Crysis is one of the very few games with True 3d environments. no 2d skyboxes or backdrops. no cheap tricks to give an illusion...aside from parallel occlusion mapping but its really not that cheap.nothing like GT5's illusions If you notice, these complaints mainly only happen when a game's options allow to go beyond the user's rig capability. Like Doom 3 and "Ultra" mode. If Crysis only had Medium as a max and labled it as "mega ultra oober zomfg" then everyone would be saying how great it runs, yet still looks as good or better than many games including the few lush outdoor games like Oblivion. personally, i think its great that they futureproof games a bit. when you replay them years down the road, their gonna look better than if they developed it with current hardware only in mind.