Last week we introduced you to the Evetech Lagzatron 3000, the beauty that would serve as our new test bench for testing PC hardware. Before starting with any of that we needed a standard, vanilla benchmark to have something to compare future tests to, and prove that we kind of know what the hell we're doing. So how did everything turn out?
We’ve all been pretty disappointed with Microsoft, about not getting Halo 3 or Assassin’s Creed 2 (okay, maybe not so disappointed about that one) for free on Xbox Gold. And then there was the whole colossal fail with just about everything relating to the Xbox One. But Microsoft is really sorry, and they have started a journey to rectify everything. Dare I say the Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale is making things look just a little bit better?
I’m probably in the minority, but I actually liked Crysis 2. It didn’t offer the sandbox freedom that the first game provided, but it was an entertaining battle through smaller, tighter and decidedly more linear levels. With Crysis 3, Crytek have sought to find a modicum of balance between the two philosophies – and they’ve largely succeeded.
With Dead Space 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines out of the way, the next big game on the horizon (joining Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) is Crysis 3. The last Crysis game was a little divisive; console gamers loved it – but the master race seems to have been left a little disappointed by what they felt was a dumbed-down console game. Crysis 3’s received its first review courtesy of Polish magazine CD-Action. What did they think?
Crytek’s Cevat Yerli is beginning to sound like a bit of a stuck record. If he’s not harping on about “free to play” being the future of video games, he’s going on about how Crysis 3 is the most technically beautiful thing to happen to videogames. Here’s him doing both.
EA has dropped a new Crysis 3 trailer onto YouTube that gives us a bit more of a look at the story behind Crysis 3 as well as some incredible graphics and hunting montages using the awesome Bow
Crysis 3 is currently in multiplayer beta – on pretty much all formats. One of the caveats of a beta – and really why they exist in the first place – is that sometimes they just don’t work, or don’t work properly, especially on PC’s where the possible hardware configurations are nearly infinite. One PC gamer, struggling to get the beta working, took to the MyCrysis forums to ask for help. And then got trolled by support.
Good news multiplayer enthusiasts, EA will be launching a multiplayer open beta next week. I’m not particularly a fan of “multiplayer all the things!” but hey, this could be awesome. Fingers crossed.
The latest episode of the Crysis 3 “The 7 Wonders of” series has released and it’s full of slow-mo’s, rewinds and serious business narratives. I don’t know whether to laugh or stand in awe of its awesomeness.
Think back to 2011, and if you had to name a contender for best visuals, you’d be hard pressed to find a game that looked better than Crysis 2. While new mods and extra hardware made the Independence Day simulator look unreal on PC, the game still looked real good on console. And for the next entry in that franchise, developer Crytek is promising a next-gen game on current-gen hardware.
2012 is done and dusted for gaming this year, with Far Cry 3 being the last real notable release on the gaming calendar. Well, except for those Wii U games that Geoff is burning his life-force away to get finished and reviewed. And that Epic Mickey game on the 3DS that I’m certain is a form of a divine punishment. But enough of that! What’s 2013 got in store for gamers then, huh? Let’s take a looksie.
When Crysis 2 was released in March of 2011 it pissed a lot of PC gamers off, because it was quite obvious it was little more than a console port, missing many of the advanced graphical options and features that tweak-hungry PC gamers crave. Crytek fixed that later with DirextX11 updates and texture packs – but it also seems they’ve learned their lesson. Crysis 3 will have all of the fiddly advanced stuff straight out of the box.
With the release of both Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 is close succession it’s easy to forget that there is yet another AAA shooter in the works that looks to be set to give them both a run for their money.
Crysis 3 isn’t even out yet, not expected for a few months – but that hasn’t stopped Crysis developer Crytek from talking about the next Crysis. Here’s the kicker though; they won;t be calling it Crysis 4, and plan on releasing something a game that does 'radical and new' things.