Crysis Remastered Trilogy: 2007 was a spectacular year for video games as a whole, especially for first-person shooters. That year, titles such as BioShock, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Half-Life 2: Episode Two and S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl were released. Crytek, a German developer not as well-known at the time (albeit successful), was also present, with the launch of the first Crysis.
Crysis’ legacy, however, would be quite different from that of his contemporaries. While others set the benchmark in terms of game design, Crytek’s game was known for its technical ambition. The visuals were impressive for the time, with high levels of set destruction, making most PCs scream in agony. Consoles? They would only receive the game in 2011.
Despite these and other difficulties, Crysis managed to be a commercial success, receiving an expansion and two sequels.
Fourteen years after that first game, we arrived at the release of Crysis Remastered Trilogy (PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch), the result of a partnership between Crytek and Saber Interactive. As the name implies, it is a compilation of the three main games in the franchise (Crysis, Crysis 2 and Crysis 3) with a series of visual improvements. Still, even the most recent title in the pack isn’t exactly new — Crysis 3 is from 2013 — and we’re not talking about remakes, so the visuals can no longer serve as distractions to any crashes. So what does Crysis have to offer in 2021?
It’s still not the definitive package
Before going any further, it’s worth making some thoughts about the different ways to play Crysis Remastered Trilogy and about the content of the collection as a whole.
The remastered version of Crysis 1 that we have in this pack was originally released last year, and was updated several times in the period that followed. The main addition in this period was support for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, which was done without its own executable — the PS4 version, for example, will get some improvements when played on the PS5, but it’s still the console version “old one”. An important point is that several of the console versions have multiple graphics modes, resulting in a good number of ways to play. It may not be simple to select the most suitable version and/or graphics mode to play.
Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered, on the other hand, are much simpler and more consistent in this regard, with only one visual mode per console and pretty stable frame rates across platforms. PS5 and Xbox Series X|S support in these two games is also done without an executable of its own.
Especially in Crysis 1, elements like resolution and performance can exhibit a lot of variation across platforms/graphics modes. For this analysis, the PS5 versions of the three games were tested, with Crysis 1 being played mainly in Performance mode. All three remasters aim to achieve 60 frames per second on Sony’s latest console, regardless of graphics mode.