Crysis 2 PC multiplayer demo now available

By on March 1, 2011, 5:10 AM
Update: In an interesting bit of related news, Sweclockers reports that Nvidia disclosed in a press event today that Crysis 2 will only ship with a DirectX 9 renderer later this month, and that DX11 support would be added to the game later down the road via a patch.

As promised, Crytek and Electronic Arts have finally released a PC version of the Crysis 2 multiplayer demo that will give fans of the first-person shooter title a taste of what CryEngine 3 has to offer on state of the art hardware. Just like the previously exclusive Xbox 360 demo, this release includes two maps and two game modes for users to try out.

The first map, Skyline, is set along New York rooftops and is playable in Team Deathmatch. The second, Pier 17, is a more open map that's playable in Crash Site mode -- a variant of King of the Hill where you will fight for control of alien drop pods and rack up points in the process. The 1.6GB download can be picked up from our download section.


The full Crysis 2 multiplayer will include six gameplay modes: Instant Action, Team Instant Action, Crash Site, Capture the Relay, Extraction and Assault, set across 12 maps in Crytek’s recreation of the New York City, featuring a 50-level progression system and unlockable Nanosuit upgrades. The game will be hitting PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms on March 22 for U.S. gamers, then a few days following on March 25 for European residents.




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Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

For anybody wondering, I get 70-100fps on the skyline map and 60-85fps on the pier in 1080p on hardcore settings on a GTX 580 OC to 872/2200. CPU Utilization on an AMD 965 3.8ghz is around 70%. I have to say it's coded a lot better than the original Crysis. Then again this is only a DX9 demo.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Yes yes YES!!!! Downloading now! thanks for the info Sarcasm!

princeton princeton said:

burty117 said:

Yes yes YES!!!! Downloading now! thanks for the info Sarcasm!

It's honestly not a great game. Its got such a CoD atmosphere that it doesn't feel anything like the original.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

sarcasm said:

For anybody wondering, I get 70-100fps on the skyline map and 60-85fps on the pier in 1080p on hardcore settings on a GTX 580 OC to 872/2200. CPU Utilization on an AMD 965 3.8ghz is around 70%. I have to say it's coded a lot better than the original Crysis. Then again this is only a DX9 demo.

Is CryEngine 3 a DX11 engine, or will they only release a DX10 version when the game ships? Btw, nice fps.

ess333 said:

I cannot create an account ... the most anticipated game of the year cant accomodate demand ... this is stupid and for gods sake why gamespy ...we in 2011

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Princeton said:

It's honestly not a great game. Its got such a CoD atmosphere that it doesn't feel anything like the original.

Well I guess i'll be the Judge of that! downloading at 2.11mb only 5 minutes left! although this isn't the story mode so I can only comment on the multiplayer when I get home tonight.

dcrosenthal said:

lawfer said:

Is CryEngine 3 a DX11 engine, or will they only release a DX10 version when the game ships? Btw, nice fps.

According to the Nvidia Website Crysis 2 is DX11 and has the full ability to do Tessellation which is only available if you have a Geforce 400 serise or higher GPU.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I reckon on the actual release we'll get more options to fine tune the graphics the the card being used. As what dcrosenthal said, I bet when a better card is in the computer the game will up the graphics or give more options to fine tune. I am planning to get a Geforce GTX 570 if my GTX 260 can't run it at full at 1080p resolution.

ChrisG683 said:

The demo only contains DX9

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Woohoo! Downloading as soon as I get home from work! We'll see how my GTX 260 still holds up.

Leeky Leeky said:

Gonna see how my GTX280 holds up to it... Downloading now, though getting rather annoyed at sub 1Mbps speeds everywhere!

Alster37 Alster37 said:

Id hardly say sub 1000kbps was a bad speed leeky, id be chuffed if mine was that fast. :P

Been waiting for this soo long, my social life is definitely gonna take another hit. :P

Leeky Leeky said:

Id hardly say sub 1000kbps was a bad speed leeky, id be chuffed if mine was that fast. :P

Been waiting for this soo long, my social life is definitely gonna take another hit. :P

I average 6.5Mbps, so a tad irritating tbh!

We might all be fortunate this time and have a game that "some" people can actually play - this time around technology is ahead of the game.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

lawfer said:

sarcasm said:

For anybody wondering, I get 70-100fps on the skyline map and 60-85fps on the pier in 1080p on hardcore settings on a GTX 580 OC to 872/2200. CPU Utilization on an AMD 965 3.8ghz is around 70%. I have to say it's coded a lot better than the original Crysis. Then again this is only a DX9 demo.

Is CryEngine 3 a DX11 engine, or will they only release a DX10 version when the game ships? Btw, nice fps.

Yes it is a DX11 game, but we are yet to see what they actually implemented for the final version. This MP Demo is only DX9 is what I meant.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Leeky said:

Gonna see how my GTX280 holds up to it... Downloading now, though getting rather annoyed at sub 1Mbps speeds everywhere!

I think you'll do just fine with a GTX 280. This game is either

1. Less demanding than the original due to certain cutbacks (less foliage comes to mind)

or

2. Much more optimized than the original.

I'm leaning towards the latter because on my OC'd GTX580 I get 90-98% GPU Utilization and no less than 60-70% CPU Utilization. The Crysis for me was all over the place with as little as 20% CPU Utilization and 30-60% GPU Utilization and only 100% GPU Utilization in boss fights. Crysis Warhead was a little better.

Either way, I think they've learned their lesson to make this game able to run on more lower to mid end setups which of course we know will equal more sales.

As for the game itself, I think it's a hit or miss for most people. However I'm enjoying it a lot myself and although I agree with Princeton that it does have a COD feel to it, IMO the nano suit and map layout makes it feel different enough.

yRaz yRaz said:

I'm getting 40-50FPS at 1080p set to "advanced" on my 8800GT, I'm sure no one will be disappointed.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Downloading now! [link]

princeton princeton said:

23 facepunchers have cancelled their pre-orders since the demo release. I'm dead ******* serious.

Leeky Leeky said:

23 facepunchers have cancelled their pre-orders since the demo release. I'm dead ****ing serious.

WE got your point last time - you don't like it dude. That is fine, but plenty of others do.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

I can't even log in to the stupid system. Crytek has done an incredible job at ****ing up the release of the demo. They wait until post release to start making changes to their infrastructure? "Oh we had no idea the load will be so severe." - get the **** out. What the hell are beta tests for if not stress-testing. On the login screen, after clicking Login, I just get an error saying theres a problem with my internet connection... yet Im posting this, it must be magic. Horrible job Crytek, horrible. You say you're putting PC Gamers in the front and then this bull****? Stupid console version demos didn't have this problem... way to go, thanks for showing us which platforms in fact are the priority.

Jurassic4096 said:

@ElShotte

Create a new account. worked for me.

Only bug i seen: sometimes I cant move forward and have to do a 180 turn then walk backwards before i can move forward again. :(

Can play on Hardcore with Vsync on with two 6950's.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Princeton said:

23 facepunchers have cancelled their pre-orders since the demo release. I'm dead ******* serious.

I agree with Leeky, just because you don't like it doesn't mean the rest of us don't.

I just played it and the graphics are really good except for water which seems to have lost alot of the edge and realism of the orginal Crysis. Needless to say I'm loving the Nanosuit 2! much better than the old one! looking forward to the story if anything! it is going to be epic!

The1pancake said:

Cant open demo

I downloaded the demo, i installed it, extracted, and accepted all the agreements. I got to the last page that said finished downloaded, i clicked ok but nothing opened, i tried reinstalling but nothing opened again. When i find the file on my comp, it just reinstalls. How do i open up the demo?

DokkRokken said:

Princeton said:

23 facepunchers have cancelled their pre-orders since the demo release. I'm dead ******* serious.

I doubt that's much skin off of Crytek's nose. I'm sure the demo has only increased pre-orders, and I hope it has as that's good for PC gaming.

CoD is popular, so I'm sure this game would be up a lot of people's alleys. Not sure I'm as enthusiastic, though.

Emin3nce said:

Are there any Australian servers for the demo? Or are we going to be left out again

GunsAblazin said:

The game requires you to create an account and log in, but I can't seem to do neither. It says my email address is already in use, but when I try to reset my password my email is not recognized. The support site is no help and nothing seems to be working properly.

I know this isn't exactly the right place to be asking for answers, but I just needed some feedback since the game's own website can't help.

AmanEatingChair said:

It was alright. It is a mix between halo and CoD though. I think I'd rather see some focus on a different game type. I liked fallout/borderlands and something of that nature with some in depth multiplier (like an mmo but constantly getting new/mortified guns instead of lvls) could be amazing.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The update is interesting. I guess the focus was on getting the console version out, so DX11 got postponed. Although another way to look at it is that the DX11 version is a lot more complex, so is taking more time.

Modena said:

Disappointing, it doesn't even feel like Crysis IMO. It's like when hollywood takes a good movie and makes a second hype fest turd burger... MAXIMUM DERP.

yRaz yRaz said:

it really does feel like a mix of CoD and Halo. The multiplayer is also missing the HUGE maps we all expect of crysis. I'm sure the graphics will be better on PC, but will the maps be designed for console or PC? I will be mad if both the multiplayer and singleplayer maps(mostly single player because that is where all the fun is with crysis) will be based around console hardware instead of PC.

I have to recommend playing it to anyone, it is a lot of fun. I wont be able to afford it at release and the demo has a lot of replay value. Not like my 8800GT can handle any of the good stuff, I don't want to spoil it.

ess333 said:

No DX 11 on launch until first patch .... OMG CRYTEK .... is this punishment for some ***** pirating your game or you just could not get it out on time. This game was supposed to be the reason people buy DX 11 hardware ... Unfreakingbelievable .. WOW

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Crytek, that really hurt No DX11 support at launch? I thought you were putting more effort into the PC version? sure the lighting effects etc... already are better but I wanted some of the snazy effects in DX11 from day ONE! not a couple of months down the line, although that means I can complete the Story in DX9, then have enough money for my new Graphics card and then enjoy it in all its glory although I have done some googling on this subject and it sounds like all the DX11 data is going to be there for the launch but the DX11 .exe won't run because they are waiting for NVidia to release a new driver that actually uses DX11 properly. At least thats the story I seem to get on a few websites.

Still getting this though, just to follow the story if anything

yRaz yRaz said:

ess333 said:

No DX 11 on launch until first patch .... OMG CRYTEK .... is this punishment for some ***** pirating your game or you just could not get it out on time. This game was supposed to be the reason people buy DX 11 hardware ... Unfreakingbelievable .. WOW

...wow , at least I don't have to be worried about upgrading. I Was planning on waiting till the summer when I had more time. I can't believe it is going to be $60 too without the stuff that makes crysis crysis...and there's no royalties to be paid with EA pocketing the extra $10. Maybe it is better to put off buying it for a few months and wait for the price to drop(and DX11). Crytek, you are disappoint.

Leeky Leeky said:

Well, I have to say I'm very impressed with it so far.

A little buggy, but then its not the final release, so can live with that. Took 2 attempts to register an account, then log in, and forever to find an available server to connect to (not Crysis' fault its so damn full!) but was worth the wait.

Its absolutely fantastic once your playing - a real improvement over Crysis in my opinion. Even took my GTX280 quite happily at full HD res (40-60FPS), which I'm frankly amazed at.

Not happy that us European people have to wait an extra 3 days for it though!! That is a joke!

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Lack of DX11 support at launch is definitely a big shock and disappointment. I hope Crytek doesn't take forever to patch it in, as I really expected to play single-player with all its glory on launch.

GunsAblazin said:

The game requires you to create an account and log in, but I can't seem to do neither. It says my email address is already in use, but when I try to reset my password my email is not recognized. The support site is no help and nothing seems to be working properly.

I know this isn't exactly the right place to be asking for answers, but I just needed some feedback since the game's own website can't help.

Same here, I'm having major issues with the demo and I downloaded it right after midnight on the first. There site seems to be constantly down and it took me forever to make an account. In the demo itself it said my e-mail was already in use, but that wasn't the case since I created an account on MyCrysis site. Sadly it still wont let me log in now claiming my username contains invalid characters which it doesn't. I would post on the forum too but it's constantly timing out which leads me to think they are overwhelmed.

Regarding the demo, from reading around here I'm sensing it is very much like the 360 version. I played that for a while and it didn't feel anything like Crysis. Like others here I felt like I was playing some Halo/CoD hybrid. I wasn't overly disappointed by that since I cared more about the single-player with Crysis but now with a lack of DX11 that has changed.

Leeky Leeky said:

I have to say the biggest thing I'm looking forward to is the single-player aspect of the game. I've played it a few times this evening and I do have to say I found it very Halo like.

I say Halo like, but the last time I played that was the first release on the first Xbox, which was frankly years ago - It felt exactly like I remembered that though, but in the same sort of "wow" way I swear I must have felt back then as well.

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

Wow, I am impressed. I downloaded the demo yesterday and barely stopped playing since. Not having DX11 on release is bummer but this still blows COD out of the water.

HavANiceRespawn said:

in regard to FPS

I have GTX 470 stock clocks w/ i7 @ 2.8ghz and 6gig ddr3 RAM.

@1080p w/ hardcore settings no AA I get 45 - 60 fps sometimes down to 35 with alot of stuff going on.

@1080p w/ advanced settings WITH AA enabled I get 50 - 60 fps through all action.

@1080p w/ gamer settings WITH AA enabled I get constant 60 fps through all action.

@1080p w/ gamer settings no AA i get 75 - 100 fps through all action.

remember the PC demo is only DX9, hope this helps.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Well I hope the actual version and single player is much,much better than this. It looks like a console from circa last year.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Basically Red want it to be Godfather II

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Basically Red want it to be Godfather II

haha, well that was the best one

not even that, it just looks terrible.."best graphics ever" why I oughta!

Andras said:

Wow is all I can say. This demo was obviously a half arsed attempt at shutting PC players up. If this were my first intro to Crysis I would not buy this game based on this demo. Now the demo for the first game,,,THAT was a good one,,, one that made me buy the original. Now the demo runs great, much more consistant fps this time around, but that makes sense since the graphics are no where near as good as the first. The servers are a joke right now as well. I spend about 15 minutes searching for a game that will actually start. Most games are stuck in the lobby(this could be a server host issue though) The biggest slap in the face is no DX9 at launch. And for the guy saying we shouldn't comlpain about it....NO WE SHOULD!!! They know what PC gamers want, and to tell us we will be wowed with this game AT LAUNCH and then blantantly not give it to us is a slap in the face. I was holding out on purchasing Dead Space 2 to get Crysis 2,,, but not any longer. I've already had enough issues dealing with NFS:HP being a POS until they patched it and still had to find a work around for that and I will NOT pay full price for a half @$%ed game launch. If they couldn't get DX 11 ready for launch date and the issues I'm seeing already with the servers, my money will be going nowhere near this game until it is patched properly or it hits the bargain bin.

Andras said:

Andras said:

The biggest slap in the face is no DX9 at launch.

Whoops....No DX11 at launch =P

Guest said:

It's a pretty good demo.

Having high ping seems to be an advantage tho and shotgun is just horribly underpowered, even at close-range.

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