Crysis 2 Impressions

Nomad takes on a giant mech while avoiding a collapsing building in this latest look at Crytek's upcoming futuristic shooter.

The Crytek team will be tearing into New York if the latest glimpse of Crysis 2 is anything to go by. At the EA E3 2010 press conference today, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli took to the stage to show off another gameplay snippet from the upcoming shooter, with this newest look featuring plenty of frenetic action with the nanosuit, as well as lots of environmental destruction in an iconic New York locale.

Before the demo began, Yerli once again outlined some key points about the shooter sequel. First, the game--like its PC predecessor--would present a sandbox experience where gamers would be given the tools (that is, weapons and the sweet nanosuit) and the environment to approach a situation in any way they please. Second, Yerli promised that Crysis 2 would have the "most intelligent enemies ever." It's a big call, but if the demo he showed afterward is any indication, he may be onto something.

The demo took place inside a ruined version of New York's Central Station in the year 2023, with the iconic structure featuring heavy damage from the alien invasion that has all but ruined the city. Nomad--the protagonist from the first game--runs into the station and immediately activates one of his upgraded nanosuit's abilities: a vision mode that overlays tactical information about his environment. Doing this, Nomad quickly spotted some large alien foes, rushing in to take them out quickly with some concentrated firepower.

With the first set of alien foes dispatched, an even greater threat emerged. The gigantic mech-like Master Pinger--which was first unveiled in the game's pre-E3 trailer recently--crashed through the front entrance of the train station, accompanied by several other aliens. Nomad had to stay mobile to avoid the Pinger's heavy fire, using his nanosuit's enhanced speed ability to quickly weave in and out of pillars. Nomad found a rocket launcher and quickly switched to a stealth mode where he became close to invisible. Nomad then sneaked up to flank the Pinger, firing a missile straight at its head.

But a large explosive detonating directly on top of it wasn't enough to stop the alien vehicle, and it turned to fire at Nomad once again. Nomad had to turn tail and run, and he eventually found some M4 explosives in another room. Switching to stealth mode, the soldier went right up to the Pinger and attached two explosives to its legs before racing away to detonate. But this still wasn't enough to bring the beast down--Nomad had to find yet another rocket and fire it directly at the Pinger before it eventually died.

From here, things got hectic. Looking up beyond the shattered roof of Central Station, Nomad saw several alien rockets crash into a tall building overlooking his location. The large building started to slowly collapse. An armored vehicle then came screeching into the station, picking up Nomad and rushing out as debris started to rain down. Outside, the vehicle spotted a civilian begging for help--a friend was trapped near the entrance of a subway station, and he was pleading for assistance. Unfortunately, the building was close to coming down on the entire area, forcing the military vehicle to race away. As Nomad looked back, he saw the gigantic building fall into what once was Central Station.

With the demo over, Yerli had yet another announcement to make: that Crysis 2 would be available in stereoscopic 3D on all three of its platforms when it ships later this year. Yerli then showed a new trailer in 3D--unfortunately, we weren't equipped with the right glasses, so we can't attest to the visual fidelity of the 3D on show. What we can say, though, is that Crysis 2 is looking quite impressive right now in normal 2D, with an incredible amount of detail and with particle effects being thrown around during the firefight with Pinger.

We'll have more on Crysis 2 soon, so keep it locked to GameSpot for our full E3 2010 coverage.

Discussion

57 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

meh dungeon keeper 3 coming and heroes 6... yah and what happened to the icy island thingy in the first game ??

velsper
velsper

I just hope it being on consoles won't create tons of extra loading screens and smaller areas than the first. But whatever, I'm still going to get it at launch day :D

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

This looks awesome and I hope it will have a good MP. Looking forward to playing it!

In65Seconds
In65Seconds

@malificus1 Well you gotta remember what happened during the first Crysis. There were very few computers that could run it unless they were pratically built from scratch as a supercomputer. So yeah, they're going to put down the graphics a little bit. I'm pretty sure Crytek is doing whatever they can to help computers run Crysis 2 without sacrificing the graphics, or the gameplay, or anything else that made the first Crysis so great. That might even be why Crytek pushed the release date to the first quarter of 2011 now. I am very excited to see how this game comes out. I loved the first one, minus all of the crashes because I've always played the PC version :P, and I'm very anxious to see if the sequel will be just as good, if not, better, than the first one!

JesusFreak1990
JesusFreak1990

I just recently got the Crysis Maximum Edition, and beat the main game, and the stand alone expansion (currently going through the game again and sometimes playing multiplayer), and I loved it, it was so incredible, lol. :D I can't wait for this one, I just hope my new PC can run this game.

malificus1
malificus1

I have to admit, I thought the graphics would be better than what I'm seeing in these screens and videos. Possibly the finished product would be improved but I doubt they would revise the game engine last second... IMO, Killzone 2 blows these visuals out of the water. Also, I really do hope that the new Nano Suit power implements play out well. I personally liked the different options I had for the suit in the first game. It made you actually plan out different situations and how to go about sneaking through an enemy base or run and gunning everything down. Cevat Yerli said that he hopes to "remake" Crysis but I hope it doesn't turn out to be too story driven. I liked the freedom of the first Crysis so this new "limited freedom" might be a bore for me.

bugbag
bugbag

This game looks amazing, I can't wait to play it.

Gastii
Gastii

Is it gonna have an online multiplayer?

itachi100
itachi100

I have no idea what was going through people's heads when they thought this game was going to be good. Because of the consoles, another potentially mediocre game is going to be a piece of garbage. When I said mediocre, I meant it looked bad from the start. The previous Crysis seems to have zero relevance to this one. I'm STILL pissed about that cliffhanger ending.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Crysis2 and Killzone3 owned e3. My trigger finger is itching, I cant wait to get my hands on these 2 games.

juxtapose519
juxtapose519

@richioso Ya, I'm going to play it on a console because I LOVE playing games that look like crap, and I can't stand it when the controls aren't clunky and awkward. You're funny. It was a joke. My PC would eat a 360 for breakfast. I was just making a comment about how good the graphics looked. Haha, console...

richioso
richioso

@juxtapose519 If you have a console you don't need to pray for a game to work.

yodathewise
yodathewise

I doubt my PC will be able to handle this; I'll probably have to get it on my 360.

isshiah
isshiah

the AI is the best ever? i've heard that before. Hopefully its the truth this time.

xFishBowlx
xFishBowlx

I wish I had a computer that could handle the first one, but hopefully with its ship to consoles it wont lose what appeal it had on the PC. And hopefully makes it easy to understand the story.

GianisPaok4
GianisPaok4

hopefuly the requirements wil be reeealy big...

sheah1
sheah1

@Elite_Baller Is it really all that important?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

was the footage shown console or pc footage? It looked like 360 because it showed the colored buttons for the actions.

Steakface
Steakface

Hope Crytek hasn't contracted consolitis since Crysis and Crysis Warhead.

cwdawg1224
cwdawg1224

Holy crap, what is wrong with you idiots who keep saying for them to say gameplay footage? They already did yesterday! Go watch it and stop whining!

juxtapose519
juxtapose519

The biggest problem I had with the first Crysis and Warhead was that while the game was really pretty to look at, I got pretty bored after the first couple hours of running through jungle after jungle. I really hope C2 can change all that. Let's just pray our computers can handle it.

47gunner
47gunner

Why still that teaser trailer??

jmr1986
jmr1986

@ kmne1 @1528Devvy01 They show some actual real gameplay yesterday at the EA E3 presentation. Did you guys miss that??

milan22
milan22

@MamaiB we r not supposed to be impressed with this Teaser Trailer, we r supposed to be TEASED! lol :)

Devvy01
Devvy01

I agree with kmne, show real game footage, anyone can generate super special effects these days..

MamaiB
MamaiB

:( im not rlly impressed srry

kmne11528
kmne11528

Teaser trailers are a waste of time,why bother? Just show us some proper gameplay footage.

wars45
wars45

just hope the online is good

TareX_md
TareX_md

Hope disappointing. How were u NOT equipped with the right glasses? I came to gamespot wanting to see the impressions of the 3D trailer because that's the only thing I can't see on a computer screen.

bumbum1991
bumbum1991

No doubt that 2010 is specially designed for FPS! I'm wondering that in Crysis 2, Nomad will have to fight as a lone woft or with his brave allies?

samfisherelitec
samfisherelitec

this is on my ps3 list for 2010: 1- MOH 2- crYsis 2 3- CoD Blackops 4- CoD MW3 5- Socom 4

CursedCheetos
CursedCheetos

i ll be waiting for the demo to see if my pc can handle it on very high settings, crysis and crysis warhead ran very well for me on that settings, i hope it ll do too if dont, i still can get it on ps3 nice demo on e3 btw

Pete5506
Pete5506

Im going to need to get a better computer by this fall

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

This is one hell of an ambitious game I say !!!

TJP75
TJP75

@stuckboy I agree with your sentiments about AI & complex environments, I hope that Crytek can advance this aspect alongside their beautiful graphics.

ymarkman
ymarkman

Nice! I can't wait for this incredible-sounding sequel. It's gonna be BIG!!!

slimskelter
slimskelter

I thought Crysis and Warhead were underrated. I'd like to see Crysis become large like Battlefield or CoD.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Looks incredible. Loved the story of Crysis and the environments. Great stuff!

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

the trailer from gametrailers is better well since it was an episode

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

This trailer was the best thing I saw ALL day. The image of the rockets slamming into the skyscraper and it falling soon thereafter...that was a little disturbing to me.

Virendra2
Virendra2

A True Epic Show me some videos gamespot plz i'm dying to get this game on my PC

stuckboy
stuckboy

@TJP75 I agree that in Crysis games, sometimes the AI characters "screw up". However they must navigate much more complex environments than other games; the environments are also subject to arbitrary changes. They also can make decisions on the fly to jump in vehicles etc. All of this necessarily increases the complexity of the AI with respect to other, simpler (linear, scripted) games, so you've got to give them some credit!