With little fanfare, no doubt, one of the most influential and hardware-intensive computer games ever released will turn 10 on Nov. 13. That’s right, folks, it’s been a whole decade since Crysis began melting graphics cards everywhere. There’s a good reason why people still say “but can it run Crysis?” — because sometimes you legitimately want to know.
Now, I’m not entirely stuck in the past — I know it isn’t going to cause your GTX 1080 Ti to break much of a sweat, but back in the day it was pushing high end cards, like the GeForce 8800 GTS (with 512mb of ram), to their absolute limit. I remember heating my 400 square foot college apartment mostly by running Crysis with two GeForce 7600 GTs in SLI. It may no longer tax high-end rigs, but I’m willing to bet it’ll still produce some heat.
While the Crysis franchise continued on with Warhead, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3, none quite captured the excitement of the original. Hearing my video card fans ramp up like my computer was about to take flight as that initial cut-screen unfolded was exhilarating. I felt like I was witnessing a new era in computer graphics.
Today I’m not sure what an equivalent leap forward in graphics would even look like. As for the most GPU-intensive pc games out there atm, I would venture to guess Just Cause 3, Watch Dogs 2, and Rise of the Tomb Raider are pretty high on the list. Yet, I don’t think anyone will be saying “but will it run Rise of the Tomb Raider?” in 10 years time. Nah, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.