A look back: Crysis 2 beautifully realized or a beautiful mess?

Crysis 2 is like those fresh baked biscuits your mom would make you and if she didn’t then I am sorry you are missing out. Powered by Cryengine 3, Crysis 2 will grab you by the arms, give you a big kiss, slap you, and then repeat.

Who says Beta’s don’t help?! Crytek really did listen to all the feedback they got from the community and the outcome is a solid FPS. The controls on the PS3 are slick. Running, jumping, doing those little Parkour moves on the ledge of building, are all awesome and feel great.  I will admit the suit is what makes Crysis stand out among other shooters and that’s not a bad thing. Switching from Maximum Armor to becoming invisible is as easy as pressing the L2 or R2 buttons. These functions create dynamic and completely nonlinear battle situations. Sure you have a set point to go to, but how you get there and which way you encounter the enemy is up to you. I was a huge fan of the original, so speaking with some fanboism this game has not disappointed me.  The AI is amazing, not to mention the Alien AI, yeah good luck with that. If you were a fan of the original then don’t fret, prophet is in the game, and the way Crytek bridges the first game is so SWEET. Everything I have just said correlates with the online as well. The multiplayer in this game rocks. There are over 100 upgrades, 3 prestige’s, and just a ton of fun to be had here, especially if you have a friend to play with.  The only problem I have seen online is how overpowering the Sniper can be when combined with stealth. Beyond that this game rocks. Nothing is better than getting with a friend and setting up the perfect plan to take out a group of enemy players. Maybe get your hologram scope out, fire that bad boy across the room as you partner follows it while using stealth. You take the full frontal assault, and while the soon to be dead people fire on your hologram, then on you, your partner has already made it behind them and, well, you can guess what happens. Situations like those are what make this game so badass.

Do…. not….. move..

Cryengine 3 is beautiful. Done. I mean what else is there to say you have to see it to believe it. The lighting system in this game is amazing. Crytek made a great decision to go with a much brighter looking game by having the sun always up. This creates amazing god rays, and vistas to stare at. I couldn’t tell you how many times I died because I was checking out the scenery.  On top of all that, you might be playing when all of sudden a air battle ensues above you causing all sorts of mayhem, or maybe even an earthquake. The easiest way to describe it would be to say this game is constantly going to surprise you. Yes! What you were thinking right there, that’s a yes. It does look that good online too. There are some framerate hitches, but nothing that takes you out of the experience.

Crytek really did put their heart into this. In doing so they created a game not only fans of the original can enjoy, but even newcomers. The story is at times a bit confusing but everything comes to together in the end. Leaving you satisfied and probably ready to go at it again and use completely different tactics.  My first play through took me about 11 hours to beat it. Yeah 11 hours and the you still have the multiplayer with 100+ unlocks. How can you not get this, talk about getting your moneys worth. Online is fast, intense, hard, but great. All I can say is go grab yeah a comfortable chair, maybe some coke, or whatever beverage you game with, sit back, and get yo crisis on!

Crysis 2 achieves a 9/10

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