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Crysis 3 Performance: Can Your New PC Handle It?

"Sure your system is fast, but can it run Crysis?" When Crytek first launched Crysis back in 2007, it was so demanding that not even the fastest systems were able to handle running the game without turning down some of the features. It ended up becoming something of a joke, trotted out for every new hardware release over the coming years, for everything from graphics cards to super computers and even smartphones and tablets. And as with all things related to computers, eventually we actually did have systems capable of running the original Crysis at frame rates well above 60 FPS.
Of course by then we had Crysis Warhead and then Crysis 2 to help reset the performance scale, and thus the joke has continued. As the latest game in the series, Crysis 3 ups the ante yet again for computing hardware... though these days there are plenty of other games that can give it a run for the money in terms of being the most demanding game. Regardless of age (Crysis 3 is now nearly two years old -- happy birthday!), including Crysis 3 in our list of benchmarks was something I've been meaning to do, and I've now taken the time to benchmark it on our current collection of GPUs.
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Lichdom Battlemage Performance

Lichdom Battlemage is an interesting title as it uses Cry Engine 3, the same engine that powers Crysis 3 -- which happens to be one of those games that can still kill just about any system at maximum quality. Combine a swords and sorcery story with the run and gun gameplay of an FPS, and then give it some often times laughable American voiceovers and you get Lichdom Battlemage. Reviews for the game are decidedly average, but with a price of under $15 now it's at least affordable; what about system requirements?
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BioShock Infinite Performance

Another "oldie but goodie" game that's worth including in our initial batch of benchmarks is last year's hit BioShock Infinite, the sequel of sorts to BioShock and BioShock 2. Set in the skies and with full support for DirectX 11 hardware, BioShock Infinite is one of AMD's Gaming Evolved titles, and it has also been available as a free game in the past with various AMD GPUs. Despite that connection, however, the performance of BioShock Infinite is largely GPU vendor agnostic. Given this game is already a year old, I'm going to skip straight to the point: performance.
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Sniper Elite 3 Performance – Now with Mantle

This past week AMD had some interesting news with the release of an update to Sniper Elite 3 ($49.99). While it's not the first game to get support for AMD's Mantle API, it's the most recent game to receive such treatment and number four in the list of Mantle enabled games. For the record, the first three Mantle enabled games are Battlefield 4, Thief, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. That last game uses the same Frostbite engine as Battlefield 4, which is why it has Mantle support; going forward, there are quite a few upcoming games that also use the Frostbite engine, so we'll start seeing even more games that use AMD's Mantle API.
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Metro Last Light Redux Performance

Last month we posted our look at performance for Metro Last Light. At the time, we mentioned that 4A Games recently released an update to the original Metro 2033 and the sequel Metro Last Light, a full-priced bundle called Metro Redux (or you can buy Metro 2033 Redux and Metro Last Light Redux for half the cost of the bundle). Since we've already looked at performance for Metro Last Light, we thought it would be interesting to check out Metro Last Light Redux to see what -- if anything -- has changed.

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Metro Last Light Performance

The Metro series of games happens to be one of the most demanding out there in terms of punishing your graphics cards. The original Metro 2033 had a plot similar in some ways to STALKER, though it could be a bit hard to follow. The sequel Metro Last Light continues the story, and at maximum detail settings it can bring just about any modern system to its knees. Reviews for the original game are good (81% on average), and the sequel received similarly positive reviews (82% average). Interestingly, both games have been updated with a "Redux" release, which is a full-priced update, or you can get each Redux as a separate game for half the cost of the bundle. We'll look at testing the Redux versions in the near future, but can your PC handle the demanding graphics of the original Metro Last Light?
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