The original Crysis game released back in 2007 was graphically well ahead of its time. It's arguably what started the arms race that has forced video game developers and studios to step up in terms of graphics. Even by today's standards, 2007's Crysis holds up quite well. However, up until 2020, the first game wasn't exactly accessible on modern platforms.
This is a travesty that the Crysis Remastered Trilogy aims to solve. The compilation not only contains the remastered version of 2007's Crysis, but it is actually a bundle of all the first three Crysis games, each having been remastered to take advantage of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5's improved hardware.
While it was only natural for fans to expect a significant leap in graphics, being able to finally see the finished product in action is another story.
Side-by-side comparison video shows improvements made in Crysis Remastered Trilogy
After teasing remasters of Crysis 2 and 3 for the entirety of May, Crytek later confirmed that a Crysis Remastered Trilogy was set to launch in fall 2021. Now, audiences finally had their first chance to see the massive improvements that the Crysis Remastered Trilogy will make once it comes out.
While comparing the game running on the Xbox 360 versus the Xbox Series X is unfair, it does help punctuate the difference that two console generations can make.
Admittedly, the graphics of the original Crysis games on the Xbox 360 don't look half bad. It's just that seeing the same game running on the Xbox Series X represents a night-and-day difference.
You can see the Xbox Series X has significantly better textures, environments, and reflections. Crytek also confirmed that all three remastered versions of the Crysis games will run up to 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X.
In an earlier blog post, Crytek clarified that fans don't have to purchase the entire bundle. The studio intends to make each game available for individual purchase. This means that fans who have already bought the remastered version of the first Crysis game when it came out in 2020 don't need to buy the entire trilogy just to enjoy the remasters of Crysis 2 and 3. The same goes for fans who just want to enjoy remastered versions of Crysis, Crysis 2, or Crysis 3 alone.