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Crysis 2 Gets DirectX 11, Looks Pretty All Over Again (Video)

In the era of of brand new contraptions from the console market -- the 3DS, the coming Wii U and Vita, as well as the specter of a new Microsoft console -- it's easy to forget about our old buddy: The PC. Computer games don't get too much love these days, partly because gaming has become a console-centric affair -- one that is rife with competition -- but also due, no doubt, to the fact that keeping up with cutting-edge technology can be prohibitively expensive. Then, there are us terribly unlucky ones. Felled by that terrible trifecta of a glass of water, a thirsty cat, and raw human stupidity, my PC gaming career ended not with a whimper, but with a ghastly crackle accompanied by a brief flash of light, whisking away the soul of the soulless machine to the great hereafter. It's a shame indeed, since despite my hippie-like belief that all consoles are special and unique snowflakes, I prefer keyboard and mouse controls, particularly for FPS games.

For those whose lives have not been marred by such tragedy, particularly those with gaming rigs of mammoth proportions, Crysis 2 is entering the age of DirectX 11, with a map editor arriving on Wednesday, according to Destructoid. The 1.9 patch should be on its merry way, which "will download and install automatically when you launch Crysis 2," according to Crytek, thus preparing the game for the new graphics upgrades. Keep in mind that this does not provide the upgrades themselves; players must visit this link to get the new texture files, which are listed at the bottom of the page. Textures are available for the DX11 "Ultra Upgrade" and High-Resolution packs; those who don't have a DX11-capable graphics card need not fear, as the high-res textures will work with DX9 cards -- you simply won't get the DX11-exclusive features.

More info after the jump!

So what kind of machine will you need to enjoy the new graphical goodness? According to the FAQ (which contains the technical info for DX11-specific features, for the tech-savvy crowd), system requirements for the high-res texture pack are as follows:

DX11 Package Specs
Minimum:
* DX11 compatible graphic card with 768MB Video Memory

High-Res
Minimum:
* 64-bit Operating System
* DX9 compatible graphic card with 768MB Memory

Recommended:
* 64-bit Operating System
* Fast HDD or even SSD
* Quad Core CPU
* 8GB of RAM
*DX9 compatible graphic card with 1GB Video Memory

Having both installed and active:
Recommended:
* 64-bit Operating System
* Fast HDD or even SSD
* Quad Core CPU
* 8GB of RAM
*DX11 compatible graphic card with 1.5GB Video Memory

The video is nothing if not impressive, and even feels compelled to echo the old refrain, "I've seen better," it's worth at least appreciating how far PC gaming has come over the years. I recall the days of my youth, basking in the visual feast that was Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, absolutely staggered that Blizzard would create a game that required a massive 80 megs for install. My gaming buddy had recently purchased a computer with an obscene 128 megs, causing me to utter the words "Dude, you're an idiot. You are never in a million years going to need that much RAM."

What silly little children we were.

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Shin Gallon said:

Better graphics than the console version, and the ability to choose keyboard/mouse, is why I do 99% of my gaming on PC these days (let's face it, there's a reason console FPS games always have aim assist)

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