As in last year's game, expect to encounter dense jungle environments, barren ice fields, Korean soldiers and plenty of flying aliens. There's no denying that this is more of the same, except here it's a more tightly woven experience with a little less freedom to explore.
With a top-end PC (although Warhead has supposedly benefited from an improved game engine, you'll still need a fairly beefy system) rest assured, developer Crytek has enhanced more than just the graphics engine.
Vehicles are more fun to drive, firefights are more intense and focused, and aliens do more than just float around you. More emphasis on the open-ended environments would have been welcome, but a more exciting (though shorter) campaign, a new multiplayer mode, and a whole bunch of new maps make Crysis Warhead an excellent expansion to one of last year's best shooters.
Crysis Warhead has good looks. As mentioned before, the game looks better than Crysis, and it runs better too. Our test machine that struggled a bit to run the original at high settings ran Warhead smoothly with the same settings. Yet as much as you may have heard about Crysis' technical prowess, you'll still be impressed when you feast your eyes on the swaying vegetation, surging water, and expressive animations. Outstanding graphics. Couldn't say more here.
In game Quality mode Gamer
Crysis Warhead, here's a title where we left image quality settings at very high, gamers mode in a DirectX 10 codepath. Crysis is, as you guys know, a bitch of a title for any modern GPU, unless you get into the 200 USD or higher segment graphics cards. You can see that framerates cave in. The RV740 does remain on it's feet, but you will be limited to 10x7 (with these image quality settings). Obviously you can forfeit on image quality and get higher framerates, yet forfeit on that lovely spectacle for the eyes.
Yeah, our IQ settings are definitely too much for the card. Ah well... blame Crytek I say :)
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