Crytek is a studio synonymous with stunning graphical detail which provides a testing ground for premium hardware. Although, this wasn’t the case with Crysis 2 which on launch actually looked worse than its predecessor. Thankfully, Crytek apologized and acknowledged their PC roots before producing Crysis 3. To this date, Crysis 3 is one of the most demanding titles available and looks incredible. Unfortunately, while Crytek’s library is awash with gorgeous visuals, many of the games suffer from fairly mediocre gameplay and a dull setting. The best example of this is Ryse: Son of Rome which involved repetitive fighting sequences and an over-reliance on Quick Time Events.
The developer’s latest project revolves around Virtual Reality, which is often described as a revolution in gaming. The project entitled, ‘Back to Dinosaur Island’ is currently in a very early testing stage and designed as a tech demo. Crytek recently made the VR demo available to the public via Steam and released an enticing trailer. The video contains ridiculously detailed ground and object textures and showcases what’s possible in Crytek’s latest engine.
On another note, the foliage moves in tandem with the wind and looks incredibly natural. Clearly the most dramatic moment is when a huge dinosaur enters the landscape and roars in a loud manner. During this moment, we can see the astonishing detail. As you might expect, the minimum requirements are extremely high due to the demands of Virtual Reality setups:
- OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10 (64bit)
- Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU 3.40GHz
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290
- DirectX: Version 11
- Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
- Additional Notes: Oculus Rift DK2 required, SDK Version 0.6 or 0.7 (0.8 coming in the future)
The demo is only designed to emphasize the future of Crytek games, and how things could progress. While you can easily download the demo, it’s only really recommended for developers, or enthusiasts.