Excerpt: hit the store shelves back in 2005, its combination of creepy atmosphere, conspiracy-flavored story line, cagey enemy AI, and innovative, time-warping weapons helped it stand out from an overcrowded PC shooter marketplace. It eschewed Doom-style monster-in-the-closet scares in favor of a slowly building psychological horrorshow, featuring the spooky little girl Alma Wade and a battalion of super soldiers telepathically controlled by Paxton Fettel.
Conclusion: : Crysis 2 is a better value than most games out today. It satisfies the minimum to justify spending money on a new release game, but doesn’t really go above and beyond. Looking back months even weeks from the time of completion, it would look as appealing as other shooters that have come out this year.
Pros: A combination of stealth tactics and exciting firefights while being able to use multiple aspects of the environment to your advantage provides a lot of entertainment and “holy crap” moments. Plenty of fun to be had with dispatching alien and human alike.
Cons: : Too much idle time between combat and not enough to do while exploring off the main path and a broken continuity to the story attempts to supplement stellar gameplay. Multiplayer can yield some debilitating glitches on occasion.
Summary: The amazing visuals, gameplay and fun factor of blowing stuff up propels Crysis 2 to overshadow it’s linear story and uninspired ending, to be a very recommendable single player adventure. Multiplayer can stand on its own, and the learning curve for it is higher than usual for a shooter, due to the fun subtleties of Nanosuit combat.
Excerpt: . Since then, we've heard the developers talk many times about switching from a PC-only strategy over to a multiplatform system, and they have revamped their engine to deliver some pretty impressive visuals on the 360 and PS3.
Excerpt: CRYTEK’s newest game has finally arrived, but is this another showcase for what their engine can do or a fully-fledged game this time? Crysis 2 removes us from the islands of the South China Sea and lands smack bang in the middle of New York, well, in fact under it, as you start off with Alcatraz and his team making an approach by way of submarine.
Summary: Crysis 2 has to live up to a high standard. Not only did the original Crysis pack a lot of high-quality action into its good-sized campaign, but its stunningly authentic rendering of lush jungle vistas set the graphical standard by which all modern shooters are judged. Fortunately, this sequel does an admirable job of living up to the original's reputation of sheer technical prowess.
Pros: Nanosuit and big levels offer plenty of flexibility, Powerful depiction of a devastated city, The second half is stuffed with awesome, memorable battles, Good-sized campaign and full-featured multiplayer offer lots of lasting value, Outstanding soundtrack
Cons: Poor AI detracts from the excitement, Some online troubles, The first few hours drag
Conclusion: Overall Crysis 2 is a beautiful, undeniably fun shooter that is also very shallow and lacks depth. The shooting is engaging when combined with the Nanosuit’s abilities, but unfortunately the Nanosuit itself can often feel underpowered and the enemy AI leaves a lot to be desired. The repetitive nature of the levels combined with the paper-thin plot does more damage than Alcatraz ever could.
Conclusion: It wasn’t long before all players I fought with/against were adapting to the new Nanosuit-powered options, which really do go a long way to separating this from being just another Call of Duty clone. Headshots devastate (even when in armour mode), weapon accuracy is greatly affected at mid-to-long range if you’re using the wrong weapon for the job and sliding around a corner for a stylish kill is always memorable.
Excerpt: Crysis 2 is a very difficult game to get a handle on. I’m going to be up front with you; I never played the first Crysis for more than half an hour. I bought it in the Steam sale last Christmas and never got round to putting the time into it. I’m not sure whether this over or under qualifies me to write a review of it, but I’m going to give it a stab anyway.The difficulty of getting to grips with Crysis 2 is in how you’re supposed to play the game, because at its core it...