Crysis is one of the most technically demanding games ever made. Eleven years ago, people weren't as concerned with the story or the world that Crytek was trying to build as much as if their top-end gaming PCs would even be able to run the 2007 game at all. It even became the norm to ask sales associates at tech stores, "But can it run Crysis?" It's a phrase that spawned during the original Crysis run in the late 2000s and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.
Crytek is a studio that prides themselves on their technologically-advanced games, something that has been the studio's backbone ever since they launched the first Far Cry game almost 20 years ago. So, when they followed up that title with Crysis in the mid-2000s, gamers were intrigued by what could be considered a glorified tech demo. While the first game was meant to be run on the best hardware in the industry, future Crysis installments were designed with general consumers in mind. But still, even after all this time, there aren't that many PCs that can play Crysis how it was meant to be played in the first place.
Eurogamer went into a deep dive on modern computing technology and determined whether or not players would be able to run Crysis at 60 FPS while also pushing the resolution to the max. The short answer - no. Crysis is just as demanding today as it was back then, and that's despite an incredible increase in computing power and graphical capabilities of GPUs. The problem is, the industry went in an entirely different direction than what Crytek had anticipated.
The age-old question when it comes to the latest and greatest games revolves around what players prefer: resolution or frame-rate? Some gamers will claim that resolution is better for RPGs and other single-player games, which can be run at 30 FPS, whereas other gamers would undoubtedly prefer a smooth, 60 FPS gaming experience, especially for online shooter games like Battlefield and Call of Duty. To do both, however, requires a hefty machine. Because of that, most modern gaming PCs still can't keep up with the requirements needed to run Crysis at a steady 60 FPS while also leveraging the GPU for a full 1080p resolution with all settings maxed out; it's even worse if someone wants to run the game at 4K resolution.
Sure, there are top-dollar PCs that can certainly run the game at the full-scale resolution and frame-rate - like an overclocked Intel Core i7 8700K and a GTX Titan X - but the FPS still tends to drop while playing the game. According to Eurogamer, the only way to give gamers the full Crysis experience would be for the game to be remastered with present-day CPUs and GPUs in mind. The potential is there, and the game is certainly worth experiencing now more than ever.