Review – Crysis 2
Well it’s finally been released; the game many PC gamers have been waiting for – Crysis 2! To be frank, I’ve been waiting for this game to come out for quite some time, ever since I heard they might release it. This time, the game has been produced for the xbox360 and PS3 too, for gamers to enjoy the game on consoles for the first time. For newcomers to Crysis, it’s a game that has become almost legendary for the amount of clarity in its visual graphics; the original game was a game that would push both the CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphical processing unit) just to get a semblance of the decent graphics you want in the game, and not all computers could run it decently, or simply, you had to have an amazingly powerful computer to run the original Crysis on full graphic settings. Crysis 2 has been long awaited forand has been refined to be more efficient with more computers.
Game-play: Now who doesn’t enjoy taking a gun, and shooting down a few goons every now and then; well virtual goons of course. I know I do! Crysis 2 is a First-Person-Shooter (FPS) game, which is the type of game where you walk around and shoot things and wait for the big explosions. Now the amazing part of Crysis, was the ability to shoot anything down, including trees, animals, basically anything in the jungle in which you played could be shoot to splintery bits. Crysis 2, is slightly different, as it takes place in New York, which makes it lose that edge. During Crysis 1, the player donned a ‘Nanosuit’ which enhanced the players Armor, Strength, Speed, and had a feature called Cloak which rendered you invisible. With the newly released version of Crysis 2, you get those similar options, but you get an Upgraded suit called the Nanosuit 2.0. This new suit has the same features, but with the new suit you have the ability to use two modes together. For example, if you needed to get from point a to b without being torn to shreeds you could combine Armor and Speed.
Storyline: The game starts off with a group of soldiers enduring an unknown attack and they all have to make an emergency exit from their submarine. The game is set in 2023, 3 years after the original Crysis, in New York. Our player ends up on the shore, where a familiar face arises, the leader of Raptor team in Crysis, Prophet. He ends up dragging you out of the water, and by him reading your tag, you find out that you’re known as “Alcatraz”. Apparently ‘Prophet’ is dying, and claims that you are their last hope. He then proceeds to give you his Nanosuit 2.0, killing himself in the process. You then set out to continue on as per Prophet’s instructions. You encounter a team called C.E.L.L. (one of the bad guy teams in the game) who shoot you thinking you are Prophet, and the game carries on from there. The only thing that I would change was that the original role that was used as “Nomad”, would remain the same, other than that it was great overall. I won’t reveal more, as that will ruin your experience.
Graphics: Well, I don’t even know where to start when it comes to explaining the graphics of Crysis or its successor. Crysis was famous for its eye-candy graphics and I would play the game over and over just to go through all of those great visuals. Crysis 2 has been significantly enhanced to allow for even better graphic processing. The graphics are almost as great as the original (yes, I am saying that the original was better). But they are still great. The best way to explain it is that the graphics have been advanced to 2011 graphics, but toned down so more people are able to get the best out of the game. It’s still amazing, I won’t deny that.
Game Value: What more can I say? It has everything you’re looking for, a great storyline, game-play that you can enjoy, and amazing next generation graphics. Let’s not forget Crysis 2 finally brings Multiplayer mode into the Crysis franchise, which while fun isn’t quite as good as it could have been, as it seems more focus was dedicated to the Single Player mode. But still, the Multiplayer mode adds plenty more hours to what is already an incredible package.
Game Value: 10/10
Overall Score: 9.75
Overall Rating: Excellent!
I highly recommend this game for all the PC gamers out there, whether this is your type of game or not. I heard that it was not as great on the PS3 though, as the game suffers from a few frame rate issues amongst other things. Nevertheless, go grab yourself a copy of Crysis 2 today, and I’ll see you out on the battlefield soldier!
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