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Scheduled release date:

February 2013

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

Crytek

Number Of Players:

1-8

Genre:

FPS

Release Date:

February 19, 2013

Crysis 2 is easily one of the best games of the generation. If you haven’t played it yet, go do so. Seriously. Despite all the crowing and boasting by Crytek (which admittedly gets on my nerves), it was also one of the best-looking titles in the industry’s history, although I will always maintain that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves had it beat. Anyway, Crysis 3 once again seeks to set an awfully high graphical bar and although it doesn’t seem to offer much in the way of freshness or originality, it should still be one of 2013’s best.

It really does look amazing, as evidenced by any number of videos and pieces of gameplay footage floating around. The environments are stellar, the special effects are beautiful, and the extreme level of detail and general clarity is Crytek’s bread and butter. This bad boy will boast everything from mind-blowing particle effects to fantastic and invigorating CGI sequences, so Crysis 3 is destined to be a visual tour de force. And don’t you worry, series fans: Despite what you may have thought, Prophet is alive and well, and he’s back to kick large amounts of futuristic ass.

We’re not really sure how the protagonist is alive (anybody who finished Crysis 2 is confused); after all, the dude basically took a bullet to the face. At least, that’s how it appeared. Nevertheless, he’s back, and he’s now involved in a war that has left major cities like New York in ruins. Strangely enough, a dome has been erected over the shambles that is NY, which has turned it into a unique environment. Essentially, one could describe it as both an urban and a jungle setting. The bad part is that Prophet had a vision where the Ceph conquered the world, so you’re on a quest to stop this from happening…and it isn’t gonna be easy.

As is usually the case in this franchise, freedom will be a huge part of the experience. And when I say “freedom,” I’m not referring to free-roaming across open-ended terrain ala Grand Theft Auto or The Elder Scrolls. While you can expect relatively large areas in Crysis 3, it’ll still be a linear adventure. The freedom comes from choice; i.e., how you choose to upgrade Prophet and utilize his assortment of awesome skills. If you’d rather be stealthy, you will focus more on stuff like his cloak; if you’re into the run ‘n gun, you’d work on his strength and defense.

But that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. That Nanosuit is just plain sweet and I can’t wait to see what kind of improvements and upgrades we can expect. One of the new weapons, which you’ve undoubtedly seen by now, is the much-heralded compound bow. In addition to standard arrows, there will be specially tipped arrows, such as electric, explosive, and pressurized (which can knock back enemies). These unique arrows are gone after using them, but you’ll be able to retrieve regular arrows from felled foes, so…regenerating ammo! Always useful.

We’ve also seen Prophet execute hacking abilities with his visor, which is uber cool. The bottom line is that when faced with a situation or obstacle, you can approach it however you see fit; if you think you have the power to nail everything in sight, go for it. If things are looking a little dicey, reside in the shadows, implement some classic stealth and guerrilla tactics, and basically hit ‘em when they’re not looking. I spent a lot of time with stealth-related abilities in the second title, which was a ton of fun. And I still had a blast getting trigger-happy when it was necessary.

Crysis 3 probably won’t feel a heck of a lot different when compared to Crysis 2. Don’t expect to see a whole lot in the way of innovation and new mechanics, because the new effort simply seeks to take a tried-and-true formula and make everything better. For the record, I have zero problem with that. There are times when originality is wanted but there are other times when it’s perfectly okay to take something everyone loves and just improve upon it. Besides, changing things too much can cause you to lose your target audience: The fans. Hear that, Square Enix?

Crysis 3 is set to launch in February for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

9/4/2012 Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

Temjin001
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 10:29:50 PM
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I'm excited for this, like a lot. I love Crysis games. I'm nearly finished with the original game and it's been a real hoot. Also, the last half of the first game has been surprisingly pretty different pacing and design wise from the first half. That aircraft carrier stuff was pretty dang epic. I want more! I also hope for the more high volume levels of the original and it's expansion Warhead.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 12:37:55 AM

woo hoo! just beat it. too bad it just crashed during the end. no literally, the game froze and crashed during the climatic destruction of the alien ship.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 12:55:57 AM

alright. made it through the end sequence with no crashes. cool game. way too buggy. but still cool. hmmm my verdict? 8.5 yah, that sounds about right. Fix the bugs and clean up some of the laziness on some animations and make the ending less lame and it'd have gotten a 9.

(rating is applicable only to PC Crysis. The Steam version gets an 8.0 because it forces 32-bit mode and Steam wont allow you to patch and update your version to the most current, less buggy, crashing version. sucks to be you!)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 11:03:28 AM

Glad you found an FPS you like Temjin, it's fun when that happens in a sea of other shooters.

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Qubex
Thursday, September 06, 2012 @ 5:29:19 AM

Loved Crysis 2, and I will eventually get the original to complete my collection. Looking forward to Crysis 3...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 11:16:21 PM
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Crysis 1 rests on my hard drive unfinished. I feel I just got to it too late, which shouldn't be the case because I still enjoy oldsters like Doom and Quake. Maybe one day I can take it up again.

I'm fascinated by Crytek's new free to play direction and am skeptical that it could survive and thrive next gen. I know people love "free" stuff but it just makes me nervous.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 2:44:52 AM
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I don't mean to lecture you now Ben but although the ending of Crysis 2 were confusing the game didn't end with the protagonist taking a bullet to his head? Furthermore, the Crysis 2 protagonist is named Alcatraz, not Prophet.

The game *starts* with Alcatraz finding Prophet from the first game dead, apparently self inflicted (although it's not clear).

The game ends with Alcatraz saying something like "they call me... Prophet". And how I understand it the point is that it is the *suit* that in essence is the "Prophet", not the person wearing it.
Or something along those lines. But again, the story is a bit abstract.

Damn what a game though. I *LOVE* it. It is THE first person shooter of the generation for me. I've had no better time in any shooter than I had in C2.


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/5/2012 2:50:49 AM

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ulsterscot
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 3:55:14 AM
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what about Nomad and Psycho? they returning?
I would love a console version of Crysis Warhead as well - they did a great job porting the PC original crysis to the PS3 with the Crysis 2 control scheme - loved it.

Stoked for this one.

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streakermaximus
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 4:28:26 AM

I understand Psycho will be back in 3.
Nomand.. well, he shouldn't be showing up after what happened in the Crysis comic.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 5:46:44 AM

What happened in the Crysis comic?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 11:04:13 AM

Abducted and probed...repeatedly.

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streakermaximus
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 2:11:57 PM

Nomad dies. Took a rocket to save Prophet and Psycho.

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___________
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 5:14:03 AM
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
f*cking LOVE crysis 2 so i cant wait for this!
one of THE generations most under rated games!

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