Nanosuit voice: MAXIMUM LAG
Crysis, the game which served as a PC torturer for years until Crysis 2 and 3 came out, was released in the same year as my old Fujitsu S7210 did.
Last night, I decided to find out how well my laptop can run it.
Or if it can run.
Of course, the game won't look like this:
(image embedded from GameSpot)
No, definitely not.
I've also prepared a frametimes chart at the end.
Having opened Crysis in DX9 mode, I went to the settings:
Ah, 72fps. Delightful.
And I jumped straight into the game:
Oh, 276fps. That's got to be great, right?
Well, not really. In the first opening sequence, I had this:
By my standards, this is a fairly acceptable framerate.
10fps. Still a bit more than playable.
2fps! Wow! This part of the cutscene was 1.5x slower only because I had 1 to 2fps in it. The sentences spoken by Prophet and the other guys were out of sync.
No worries, though:
The game ran very well on low settings. 7fps is still playable.
My fps didn't stop me from cutting down the trees. ;)
(and killing some enemy soldiers, which was surprisingly easier than I thought)
And here we dip to 5fps, because of the dense vegetation.
4fps, as you can see.
In fact, even my CPU had a hard time.
I noticed that because when I tried to move in a straight line, my character would move in a zig-zag pattern, but in a very choppy way. (I'm assuming the CPU couldn't calculate and blend the 3D X and Y co-ordinates fast enough, so it had to sum it up without decimals)
And, what else can I say?
Crysis looks good, even on low settings.
As I had promised, here are the frametimes:
As you can see, there's a giant lag spike between the left and the centre.
The delay lasted about 14 seconds before the next frame while the game was auto-saving.
Basically, my laptop's 5400rpm HDD is just so slow sometimes. In fact, this is way slow even for such an old laptop HDD.
I'll have to admit:
Crysis nearly killed my laptop because it almost overheated my CPU. When I closed Crysis and wanted to turn off Firefox, it couldn't exit, even when I tried killing firefox.exe in Task Manager.
The next morning, I tried to turn on my laptop, but there was a blank screen, no beeps, and the main fan was spinning at max speed (and so, noise).
At some point I decided to remove the HDD:
Hooray, my laptop had started working again.
I reinstalled the HDD and it worked fine.
Thank you for reading! Have a nice day. :)