As RipTen (and the rest of the internets) reported a while ago, Crytek had slated an Xbox 360 exclusive demo for launch on the 25th of January that would allow players to sample the ‘Skyline’ (and accidentally ‘Pier 51’) level and the “Instant Action” and “Crash Site” multiplayer game modes.

I was frothing at the mouth, I was excited, this was fucking Crysis 2 we were talking about! The time came, the demo unlocked, I downloaded it and with all the giddy glee that a 10 year old has on Christmas as I went to play it… However, the good story ends there.

My dream was shattered.  I was one of the unlucky players who hasn’t been able to play the demo since launch courtesy of a huge glitch and consistent game freezing.

Everytime I boot the game and find a multiplayer match, just as the map is about to load, the game locks up and never fixes itself.  This always leaves me with one option, and one option only; restart my Xbox 360.  No matter how many times this is done the demo does the same thing time and time again.  I thought this was strange due to Microsoft’s exhaustive certification process for demo and patch products, so I searched on Google and found an forums article with over 2000 posts of people complaining about the same issues.

Crytek commented on the issue the next day, stating that they were working on an Xbox 360 patch to fix that and a number of other technical issues.  It’s now a week onwards, my demo is still broken and the only comfort I find is in the irony that Crytek labelled Crysis 2 as the ‘best multi-platform experience possible’. Here’s to hoping that Crytek actually does fix this before the PC demo is launched at an undisclosed time.

One thing is for sure though, this really speaks out loud in terms of Crytek’s support (or lack thereof) for their game already and it’s not even out yet.

This video that I’ve taken shows the dreaded freeze happening without fail at around 2:02:

Are you a victim of this freezing issue? Let us know or contact me via Twitter – @DrjftGaming.  If Crytek does finally update the demo we’ll let you know.


  1. Crysis is known for pushing the boundaries in PC gaming a few years ago, but was it necessary? Seriously, the game released when the Geforce 7xxx series was at peak, and the 8xxx series was on the horizon. We’re now at the GTX5xx series and the game still doesn’t produce a good frame rate. So I’ll just say it, Crysis was poorly optimized and coded. How much RAM, CPU power, CPU cores, GPU power, GPU RAM, etc is needed to get a good frame rate out of a three to four year old game? The graphics were beautiful then and held up longer than most games, but they don’t anymore and still require more resources than newer titles.

    How can anyone expect different from Crysis 2? The only good thing about the 360 or the PS3 are the processors. The cell CPU still hasn’t tapped potential, and the 360 is running a tri-core server processor. The PS3 has the newest GPU architecture, but both systems SPLIT RAM between the GPU and CPUs. So, the 360 is a 2003/2004 PC with a good processor, the PS3 is a 2006 PC, both with a severe lack of RAM. Crytek is asking an engine that barely ran on PC’s in 2007 and still runs like crap today to run on that dated of hardware. Someone from Epic games needs to go over there and show them how to optimize for their hardware.

  2. Yeah, I had that damn freezing problem too. Only three or four times.. My buddy brought his TV and Xbox over, screaming about some new kickass MP Demo on the game marketplace, and when I realized he was talking about Crysis 2, I nearly shit myself. Ended up playing quite a few matches (patiently restarting my Xbox every time the glitch popped up) and I have to say It’s pretty damn awesome! Almost “Fuck Mw2/Black Ops MP” Awesome…

  3. Try playing it with your Xbox 360 using a wired connection; I don’t understand it at all but it seems that these freezing problems are because the game isn’t fully compatible using a wireless connection……wtf.

  4. You do know how long it takes to code right? I wouldn’t expect a patch for a while. The mountain of code they have to go through is ridiculous when building a game!

    DeathStrikeVirus Cryengine 2 is very efficient. I dare say the most efficient game engine out there. (Except for the last level; that was BS!) All Unreal and Source engine games task my computer way more than Crysis does. People need to realize there are more settings than Very High 8x AA!

  5. Um, i have not had this problem of freezing ever on the Crysis 2 demo. and have not heard of anyone else having this problem. And about the “fixes” crytek is making, its more about the bullets that don’t seem to hit targets and do any damage. much more important than a demo not working for a few people.

  6. crysis was a benchmark game . crysis 2 is a higher end benchmark game , no offence but if ur running those specs and u cant play with a good frame rate , then u should stop downloading porn “its full of malware”

    drop the console kiddie act , if it wasnt for pc gamers then ur xbox 3.6 or w/e wouldnt exsist .

    crysis and crysis warhead were awsome games , the only ppl that didnt like them were mmorpg addicts or just plain and simple noobs that would rather let some malware use their processor

    crysis 2 was leaked , and everyone expects support for somthing that shouldnt even be out yet , and like all new games , always require a tweak or fix , they gave u a look for free. worry about the support when u pay for it ! (stumps me why u would want to play a crytek title on a kiddie console anyways)