Crysis 2 Performance Preview

Crysis 2 is one of the year's most anticipated PC games. Considering that the original title to this very day can put a mid-range machine to crawl, we were keen to preview how the game runs on current generation graphics cards.

As much as we admire developers' efforts to make newly released games accessible to a majority of PC gamers, Crytek's ambition to push the graphics envelope was confirmed last year when they claimed Crysis 2 would have “the best graphics you've ever seen”. Soon after we got word that Crysis 2 would be made graphically superior on the PC versus its console counterparts, which was great news as we worried that Crytek may not remain loyal to their PC fans.

Crysis 2 is slated for release this March 22, however as it is of public knowledge, an early incomplete build of the game was leaked to Torrent sites last week. The intention of the preview is to provide an early look to the game's GPU and overall system requirements. Make sure you read TechSpot's disclaimer on how they tested the game. In advance we encourage all readers who planned to buy the game to hold off and wait for the finished version, rather than spoiling what will surely be one of the best games of 2011.

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seems to falling on deaf ears here, neowin admins seem to think that the testing of leaked pirated software is OK but only if you don't tell people where to get it... i guess if it makes neowin a few extra dollars then great for them!

lflashl said,
seems to falling on deaf ears here, neowin admins seem to think that the testing of leaked pirated software is OK but only if you don't tell people where to get it... i guess if it makes neowin a few extra dollars then great for them!

Reporting on someone else's leak testing, not testing themselves. Like saying 'I wont watch the news or read the paper because they're always reporting on crime which means they're part of it"

Yeah, run a tech analysis "performance preview" of a beta build of a game that does not even include all of the textures and bells and whistles such as DX11. Wow, I have seen some outright desperate pieces of journalism written in order to garner hits and nothing else, but this one takes the cake.

And am I really the only one to notice that the Editor at Tech Spot is the author of this article?

lflashl said,
this crap im not going to tech spot to read about a leak game! nice one guys...

Then I suggest you join in on the fun and get the leak yourself. Only legit users get screwed in the end anyway. I for one say more of these should happens since most game devs never test the final release product and leave it to us to report those damn bugs that anyone could easily find by just playing the damn game itself. That way they can report the bugs early and fix them right on release rather than wait or have others take advantage of such bugs/exploits.

Morisato said,

Then I suggest you join in on the fun and get the leak yourself. Only legit users get screwed in the end anyway. I for one say more of these should happens since most game devs never test the final release product and leave it to us to report those damn bugs that anyone could easily find by just playing the damn game itself. That way they can report the bugs early and fix them right on release rather than wait or have others take advantage of such bugs/exploits.

load of crap, no matter how much you work on a game there are aways going to be faults! looking forward to buying this game when it comes on steam sale!

i see it says for RAM requirements...

"2GB (3GB for Vista)"

would that mean that for Windows 7 i would need 3GB also? , because i got 2GB of RAM.

if i actually needed 3GB of ram this would be the first game i actually had a RAM problem more than CPU.

ThaCrip said,
i see it says for RAM requirements...

More often than not when it comes to RAM requirements, you can group XP and 7 together, with Vista being usually higher/double.

Why are you guys blowing this out of proportion? It's not like they've posted a download link to the thing!
The article has nothing but praise for a close to completion game with some truly stunning screenshots. There's no harm for Crytek/EA here, only reassurance for readers that their rig will most likely be able to run this game

SeanusT said,
Why are you guys blowing this out of proportion? It's not like they've posted a download link to the thing!
The article has nothing but praise for a close to completion game with some truly stunning screenshots. There's no harm for Crytek/EA here, only reassurance for readers that their rig will most likely be able to run this game

no but they are telling more and more people about the leak version and how to download it!

This is fu**ing retarded, the game doesn't even fully support settings above Medium properly, most of the assets are missing. Even some of the stuff on medium is missing. How can they even attempt to call this a performance analysis then?

Im not usually one to moan or gripe about these things, however, i do tend to agree with others that this article, albeit "news" is somewhat in bad taste, given the Neowin hosue rules. Just my 2 cents, not looking to start a flame war.

Wait...so did Techspot publish an article admitting that they downloaded an illegal copy of Crysis 2 in order to "test" it? That seems like a bold move if you ask me, especially with the trigger-happy EA lawyers scurrying about.

spacer said,
Wait...so did Techspot publish an article admitting that they downloaded an illegal copy of Crysis 2 in order to "test" it? That seems like a bold move if you ask me, especially with the trigger-happy EA lawyers scurrying about.

+1 lol point made! they saying its ok to download leaked/pirated stuff to "TEST" well then does the same rule apply when i downloaded "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" i just wanted to "TEST" it..... not saying it did, something are not worth my bandwidth!!!

For the love of heck... i wonder why some users come on here just to moan about the stories.
You people don't run Neowin or Techspot. If you really want to make your voices heard then write a carefully worded email to the editors/owners of these sites.
90% of journalism is based on sneaky tactics like phone tapping, stalking etc etc. These are bad! Reviewing a leaked game is not!

Mike Chipshop said,
For the love of heck... i wonder why some users come on here just to moan about the stories.
You people don't run Neowin or Techspot. If you really want to make your voices heard then write a carefully worded email to the editors/owners of these sites.
90% of journalism is based on sneaky tactics like phone tapping, stalking etc etc. These are bad! Reviewing a leaked game is not!

Reviewing an illegally leaked game, even worse: BETA SOFTWARE, SOURCE CODE, causing a lot of damage to the company that invested millions of dollars to make a great game using LEGAL MANNERS that are not being investigated in the name of real journalism is a damn ridiculous excuse.

Luis Mazza said,

Reviewing an illegally leaked game, even worse: BETA SOFTWARE, SOURCE CODE, causing a lot of damage to the company that invested millions of dollars to make a great game using LEGAL MANNERS that are not being investigated in the name of real journalism is a damn ridiculous excuse.


Damage? Seriously? Techspot running benchmarks on the leak is the best publicity the game has had for the PC version since, you know, Crytek's marketing team seems to prefer only showing and talking about the 360 version.

While I haven't played the leak, seeing gameplay footage of it coupled with Techspot's performance tests turned Crysis 2 into a day-1 purchase for me; before I was going to wait a few days to hear how it was (and I loved the first Crysis and Warhead).

I still have no faith in the multiplayer mode, though, largely due to the loss of vehicles, Power Struggle mode, and reduced team sizes. ^_^

Mike Chipshop said,
For the love of heck... i wonder why some users come on here just to moan about the stories.
You people don't run Neowin or Techspot. If you really want to make your voices heard then write a carefully worded email to the editors/owners of these sites.
90% of journalism is based on sneaky tactics like phone tapping, stalking etc etc. These are bad! Reviewing a leaked game is not!

funny cause we are the users of this site, we are the ones they visit, start topics, release themes and other things on here, we run neowin!

lflashl said,

funny cause we are the users of this site, we are the ones they visit, start topics, release themes and other things on here, we run neowin!

Self important much?
No, we merely participate in the content of the site. we do NOT run the site. big difference.
Rules are put in place to make sure the site is a fair and ordered place for the community much the same as rules in real life.

Why is the Crysis 2 post that links to a review of an illegally-obtained prerelease on here? This violates the forum rules, which obviously should extend to front page posts by news posters, most clearly in Section 2, Subsections 2, 4, and 5.

McG said,
Why is the Crysis 2 post that links to a review of an illegally-obtained prerelease on here? This violates the forum rules, which obviously should extend to front page posts by news posters, most clearly in Section 2, Subsections 2, 4, and 5.

From Section 2 of forum rules:

"Discussions involving warez, cracks, security circumvention, using torrents for downloading copyrighted or illegal material is strictly prohibited."

"2. Suggesting (overtly endorsing) that somebody pirate material. = SNIP POST + WARNING LEVEL RAISE"

"4. Posting screenshots that show obviously pirated material (e.g. someone's uTorrent download screen) = SNIP POST + PM and/or ZERO LEVEL WARN"

"5. Openly discussing pirated material (e.g. z0mg - new episode of Lost was amazing!! BitTorrent FTW!) = SNIP POST + PM and/or ZERO LEVEL WARN"

McG said,
snip

This is the reason i don't come here much now days.
A lot of the members are semi-dictator like and pull up the staff on tiny minute details. I urge these people to go out and start there own news website and see if they can get half the viewers using those techniques.

Mike Chipshop said,

This is the reason i don't come here much now days.
A lot of the members are semi-dictator like and pull up the staff on tiny minute details. I urge these people to go out and start there own news website and see if they can get half the viewers using those techniques.


Hardly dictator-like. Just pointing out a reality. Although I do know the type to which you are referring.

McG said,

Hardly dictator-like. Just pointing out a reality. Although I do know the type to which you are referring.

To be honest, it wasn't really aimed at you

McG said,

From Section 2 of forum rules:

"Discussions involving warez, cracks, security circumvention, using torrents for downloading copyrighted or illegal material is strictly prohibited."

"2. Suggesting (overtly endorsing) that somebody pirate material. = SNIP POST + WARNING LEVEL RAISE"

"4. Posting screenshots that show obviously pirated material (e.g. someone's uTorrent download screen) = SNIP POST + PM and/or ZERO LEVEL WARN"

"5. Openly discussing pirated material (e.g. z0mg - new episode of Lost was amazing!! BitTorrent FTW!) = SNIP POST + PM and/or ZERO LEVEL WARN"


THESE RULES EXIST BECAUSE *SOME PEOPLE* SIMPLY CAN'T BE TRUSTED TO DISCUSS "LEAKS" IN A PROPER MANNER!

Neowin has had to revise, update, revise our rules continuously over the past ten years because of certain people finding ways to circumvent something we haven't covered.

It simply protects both us and our userbase from idiots posting links to the said releases, which is what used to happen a lot before our forum rules became an endless page of specification and clarifications.

I don't know if anyone remembers, but we got famous for leaking a lot of info on Windows XP back in the day. This article is no different, and if the game publishers issues a take down request we'll act accordingly.

I don't see anywhere where this article endorses or encourages everyone to go download it either.

Neobond said,

I don't see anywhere where this article endorses or encourages everyone to go download it either.

......an early incomplete build of the game was leaked to Torrent sites last week..... mmm somewhat helpful in telling where to go...

lflashl said,

......an early incomplete build of the game was leaked to Torrent sites last week..... mmm somewhat helpful in telling where to go...

Haha oh come one!
That's like finding out the sky is blue... hardly informing anyone of something new!

Luis Mazza said,
They should not use leaked versions to post performance analysis.
This is not Neowin-friendly either.

If Neowin (techspot) were to ignore this story because of the leaked nature. Then they would be behind on the story.
I for one am glad they are reporting on it. The no discussing of leaks/warez is a rule put in place for the members not for a legitimate story.

Luis Mazza said,
They should not use leaked versions to post performance analysis.
This is not Neowin-friendly either.

I agree heavily on both these points.

Luis Mazza said,
They should not use leaked versions to post performance analysis.
This is not Neowin-friendly either.

If I were EA and Crytek, I'd sue their ass off

Mike Chipshop said,

If Neowin (techspot) were to ignore this story because of the leaked nature. Then they would be behind on the story.
I for one am glad they are reporting on it. The no discussing of leaks/warez is a rule put in place for the members not for a legitimate story.

I don't think it is about reporting the story, Neowin did that earlier on.
They are posting a link and promoting it. About the performance of a stolen build of the game.
I don't know the legalities of Techspot doing this but it has be a grey area. Even if this beta was legit, i doubt they'd still be able to post about it due to an NDA.

Lingwo said,

snip.

Fair point. I'd understand if the actual torrent was posted here though.
At the end of the day we all know Crysis themselves were probably at the heart of the leak

Mike Chipshop said,

If Neowin (techspot) were to ignore this story because of the leaked nature. Then they would be behind on the story.
I for one am glad they are reporting on it. The no discussing of leaks/warez is a rule put in place for the members not for a legitimate story.

Being behind but having some sense of ethics is a fair trade off. Too many web sites post the same questionable content over and over to ensure hit count with no concern for source, validity or honesty in reporting. Neowin's tagline should be more humorous than descritpive.