The long-awaited DirectX 11 update to Crysis 2 has finally arrived. Look inside for benchmarks, videos and screenshots galore to see Crysis 2 in its full glory! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for further updates, including benchmarks of AMD cards and CPU scaling! (Now with 1080p video! – link)
Crysis 2 was released three months back to some disappointment. Despite a generally warm reception on the gameplay front, Crysis 2 was neither the eye-candy fest nor the graphics card torture test some were hoping for. If you recall, Crysis was the definitive real-world torture test back in its day. For quite some time after its release, even the most powerful systems struggled to run Crysis at maximum detail.
Crysis 2's lack of graphical oomph was mainly due to missing DirectX 11 support at launch, which meant that Crysis 2 could not take advantage of the latest technologies such as tessellation. Fortunately, Crytek promised to add DirectX 11 support in a future patch, and, three months later, it has made good on its promise.
Trust us when we say that Crysis 2 looks darn good with DirectX 11. In fact, it might just be reason enough to play the Crysis 2 single-player campaign all over again. See for yourself in the video below:
To get DirectX 11 working on your copy of Crysis 2, you'll firstly need the 1.9 patch. After that, grab the DirectX 11 patch (64-bit Windows required). If you want to stress your graphics card even further, don't forget to download the High-Res Texture Patch. In total you'll need three files for the maximum eye-candy possible:
- 1.9 Patch
- DirectX 11 Patch (requires 64-bit Windows)
- High-Res Texture Patch (optional)
Hit MyCrysis for all the above files.
Of course, you're also going to need a souped up system to run at maximum settings. We benchmarked Crysis 2 with a system comprising a Intel Core i7-965 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 580.
With DirectX 11, it looks like Crysis 2 can finally assume its rightful place as the new Crysis. Check out the next page for some image quality comparisons.