Back in 2007, German games maker Crytek put out a game that left many stunned. This is because Crysis boasted the best graphics ever seen on PC or any other gaming platform at the time, even looking photorealistic at times.
Also, the game’s story, in which an American special forces unit lands on an island in order to rescue a group of scientists taken prisoner by the North Korean army wasn’t half-bad either. Meanwhile, the first-person action was pretty good overall, but lost steam in the last third of the game, when you were no longer fighting soldiers but enemies from another world…
The game’s system requirements on PC were also high enough that many people did not get to experience the game on the platform until much later, with the question “can it run Crysis well?” being asked to determine whether a gaming PC was worth its salt or not.
Miraculously enough, though, the people behind Crysis (German developer Crytek) managed to get the game running decently on the PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2011, which was certainly no mean feat.
Also, a remaster of the game named Crysis Remastered hit the market last fall, finally making the game available on PS4 and Xbox One. However, Crytek took some flak due to the fact that the PC trailer of the game did not look up to much, with some people pointing out that the remaster’s graphics were not even as good as those of the original PC game, forcing Crytek to postpone the remaster’s release so that it could polish the game more…
Plus, some were wondering whether Crytek would be releasing remasters of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 too, instead of only a remaster of the original game.
And Crysis fans’ prayers were answered when Crytek revealed that Crysis Remastered Trilogy would be coming on October 15, a compilation including remasters of the original Crysis game, Crysis 2 and Crysis 3. These sequels to Crysis came out in 2011 and 2013, and will also be available to purchase standalone for $29.99 US dollars or as part of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy for $49.99 US dollars.
Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered will be available on Xbox Series X (and S) and PS5 as well as on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on October 15, while Crysis Remastered is already available.
What’s interesting here is how much better the game will look on next-gen consoles when compared to the original games on the PS3 and Xbox 360. This is because the Crysis games only featured 720p resolution and 30 frames per second gameplay at best on the old consoles, but will be going up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second on the Xbox Series X and PS5.
“Players can look forward to reliving the adventure with stunning graphics, smooth frame rates, and high-quality textures on whichever platform they choose, with lightning-fast 60 FPS gameplay available on PC and next-gen consoles, alongside a host of other graphical optimizations”, said project lead Steffen Halbig in a press release.
And indeed, it looks like the Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 remasters will be looking sharper and running much smoother on the PS5 as seen in the comparison video above.
Outdoor scenes are much closer to what was seen on PC back in 2007, while as stated earlier frame rates also are much better on Sony’s new console than on the PS3.
So is the case when it comes to the Xbox Series X version, which should deliver a experience closer to the PC version of the games and is a cut above the Xbox 360 versions of the Crysis games as seen in the comparison trailer below.
The release of Crysis Remastered Trilogy is something that both fans of Crytek’s Crysis games and first-person shooter fans will be looking forward to then, as Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 are some of the best action games released in the past decade, so hopefully these remastered editions will do them justice when they are released next month.