Virtual water so beautiful, you'll be able to drown in it
Your fancy GPU maybe be able to render billions of pixels and triangles a second, but you’re not showing off its full technical power unless there’s something pretty to look at. You know what’s pretty to look at? Videogame water, specifically good videogame water.
He's a hobbyist who's concerned with capturing the beauty of Crysis, Wolfenstein, Bioshock, and more
For some people, screenshots are just a way to capture a moment of hilarity, success, or good lighting. For others, screenshots are an emerging art form. K-putt falls into the second category and has built up a huge body of work that spans games of all genres. This month’s installment of Graphics Porn delves into the expansive archives of the 23-year-old German moonlighting as a screenshot artist.
It doesn't matter if you're showing off a new 1,000-core processor armed with 100 gaming-grade graphics cards or a fancy new toaster with an LCD display, some yahoo is always going to ask, "Yes, but can it run Crysis?" It's an old joke, one that was again recycled recently when VIA was giving a demonstration of its 8-panel video wall, and VIA decided to answer it. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes, and we have the video to prove it.
Update: A new graphically-demanding game is crowned. See which one it is!
At Maximum PC we love pushing our PCs to their limits by testing high-end games at maximum settings. To reach these limits, you'll need to fire up the most über-demanding games. What are themost graphically-demanding games you ask? We’ve thrown together a list of the gnarliest PC games that will give your precious gaming PC a kick-ass workout.
The original Crysis was one of the most ambitious shooters to ever hit the PC, however its crushing system requirements limited the audience to a small subset of enthusiasts. To make matters worse, even they couldn’t max it out. The hardware requirements improved substantially with the stand alone expansion Warhead, and requirements were even further clawed back in the full out sequel. Some hardcore PC gamers never forgave the company for crippling the sequel so it was compatible with consoles, but hey, you can’t please everyone. If you count yourself among those offended by Crysis 2 then you’re in luck. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli promises to melt your PC hardware with their next installment of the series.
With all the launch-day DLC, upgradeable options, premium packs and "microtransactions" permeating games these days, sometimes it feels like the $60 you plunk down for a new game is just the down payment. Do microtransactions hurt less if the game is free to play to being with? Crytek's betting on just that; the company plans to go the Tribes: Ascend route and focus solely on F2P titles sometime in the future, after its current slate of big box games -- like Crysis 3 -- are finished and shipped.
Gamers who choose to play Crysis 2 on the console were rewarded with an achievement for little more than loading the disk into the tray, reaffirming what Crytek has been touting all along, yes it can run Crysis. But did this tongue-in-cheek pat on the back have a hidden significance we missed at the time? Well according to the folks over at CVG, the South Korea Games Rating Board has granted approval for the release of the original Crysis for Xbox 360. If true, it would mark the loss of another former high profile PC exclusive.
GDC was chock full of mind blowing footage from some major players--Unreal 5, and CryEngine 3 both showcased some truly remarkable, next level game footage. The trailer itself showcasing CryEngine 3 was absolutely jaw-dropping--it seems developers are finally capitalizing on all of the advanced advents to come along with DX 11.
So we thought we'd chop up the CryEngine 3 trailer into an image gallery. Though the images you're about to see are beautiful, we highly recommend you check out the full blown trailer here. It's really quite amazing, and has us very eager to see what's to come of all this. Check it out!
Crytek’s CryENGINE has always been a fine looking game engine, but it’s been missing one thing. In case you haven’t guessed, that thing is 3D. We’re not sure anyone was really pushing for this, but at GDC 2010, Crytek will be showing off their new CryENGINE 3 with stereoscopic 3D.
The new engine is reputed to be near photorealism in its rendering. Crytek also plans to give developers a new tool called LiveCreate. This feature will allow game designers to work on, and play their CryENGINE 3 game for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms at the same time.
Nvidia has also made some noise about the coming age of 3D, saying that 3D will be “all pervasive”. Some estimates peg the number of 3D enabled games in 2010 as high as 50. We don’t know if this whole 3D thing will take off, but CryENGINE 3 will probably still be really pretty in 2D. Are you waiting with bated breath for 3D gaming to hit the mainstream?
What's the first I did upon hearing the numbers for ATI's new HD Radeon 5870 graphics card? I scrambled for benchmarks, because that's the one thing an announcement and subsequent review of a smokin' new piece of hardware can do for a rabid enthusiast: inspire.
It's been a while since I've actually sat down and crunched the numbers for my killer custom PC (that's killer as in legendary, not NICs). I'm not lazy. Rather, I don't have access to the expensive system benchmarks that magazines and Web sites typically use to analyze the all the new hardware that comes out. I don't have all-in-one benchmarks like PCMark Vantage, GPU-punishing titles like Crysis, and--worst of all--preconfigured demo runs for any number of titles that would help ensure the validity and repeatability of the delivered scores.
In short, I have nothing. You might not have nothing, but odds are good that you are similarly ill-equipped to benchmark your graphics card (and any tweaks or modifications you make) in the style of a professional review. Nothing... until now.
This week's freeware roundup will show you five different games that you can use to punish your poor graphics card into frames-per-second submission. They might cost a grand total of zero dollars, but these tests are repeatable and easy to use--the perfect combination of characteristics for aspiring benchmarkers who might not want to get their hands dirty, but still want some kind of way to determine exactly how powerful their graphics card really is.