention this year.

UT3 has a nice refined look to it and improved AI, but you know? It’s a UT2004 with better graphics… and weapons which, though vastly improved over the past 8 years as you would expect, have been around for EIGHT YEARS!

Crysis, ahhh…. INCREDIBLE! The demo did for me what the original Unreal did for me back in ’98. It’s the essence of a game that makes me lose sleep, the adventure of exploring the developers’ minds and creativity which will keep me up all night getting WASDed. This is one game which promises to have me dreading to go to work every day from November 17th on…

Xuxi St Taurie

On December 18, 2007 at 11:56 am

I was distinctly underwhelmed by the Crysis SP demo for a number of reasons particularly the crap Korean AI and the nanosuit ability selector using the mouse wheel. It would’nt let me select maximum speed or maximum strength when I needed it. I even bought a new mouse and still had the same problem. Also even with my 7600GS card and 2GB ram the game framerate dropped severly in medium settings to ‘slideshow’ mode with a little bit of added jerk’o'vision. I did however play through to the end on lowest settings with 800 X 600 res which looked quakish.

Crysis Fan 9924

On March 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Crysis is a cool game :cool: though, ive played it but in wikipedia it said theres a chinese jeep, i already have the editor, search whole through it,
and i CAN’T FIND IT!!! :evil: if anyone can give me a link of where i can download it or so, please tell me. I just wanna find that jeep so bad! :cry: :cry: theres also one shocking part where the aliens rip this guy to shreads :shock: sorry for the inconvinience though :oops: :cry:


On March 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm

1. Wikipedia is known to be wrong, on occasion
2. Would the asset be labled chinese_jeep, or would it be labled M18737
3. This is about the demo, is it not? The jeep may not be in the demo