It's been ten years since Crysis first released on PC. In 2007, it pushed real time rendering to new heights and spawned the memetic phrase, "but can it run Crysis?". Never had a game released that pushed hardware and engine technology so much, and never has one since. In fact, combine the latest and greatest Intel Core i7 8700K overclocked to 5.0GHz with an Nvidia Titan Xp and there'll still be areas of the game that drop beneath 60fps - even at 1080p. For its own very specific reasons, Crysis is still more than capable of melting the most modern, top-end PCs, but regardless, it remains a phenomenal technological achievement. It deserves a remaster at the very least, but a franchise of this standing really deserves a full next-gen sequel, with state-of-the-art rendering and back-to-basics gameplay.But what made Crysis so groundbreaking - and perhaps so misunderstood - at the time of its release? In the video below, I play through the first level of the game, highlighting the strengths … [Read more...] about Why Crysis still melts the fastest gaming PCs a decade after release
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It's a busy week ahead for Digital Foundry, so unfortunately there was no time available to produce a new article for our Sunday slot. Instead, we're re-publishing our budget PC construction guide. Six months on, the Core i3/GTX 750 Ti combo continues to hand in a worthy PC gaming experience for not much money. We've also recently reviewed the new Skylake Core i3 - prices are a little high there right now, but the piece has some interesting observations about how to get more performance out of a budget processor - including the Haswell Core i3 featured in this piece. Expect to see more from this budget build in our upcoming articles.Building a capable gaming PC has never been easier - or indeed cheaper. There's a multitude of options of available, but we went into our own budget gaming build project with one objective in mind: to run the latest games well and to attempt to match the overall experience offered by the current generation of consoles. Could we match or even exceed … [Read more...] about The Digital Foundry 2015 budget gaming PC guide
A new installment of Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto franchise is always a major event, but Grand Theft Auto V is a game that just won’t stay out of the headlines, even a year and a half after it first released back in 2013. Having arrived at the end of the previous console generation, it made the leap to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2014, bringing with it an ambitious new first-person mode that made for a whole different gaming experience. Now it’s about to cross another barrier and make its way to PC.It’s been a long time coming, having originally been slated to arrive at the same time as the next-gen console versions. Three delays later, GTA V is finally set to release on PC next week, on Tuesday, April 14. It’s going to be a bear too, requiring 65 gigs of hard disk space, minimum, and filling a whopping seven discs for those that grab a physical copy at retailers. It looks to be well worth the hefty … [Read more...] about ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ PC Screens Look Amazing in 4K
"Dishonored 2," the sequel to the 2012 hit first-person RPG "Dishonored," is finally out for all next-gen platforms as of earlier this month. While everyone's having a lot of fun with the game, PC players had to deal with a number of issues with the game which developer Bethesda had to fix in a series of patches. The bugs were spotted as early as in the Early Access version of the game and had to be addressed for quite a while after its launch. "Dishonored 2" game director Harvey Smith, in a long and thorough interview with gaming site Glixel, discussed these post-launch bugs. He chalked all the issues, almost all of which they had never encountered in comprehensive testing of the game before release, up to different PC setups interacting in various ways with the game and its many possible settings. They ran "Dishonored 2" through extensive testing before it was released, and they were able to find and deal with the issues they saw, but there were bugs they didn't expect as well. … [Read more...] about ‘Dishonored 2’ News & Updates: Game Director Harvey Smith Speaks Out On PC Version Issues!
I’m always in the mood for something new, and it’s nice seeing a publisher who mostly focuses on mid-sized projects over big AAA games. Publisher Maximum Games announced Troll and I back during E3, but now they have a release date and trailer for it, along with some new details.In Troll and I you play as Otto, a man who is on the run from invading forces that has destroyed his village. While on the run he meets Troll, who is, well… a troll. A mythical giant who most people didn’t even believe was real. Now Otto and Troll need to team up to fight back against the invading evil.The game has you playing as both characters, switching between them as they fight. Troll has strong high damaging attacks fitting for his massive size, while Otto is better at quick melee attacks. You’ll be making combos utilizing both characters, and will also have them team up to solve puzzles and explore areas. While Troll and I can be played alone, you can also play the game in … [Read more...] about Troll and I Coming to Consoles and PC Early Next Year