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Crytek are finding it "increasingly difficult to wow people" with graphics

Ryse: Son of Rome, Spawn of Crytek.

There won’t ever be a time your PC’s bits aren’t squeezed for all of their juice - a new console generation and the VRAM apocalypse will see to that. But it’s going to be harder to find that quintessential benchmark game.

Crytek are happy with the work they've done for the imminent PC release of Ryse, but they know they’ll never again make jaws drop like they did with Crysis.

Nicolas Schulz, Crytek Frankfurt’s lead rendering engineer, told DSO Gaming that the quantum leaps in graphical fidelity we saw in the ‘90s and ‘00s are now incredibly difficult to follow.

“I think with its advances in material quality, lighting and the quality of facial animations, [the PC version of] Ryse is extending the boundaries of realtime graphics quite a bit again,” he said.

“Generally though, as opposed to the times of the original Crysis, we as an industry have reached a quality level now where it is getting increasingly more difficult to really wow people.”

Industry shift or no, however, Crytek will push on.

“There’s still enough areas to explore and we will definitely keep pushing the boundaries as much as possible,” said Schulz.

Ryse: Son of Rome will step onto Steam this Friday, October 10, with all of its console DLC attached. The PC version can reach 4K resolutions, and comes with improved shading quality, animations and object detail.

I've been wowed pretty recently by the scanned scenery in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Let’s paraphrase the classic question, though, for old times’ sake: can you run Ryse?

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RavenHawk Avatar
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3 Years ago

Well maybe now they'll actually have to put effort into making good games rather than incredibly average games where the primary feature is 'Look! Pretty!'.

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cgerrr Avatar
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3 Years ago

Holy heck, there are people who actually do understand what makes games good. It only took like 9-10 years (damn I'm old).

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Tovias Avatar
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3 Years ago

gee it's almost like graphics aren't everything.

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Rowan the Roman Avatar
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3 Years ago

Good I am glad to hear that graphics are slowing down. Maybe that means we can get back to innovative gameplay and good storytelling at last. I have nothing against good graphics but there comes a point where it really doesn't need to be improved for immersion which is the reason it is needed for games.

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QDP2 Avatar
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3 Years ago

Yes, Ryse: Son of Rome has incredible graphics, but nowadays pc games are generally high enough quality (in terms of polygon and pixel counts) for people to immerse themselves in easily. I'm hoping Ryse will show developers that to make a great game the number one focus should be story, not just appearance.

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Mountain_Man Avatar
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3 Years ago

Yeah? Then how about trying to "wow" us with gameplay?

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BraveToaster Avatar
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3 Years ago

You're supposed to do it with artstyle, animation, and lighting, not brown, grey, and a lot of polygons.

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NihlusGreen Avatar
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3 Years ago

With gameplay?

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BraveToaster Avatar
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3 Years ago

Well yes, but that's not really how to wow people with graphics.

It SHOULD be more important than graphics though

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Mctittles Avatar
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3 Years ago

It doesn't impress me because it's not that impressive. Don't blame the "public" for your failings.

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