Today’s release of the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, which includes newly revamped versions of Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 alongside last year’s Crysis Remastered, begs an age-old question that has become a deep-rooted part of PC gaming culture since the days of the 2007 original: but can it run Crysis? After spending some time with the remasters, we have thoughts and answers.
Before we discuss the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, it’s worth reflecting on why the Crysis series still means so much to so many, almost 14 years after the first game’s release. When it first debuted, Crysis pushed real-time visual fidelity to new heights and offered a level of interactivity that wasn’t commonplace in FPS games at the time, nor since. Understandably, this came at a massive cost to performance. Even now, the game provides a sizable challenge to today’s best graphics cards and best gaming CPUs, struggling to maintain a consistent 60fps at 4K max settings.
It remains a graphical and technological marvel with few games since leaving such a defining mark on PC gaming, which left its sequels – and currently leaves these remasters – with some understandably large nanosuit-styled shoes to fill.