Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of Crysis through a side story plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad’s allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael “Psycho” Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of Cry Engine 2.
Playing in “Gamer” mode automatically sets resolution to 1280×1024 and optimizes the other settings around this resolution. MSI’s 9800GT was able to handle Crysis Warhead pretty well in Gamer mode, except for a couple rare instances when the combination of explosions, gunfire, and taking damage was just too much. These instances passed quickly and barely affected gameplay.
Results: At these resolutions, the game maintained playability on the 9800GT. When trying to play at 1680×1050, framerates dropped below 30 and the game became a bit laggy and less playable.