This is probably a fairly subjective thus ultimately pointless argument, but I'll do my best!! I admit that at maxed out settings crysis is a lovely looking game. The problem is that to play it in all it's glory requires a high-end pc. Other games may not look so good on the same system, but bring the fight to budget and mainstream comps and while crysis will have to be massively scaled back, other games can still be played maxed out and now look nicer than our gimped crysis. If crytek had properly optimised crysis then it should still be able to be played at reasonable resolutions/draw distances/textures/... On machines other than those at the top end. As it's aged it's faired well as hardware is slowly catching up but we all know when it came out people with average systems were forced to upgrade - although this was probably good for the hardware guys!!