Who said games with demanding hardware requirements can't sell well? In the case of Crytek's Crysis, the title might just have had to wait for graphics cards to get cheaper. Shacknews reports that the latest PC gaming best-sellers chart lists Crysis among all the usual suspects (Blizzard and Maxis games).
For the week of August 31 to September 6 in the United States, Crysis stood in 10th place, right behind of Warcraft III Battle Chest, The Sims 2 Apartment Life Expansion Pack Limited Collector's Edition, and the World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade expansion pack. At the top of the list, the Sims 2 Apartment Life expansion, Spore, and Spore Creature Creator took the gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively. Yes, Spore somehow made the list before its actual retail launch.
Of course, the GPU landscape has changed quite considerably since Crysis' arrival in November 2007. You can now find sub-$100 graphics cards that run the game quite acceptably with in-game details turned up. Couple that with street prices of $33 on average for Crysis itself, and it looks like scores of gamers are finally discovering the title. Good news for Crytek, especially since it's releasing Crysis Warhead on Thursday.