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Crysis 2 PC demo announced

Crysis 2 PC demo announced

Electronic Arts and Crytek have announced a PC multiplayer demo of Crysis 2.

Crytek and Electronic Arts have announced that upcoming sci-fi shooter, Crysis 2, will be getting a PC demo ahead of release.

The news comes via the official Crysis Twitter page, which revealed the demo would include multiplayer and that more details would be announced soon.

The move likely comes as part of a response to the backlash Electronic Arts received when it announced that an Xbox 360 Crysis 2 demo was planned, but said nothing of other platforms.

The Xbox 360 demo, which includes two game modes and a single map, was released earlier this week. Crytek are already working on a patch to address disconnect and crash issues that have plagued Xbox 360 users.

Electronic Arts and Crytek have not yet announced if there will be a demo for PlayStation 3 gamers.

You can check out our Crysis 2 PC preview - or our Xbox 360 preview - or more information on the game. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Phalanx 28th January 2011, 10:28 Quote
Wow, an actual demo being released? From a big publisher/developer? I are shock!

These days that's almost unheard of! Well done EA/Crytek.
proxess 28th January 2011, 10:31 Quote
8GB demo. 16GB game. Render Farm as minimum requirements. Disney Pixar farm as recommended requirements.
wuyanxu 28th January 2011, 10:40 Quote
woohoo, this is more like it. this is where CryTek belongs
Zurechial 28th January 2011, 10:41 Quote
This is good news, primarily because now the people who would've pirated the full game just to run benchmarks can use the demo instead; saving us from bullshit excuses and whining by Crytek... Oh wait.

In seriousness though, this IS good news. It's nice to see a PC demo release for a big title even if it is just because we bitched enough about the prior lack of one.
do_it_anyway 28th January 2011, 10:47 Quote
LOL at my previous rage. :o
GravitySmacked 28th January 2011, 10:49 Quote
Good, PC gamers have been getting a bit of a bum deal of late.
PQuiff 28th January 2011, 10:59 Quote
Meh...From the feedback given from the 360 demo, my rage subsided. Im still cynical.

Is it a evil ploy to draw attention away from said lackluster 360 demo. Are we going to get it more than a couple of days in advance of the actual release. And am i just a moaning git.

At least one of the above statements is correct.
Tattysnuc 28th January 2011, 10:59 Quote
Fantastic news to hear, especially considering that this was the origins of the game...
Eggy 28th January 2011, 11:02 Quote
I'd rather see a singleplayer demo. Don't really care about Crysis MP.
wafflesomd 28th January 2011, 11:18 Quote
Oh, cool.

I now retract my statement about pirating the game to see if it runs well.
leveller 28th January 2011, 11:24 Quote
I wasn't expecting this. I wonder if Crytek had words with EA ...

Anyway, I can finally remove my [rage] tag after reading the 360 exclusive thread.
Pete J 28th January 2011, 11:25 Quote
Sweet! My rig waits in anticipation!
Zurechial 28th January 2011, 11:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eggy
I'd rather see a singleplayer demo. Don't really care about Crysis MP.

Doh! This. I forgot that this was a multiplayer demo. I wish we could see just a little less emphasis on multiplayer in shooters these days..
Hg 28th January 2011, 12:54 Quote
i await to hear what gunsmith has to say about this.....
kosch 28th January 2011, 13:01 Quote
When I actually think about it I cant remember the last time I downloaded a demo of a PC game. Sure I've downloaded beta clients for MMO's but dont think that counts!
smc8788 28th January 2011, 13:09 Quote
From what I've seen of the 360 demo, this game more resembles CoD than it does Crysis 1 :(
Hustler 28th January 2011, 13:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
8GB demo. 16GB game. Render Farm as minimum requirements. Disney Pixar farm as recommended requirements.

If only...at least i would take that as a sign of it actually being developed for the PC as the primary platform, instead of the gimped DX9 kiddie console crap we will end up with.....
knuck 28th January 2011, 13:58 Quote
can't wait for this to run like crap on my 260 despite the fact that it will also look like crap (low details)

Crysis 1 is still unplayable (for me) on a 260 so my hopes aren't really high

EDIT: although I did forget about a hundred times to try out Gunsmith's config file
tad2008 28th January 2011, 14:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by knuck
can't wait for this to run like crap on my 260 despite the fact that it will also look like crap (low details)

Crysis 1 is still unplayable (for me) on a 260 so my hopes aren't really high

EDIT: although I did forget about a hundred times to try out Gunsmith's config file

I had the first Crysis running on my 3Ghz AMD system wih Nvidia 8600GT on medium settings and was perfectly playable at least until the anti-grav section in the mountain where frame rates struggled a little and then upon exit and all the beasts swarming around, dropped a couple of settings till I got past that then returned to medium right through to the end and it looked great and played just fine.
Skiddywinks 28th January 2011, 14:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
From what I've seen of the 360 demo, this game more resembles CoD than it does Crysis 1 :(

Worse, it resembles MW1. The kill steaks are exactly the same (except you have to collect the dog tags they drop, making the sniper rifle pointless), I.e radar, area of effect attack, and helicopter support. Likewise, the unlocks are big standard with little choice. The only interesting things are the modules, but they are basically just perks anyway.

The way they have handled the suit abilities is definitely inferior to Crysis 1, so it feels like old COD with powers. It's not terrible, but it just doesn't compare to the game it is following, nor the game it is seems to be ripping off. Horrible lag kills as well (killcam clearly showing your killer shooting at sweet FA), at least on the 360.
Redbeaver 28th January 2011, 15:18 Quote
so... is BT gonna test 560Ti on this demo? :)
frontline 28th January 2011, 19:19 Quote
Multiplayer demo on 360 looked poor - engage "Maximum Armour" and let someone shoot you for half a minute without any effect...

This game will live or die based on the single player campaign only.
knuck 28th January 2011, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Worse, it resembles MW1. The kill steaks are exactly the same (except you have to collect the dog tags they drop, making the sniper rifle pointless), I.e radar, area of effect attack, and helicopter support. Likewise, the unlocks are big standard with little choice. The only interesting things are the modules, but they are basically just perks anyway.

The way they have handled the suit abilities is definitely inferior to Crysis 1, so it feels like old COD with powers. It's not terrible, but it just doesn't compare to the game it is following, nor the game it is seems to be ripping off. Horrible lag kills as well (killcam clearly showing your killer shooting at sweet FA), at least on the 360.

man, that looks promising !
Stewb 28th January 2011, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by frontline
Multiplayer demo on 360 looked poor - engage "Maximum Armour" and let someone shoot you for half a minute without any effect...

This game will live or die based on the single player campaign only.*

*Unfortunately I feel on the PC. I think if the multiplayer isn't great then it'll fail on the consoles. Maybe I'm just being prejudiced but I get the feeling the average console gamer these days only really cares for multiplayer in FPSs.
knuck 28th January 2011, 19:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
*Unfortunately I feel on the PC. I think if the multiplayer isn't great then it'll fail on the consoles. Maybe I'm just being prejudiced but I get the feeling the average console gamer these days only really cares for multiplayer in FPSs.


It's also true for the PC, which isn't a critique as I am just like this.
Stewb 28th January 2011, 19:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by knuck
It's also true for the PC, which isn't a critique as I am just like this.

Fair enough. Some day we will be musing over the days when people cared about singleplayer games :(
fingerbob69 28th January 2011, 20:09 Quote
EA are console centric ...Crytec profess not to be ...hence a proof.

As for MP v SP in shooters ...I've always regarded the SP campaign as training for the MP ...which is where the game lives on long after the hype, press and 'community' have moved onto the next game. (I still indulge in the odd hour of the original Halo MP).
Skiddywinks 28th January 2011, 20:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by frontline
Multiplayer demo on 360 looked poor - engage "Maximum Armour" and let someone shoot you for half a minute without any effect...

This game will live or die based on the single player campaign only.

The Maximum armour actually seems to be pretty fair in terms of damage reduction. It doesn't take a lot more to kill some one, but it makes a difference and has been my saviour a couple of times. What DOES suck about it, is that it drains energy at all times, and it makes you slower.

And since there is no speed mode, sprinting always costs energy. Sure, it's fast, but you end up in fights with no energy half the time, just trying to get to them. Couple that with constantly draining energy with amour mode on, and you find that everytime two people meet, it's a question of who can hit armour and start shooting first. There's always a little pause as people turn it on. It's so stupid.

Strength is no longer a suit mode either, so no more reduced recoil. Instead, holding down jump does a strength jump, and melee is always power draining (I think, or it might just be on successful hits), whether it is something movable (say, a car) or a person.
Eiffie 28th January 2011, 20:36 Quote
Great news to hear there is a PC demo coming out when the PC always seems to be the last platform to get a demo these days on a multi-platform game. It's just a shame that it's a demo for a game I've lost all interest in after beating the first game and going. . . that's it. . . a giant enemy alien crab-octopus, mother-ship thing that only the ULTIMATE WEAPON, A.K.A. a fancy rocket-nuke launcher can destroy when you shoot it in the glowing weak point. Haven't seen that one before.
HourBeforeDawn 28th January 2011, 20:48 Quote
awesome I cant wait
knuck 28th January 2011, 21:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
Fair enough. Some day we will be musing over the days when people cared about singleplayer games :(


I won't ;)

At least not single player FPS games. I only enjoyed a handful of them. Those I did enjoy were absolutely brilliant however (Metroid Prime and Half Life 2 being the first examples that came to my mind)
CowBlazed 28th January 2011, 21:29 Quote
So download the 360 demo or wait for the PC?
Sloth 28th January 2011, 21:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by knuck
It's also true for the PC, which isn't a critique as I am just like this.
Same.

A few can be fun. Metroid Prime like in your other post. I'm a fan of Resident Evil, as well. I think the key distinction is that you're not only playing against AI, but also against a totally different opponent. Compare that to, say, CoD singleplayer where you're against AI with the same health and same weapons as yourself. It's basically a staged multiplayer game all the way through the singleplayer.

Just a shame when games can't decide what they want to be like Crysis. You take a player fighting against aliens and such in the singleplayer which works well, your opponents behave in distinctly non-human ways that multiplayer can't emulate. Then you take the player and all of his mechanics and have him play against himself and call it multiplayer. That has nothing to do with the game! It's just a cheap way of trying to reach more markets.
Silver51 28th January 2011, 23:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stewb
Fair enough. Some day we will be musing over the days when people cared about singleplayer games :(

Great single player FPS games still exist but a lot of people are blinded by the CoD and Halo franchises. Personally I'd rather play through something with a meaty storyline and made-for-PC graphics on my own than spend hours on the same four maps receiving verbal abuse from a mal-adjusted twelve year old.

If it's going to have multiplayer, I'd rather it have a full-fat coop mode. In fact, the first things my friends ask when new games are announced is always "does it have coop?"
Skiddywinks 28th January 2011, 23:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by CowBlazed
So download the 360 demo or wait for the PC?

Why not do both? I'm hoping for more out of the PC version (if they treat grenades as a seperate weapon that you need to select and then throw, like on the 360, then Crytek have officially lost all credit as a PC developer), but the 360 demo can still be fun, and will give you a head start on the workings of the game.
Oggyb 28th January 2011, 23:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Why not do both? I'm hoping for more out of the PC version (if they treat grenades as a seperate weapon that you need to select and then throw, like on the 360, then Crytek have officially lost all credit as a PC developer), but the 360 demo can still be fun, and will give you a head start on the workings of the game.

This pisses me off about most PC shooters.
Skiddywinks 29th January 2011, 09:09 Quote
I can't remember the last game I played, on PC or console, that did this.

It reeks of not having enough buttons on the controller, so if it makes it in to the PC version, where we clearly do have enough buttons, then Crytek can officially shove it up their ass. I doubt that would be the only thing that makes it in to the PC version from the consoles.
Ficky Pucker 29th January 2011, 09:11 Quote
wow another cod "clone", why did they even bother ?
Skiddywinks 29th January 2011, 10:16 Quote
Beats me. I expected a lot more from Crytek, especially considering how much they tried to reassure people after it was announced that it would be on consoles. Looks like they have just done everything they said they weren't going to. All we can hope for now is that they have not just copy and pasted the console version on to PC.
knuck 30th January 2011, 18:10 Quote
has anyone got a release date ?

EDIT: nevermind, there isn't one yet
Bonzo45 31st January 2011, 11:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Oggyb
This pisses me off about most PC shooters.

To be fair I don't think it's the lack of buttons that's the problem there. Counter Strike does this and that's a massive PC game!
Zurechial 31st January 2011, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks

And since there is no speed mode, sprinting always costs energy. Sure, it's fast, but you end up in fights with no energy half the time, just trying to get to them. Couple that with constantly draining energy with amour mode on, and you find that everytime two people meet, it's a question of who can hit armour and start shooting first. There's always a little pause as people turn it on. It's so stupid.

Strength is no longer a suit mode either, so no more reduced recoil. Instead, holding down jump does a strength jump, and melee is always power draining (I think, or it might just be on successful hits), whether it is something movable (say, a car) or a person.

Seriously? =/
I hadn't expected them to dumb the game down THAT much. How naïve and stupid of me in this day and age.
tad2008 31st January 2011, 15:17 Quote
I honestly don't know why there has to be such a limiting factor between PC games and console versions.

Take the xbox controller has 14 buttons plus two sticks for movement and looking/aiming, the PC typically uses WSAD for movement and the mouse for looking/aiming.

Most games use: Walk/Run, Crouch, Prone, Interact/Pick Up, Reload, Weapon Select 1-9 (or mouse scroll wheel), Throw, Inventory, Map, Talk (for multiplayer) - thats only 10 buttons
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