A Performance Crysis: Blasted to Oblivion

Anybody who knows me has probably heard me at least once slam Crysis for being able to kill myself on a freezer door with a supposedly defense-enhanced nanosuit of the future. That describes the limit of what I can play of Crysis as anything remotely close to a shoot-out – in a FPS game, mind you – is reduced to a flip-book when Crysis is set to its “High” settings. Performance gripes aside, whatever still frames that are in Crysis are a sight to behold, even at one setting below its’ maximum “Ultra High.” However, thanks to recent experiences with The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I come to ask myself: do I really need that powerful of a machine to play a beautiful looking game? There are work-arounds, but at what cost?

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