Release Date: February 19th, 2013
Developer: Crytek Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox 360], PlayStation 3, PC
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rated: M for Mature
Crytek is back with another installment of Crysis. It’s been a couple years since part two released, wowing gamers for it’s astonishing visuals and gameplay. So with a short break and the third Crysis upon us, which way have they taken the title?
With CELL (Crynet Enforcement & Local Logistics) and Alpha Ceph still able to do as they please, It’s up to the protagonist Laurence Barnes, who you know as Profit, to put what’s all began with the Alien Invasions to an end.
Rare to start with graphics, but it must be done! CryENGINE 3 makes the experience in Crysis 3 look phenomenal. To quote Mr. Lightyear, “to infinity and beyond!” Crysis 2 indeed presented itself with possibly some of the best graphics in its time. Now with updates implanted by Crytek, the game is visually amazing.
No matter if you’re looking at characters, the grass or a random portion of the environment inside the dome, it is stunning.
Now to step away from what “pops,” lets discuss how the game ties in. Gameplay in Crysis 3 stays true to its quality from Crysis 2. It’s a sandbox shooter that allows you to play head on or strategic with the enemies, whether they’re humans or Cephalopods.
The Nano suit in Crysis 3 considerably teaches Prophet some new tricks. Your bumpers continue to provide armor and cloak. With the use of your visor, you can turn an enemy’s turret against them, gaining both a distraction and an advantage.
Open weapon customization gives you a full, onscreen advantage to tweak your weapons to your advantage. There are a handful of mechanics taking place between normal jumping and high jumping to cycling through weapons and switching to grenades with the same button. Surprisingly it works. The fluidity of the controls and transitions are spot on.
Then there’s that D@MN Predator Bow that Psycho, sergeant Michael Sykes gives you early on. It’s a very powerful weapon that takes down enemies quick and untraceable. The bow allows you to attempt a kill with an adjustable draw weight without decreasing your suit’s energy level. You have the choice between explosives, frags and more.
A setback in Crysis 3 would definitely be the overused mini game to unlock doors, and turrets. When hacking turrets, you feel the adrenaline of seeking multiple kills by the hand of the enemy. However when you’re forced to stop and hack every other door, it becomes redundant.
Multiplayer is evenly as good as the campaign. One of the newest game modes available, Hunter, is by far one of the best online modes available. Play as the Hunter and take down CELL troopers before they escape by an evac chopper. Or you can be a trooper, doing whatever is necessary to survive. Once killed by the Hunter, you too will respawn as a hunter.
Crysis 3 is a very awesome release that just soars high and hits that clear glass window on a tall building. Frankly, it’s going to grab your attention right away, but the longevity doesn’t look so well. Crysis 3 plays like a game that should’ve gone beyond; It doesn’t feel like a Call of Duty or Halo. It’s surely is its own game, just played safe.
Replay Value: 4.25/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5