Review by MorpheusDV
"As part of the US Special Forces, you're hand-picked to save Earth from the Crysis at hand."
Crysis, when released on 11/13/07, paved a path and a milestone for future games, and not only just shooters. Perhaps one of the biggest hyped games to happen to the PC since the appearance of such games like World of Warcraft, players who play this game will truly be captivated by Crysis, but not without its flaws.
Set in the year 2020, you play as US Special Forces Jake Dunn, code name "Nomad", sent in to do a search and rescue of American scientists who were captured by the North Korean military due to the scientists trying to excavate the site of a mysterious alien artifact. When all hell breaks loose in which the aliens build up an invasion force that threatens Earth, it is up to you to side with the Korean military to put a silence to the invasion and save the Earth from doom. The player will wade through lush tropical forests, magnificent beaches, and even into the hellish domain of the aliens themselves.
Unlike traditional shooters where a linear style preset the game, Crysis take a different route by promising a non-linear fashion of gameplay. Unlike games such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, there are many ways to approach and complete an objective, adding tons to replay value, especially if you choose to play the game on a higher difficulty after you complete your first run-through. Most people that have played Crysis will state that you will most likely never repeat a certain way on how you complete an objective. It doesn't matter how it gets done; that is for you to decide.
One item that made the gameplay of Crysis revolutionary was the introduction of the Nano Suit. The Nano Suit is one of the most powerful pieces of equipment you will utilize as you complete your objectives with Nomad. The Nano Suit has several different functions, each that will serve their function more useful than others depending on the situations you face. The Nano Suit functions also add a little fun and flavor to your gameplay. Want to cloak yourself, sneak up on a Korean, put on Maximum Strength, pick him up and throw him 30 feet into the air? Sure, go ahead and do it. Want to utilize Maximum Strength to steady your sniper aim? Go for it. Are you in a sticky combat situation and need to get out quickly, or need to get to an objective faster? Put on Maximum Speed. Do you love stealth? Use cloak. Players can utilize any of these Nano Suit functions to gain the upper hand against Koreans, and later on, aliens.
Crysis introduces several different weapons to use to vanquish and conquer your enemies, and even gives you extreme customization for all your weapons, such as adding a Reflex Sight, Silencer, Red Dot Sight, various Scopes, and tons more. Need to go on stealth? Add a Silencer to your weapons so your shots go unheard. Players can even go as far as adding a Sniper Scope on a Shotgun (Why the hell you would do that is beyond me, but you can). The customization for all your weapons is nearly endless. If you choose to, you can add a Laser Dot Sight, Sniper Scope, AND a Silencer to your Assault Rifles for that ultimate weapon. As you progress, you will obtain various Assault Rifles, Shotguns, and even advanced technology such as a Grenade Launcher Nuclear Weapon, and even Alien Weaponry.
Nomad also has the option to use various vehicles he comes across in his travels, such as Humvees, Tanks, Boats, and even Helicopters. These give you the ability to get from point A to B quickly versus on foot. Some vehicles are equipped with missile launchers and .50 cal weapons for destructibility, and if you're in a humorous mood, run enemies down with your vehicles.
Nearly everything you encounter in the environment is purely interactive. Players don't have to use weapons to combat enemies with; you have the option to heave oil drum barrels, steel beams, and while it may seem odd, certain animals, such as turtles, at your enemies to kill them. You have to at least throw a turtle at an enemy once; the comedy value is just great. One thing is odd though - 10 bullets from a 5.56mm pistol can't kill an enemy, but throwing a 100 pound turtle can kill them in one throw...
As far as enemies go, AI in Crysis sadly is a mixed bag of sorts - One minute military can see you, immediately call for back-up, and fan out to search for you, while the next minute military can stare you right in the face and not do anything, leaving you entitled to a free kill. Sometimes the AI can be slightly irregular at times, but it happens in nearly every game you decide to play.
Another thing that really bothers me about Crysis is the hit detection system. While head shots from weapons do kill in one hit, sometimes it can take up to almost a full magazine of a weapon to kill just one military personnel, but Nomad throws an oil drum, which ends up killing them in one throw. How that calculates out, I'll never know.
Crysis also has Multiplayer, but seems to be lacking in this department a tad bit. One example is respawn points, in which the game doesn't discriminate to spawn you anywhere you please, so you can actually respawn in the middle of player fire and actually die right away as soon as you respawn. Other than that minor setback, Multiplayer is certainly worth giving a try.
Crysis, in conclusion for its gameplay, is a very complex system of events and configurations, that there's simply too much in gameplay to talk about. I'll leave it up to you find out all the neat innovations Crysis has.
Crysis was built from scratch using Crytek's, the game developer's, engine named CryEngine2. In fact, much can be said that Crysis was a game to show off the true potential of the capabilities of the CryEngine2. The engine sets the bar of what is possible in a video game. One look at the game with the graphics turned all the way up will stun you, proving what is possible for a video game to have. The lush jungles and tropical forests are full of life and color, with each leaf and blade of grass moving and swaying in the wind. Everything is extremely detailed, no matter what you're looking at. Lightning and thunderstorms look exceptional on the CryEngine2, as well as other environmental weather, such as snow.
Naturally pure beauty comes at a price. Since CryEngine2 was made with the concept of being used with all its glory for gaming desktops in the future, you need to invest quite a bit to make it look beautiful and running at a decent frame rate. It's been stated that no gaming desktop TO DATE can max it complete, anti-aliasing and all, with a decent, playable frame rate. Don't be discouraged and drawn into the fact that you need an almost godlike desktop to play this; a medium end graphics card with a decent processor and a decent amount of RAM can tweak this game into still looking great, but to get the most out of the game, start investing.
The sounds are realistic in their own sense. Moving through bushes and grass gives you the "whoosh" sound every time you move, drawing enemy attention if you're not careful. Koreans also speak fluent Korean, but only on the higher difficulties.Avalanches sound how they're supposed to, with crashing rocks, and thunder from storms also is well performed. Every action has a distinctive sound, and even when you're just standing still, you can certainly hear the wildlife and possibly the ocean, should you be near. Oh, and when you hear the sirens go off near Korean camps, you know it's time to run, as a whole flank of Koreans will be heading your way.
Weapon sounds are realistic in their owns sense as well - surely Shotguns make a very large "BOOM!" sound when fired, as expected. Assault Rifles could sound a bit louder, but other than that minor tidbit, sound accurate as in real life.
Music doesn't make a whole lot of difference in your gameplay, and is probably better to keep off due to being able to listen to your surroundings and get the best of your enemies. Also, if you have it available, getting a set of surround-sound speakers or a headset would be excellent to provide the best sound experience for Crysis.
Play Time/Replayability: 10/10:
As been mentioned before, Crysis is set up for the player to play the game how he or she wants to play it. You're free to do any objectives you want, in any order, at any time you want, in any way you want. When you're finished with the game and have a great understanding of the game concepts, play it on a harder difficulty for an added gaming experience. If you're feeling very masochistic, try it on the hardest difficulty of all, Delta. Think you have what it takes to complete it?
Crysis'play time is very long, with Single Player sucking up at least 20 hours of your time, maybe even more depending on how much you play. If you're the type of gamer that loves to gawk at the superb graphics, add a few more hours of play time to that.
Overall, Crysis is one of those games where it's not uncommon to leave this game installed on your PC for a long while, due to the complex nature of being able to play the game how YOU want to play, and not how the developers want you to play it.
Rent or Buy?
Definite buy, that's if you have the PC to run it. If you do, then definitely consider picking up Crysis at your local retailer today for $49.99, maybe even cheaper depending on where you buy it from. Crysis will keep you entertained for a long while with it's unmatched graphics, and unequaled gameplay.
What are you waiting for? The Earth's survival is placed in your hands...
Final Score: 9/10
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/04/08
Game Release: Crysis (US, 11/13/07)
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