“Next gen” no better than Crysis 3

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Crytek’s Cevat Yerli is beginning to sound like a bit of a stuck record. If he’s not harping on about “free to play” being the future of video games, he’s going on about how Crysis 3 is the most technically beautiful thing to happen to videogames. Here’s him doing both.

"I actually think people will be astonished that next gen launch titles from other companies might not be much different from Crysis 3" he said to CVG, one again trying to convince you that Cryengine 3 is “next gen”

“Crytek’s projects generally will be way above what we’ve achieved on the existing consoles," he affirms.

While that might be true of the visually superior and rather pretty PC version, the console versions of Crysis 3 just don’t look all that fantastic. That’s what “next gen” will aim to fix. Although honestly, as I’ve said before, I’m mostly happy with video game graphics as they are right now; what I’d like to see is smoother framerates, more physics and significantly better AI.

That aside, you probably won’t be playing any of Crytek’s “next gen” games on your “next gen” consoles; Crytek’s once again stated its intention of transitioning entirely to free-to-play.

“We decided five or six years ago that we want to marry the quality of triple-A games with the business model of free-to-play,” Cevat Yerli told Venture Beat. “And out of that position, Gface and Warface were born. And at that time, we decided some other games, in some of our other studios, would head in this direction.

But we kept pushing the quality bar higher on our console business, which is the main dominating business for the Western world, but we are observing, plainly — and we see this already with Warface — that the free-to-play market  is on the rise. I think over the next two to three years, free-to-play is going to rival retail with quality games like Warface.”

I think free-to-play is certainly on the increase – but because people are greedy it will soon devolve in to more instances of “pay to win,” where those who have credit cards get the best gear, while those who don’t have to spends hour upon hour grinding (something that’s already happening with Mechwarrior online and Hawken).

The more that happens, the more people will grow wary of the entire model.

For the record, Crysis 3 is out on February 22; just two days after after Sony’s “Future of PlayStation” event that could see the reveal of the PlayStation 4.

Last Updated: February 11, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Ek ken nie die d-slap nie, net p-klap :-

    • Twakkie

      Wel ek gaan daardie grappie nie verder vat nie 🙂

  • hahahah the game is very shiny… but the multiplayer is a boring experience. thus i shall not purchase this game. i think i deleted it 20 mins after i first logged in.

  • So true…

  • Adamska156

    The game has much deeper gameplay than most shooters except maybe Red Orchestra and Arma…especially the first Crysis. The second obviously had much much more shallow gameplay but so far it seems things have been expanded upon in the third. It probably won’t match the glory of the first Crysis but that’s beside the point. The game still has a lot of depth to its gameplay compared to most shooters.

    It normally gets dismissed because people only talk about the graphics. The graphics have always just been a bonus in my eyes. They don’t take the time to master the suit and dismiss the game because they haven’t experienced everything the game has to offer…it’s actually really sad. I believe the series is very underrated.

  • Adamska156

    You’ve lost it. Crysis 3 will undoubtedly be the most graphically advanced game on PC when it releases. The first one looks better? Oh my god the first one doesn’t even have ambient occlusion, realtime reflective surfaces, better particle effects, or tessellation…not to mention the dx11 shaders alone make the game look better. And no Battlefield 3 doesn’t even look as good as Crysis 2.

    • Johan du Preez

      Take a long breath and read what I said, I did not say Crysis 1 looked better I said at the time of Crysis 1 it was way ahead of the pack not so much in the case of Crysis 2 and 3.

      They are hardly the best engine anymore by any standards that crown was taken by the Frostbyte 2 engine recently.

      When you relaxed a bit then read up about the frostbyte 2 engine and then the new cryengine and you will soon notice that the frostbyte is far superior.

      Heck the new cryengine cant even do proper texture streaming and thats been out since Quake Enemy Territory. Destructible terrain, 32vs32 combat and still looking as good as crysis etc….

      • Adamska156

        Maybe I read your post wrong but regardless even with the destructible terrain and physics and large multiplayer(which has practically nothing to do with visuals), Crysis 3 looks better than Battlefield 3.

      • Adamska156

        Maybe I read your post wrong but regardless even with the destructible terrain and physics and large multiplayer(which has practically nothing to do with visuals), Crysis 3 looks better than Battlefield 3.

      • Adamska156

        Maybe I read your post wrong but regardless even with the destructible terrain and physics and large multiplayer(which has practically nothing to do with visuals), Crysis 3 looks better than Battlefield 3.

        • Johan du Preez

          Dun Dun Dun the first reviews are out and unfortunately I was right with the reviewers stating exactly the same.


          The proof is in the pudding ….

          • Adamska156

            What does any of that have to do with how graphically advanced Crysis 3 is? That’s not even close to what I was talking about. If I had argued that the game would be really well received by critics then I would have been wrong. I have no disillusions however…the game isn’t perfect and it isn’t for everyone. The AI still has a few issues, it’s shorter than the first two, and the game can be boring if you don’t use your imagination in combat. But once again that’s not at all what I was talking about before. I think we’re somehow having completely different conversations with one another.

          • Johan du Preez

            Its got everything to do with it, the claim that its the best engine when I and the rest of the world agrees its looks and plays the same as Crysis 2 its hardly a improvement or best engine around. Did you bother going through the reviews on that page …. judging from your response you didn’t.

  • he is totally bullish on crysis 3’s graphics also did he see next gen unreal engine video , star wars , and other uncoming games etc ????

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