Crysis 2 Coming to Consoles

Almost two full years after Crysis came out in the fall of 2007, it remains the most photorealistic videogame yet made. The expansion/spin off title Crysis Warhead hit the PC last year, but used the same engine and most of the same assets. Most titles don’t even come close to rivalling Crysis, and even the best contenders such as Far Cry 2 and Killzone 2 can’t quite match it for sheer visual fidelity.

However, developer Crytek recently revealed that they have created Cry Engine 3, technology similar to the Cry Engine 2 that powered Crysis and Crysis Warhead, but much more scalable and easily ported to the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. With Cry Engine 3, Crytek is planning to release Crysis 2 on Xbox 360 and PS3. They released a tech demo trailer to demonstrate just how good Crysis 2, and possibly other upcoming Crytek titles, will look on consoles. You can view that trailer below. As the trailer makes clear, Crysis 2 won’t look quite as good on a Xbox 360 or PS3 as it will on a state of the art gaming PC, but the console versions will look incredible by any standard.

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While Crytek are clearly masters of optimizing visuals and getting the most out of gaming platforms, they demonstrated with Crysis and Crysis Warhead that they can also create a very high quality first person shooter. Both titles were critically acclaimed and financially successful. The PS3 and Xbox 360 collectively have sold over 50 milllion consoles worldwide, offering a much larger installed base for Crysis 2. As almost anyone who wants to play the game will now be able to, Crytek has a golden opportunity to improve on the solid foundations they’ve made with Far Cry, Crysis and Crysis Warhead.

Few details are available about Crysis 2, and a release date has yet to be announced. It will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms.

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  1. Ah Crysis, that was a good game, but the visuals were the main selling point. I really hated those sharks as well (blame Ecco), I tried shooting the damn things and ONE CAME OUT OF THE DAMN WATER AND CHOMPED ME!!

    h4x I say, h4x.

  2. The great white sharks were awesome, I remember the squad leader telling me the waters were shark infested, and I was thinking “Yeah right, they always say something like that to try and keep you inside the game boundaries.” But then I notice this giant shark profile come out of nowhere when I’m deep underwater, that was awesome.

  3. Yeah I liked making an army of sharks in the editor and try and escape them, reason why the pc will always have one up on the console unless they have an editor similar to far cry 2

  4. The Far Cry 2 map editor was incredible, it’s definitely the closest consoles have ever had to a modding community. Some of the maps on it are extremely intricate and fun to play on, must have taken forever to make.

    Battlefield 1942 used to have the best online mods, like Desert Combat and Battlefield Pirates. But I think PC mods in general have gone downhill, the games are too complicated now for mods to be made as quickly and as well as they once were.

  5. I do maps for some games myself, but my strength is strictly in map overhaul. A lot of people I know make maps for their games, but they’re oversized and bland, adding nothing to the game. The only time I use an oversized bland map is when I need to test the range of one Hell of a gun.

  6. It’s been some time since there was a PC game that, in my opinion, had a lot of value added by fan made mods. The last one I think was Rome Total War, which came out in 2005 and had some great mods, still does have a good mod community. Ironically, its sequels, M2TW and Empire Total War, don’t have as healthy a mod community despite coming out years later.

  7. According to me Crysis the word means Excellence, the game which really made me go crazy, the gameplay was really great and the ZERO gravity stage was amazing but to find the way out from it took some time for me.
    The game starts like a normal war between korea and US but in the later, the nomad(hero) has to fight against the machines to win the battle. The climax also rocked, Crytek has developed the game which is really appreciable and now I am waiting for Cysis 2 to feel the difference.

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