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.
We tested Crysis Warhead using the HOC Benchmark Utility’s “Avalanche” test in 1900×1200, 1680×1050, and 1280×1024. In 1900×1200 and 1680×1050, detail settings were set to Enthusiast (Very High,) and DX10 rendering was used, while the 1280×1024 resolution was tested with “Gamer” (High) settings and DX9, as previously specified.
Benchmark Results: Optimized or not, the Cry Engine has always been able to beat up a video card, and there’s little here to suggest that’s changed. All of our cards return playable framerates at 1280×1024 in DX9, but the gap between the GTX 295 and the GTX 275 at higher resolutions using DX10 suggests that even this relatively modest setting is bumping up against video performance constraints. NVIDIA has a performance edge here, in all of the resolutions and detail settings we tested.