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Crysis 2 DirectX 11 video shows off graphical upgrades

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Crysis 2 DirectX 11 video shows off graphical upgrades

As promised, Crysis 2's "Ultra Upgrade" is available today. But before you can start enabling all the new graphical effects on your high-end PC, you'll need to patch your game to version 1.9. Thankfully, you can grab that right here. Once that's done, you'll want to do grab the High-Res Texture Pack, and the Ultra Pack, of course.

The "Ultra Upgrade" offers gamers the ability to replay Crysis 2 with a number of enhanced visual effects including tessellation, water rendering improvements, high quality HDR motion blur, and more. There's also an optional high-res texture pack you can install, if you so wish. But, maybe you need to see if the upgrade is worth it before downloading the gigs and gigs of updates? Don't worry, Crytek has released a video highlighting many of the visual treats awaiting high-end PC gamers: Read more »

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Crysis 2 'DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade' pack coming June 27

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Crysis 2 'DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade' pack coming June 27

While the original Crysis has long represented the benchmark of PC gaming, its successor hasn't garnered quite the same reputation. Crysis 2 shipped without support for DirectX 11, making the initial launch of the game not quite as cutting-edge as PC enthusiasts would have liked.. It appears that Crytek is nearly ready to release an updated version of the game, targeted specifically for DX11 cards.

On June 27, Crytek will release a patch (1.9) and a few downloadable add-ons that take advantage of some of DirectX 11's more advanced graphical tweaks. The free "DirectX 11 Ultra Upgrade" pack adds "hardware tessellation, parallax occlusion mapping, and several upgrades for shadows, water, particles, depth of field, and motion blur." An optional "High Res Textures" pack will also be made available for both DX9 and DX11 users. (It should be pretty obvious what that add-on will do!) Read more »

"Isn't that a pretty big flaw in game design, when you have to play on the highest difficulty ..."
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EA building Origin 'exclusives' [Update: didn't pull Crysis 2 from Steam]

EA building Origin 'exclusives' [Update: didn't pull Crysis 2 from Steam]

[Update: 11:10] EA has told Giant Bomb that it didn't pull Crysis 2 from Steam. Rather, Crytek's shooter was pushed out by new Steam terms.

"It's unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service," a company representative said. "This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA." Read more »

"All I'm saying is, Crytek is a great company, they did nothing wrong, but Valve delisted their ..."
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Crysis 2 'Retaliation' map pack incoming

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Crysis 2 'Retaliation' map pack incoming

If you're still playing Crysis 2's multiplayer and have a hankering for some new maps, developer Crytek has your back. The 'Retaliation' map pack was formally announced today by publisher EA, though word of it leaked out last month.

New multiplayer maps Park Avenue, Transit, Shipyard, and Compound will be available for your face-shooting pleasure when the downloadable content launches on May 17. They're new maps. Four of them. You'll get to play them in multiplayer. In Crysis 2. On your Windows PC, Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, or PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Four. New ones. May 17. Read more »

"And I never said it would, I just merely pointed out that Crysis 2 has mediocre graphics as ..."
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Crysis 2 Review

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Crysis 2 Review

Around an hour before Crysis 2's single-player campaign is finished, a character utters the perfect phrase to summarize the universe created by developer Crytek: "This isn't war. This is the future."

It's a summary that fits with the developer's thoughts on both game engine and gameplay design. Though there may have been fears that bringing Crysis 2 to consoles would turn it into another military shooter clone, the game retains its strategic roots in the way it allows players to approach combat situations. Read more »

"You can literally walk past every enemy in the game. It's stupid as shit."
- Gvaz    See all 85 comments


Crysis 2 PS3 demo pulled to fix bugs

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Crysis 2 PS3 demo pulled to fix bugs

Though the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo only hit the PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, publisher EA has announced that it's being pulled due to connection bugs.

"Though many gamers have had a great experience playing the demo, we are aware that others have been experiencing server connection delays," EA said yesterday. "We've identified the root cause and have decided to close the PS3 demo in the next 24 hours to ensure all issues are resolved when the game launches next week. Our priority is to ensure that the final product is flawless at launch." Read more »

"I saw Crysis 2 in 3D at the nVidia booth at PAX and it was awesome as hell I thought"
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Crysis 2 MP demo due on PS3 March 15

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Crysis 2 MP demo due on PS3 March 15

After shuffling its feet for a while, publisher EA has revealed that the promised Crysis 2 multiplayer demo for PlayStation 3 will finally arrive on March 15, a week before the game's launch.

The demo, which was released for PC and Xbox 360 on March 1, contains two maps and two modes from the multiplayer side of Crytek's shooter. You can grab the PC demo here at Shacknews, and the Gold-exclusive Xbox 360 demo from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Read more »

"I hope then I can hear sound, why the FFFFFFFFFFFfff would you release a demo that does not work ..."
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New Crysis 2 Xbox 360 MP demo incoming

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New Crysis 2 Xbox 360 MP demo incoming

If you missed the brief period when the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo was available on Xbox 360, or simply fancy having another go, you'll be glad to hear that the console's receiving another demo.

The new Xbox 360 demo will arrive alongside the PC demo on March 1, developer Crytek and publisher EA announced today. The pair also revealed that the PlayStation 3 demo confirmed yesterday is "coming soon," but declined to give a release date. Read more »

"Have you tried it recently. It has improved somewhat for a lot of people (I never really had ..."
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Crysis 2 PS3 multiplayer demo confirmed

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Crysis 2 PS3 multiplayer demo confirmed

The PlayStation 3 will be getting its own Crysis 2 multiplayer demo after all. The confirmation comes from a new teaser video, the end of which declares: "PlayStation 3 multiplayer demo coming soon."

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"It's looking like they made the aliens more human, so you could probably have the same sort of ..."
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Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo Coming to PC on March 1

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After revealing a multiplayer-focused demo would launch prior to the game's release for PC gamers, EA has announced that the Crysis 2 trial will arrive on March 1.

Players will be able to square off in six vs. six matches across two maps set in a "war-torn" Manhattan. The first map, Skyline, features battles on the rooftops and interiors of New York's skyscrapers while the second, Pier 17, offers an open environment with limited cover. Read more »

"Keep reading those sensationalistic sites taking things out of context. Ignorance ftw."
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Crysis 2 Trailer Tells a Story

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Why is Crysis 2 set in New York City, and why's it overgrown, ruined and filled with hostile troops anyway? Hopefully this new trailer focusing on the story in CryTek's shooter sequel will clear up a few questions for you, and be pleasing to your eyes t'boot.

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"Wooow, they decided to add a story this time? Good call Crytek! -_-..."
- Damarius101    See all 19 comments


Daily Filter: February 14, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

For this special "Valentine's Day" edition of the Daily Filter we've got a slew of new content that's sweet as candy. New media for today includes Portal 2, Bulletstorm, Crysis 2, Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection, Okamiden, Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle, Cars 2: The Video Game, Rift, the Fall of Setarrif expansion for ArcaniA, MindJack, MotoGP 10/11, Shadows of the Damned, the newly announced movie-based title Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Warriors: Legends of Troy, Swarm, Rock Band 3, Monday Night Combat, the alpha version of A Valley Without Wind, Yars' Revenge, The Flying Dutchman, The Rockin' Dead, Amazing Zombie Defense, and Mactabilis. Read more »

"It looks cool, but *facepalm* at an FPS being played with a gamepad. It looks like the player ..."
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Crysis 2 Trailer Talks Multiplayer Progression

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It seems that almost every shooter's multiplayer mode hides its goodies behind persistent progression nowadays and Crysis 2 is no exception. The progression in Crytek's shooter is detailed in a lengthy new trailer, focusing on nanosuit unlocks.

Unlockable upgrades and modules covered range from small boosts, such as faster stealth transitions, to larger bonuses, like the mighty 'air stomp' attack. According to the trailer, it'll take players around sixty hours to reach the top of the ranking classes. Read more »

"The said part is, they're going to blame this game's failure on the fact that they focused so ..."
- Rape.Farm    See all 49 comments


Modders Rebuilding S.T.A.L.K.E.R. with Cryengine 2

PC Gamer reports that an incredibly ambitious Russian mod team called World of Stalker has embarked on the monumental task of recreating GSC's survival-horror shooter series, .S.T.A.L.K.E.R., as a Crysis mod.

The team has dubbed the project 'Cryzone - Sector 23," and has released some early video footage (with Russian voice-over) that we've embedded after the break. Cryengine 2's brand new physics engine seems to improve things quite a bit over the original game, and you can already see the original game shining through, despite the early stages of the makeover. Read more »

"What you and everyone else here forgets is that this is IN PRODUCTION. This example should be ..."
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Daily Filter: February 2, 2011

Shacknews receives a slew of new screenshots and trailers for upcoming games everyday. The most anticipated titles receive their own post, because we know you're eager to see that content. For the rest, we have the Daily Filter, a place to feature all of the media we add to our enormous database on a daily basis.

Today's Filter features new media for Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Infamous 2, SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals, Anarchy Reigns, Crysis 2, DC Universe Online, Trapped Dead, Gods Eater Burst, Jagged Alliance: Back in Action, Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Dying For Daylight, and the first media for the newly announced Kinect-exclusive Michael Phelps - Push the Limit. Read more »

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