Facial Tech Comparison: Killzone Shadow Fall vs Ryse vs Crysis 3

GearNuke: Next generation is almost here. Curious to see how far the graphics have evolved. We compare Killzone Shadow Fall, Ryse and Crysis 3 to see how far the facial tech has evolved for games.

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ritsuka6661674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

Actually Crysis 3 looks better than Killzone facial tech.

Black Block, We are the Resistance.

Blackdeath_6631674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

its on PC so yeah that goes without saying. KZ is impressive though i'll be honest i was taken by surprise during the trailer didn't think GG would put that much care and attention into the character faces killzone was always about the harsh environment not so much about shiny graphics. they did a good job with shadow fall and should be a nice introduction to next gen i think shaping up to be one of the better launch titles we've had in the past two gens

HammadTheBeast1674d ago

I think that Infamous Second Son and Order 1886 have better facial expressions than Killzone or Ryse myself.

But it's hard to compare when they all look so good.

FlyingFoxy1674d ago

Too bad Crytek games run like crap even on good systems though, if you want to play their games be sure to buy your hardware 3 years after a game they made comes out!.

Though it doesn't bother me much, i don't find their games that interesting anyway, just flashier graphics and much worse performance than other games.

Gamingcapacity1674d ago

Ryse is the better looking without a doubt.

LonChaneyTV1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

They left out quantum brake, shame. I still think of it as the best facial cap for a video game.

ABizzel11674d ago

Winner: The Order 1886.

Check out Game Informer article on the game if you can.

Destrania1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

It's so funny how Xbots are still buying into the CG veils that M$ is pulling over their eyes. Ryse has pre-rendered cinematics, and they look 5x better than the actual game visuals. 90% of that story trailer they released was NOT even close to real-time, and if you actually pay attention when you watch it, you can blatantly see the difference when it transitions between the actual game vs. not. It's pretty obvious. If the Xbone was a high end PC, then the game itself would be able to match or at least come close to matching the cinematics, but it's not. And then Quantum Break isn't anything as of right now other than a CGi video that was never running on an Xbone at any point. Jeeze, people are so naive.

HeavenlySnipes1674d ago


Crytek does cutscenes using using in game assets. They aren't prerendered.


They said that the stuff they showed was in game, in game =/= gameplay. That is a cutscene they were showing during the presentation. Quantum Break doesn't look like that

Personally, I think either Cryengine or Frostbite have the best faces in gaming. Slightly leaning towards Cryengine though. Killzone SF overall looks amazing, can't wait to play it

xXxSeTTriPxXx1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

How can you compare gifs on facial tech in the first place?

1st:your only looking at a gif, in game the facial animation will convey the given situation or emotion at hand.

2nd: they're two different art comparsion kz has a more true to life color plaette while crysis and ryse are more colorful.

3rd:crysis and ryse have very deliberate expressions while the killzone is more suddle.

4th:the eyes on crysis and ryse look lifeless while kz look more human.

Edit:also the fact that your comparing ryse cutsence with kz in game graphics is just no.

Kzsf is a great looking next gen title and is technically superior to ryse in every way barring poly count lol.don't know why ppl keep saying this choppy game is the best that nex gen has to offer as of now.

4Sh0w1674d ago

Destrania who are you kidding those Ryse pics are not CGI its in game with the camera zoomed in, stop making excuses Ryse looks superb KZ SF does also but Ryse is a bit better. They are using some awesome new tech to make Ryse and it shows but that in no way means KZ SF is garbage so no need to spew BS because you're offended many people think Ryse looks better.

joefrost001674d ago

If you throw infamous then you have to throw quantum break
In their
But this is a pointless article

Destrania1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

I never said that those cutscenes weren't made in-engine, I said that they are pre-rendered and the Xbone isn't processing any of them. When the game transitions to real-time, the quality drops dramatically because the hardware of the Xbone simply can't handle it. If the hardware was more powerful, then the cutscenes could be processed in real-time with seamless integration with the gameplay with no dip in quality, but it's not. Seriously, watch the trailer they released and pay attention. There is very drastic differences in quality throughout. Open your eyes. I also think it's funny that during gameplay the game has to highly blur basically everything around your character to even run it at 30fps.

Brix901674d ago

Deep Down looks amazing though...but honestly those weren't the best pictures of KZ just saying...


All three titles where visually impressive

UltimateMaster1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

They all look really good.
It's just that the ones from Ryse are CG Videos and not actual game play footage. It changed since we first saw it from E3. I know now what they meant by a downscale from 150k to 85k.

pixelsword1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

As far as I see it now:

-Ryse has the most realistic looking faces overall. The shadowing/detail is not the best, but they do a really good job on the emotions of the faces.

-Crysis has the best detail. The shadowing is kinda bunk because the two pics they show have the same amount of shadowing on the characters despite having a glaring sunrise in the back of one of them (notice the darkness of the uniform in contrast to the barely shadowed face next to it). I don't like those dead eyes either... what, wait; didn't Crytek make Ryse?

-Killzone has the best shadowing and the most realistic looking eyes (especially the female Helgast) The eyes are the window to the soul, and Guerrilla pretty much mastered that since the first Killzone. The shadow of the guy's face is what I'm talking about: if you have a light source in back of you and not too much lighting in front of you, you won't have a full look at the subject's face. GG gets mad props for that. Their facial models aren't the most realistic at all times although they do a really good job with facial expressions... mainly because of the eyes.

Personally, I like the look of Ryse overall (I'm a fan of the Hyborian era/ancient type games), followed by Killzone, then Crysis, but seeing these models in motion will make the difference, but be not mistaken: I would not be ashamed to own any of those games because each and every one of them look great.


I find it funny how this one-way politicized article fails to show the games in motion and that makes "all the difference in the world". You can show me as many pics as you want of Project Cras that even look better than real life, the game still moves like jiggly *****.

When it comes to facial animations, Killzone SF just looks like Horse excrements: Crysis 3 on the other hand, manages to surpass that by going to a level beyond anything seen in animal waste, maybe something like Barchiosaurus excrements (that incldes rocks because this fell eats rock to digest what he eats, so you get excrements with rocks):

Ryse from those three games looks the best graphically and in motions even that most of the times all animations whether facial, clothes or bodies look limited (like the senator's necklace which is just a mere falt texture, yes CryEngine is just all about flatlifeless textures) , but those are still High Quality, in-engine yes, but high quality pre-rendered, pre-recorded, pre-whatever you want FMVS using the highest aspects of the engine to be displayed in a cutscene, it means you will never have such quality ingame even if you crank up the graphics even on PC, this is like the pre-rendered pre-recorded CGI FMVs of Alan Wake, Hitman Absolution and The show Crysis trailers, and this is not the same case like Uncharted games where Cut-scenes and in game models uses all the same stuff no difference. Just compare Ryse GAMEPLAY to the cinematics.

This is now a fair comparison.
You just have to depict the truth of anything eventhough you have chosen a side to be on.

saber000051673d ago

Too me Cryteck is going down hill when they decided to make their games on the console, THEN, import to PC. That was a big blow to all the PC gamers that supported them during the development of Crysis. If I had to pick a favorite game, the 1st one was my favorite.

Gamingcapacity1673d ago

A lot of disagree, Ryse facial texture and lighting is a lot better while Crysis looks lifeless. KZ is very good looking but not on par with Ryse cutscenes.

That said, in-game gameplay graphics is far better on KZ. Views overlooking the city, particle effects, beautiful lighting and textures are all better on KZ and the gameplay looks far superior on KZ.

You have to admit though that the Ryse cutscenes are the best for launch games.

ImG2theB1673d ago

Killzone looks horrible in comparison.

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JokesOnYou1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

U got owned, Yes they do. Ryse to me is more impressive next gen launch game, seriously the cinematic close ups are 2nd to none but hey everybody can judge for themselves.


j-blaze, really, "awful"? come on now. KZ SF looks great.

twinspectre1674d ago

Ryse??? ah...


and Quantum Dream sayd that this is the minimum of PS4

this own RYSE and also QUANTUM BREAK

no fanboysm here just facts

joefrost001674d ago

Sorry twin
But thats a tech demo lol
Quadtic dreams tech demo the games never match it
Look at the tech demos for heavy rain and beyond they did not come out as good as the tech demos
Besides the fact that ryse looks just as good and we already know there want be thst much activity in quadtic's next with a static camera

GameNameFame1674d ago

what are you talking about looking good.

If you are actually comparing graphics, you should use game with 900p 20 mid fps as example.

Hicken1674d ago

JokesOnYou thinking Ryse looks the best? Didn't see that coming...

mikeslemonade1673d ago

Have fun playing a movie called Ryse lol

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MrDead1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

@u got owned

Well you're never going to start an argument with that attitude.

Look at all the hard work people are doing below, bringing up poly counts, texture detail, asking why NPC's are being compared to playable characters. They want to tear chunks out of you for favouring one over the other but you're not giving them the bait.

BABY-JEDI1674d ago

I totally agree. They all look pretty remarkable. I must say the render of female character & the detail (dew) around the eyes is exceptional as well as the translucency of the skin
; D

Xsilver1674d ago

For everything KZ has going on in the background high detailed weapons and all i'm very satisfied with the facial animation i mean their still using the KZ3 engine so that alone makes it amazing.

pixelsword1674d ago

Killzone 3's engine is actually Killzone 2's engine, just refined; which is actually a modified form of the original Killzone engine.


lex-10201674d ago

YES. This is the most perfect 1st comment I have ever read. No fanboyism just game love. You sir are awesome.

ssj271674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )


KILLZONE SHADOW FALL eyes look way ahead any other eyes I have ever seen in a game. look at her!!! she looks amazingly beautiful.. her lips movements on the trailer do need work, they are outdated.

Crysis 3 look very current gen and fake and the ayes are very bad.

ryse look really good but very fake, plus who know how the final game will look in gameplay and no a rendered cut scene.

well the winner so far is The Sorcerer tech demo and we all know they final game will be better!

Let's not forget that KILLZONE SHADOW FALL, RYSE and crysis 3 are current gen tech with updated assets, next gen engines will look much better.

we have jet to see what Santa monica and naughty dogs can do from sony side..

and RockStart devs and let's not count out Fox engine, kojina is a genius.

UltimateMaster1674d ago

Purple lips on that woman probably means she's an Helghan.

NeoTribe1674d ago

They all look good because there all snapped shots doctored up in 1080p. There closups of cinematic videos. None of these are what your going to see when your playing, especially in motion. This is kinda pointless.

DrJones1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

That's what the majority here don't realize. Bubbled you up for intelligent comment

AndrewLB1673d ago

The Crysis 3 image is 100% in game quality. In the game you approach the overlook and the dialog with Psycho begins and you still have full control of your character while he talks and there is absolutely no cut.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

Gonna get down voted but I dont care

Deep Down > Ryse > Killzone > Crysis.

Actually I take that back. Graphically thats correct but If we're talking about animation Ryse is dead last....

alexkoepp1673d ago

Off of those pics deep down is clearly the worst looking faces

The motion cap for ryse looks amazing, you must be high... I haven't seen anything that matches it

BallsEye1673d ago (Edited 1673d ago )

All look great but ryse wins hands down, you can really appreciate it when you see it in motion while others still look a bit stiff. Can really see that 200+ joints in the face.


Straight from newest direct feed. Final build

So you say this is superior to ryse in every way ? Just look at it again. While game looks's not ryse. Look at the textures, items on the ground..and OUCH..the rain! GG said game already went gold, this will not be changed.

smashley1673d ago

Whats with this PC everyone is a winner crap!?

Sirlancealot1673d ago

I gotta keep it fair and square, the Ryse facial tech looks so much better than anything here. The only thing is we gotta see if that is in-game or cutscene. It also might be alot of factors like the frame rate, resolution, open worldness of killzone shadowfall. I see a lot of volumetirc fog in kz shadowfall, and global illumination, and dynamic lighting. These as I have heard are very resource intensive.

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j-blaze1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

for a next gen game Killzone facial tech looks awful

Edit: why some ppl act like i've said something offensive? it's about freaking facial animation in games jeez!

xHeavYx1674d ago

How ironic, you just complained about someone who said that Titalfall looks bad, because it's not on their console of choice, you should use your 2 bubbles to do something more productive

Software_Lover1674d ago

Was the discussion about facial tech?

XB1_PS41674d ago

Out of the three, I think Ryse takes it. Killzone in third. Crytek is very good at making things look pretty, let's hope they step up the gameplay, that is were they usually lack.

scott1821674d ago

Character models look better, how about a comparison of everything else? I think Ryse looks amazing, but I'm not convinced the game is more GPU demanding than Killzone SF. There are TONS of things to take into account. As far as character models though, the crown goes to Ryse easily.

XB1_PS41674d ago

Well scott182, if there was a comparison of how gpu intensive each is, then most likely killzone would win. However this is about facial tech, naught else.

scott1821674d ago

Understand, I was off topic, but the only thing ever compared is character models it seems like.

B-radical1674d ago

You only got the ammount of bubbles you have because you are a fanboy :/

joefrost001674d ago

Im sure about KZ being more demanding
When crytek confirmed you will be playjng 100 man battles in Ryse

scott1821674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )


I would actually like to see a long playthrough of a level in Ryse vs one of Killzone SF. That would be a good judge of how the games compare imo. Not some screenshots and gifs. Not that I really care how they compare, both seem fun really. But that would be a good honest comparison.

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fghtrer3fb5erg1674d ago

Whatever, hater/xboxonefanboy/whatever.

gamer11381674d ago

Anyone who disagrees with your comment is blind. You cannot deny the performance capture techniques that Crytek has used. Behind those polygons and textures are real actors on a sound stage. That is what sets it apart. Maybe the gameplay does turn out to be generic, but the realism and the performances are there. Killzone is average at best with it's facial animation, only so much so because Ryse has raised the bar in that area.

bjmartynhak1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

Awful is too much...
I can say I'm not entirely satisfied though

Here is the gamersyde 1080p version of the story trailer:

But also check a 7-year old hardware face:
Edit: though here everything is in the face, check the contrast with less textures in clothes, but it is a PS3 nevertheless

Applejack1674d ago

Well, to be fair, Shadow Fall is a PS4 launch title while Beyond Two Souls is a title 7 years in the PS3 life cycle.

bjmartynhak1674d ago


Indeed, can't wait to see where this next-gen will be able to go!

corvusmd1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

I wouldn't say awful, but yeah, it's not really a comparison with the other two (well...not counting Deep Down which doesn't belong in this convo as it's a CG scene). You have to give KZ some leeway on this one being that it's a FPS and therefore wouldn't put most of it's resources into character details....comparing it to BF4 or COD would be a more fair comparison.

I do admit though that it is slightly annoying how all the sudden some of the biggest known trolls (ie ABeastNamedTariq) and the like are all the sudden saying things like "polygon counts" don't matter and it's retarded to care about these things...while I agree that gameplay is the most important factor...I can't help but notice all this hypocrisy when all the sudden it doesn't go Sony Fanboys' all the sudden it doesn't matter...yet if you jump to any conversation about resolution (no matter how misinformed the posters are) looks like the same childish stuff whenever you talk about networks. It becomes childish "teh cloudz" and PS Fanboys want to dismiss any positive thing about MSs' vastly superior network, because PS4 is getting stomped in that area....yet in the same breath, we are all supposed to just blindly accept that the PS4 has a much more powerful system because the GPU is faster...yet unlike the superior XBL...the GPU has yet to be proven to be the advantage that it's supposed to be....

ABeastNamedTariq1674d ago

When do I troll? Did you seriously just say that? Lmao.

Seriously. Do I say "Xbox sucks"? I've said negative things about both companies. Did I ever get marked for trolling? I don't think so. Did you? Yeah. So what does that say?

I never said polygon count matters in the first place. Lol.

I'm not a fanboy, I'm a FAN OF GAMES. I give credit where it's due (ex: I'm hyped as hell for and praised BTS' new XBOX EXCLUSIVE, because I love stealth games. Regardless of the console.) Don't lump me in with other people on this site. If I'm a fanboy, WHAT ARE YOU? Lol.

So calm down.


Yeah, polygon count is nice and all, but geez, some of you treat it like it's the end all be all of a pretty game. Like I said, it sounds like a d***-measuring contest.

You guys know how you are.

Insomnia_841674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

L.A Noir shts on KZ, Crysis, Ryse and anything I've seen for next gen and Beyond Two Souls is right behind it, two games from this gen.

HammadTheBeast1674d ago

lol lets not get carried away now.

Angels37851674d ago

No he is right he is talking about the motion capture tech and facial animation, not which looks prettier.

Golden_Mud1674d ago

Actually , I think if they used the tech behind it on next generation games , I would tell L.A.Noire was gonna win easily

CaptCalvin1673d ago

L.A. Noire cheats. All they did was scan actors' faces. A lot more work is required when you have to model faces from pure imagination and animating them by hand.

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JokesOnYou1674d ago (Edited 1674d ago )

Really Insomnia, comparison pics please.

...but theres nothing awful about KZ SF pics j-blaze, thats just a troll comment.