It feels kind of strange that I’ve now completed this. Crysis used to be my benchmark game way back when I was a PC gamer. After each new component, I’d always install Crysis and see how far I could push the settings and keep it running at a playable level of frames per second. I’d always play the game through to the first major checkpoint (the first time it gets cold), then stop and play something else.
Back in 2011, Crytek release an Xbox version using the updated CryEngine 3 engine (used for Crysis 2 on the Xbox I believe), so for me it was an instant purchase. I remember buying in on the day of release, playing through to my normal checkpoint, and stopping. I’ve never timed how long it takes to get to that checkpoint, however assume it’s roughly how long my attention span is.
Anyway, the game. Obviously it looks gorgeous, if Crytek do one thing, it’s make games look amazing. You can pick up and play this game now, and I bet it still can go toe to toe with some of the triple A titles released this year. As for the sound, again awesome, I know I had to turn my amp to about half the normal volume I play to be a good neighbour, as the gun shots would shake the floor, and the sniper shots….wow!
For a game that was originally released in 2007, the AI was amazing. There were so many missions I’d get killed on, because I couldn’t predict the AI, it seemed no matter what I did, I’d get a sneaky little b@stard come up behind me and shotgun me in the back. There was a specific part in the game where I just couldn’t do, I had probably twenty to thirty attempts at it, changing my tactic each time, but they always got the better of me, and I ended up dropping it to easy to stop me rage quitting. For anybody who’s bother, it was the ‘graveyard’ bit. To really add to the mix, the environment was very destructible, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as taking out a handful of soldiers by bringing the roof down on them.
If you’re not aware or Crysis, put quite simply, it’s a first person shooter with benefits. You play as Nomad and you’re a super soldier thanks to your nano suite. The suite gives you stealth, extra armour, super speed, super jump and visual assistance, however all can be used for a short period of time. These perks allow you to play the game your way, you can either run and gun, or stealth you way through the game (I guess a little similar to how Deus Ex : Human Revolution works). The first half of the game for me was done very stealthy, I spend most the time hiding in bushes, sniping somebody, quickly moving, then onto the next person. After dropping it to easy, my tactics changed to run and gun as they worked a lot better, and allowed me to fly through the remainder of the game.
Finally the story. Trying to be spoiler free, I can’t say too much apart from the game defiantly changes half way through. The first half is a futuristic military shooter, but then an event half way through seems to change to another kind of shooter. Also the game mechanics seem to change, you go from having the option of a lone wolf, to a number of escort/protect missions, which to be honest I’ve never been a fan of. There was also a section halfway through the game where you can no longer rely on gravity as your friend, which I personally found a little off-putting. Finally, I don’t know if I was trying to rush through the game, however there seemed to be a few too many logical endings. I think there were at least four times I completed a level, sat back and thought…”ah, done”, only to be presented with another level.
I wouldn’t take too much negativity from the last paragraph, they were just things that tarnished what could have been a perfect game.
Approx Time taken to beat – 15 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal/Easy
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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