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Xbox 360 getting exclusive Crysis 2 demo

Xbox 360 getting exclusive Crysis 2 demo

An exclusive Crysis 2 multiplayer demo will be released for Xbox 360 on January 25th.

Electronic Arts and Microsoft have announced that Xbox 360 gamers can look forward to an exclusive Crysis 2 demo this January 25th.

The Crysis 2 demo will be multiplayer only, featuring one map - called Skyline - and two game modes. The first, Crash Site, has two teams earning points by protecting crashed alien ships. The other mode is basically team deathmatch.

The multiplayer demo will open on January 25th, though EA hasn't yet specified when or if the demo will end.

EA also announced the bonuses that would be made available to those who pre-order Crysis 2, according to Eurogamer. Pre-order customers will get a limited edition of the game which includes a camouflaged assault rifle and early access to the Holo Decoy weapon attachment, which is supposed to distract enemies with a holographic decoy of the player.

Those of you who pre-order Crysis 2 will also get access to a bonus XP boost that will raise your multiplayer rank faster than those who buy the regular edition of Crysis 2.

Crysis 2 is set for a March 25th release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out our latest preview of Crysis 2 on Xbox 360 for more information on how it compares to the PC version, then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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tristanperry 21st January 2011, 22:17 Quote
*Runs to the nuclear bunker*
murraynt 21st January 2011, 22:44 Quote
Xbox really? The lest they could do is pretend they care for there heritage in PC gaiming.
Aracos 21st January 2011, 22:44 Quote
Because they know it'll get slaughtered by the PC community, I hate to say it but it's true :(
murraynt 21st January 2011, 22:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by storm20200
Because they know it'll get slaughtered by the PC community, I hate to say it but it's true :(

That is true, Pc gamers and reviewer tend to be a bit harsh. Console people will put up with more sh*t (Which isn't a bad thing)
Bazz 21st January 2011, 23:05 Quote
Console crap
TWeaK 21st January 2011, 23:15 Quote
Ah well, as long as Crytek license the engine out maybe we'll actually get a decent game somewhere along the line! I'm sure there are plenty of good dev's - maybe even PC-centric ones - who would love to use a cross-platform engine like that.
Jim 21st January 2011, 23:20 Quote
I love how demos have been turned into some sort of valued commodity.

Clearly nobody thinks they help to shift actual products.
Zurechial 21st January 2011, 23:26 Quote
PC gamers might (justifiably) feel betrayed by Crytek putting so much emphasis on Crysis 2's console release, but Crytek might argue (if pressed) that they felt similarly betrayed by the huge amount of piracy their PC release of Crysis supposedly suffered.

Whether they actually lost that much money to piracy or not is another matter, but I'd almost put money on that being their justification. Plus, they probably need to push it hard on the console marketing front to compete with the staple console shooters like Halo, Killzone and CoD that the target market is more familiar with.
Centy-face 22nd January 2011, 00:26 Quote
Does this actually surprise anyone? Crytek have been crying like little babies because their game which came out exclusively for hardware very few people had got high piracy ratings.

To be honest other than the engine, which is hardly optimised, Crysis was nothing special at all it was a tech demo at best. Let the consoles have them I really don't see many people crying over it.

The most disgraceful thing in all this is as snootyjim said demos have gone from a way of testing games out to see how they play and how they run on your system to a stupid advertising gimmick. Yet I can fore see that Crytek will again throw their toys out of the pram about piracy when the PC version gets high downloads of pirated copies. It's their own fault and it just goes back to my main point of let the consoles have them.

The only shooter coming to PC this year worth even caring about is Red Orchestra Heroes of Stalingrad. Finally a proper PC dev making a PC exclusive to show everyone else how it's done. Sad really that the same publications claiming to support PC games give so much time and attention to piss poor console ports.
total zombie 22nd January 2011, 00:33 Quote
i dont really care if the idiots, sorry xbox owners get the crapo demo first, them who download it
will be the beta/mug testers {sorry for sarcasm} first, hopfully us that love the PC will have a good game to play with for a while!;)
devdevil85 22nd January 2011, 00:59 Quote
Don't care. Getting it on PC. The only way to play Crysis!
leveller 22nd January 2011, 01:57 Quote
The irony is that the devs said consoles were holding back PC development, so they go and release the demo on 360?!

All these crappy devs that do exclusives on consoles I see as selling their souls for $'s.
ssj12 22nd January 2011, 03:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by leveller
The irony is that the devs said consoles were holding back PC development, so they go and release the demo on 360?!

All these crappy devs that do exclusives on consoles I see as selling their souls for $'s.

Microsoft probably paid them money.. who cares.. its a demo... do we really need to care that much about a demo?
javaman 22nd January 2011, 04:00 Quote
Pc version will wipe console version visually so something needs to be done to draw people to that version. I can't see any reason why anyone would go for console over PC provided they have a good enough one to run it.
greigaitken 22nd January 2011, 06:10 Quote
xbox haters - if you were a kid again and playing quake on a pentium 2, then you suddenly got a 360 for xmas then you'd think of microsoft as gods. a 360 isnt rubbish, it's just not as good a machine as a modern gaming pc. I'd rather have a 360 and it's catelogue than an amiga and it's catelogue (yes i just said that!). I'm sure you get plenty of xboxers hating the wii and plenty of wii ers hating um well they just kids so they probably hate vegetables.
I hope crytek make bucketloads of $$ from 360 so they put more R&D into their next engine.
demonisch 22nd January 2011, 06:16 Quote
No one has addressed the pre-order multiplayer XP boost thing. Am I the only one who thinks that is unfair?
chrismarkham1982 22nd January 2011, 07:45 Quote
im looking forward to this, was a pc gamer my-self for a few months but my xbox kept calling me back well, that and the lack of halo beyond halo 2 on the pc, crysisn was one of of my fav games so i cant wait for the demo plus the game comes out the day after my birthday :) but i can see why some pc gamers would be a bit pissed after it was a pc exclusive uptill now
SimonStern 22nd January 2011, 08:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
...I'm sure you get plenty of xboxers hating the wii and plenty of wii ers hating um well they just kids so they probably hate vegetables...

I lol'd :)
wuyanxu 22nd January 2011, 09:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by greigaitken
xbox haters - if you were a kid again and playing quake on a pentium 2, then you suddenly got a 360 for xmas then you'd think of microsoft as gods.


put more R&D into their next engine.

i was playing Half Life when i got Xbox with Halo. fun multiplayer experience but it doesn't hold a candle against Half Life in every other aspect.

next engine? CryEngine 3 was not needed at all from day one. it was just a bit of dumbed down CE2. at this rate, we'll see engine similar to CoD on Crysis 4.


on a topic related note, isn't there rumours that nVidia is injecting money into this game, and there will be possible delays to make it 3D compatible?
Eggy 22nd January 2011, 11:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Centy-face
Does this actually surprise anyone? Crytek have been crying like little babies because their game which came out exclusively for hardware very few people had got high piracy ratings.

To be honest other than the engine, which is hardly optimised, Crysis was nothing special at all it was a tech demo at best. Let the consoles have them I really don't see many people crying over it.
Actually Crysis was a great game, especially compared to the corridor, scripted and boring shooters we get to play nowadays. Crysis was an open game, with advanced AI, beautiful surroundings and interesting combat because of the suit functions.
MattyD 22nd January 2011, 11:53 Quote
Calling console gamers idiots is not cool guys. PC gaming is a minority hobby these days and those of us with friends as well as top-spec gaming PCs usually end up playing some games over Xbox Live just for the social aspect. I will be buying this for PC of course.
Eiffie 22nd January 2011, 12:56 Quote
ya win some, ya lose some, sometimes you platform gets the demo or early beta, sometimes your platform doesn't get the demo or early beta. I'm sad that this demo it's on a platform I no longer own or enjoy playing. Maybe next time, just maybe. . .
Mentai 22nd January 2011, 14:06 Quote
@Eggy Crysis wasn't THAT open. It also eventually turned into a corridor shooter, though compared to CoD I see your point.

In terms of this demo, yeah it stings a little, I do think they should release a demo for PC too at some point. This however will have been paid for by Microsoft and also a valid move since they're releasing on a platform that hasn't had any Crytek games before. They need to get as much marketing as possible to console users to justify the move to multiplatform.

As for everyone stating how crap this game is just because it's coming on consoles as well as PC... You haven't played it yet, no one has played the full game yet, you can't judge it yet. You can be pessimistic, you can complain constructively about gameplay changes that have been revealed that you are unsure of, but stop being such elitist pricks.
do_it_anyway 22nd January 2011, 14:21 Quote
RAAGGEEE

That is all
V3ctor 22nd January 2011, 14:31 Quote
My Live subscription just ended... Have to buy another 3 months now :(
SMIFFYDUDE 22nd January 2011, 15:14 Quote
lol at comparing pentium2 to xbox360 as if the 7 year gap wasnt there, and graphics are the only thing that matter.
Canon 22nd January 2011, 15:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by demonisch
No one has addressed the pre-order multiplayer XP boost thing. Am I the only one who thinks that is unfair?

It's pathetic, basicly Crytek saying "Hey slip us another £10 under the table here and we'll give you an unfair advantage against other players, making their online experience less enjoyable, but heck we don't mind, we already have their money! "
Gunsmith 22nd January 2011, 16:13 Quote
working the other side of the gaming fence i can see where crytek are coming from. there are plenty of idiots with money to burn so they've doing what i would do and are fleecing them for the morons they are.

I've steered well clear of crysis 2's development news and instead will cast judgement on 0 day due to the screams of fans demanding that i review it.
sear 22nd January 2011, 17:32 Quote
Disappointing, but really, is it unexpected? Microsoft and EA are both pushing this game hard on the consoles; all it takes is some extra money slipped Crytek's way and you've got an exclusive demo deal. Considering that Crytek were likely on thin ice after Crysis' relatively middling PC sales (though it did have long legs), I can see why they'd want to rethink their platform focus.

The game itself looks great in a lot of ways, but also a step back from the first Crysis. I just played the original a little bit last night for the first time in months, and was kind of blown away with how much variety is packed into most of the levels. Yes, it's still a shooter, and yes, it's not truly a sandbox game, but the number of possible approaches to complete objectives is very high, and it might actually be one of the few shooters I've played in years where stealth is effective both as an offensive and defensive tactic... once you've got a hang of how to use the nanosuit, you really start to think differently about how to approach situations. Soldier hiding in a house? Knock it down on his head! Wall in your way? Jump over it and land on the unfortunate guy on the other side! Other shooters simply feel static in comparison.

Crysis 2, by contrast, looks like it's attempting to take the same ideas and make them a bit more approachable, a little easier to understand. It definitely leans towards the second half of Crysis, but I really hope it takes more from Warhead, which was able to really capitalise on the sandbox ideal of the first game while still keeping things dramatic and fast-moving. While I can't fault the presentation, it remains to be seen whether or not the "streamlining" for mainstream console audiences is going to result in a stronger game. Consolidating the nanosuit modes, for instance, might lead to easier gameplay, but will it also result in fewer tactical options?

I'm much more interested in Crysis 2 for the mod possibilities, though. I was late to the table when it came to making mods and maps for the original game, but I learned a good deal about how to handle the level editor. CryEngine 3 seems even more powerful and way easier to use; I imagine for me it'll be worth buying Crysis 2 simply for the ability to make custom missions and scenarios. I have huge amounts of respect for Crytek as well, simply because they realise that tools need to be artist-driven and design-driven... going back to other tools like Bethesda's GECK, and heck, even Unreal Engine 3, feels like a major regression.
Podge4 22nd January 2011, 17:43 Quote
i'll get Crysis 2 on pc (only way to play fps's imo) i am looking forward to it but part of me thinks Great, its Crysis 2, another part of me thinks it's gonna be a modern black warefare ops 182 which can be enjoyable but may not be a masterpiece.

I enjoyed Crysis (and although no one has mentioned it) i enjoyed crysis warhead, thought psycho was a better character to play. you can't blame them for getting in on the console market, us pc players might no like the fact it won't be pc exclusive again but it just means we'll have to get as many ppl to buy it on pc to show crytek theres a good reason why the first one was pc only.
rayson 22nd January 2011, 20:12 Quote
really I blame parents for the gold rush in console when get stuck with ancient hardware they will blatantly go the el'cheapo console considering that i had to work at the 12 to get a decent rig and still am stuck at a really cheap computer, i really curse myself for not going the console route and most gamers on this earth are less than 25 years old
rayson 22nd January 2011, 20:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by rayson
really I blame parents for the gold rush in consoles when kids get stuck with ancient hardware they will blatantly go the el'cheapo consoles considering that i had to work at the age of 12 to get a decent rig and still am stuck at a really cheap computer, i really curse myself for not going the console route and most gamers on this earth are less than 25 years old parents will only care about why should i give my son 600+ pounds for a comp
rayson 22nd January 2011, 20:14 Quote
sorry for the writing error
Eggy 22nd January 2011, 21:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
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Originally Posted by Eggy
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Originally Posted by Centy-face
Does this actually surprise anyone? Crytek have been crying like little babies because their game which came out exclusively for hardware very few people had got high piracy ratings.

To be honest other than the engine, which is hardly optimised, Crysis was nothing special at all it was a tech demo at best. Let the consoles have them I really don't see many people crying over it.
Actually Crysis was a great game, especially compared to the corridor, scripted and boring shooters we get to play nowadays. Crysis was an open game, with advanced AI, beautiful surroundings and interesting combat because of the suit functions.

open? How? it was just as linear, just the walls around you were pushed back further.
There are always walls, for a shooter Crysis had pretty big rooms though. The game was open in the sense that you could approach nearly every objective in a way you liked. Grab a vehicle go in rambo style shooting the place op. Go in stealth and use tranquillisers to disable the enemy troops. Or use melee combat to throw guys around and destroy buildings.
greigaitken 23rd January 2011, 05:49 Quote
I think some folk are missing my points. The 360 is not a POS, it's better (my def is what it's capable of) than probably most other previous consoles and more capable than any pc's till about 2006. I had to get sli 7800gt's to match it on oblivion (pc not looking too good in that light). of course it's no match for modern pc, but it is better than some of the pc's you guys used to own. Forza, orange box, gta 4, plants v zombies, oblivion, grid, ... lots of good games. I enjoyed oblivion more than i enjoyed shenmue on dreamcast which i also enjoyed more than pitfall on the atari 2600, which i enjoyed more than dizzy on the spectrum. of all the platforms i've owned, 360 is near the top, it's not a POS. you wouldnt say i'm an idiot cause i owned a dreamcast. I'm a bit fed up with "all consoles all suck" when the 360 was released for £300, you had to have £1.5k pc to equal it, which i'm sure most of you haters only dreamed of!
greigaitken 23rd January 2011, 05:58 Quote
specifically to masterofpuppets, I hate the idea of exclusives, if thats your idea of great console, then maybe the amiga cd 32bit is the one for you. which is my idea of the worst. I never owned one, but my mate at school did. i played it a bit but it sucked.
Bindibadgi 23rd January 2011, 06:57 Quote
3 day ban for mastorofpuppetz for racism, flaming and trolling. And that's because I'm in a good mood.

EDIT: Perma banned. Signing up again after we banned another account previously.
13eightyfour 23rd January 2011, 09:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
3 day ban for mastorofpuppetz for racism, flaming and trolling. And that's because I'm in a good mood.

EDIT: Perma banned. Signing up again after we banned another account previously.

First outing for the banhammer this year?

I cant say that im that bothered by this tbh, i was late to the crysis party, and only picked it up off the back of gunsmiths walkthroughs and steams sale at the time. I enjoyed it a lot moreso than a lot of FPS's ive played.

The second looks ok, im sure ill pick it up sometime when it eventually in a steam sale, so the lack of PC demo doesnt bother me.
Gunsmith 23rd January 2011, 10:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by 13eightyfour

I was late to the crysis party, and only picked it up off the back of gunsmiths walkthroughs

Bauul 23rd January 2011, 11:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Centy-face


The most disgraceful thing in all this is as snootyjim said demos have gone from a way of testing games out to see how they play and how they run on your system to a stupid advertising gimmick.

Sorry, since when have demos been anything other than marketing tactics? They exist to demonstrate the game to you, the virtual equivalent of a man at a press event walking you through a small part of the game. they have only ever existed to market the game, it's just the methods in use now are more sophisticated than "here's a game, go play. If like, buy."
greigaitken 23rd January 2011, 11:32 Quote
"here's a game, go play. If like, buy."

gave me an idea to help beat piracy and give you demos.
completely free to download game, enter credit card at start and it gets verified.
if get to level 3 (ingame warning comes up and asks for progression?, we take £20
will people really stop at level 2?
of course it could still get hacked etc.but means risk free purchases and maybe make more sales than otherwise.
I-E-D 23rd January 2011, 14:20 Quote
It finishes on the 5th from what I've seen.

To be fair, the game looks alright on the PoS which is XBOX. And we all know PC>Xbox.

Give Crytek a chance, we've seen NO PC footage yet, but I've been assured by them it's epic.
Tulatin 23rd January 2011, 15:39 Quote
The use of piracy as the crutch to hop over to console sales / development is laughable. All three major consoles are just as, if not easier, than the PC to pirate for. They're just looking for a wider, dumber userbase.
Skiddywinks 23rd January 2011, 20:15 Quote
I don't see how having to flash your 360's disc tray is easier than copying a crack over on PC.
Bindibadgi 24th January 2011, 02:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
The use of piracy as the crutch to hop over to console sales / development is laughable. All three major consoles are just as, if not easier, than the PC to pirate for. They're just looking for a wider, dumber userbase.

They are really not.

Torrent, crack, play vs firmware updates that potentially brick your £200/300/400 purchase.

13eightyfour - Hells no! The first two weeks of this year we had ~50 spammers a day, every day in the authorisation queue. I must have banned 500+ easily this year already. Thankfully it's a lot quieter now, maybe just 10-20/day
Tulatin 24th January 2011, 03:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I don't see how having to flash your 360's disc tray is easier than copying a crack over on PC.

That takes about 30 seconds of work. Then all you ever have to do is put the game on a disk. Peasy.

And Bindi, the only way a firmware update is going to brick your console is if you're an idiot that can't read guides. Things have gotten so sophisticated that all you have to do is copy games to your external drive, or pop a friend's in the DVD drive and rip it.

This is not so hard.
Fizzban 24th January 2011, 03:55 Quote
Do people really care about demos any more? I can't remember the last time I played a demo. In fact I probably haven't played one since the last time I bought a PC games mag. And I've not done that in years either, as everything you could want to know about a game you can find online already.
xaser04 24th January 2011, 08:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
3 day ban for mastorofpuppetz for racism, flaming and trolling. And that's because I'm in a good mood.

EDIT: Perma banned. Signing up again after we banned another account previously.

Thank god for that. Having to listen to his pointless ramblings about how he hated Oblivion was getting a bit tiring.

Back on topic - I am currently enjoying Crysis Warhead on my M11x (heavily customized CCC v3.0 config) and will be looking forward to Crysis 2.

Whatever platform I get it on I am sure I will enjoy it.
Gunsmith 24th January 2011, 08:40 Quote
this weekend someone has felt the need to link my ironman runs to CVG, GameTrailers and reddit.

my mail box has exploded with fanmail. kinda makes those months and the hours of rendering and uploading worth it now :D
leveller 24th January 2011, 09:54 Quote
Tmx-84uKOhA
Bindibadgi 24th January 2011, 10:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tulatin
That takes about 30 seconds of work. Then all you ever have to do is put the game on a disk. Peasy.

And Bindi, the only way a firmware update is going to brick your console is if you're an idiot that can't read guides. Things have gotten so sophisticated that all you have to do is copy games to your external drive, or pop a friend's in the DVD drive and rip it.

This is not so hard.

Until a new game requires an XBL update, then you have to uncrack it, update it, re-crack it...

Not to mention you still need a DVD burner :P I haven't used one in god-knows how long. How I miss the original Xbox mods!
PQuiff 24th January 2011, 10:45 Quote
FOOLS!!!

Dont you know..the demos evolved....into the BETA TEST!

All hail the beta.
iworld 24th January 2011, 15:08 Quote
Needless to say guys -PC fans will have the last laugh - it will be so uch better on the pc
erratum1 25th January 2011, 03:14 Quote
Not too bothered about Crysis 2, the first one was hyped to death to shift DX10 cards for Nvidia.
LJF 27th January 2011, 09:30 Quote
Played this for about 20 minutes the other night. Nothing exciting about it at all. The graphics look good... for an xbox. They clearly have so much more potential though.
leveller 27th January 2011, 09:34 Quote
I hope Crytek haven't made multiplayer the main focus. I'm not that excited about multi, I will play it and check it out, but I want the single player fun I had from part 1.
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