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Game Recommendation: Crysis
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First-Person Shooters have always been popular on the PC platform for a variety of reasons; largely being the graphical superior over consoles with genuine ease. Legend tells of a video game such an immense technical prowess so demanding that many PC gamers didn’t know if their rigs could even handle it; even with substantial upgrades. This is none other than the legendary FPS game known simply as Crysis.

Crysis was developed by Crytek & published by Electronic Arts (EA), and released 13 years ago on November 13th, 2007. Despite the game’s demanding hardware; it received an overwhelming critical acclaim, many Game of the Year awards and has been immortalised by the “can it run Crysis?” meme. While initially a PC exclusive (for good reason), an optimised version would eventually be ported to the Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 platforms in October 2011.

Maximum Recommendation
In Crysis, you play as a Rapter Team member known as Nomad; a highly trained U.S. soldier dawning the latest and greatest Nanosuit. Nomad and his team are tasked with liberating the fictitious Lingshan Islands from hostile North Korean forces; rescuing American archaeologists along the way. However what they find in the depths of the island is far more sinister than anyone could have imagined.

Luckily for you, you are equipped with the Nanosuit; an ultra-advanced exo-suit that enables you with enhanced strength, speed, armour, and cloaking abilities. The Nanosuit is what gives Crysis its unique and memorable gameplay that simply cannot be found anywhere else. With the ability so pick up and throw medium sized objects, knock down buildings and destroy vehicles; Crysis gives you many options to lay waste to your enemies.

While some textures show their age, Crysis as a whole still looks incredible for a 13 year old game; especially on modern PC hardware. When you really get into it, you may start to forget that this game is over a decade old as the lighting effects specially look outstanding; and explosions, gunfire and particle effects still holding up accordingly. While the same can’t quite be said console versions, especially with frame-rate issues; its incredible that they got the game running on such dated hardware in the first place.

Most impressively is how well the game still plays after all this time, its fun; very fun. The adrenaline of utilising different Nanosuit abilities in the midst of shooting enemies in combat while mixing in sandbox elements just never gets old. Mix in stealth elements, vehicle sections and an entire enemy swap out in the late game; and you have an extremely varied shooter on your hands.

So... Can It Run Crysis?
This Game Recommendation is actually being cut a little bit short; but for a good reason. With Crysis Remastered releasing soon after this article is posted; a full reveal of the game in all of its remastered glory will be following soon! So have maximum patience, as a huge Crysis fan this is a review I’ve wanted to do for some time! Stay tuned for it, here at Informed Pixel.

The original Crysis is available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Crysis Remastered releases on September 18th, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Epic Games store; and is already available for the Nintendo Switch! So… Can it run Crysis? These days, whatever you are playing on absolutely can! Some images here are captured on PC, others on the Xbox 360; can you tell which is which?

Xcloud Is Out Now For Mobile Devices Via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
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As if Xbox owners needed anymore reason to grab themselves an Xbox Game Pass Subscription, Xbox has now officially launched it’s Xbox Xcloud Program. Don’t worry. it’s not another lackluster streaming launch like other companies have suffered from in recent times. Xcloud boasts over 150+ games, with more to be added, and low latency.

All is included for FREE for Game Pass holders, adding more to the already incredible deal that Game Pass is. Microsoft once again proves that in 2020, they no longer believe in the console war and want to focus on gaming, experience, and the technology that goes into keeping loyal customers, and creating new ones.
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At only $14.99 a month, Game Pass holders get access to a plethora of games, including some major AAA titles. Minecraft, the Gears of War and Halo franchises, and Rocket League just to name a few. The ability to play their library on PC (although still in beta) is a very welcomed touch.

Not only that, but EA recently announced it will join the lineup with their EA Access (now EA Play) being added to the Game Pass. This means even more games specifically from EA that will be added to the Library in the upcoming Holiday season. Again, at no extra cost. A full list of available games are listed here.[www.xbox.com]

What was already more than worth the price, Xcloud is just icing on the cake. The ability to Streamplay games on your Android phones or tablets. Xcloud is (sorta) available for IOS as well, but Microsoft themselves have stated that doing so is “a bad experience for gamers.” Most likely due to Apple’s anti-consumer policies and lack of real support for other companies ventures.

While specific specs of Xcloud remain to be seen, Microsoft is pretty confident in their Xcloud Program. Running through Microsoft’s Azure computing centres, situated all around the world, should provide a fairly decent image quality with low latency.
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We’re developing Project Xcloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same choice and versatility that lovers of music and video enjoy today. We’re adding more ways to play Xbox games." -Kareem Choudhry, corporate VP of cloud gaming at Microsoft.

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