First Footage of CryEngine 3

By Nick Breckon, Mar 23, 2009 5:58pm PDT The next iteration of Crytek's CryEngine graphics solution, the console-ready CryEngine 3, is making its debut here at GDC in San Francisco, and today the first footage was released by way of IGN.

Check out the video below. We'll have more on CryEngine 3, including an interview with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli, as the show progresses.

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  • I simply cannot agree with all this hate.

    First of all, my 8800GT ran Crysis just fine with all settings on very high, at 1280×768 resolution with 4xAA enabled (or 1680×1050 with no AA). I could easily run it at 1680×1050 with 4x AA enabled on the “high” settings, and I can imagine anyone with a halfway-decent card could run it on medium no problem (and it’s still very pretty then). Especially after being patched and upgrading to the 180.xx series of Forceware drivers, the game’s framerate is rock-solid.

    Secondly, I’ve replayed the game several times at this point, and I [i]stil/i] find fresh ways to approach old situations using different combinations of superpowers and weaponry. Yeah, the corridor sections in the latter half kinda lose sight of the core game’s strength, but they’re still obscenely nice to look at (although I’ll admit I’m a total sucker for eye-candy). The fact that I can replay the game again and again and again and not get bored is amazing. Very few games manage to do that for me. Exploiting the physics, the environment, and the AI with all the superpowers is just grand fun.

    I can, for example, run into a throng of soldiers in speed mode, knocking them all over like bowling pins, and then pick up an explosive barrel and throw it into them, shooting it and watching the ensuing fireworks display. Or I could wander in in stealth mode, quickly uncloak, shoot one guy in the head, then re-cloak and reposition myself and repeat until they’re all dead (I don't recommend repeating this more than once). Or I can sneak in and find some heavy objects to toss around, go into strength mode, pick it up, toss it into the crowd, run in, grab a soldier by the throat, and then toss him into his comrades, and then shoot the survivors point-blank. Or I can charge in with a vehicle, quickly exit and run off in speed mode, and then shoot the petrol tank in the back to cause some chaos.

    I could go on and on and on and on. Really, it’s not a bad game in the least bit. I fail to understand these lame criticisms being tossed around so haphazardly.

    Oh, and yes, CryEngine 3 is meant to be optimized for PC and consoles. Unsurprisingly, the console version looks vastly inferior to that of the PC. Still, it’s not bad, considering how much open space they have to render and considering how many people still don’t have HDTVs in their homes…