So you’ve been saving for a while and you’ve just bought some sort of beefy computer. I don’t know what you have but you’re impressed with it. Maybe you have some Thread Ripper, thousand dollar CPU with the latest and greatest Graphics Card all thrown in with some custom water cooling tube system.

But you have now realized the only thing you have on your new beautiful RGB computer is online slots. That’s not really taking advantage of your probably close to or above a thousand dollar super high-end gaming rig.

You want (read: need) something much, much, much more intensive to really push your computer to its absolute limits. You want to see the full extent of that below freezing cooling system and more sticks of RAM than the recommended amount of Tic-Tacs to eat in a sitting.

You want something that shows exactly how many frames you can push out on the highest, ultra mega settings for the newest latest games. The ones that will use all of those advanced features you paid so dearly for, like Ray Tracing or all thirty cores of your CPU with a hundred and twenty-something threads each or whatever absurd thing you have.

There are a few ways you could actually go about finding out what the absolute limits of your system are. There’s the simple way of booting up whatever game you normally play and go into the settings and then change everything in the graphics tab to ultra and see how it runs.

But that doesn’t show you the true ultimate power of your beautiful three thousand dollar gaming rig, or whatever you spent on it.

You want a game, program, or anything else that can push your machine to its absolute limits. Something that lets you brag to all of your friends about how well your PC can run it. Something that truly justifies your purchase.

If you’re into the computer building niche market then you should absolutely know what the first thing on this list is going to be.

Crysis

“But can it run Crysis” is one of the most common statements when people rate computers and what they’re capable of handling. It’s almost become less of a statement of computer capabilities and more just a joke or meme.

It’s been around as the staple “hard” game to run ever since the game was originally released (hard is in quotations for a reason). And that was all the way back in 2007.

Crysis is an action-adventure first-person shooter that was developed by Crytek Studios and published by Electronic Arts or EA for short. Published means that the game was paid for and released by Electronic Arts. Along with distributed by their connections and systems.

Crysis is about a United States Army Delta Force soldier named Jake Dunn, or as the game refers to him; Nomad. Nomad is the call sign or code name that is given to Jake Dunn by the military.

Pretty much Jake Dunn is equipped with a whole bunch of super sci-fi secret military equipment. This includes the game’s main item of choice called the Nano Suit. The Nano Suit is an advanced body suit thing that pretty much turns anyone wearing one into a super-soldier.

A pretty expensive piece of equipment to hand to an army soldier, but that’s the military for you. The main premise of the game and the thing that starts the plot is an ancient alien structure thing found buried inside a mountain.

The mountain is located on the fictional (or maybe that’s just what the government wants us to think…) Lingshan islands. The fictional islands of Lingshan are apparently located near the coast of east Philippines.

Because of this the first people to find the mountain and the hidden alien structure inside of it are the North Koreans. Obviously, the United States Government doesn’t want the North Koreans to have access to the super-advanced technology and secrets that this structure holds from whatever ancient alien race built it.

Most likely because North Korea already plans on nuking the world and they would probably actually stand a chance at doing that if they got hold of advanced super-intelligent alien artifacts and weapons.

This is made more complicated by the fact that there were living aliens inside of the alien base and they have decided to help the North Koreans with whatever they are planning on doing.

The game’s plot itself isn’t anything that unique from most first person shooter games that have been released. It’s reminiscent of titles like Halo and other sci-fi shooters and such.

You and your team get dropped onto the island and have to figure out how to capture places, destroy things, figure out what is even going on, and a variety of other things.

The biggest thing from Crysis was its graphics. They were easily unrivaled at release. This, along with it’s generally above average plot (aka it actually felt like there was at least some thought put into it, which is a surprising bar to have to reach in most modern first-person shooter games – they almost only include a single-player campaign because it is what’s expected of them and even that is slowly fading out of style) along with gameplay reminiscent of Far Cry but with sci-fi weapons and enemies is what made this game receive almost incredible scores by reviewers and players alike.

Crysis maintained almost a consistent nine out of ten across all the places it was reviewed on and for good reason. It’s a very solid game that even holds out today (even from a graphics standpoint).

The graphics were groundbreaking at the time. It was the first game released on the new Cry Engine 2 which was the engine CryTek had been developing for their games for a few years at this point. It was one of the first games to feature full dynamic lighting. There were full shadows, god rays, reflections and so much more from their lighting.

The textures were very high resolution for the time, with individually rendered foliage along with bit mapping, which is a technique to render depth in textures. All of this was incredibly advanced for the time and as all advanced things do it required a beefy computer to run.

So beefy in fact, that there was no chance at the time that anyone with a consumer-level PC would be able to run Crysis at its highest graphic settings. It was simply not physically possible.

This was the biggest con that most of the game reviewers had was the fact that it required so much to run the game. That’s probably the only reason it didn’t receive any ten out of ten reviews. Now you might be wondering why I’m mentioning an almost thirteen-year-old game as a thing that can push your computer to the limits.

The short answer, no this thirteen-year-old game isn’t difficult to run on any modern machine. Especially one built, especially for gaming.

But in 2020 Crytek announced a remastered version of the original Crysis game. It would be run on an entirely new engine, the one Crytek uses now for their modern games, and completely enhanced graphics.

There are no bars to what they did to improve the graphics in the newly remastered version. You have almost every new trick in the book for getting better graphics thrown in the game.

It’s not exactly the most beautiful game made, especially since it just reused most of the original games’ textures and models with only different rendering systems to make it look nicer.

The game features a graphics mode above ultra that’s set at Can It Run Crysis mode. Which is a no holds barred everything pumped up to a hundred. You have ray casting, dynamic HDR light rendering, and a plethora of other things too.

Pretty much just designed to be a test of your machine’s capabilities and less of an actual mode you turn on to play on. That means that even after thirteen years of existing “Can it run Crysis” is still a question you can ask about a gaming computer.

Graphical Mods

So maybe you are just not really into the new greatest and shiniest AAA games coming out with all of their high-end graphics rendering and other bits and bobs. This is completely understandable as while there have been some great releases in the last few years they aren’t all everyone’s cup of tea.

You might regularly play games that are already quite a few years old. Sometimes these games can still be quite graphically intensive and still need at least a semi-decent gaming rig to get to run at ultra settings. But most of the time they aren’t that hard to run.

It might be nice to get more than a hundred, or even two hundred, frames per second on every game you regularly play but maybe at some point you want it to just look a little nicer.

That’s where the games community comes in. For most popular older titles that allow any form of modding (and even some that don’t), people have created mods to up the graphics.

Game modding is a massive thing across pretty much any game imaginable, you can even get modded chess if you really want, and for good reason. Modding is one of the reasons many games still have a consistent player base.

There are games out there that are literally unplayable on modern systems without downloading mods that fix critical bugs that break the game when playing on a newer system.

Along with the aforementioned graphical and bug fixing mods, there are hundreds, more likely thousands, of mods for games that add sometimes an entire other game’s worth of content into a video game. Sometimes even hundreds of extra hours of gameplay to a game.

It’s unsurprising then why so many people both play with and make mods for games. It’s truly an amazing thing for any game that allows it.

You can quickly find that you have dozens, sometimes hundreds, of mods that you want to play with and you’re so deep into modding the game that you sometimes even never get around to actually playing it. Because just as you decide to actually start playing the game you find yet another mod you really really want to add to your game and then you have to redo your load order to fit it in and the cycle repeats endlessly until the heat death of the universe.

Or maybe that’s just me, who knows.

Once you hit the twenty to fifty mark for mods in a game your computer really starts to take the hit. Those numbers obviously vary a lot from game to game but you get the point.

You can turn your game into an entirely different experience from just downloading free online mods made by people who just really like the game and want to make it even better.

You can get mods that completely remaster the game and push it’s graphics to something to actually make you go “wow!” when you see stuff while also overhauling everything you thought you knew about the game. Mods are great.

Upping the Resolution

So you might have the greatest, top of the line, extremely impressive gaming computer but do you have a monitor to match?

You might have two or three screens but are any of them 4K yet? This is a thing some people overlook when upgrading their computer system. They think their games look amazing but they haven’t even seen them in their highest resolution yet.

Get yourself a beautiful high refresh rate, high quality, high-resolution monitor and I assure you that you won’t regret it. You think your PC is great until you have actually plugged in a 144Hz monitor to it.

You might have been getting 200+ frames in whatever game your playing but did you know that your monitor can only actually display 60 of those frames a second unless you buy a good quality one?

Yeah, it really pays off to get a better monitor.

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