Crytek vs Guerrilla Games: Evolution of Facial Animation

Facial Animation has also come a long way from the previous generation. The increase in polygons and skin shaders has resulted in highly realistic looking character models. Take a look at how Crytek and Guerrilla Games previous effort looked like compared to their latest one.

We’ve carefully compared both game’s in high quality gifs for easy viewing, the scenes we used show off the respective game’s facial animation at their best.

Current Generation

Crysis 3

Crytek’s last game was Crysis 3. It was released on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 and was based on an older version of their engine called Cry Engine 3. It is still hailed as a graphics beast and sports some of the best visuals in a PC game. It is also extremely resource heavy and requires a beefy rig to run at max settings. Crytek were always proud of their animation work in Crysis 3 but how well do they hold up now? Take a look at some of them below.

Killzone 3

Killzone 3 was the second entry of the popular shooter from Guerrilla Games on PlayStation 3. It set new graphical benchmarks upon its release and not only delivered on the visual front, it also improved upon the gameplay from Killzone 2. The art style and animation of Killzone 3 were some of the best upon its release and no game ever came close. So how does it look now? Take a look below.

Next Generation


Crytek’s first foray into next generation is Ryse. It is being built on their latest version of Cry Engine and not only looks visually impressive, its animation are also a step above what can be seen in Crysis 3. Ryse is exclusive to Xbox One and will launch alongside it. You can take a look at some of the animations below.

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Just like Crytek, Guerrilla Games are starting with their first title on PlayStation 4 with Killzone: Shadow Fall. This is perhaps one of the first next generation game, along with Ryse, that appears to impress us with its visual fidelity, native 1080p resolution and impressive particle effects. Its animation is also a huge step up from Killzone 3 as can be seen above. You can check it out below.

When it comes to the biggest leap here, Guerrilla Games definitely deserves praise here. Killzone 3 to Killzone: Shadow Fall is a huge leap both in term of graphics and animation. Crysis 3 still holds pretty well for Crytek although Ryse overall is definitely the best looking game of the bunch.

So what do you think of this graphical evolution? Which one is the biggest leap for you and which one is the best? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay tuned to GearNuke for latest news and info on Ryse and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

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