Thanks all for the input :D
I'll again look into all options for playing the first two games since I think I'm missing out. XD
It's more of the art direction. Crysis 2 looks more unrealistic but the colours are more vivid. And the lighting effects and light rays are very unrealistic in Crysis 2 but they look pretty.
Plus, Crysis 2 has horrible textures and the high-res texture pack does little to help.
Mods are your friend
unfortunately I haven't gotten to see much light rays or anything in Crysis 2. I'm usually covered by ruined buildings :(
I do like some of the island maps in multiplayer though.
If you've got a decent PC setup I still highly recommend playing through Crysis and Crysis:Warhead. As for SecuRom, buy the game (support Crytek) and then feel free to torrent the game - you paid for it, you should be able to play it whenever and however you want, you're allowed to torrent it.
That's how you deal with stupid DRM.
I honestly considered this but I was worried about even torrent downloads still having remains of Securom left in there. I've heard awful things about it screwing up drives and whatnot which is why I haven't tried :D :D
But I would really like to play through them
But yeah, definitely play through the original Crysis series. The graphics are mind-blowing. Whether they're better than Crysis 2's graphics is completely up to opinion since both engines handle things differently.
Crysis/Warhead had superb textures, huge view distances, open-world gameplay, more complex suit features, beautiful tropical forests and beaches, etc.
That was what was appealing to me the most about the first game. Not so much graphic quality, but the actual environments. Crysis 2 is just a destroyed city. It's rather dull. I'd much much rather run around in forests and beaches.
Crysis 2 is far more linear and the view distances are far less with buildings everywhere, but it really EXCELS at lighting and shading, far better than the original Crysis...but it didn't make the most of the engine. Be sure to run something like MaLDo's Black Ice texture pack + DX11, otherwise you're pretty much looking at pathetic console-optimized textures.
You could get some graphic mods like the Maldoh mod. It makes the game look even better and shows that there's so much more potential in this engine.
I'll check out Maldo's mod, thanks :D
Edit: Just went for it and am playing Crysis 1 now.
So far I like it much much better than Crysis 2.
Being on this beautiful island with the forests and beaches is so much better than being in some ruined city. And I like the suit moves much more too.
I can't say I've noticed an improvement with the graphic quality really though. but I guess it's hard to compare such different environments. .-.
They really should just remove the DRM on Crysis and Warhead since Crysis 2 Maximum doesn't have any..