Of all the most awaited games of 2011, Crysis 2 has got to be the one to top the list. Crytek (the creators of Crysis and Crysis Warhead) first created waves in the gaming fraternity back in 2004 when they introduced Far Cry. The game was based on its own engine and had stunning graphics with a fast paced and engaging game play, which was simply unheard of for its time.
Fast forward to 2007 when Crytek launched their masterpiece that still haunts many gamers even today. A new franchise was born and Cevat Yerli (designer and director of Crytek) promised us many more titles that would expand the story of the characters just like we've comes to love Gordon Freeman over the past years. Although Crysis wasn't optimized well for multi-GPU setups at first, the game brought every system down to its knees and became the universal benchmark for all gaming systems.
For a short time, the worth of graphics card was determined on whether or not it could handle Crysis, as that was the most important factor in the buying decision. Crysis Warhead was still based on CryEngine 2, as Crysis was a lot more optimized. It wasn't any less forgiving than the original game but it was noticeably more polished, as it looked much better than Crysis and ran slightly smoother on the same hardware. All that's history though, as come March 25 (22 in the US) Crytek will pull the covers off its latest creation, a sequel to the original game, Crysis 2.
Now before we go ahead let me make it very clear that today's performance test is based on the Beta build that was leaked on the internet a couple weeks back and is no way indicative of the final performance of the game. We will be bringing you the review of the full game once we get our hands on our copy, but till then this is just a glimpse into what sort of a gaming rig would you need to play Crysis 2 in all its glory.
Even though the sequel is going multi-platform for the first time, Cevat Yerli did state that the PC version will be graphically superior to the console counterparts. This means you'll be able to push the engine as far as it can go provided you have the right hardware. Here are a couple of things you need to know about the Beta version of Crysis 2.