Crysis 2 Updated Multiplayer Hands-On

We sample nanosuit modules and Ambush, the latest multiplayer map revealed for Crysis' New York-set sequel.

Ambush is the latest multiplayer map to be put on show by Crytek. Like the maps revealed in August (Rooftop Gardens and Impact) and like the single-player campaign, it's set in an evacuated New York City. Ambush, a nighttime map, consists of a three-level hotel car park, the hotel next door, and the street outside where cars are wrecked and overturned, with papers blowing through the abandoned streets. Ambush's setting is grittier than the glasshouses and bright skies of the attractive Rooftop Gardens, and it's about one and half times the size of that map and more vertical, with the multistory car park at its centre.

The modes we were playing across the maps were as before: Team Instant Action, the team deathmatch mode, and Crash Site, a moving capture-and-defend mode in which an alien ship fires a pod onto the map and the teams (six versus six, marines against C.E.L.L.) compete to secure and hold it until the next pod lands. As outlined previously, the multiplayer classes are defined by their nanosuit abilities as much as their weapon loadouts. Nanosuit abilities are set by the three suit modules assigned by the class (either assault, scout, demolition, sniper, or stealth-favouring ghost) or by the player in the custom class.

When you finish a match, experience points are funneled into the weapon, armour, and stealth categories according to how you've played, as you progress toward upgrades in each category. Customisable weapon unlocks are available, too, but the character customisation is geared less toward weapon modification and more toward suit modules, with some interesting options among the 21 modules on offer. One module makes enemy bullet and grenade trails visible to help you seek out enemy fighters. Another module makes your footsteps inaudible to improve stealth, with another that removes your shadow for the same purpose. The air combat module enables a stun ability, letting you end a jump in a powerful ground stomp that temporarily disables enemies in range.

Night in shining armor.

The combat itself still feels fast and fluid, especially with the supercharged sprint and sliding kick melee attack. The suit abilities--including an armour-boosting mode and the near-invisible stealth mode in addition to suit modules--also add a layer of complexity to the first-person shooting, even beyond that of, say, Halo Reach's relatively small armour ability selection. The key armour and stealth modes drain the energy reserves in your nanosuit; these reserves can also be upgraded as you gain experience.

The game will ship with six modes when it comes out in March next year; expect to hear more about Crysis 2's multiplayer between now and then.

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drunkenmtlhead
drunkenmtlhead

oh...and i own an xbox. You have to remember, console gamer's did not have crysis 1, then had crysis 2, they did not have battlefield 2, they had battlefield modern warfare. When all you have experienced is sub par games (in relation to pc games) then of course your going to rate it a 10. But for us who have actually seen insanely great games, this is hot garbage.

drunkenmtlhead
drunkenmtlhead

another generic spray and pray fps. Hot crap with pieces of hair and corn in it, feces, turd, scat, dookie, diarrhea, duce. Chalk one up for catering to console gamers, you get the picture. 2.0 out of 10. This game is generic as hell and offers nothing innovative to the gamer. It is pure spray and pray and is basically call of duty with a few bonus features. I remember the first one where there were 65 players running around with tanks and choppers and all sorts of awesome stuff, not anymore. 16 people max (cheap console port) lack of vehicles and pure infantry no skill spray and pray combat. If you like wasting money and being pissed off about it, this game is for you. Keep it up developers around the world, games suck these days.

pidow
pidow

On top of my list to buy.

97soldierz
97soldierz

@Mar28jw Dude you're so stupid, you can't bring real life into an argument about video games. Even so, almost everything you said about PC gamers and there upgrades is similar to PS3 or XBOX360 owners. PCs are also way better than XBOXs or Playstations because you have so many choices and it runs way better, as long as you have a strong enough computer. Even if you hate keyboard and mouse you can get a controller.

NathanDrake22
NathanDrake22

Okay. Call of Duty is great. BUT I hate it when people play it and nothing else. This game will blow black ops outta the water. I hate when people say call of duty is the best game ever when thats all theyve played. Anybody agree? Especially ps3 owners. Uncharted 2 is waaaaay better than black ops and mw2. ps3 owners have no excuse not to play uncharted. whos with me

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

ho ho UBERxL33T listen sparky,the majority of PC gamers are bunch of bearded tossers that have way too much time and money on there hands so think they have the right to look down there noses at console owners because there computer is all they have in thier sad lives,grow up littleman,the average person with a social life isnt going to pay hundreds of pounds upgrading everytime a new PC game comes out so they can turn on the triple buffering,theyd rather spend money on going outside and getting thier end away or supporting there families,buy games as a hobby not as way of life and your little PC hobbit brigade dosent intimidate me or change my opinion

aferrara50
aferrara50

@ ritsukoex console just doesn't look as good. I have a ps3, 360, and a wii and none of them look nearly as good when playing the same game, even on the same screen. Games need to be made for both consoles and pcs in mind. Since the games are being made on pcs then they should be made extremely beautiful with all the bells and whistles for high end computers and then dumbed down for everything else. an xbox360/ ps3 is really just he equivalent of a computer with a nvidia 8800 card in it, would seem pointless to make a game available on pc that is built around that card since new cards would barely need to work to play it

bemabo
bemabo

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advanracer
advanracer

@RisukoEX :: If I win the lottery, I'd be buying a 2nd home in Monte Carlo. Forget the Gaming PC.. Better yet I'll buy you the Gaming PC XD.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@advanracer the only way I can get inspired to build a gaming Pc..is when I win the lottery.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@aferrara50 consoles hater! wait till the game comes out. before you pass your foolish judgement on it!

advanracer
advanracer

aferrara50 :: at least it won't be as hardware taxing compared to Crysis. Plus, if you're comp's already high end, Then..just sit back and enjoy. Save your 4th: 1000 dollar physics card.

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

This sequence seems that will be great! Can't wait....

aferrara50
aferrara50

and of course the game will never be made to run on high end rigs. Thank you consoles... makes me wonder why I shelled out the cash for something that makes a 360 or ps3 look like a NES. Hopefully there are tons of particles and the game actually takes complete advantage of physx. I would love to be forced to buy a 4th card to dedicate to physx

UBERxL33T
UBERxL33T

@Mar28jw You are the most retarded piece of sh*t I have ever seen to ever call himself a gamer. I will correct your mistakes. 1. "Satisfaction of pulling a trigger on a joy-pad"? That sound's like something a console "gamer" would pull out of his ass in 10 seconds. 2. PC games are usually NOT a glitchy mess due to the fact that they are far more powerful than consoles. 3. Did you seriously said that PCs don't compare to consoles for gaming? I won't even comment on that. Listen kid, I would do a little research before posting next time.

Mar28jw
Mar28jw

tired of the PC goon platoon whining,1.playing shooters on a mouse and keyboard is never going to compare with the satisfaction of pulling a trigger on a joypad,2.PC games are usually a glitchy mess due to most people having different setups or levels of performance you only have to look at ARMA 2 to see that and 3.PCs are never going to compare with consoles because consoles are designed solely with games in mind cutting out all the bulltwang associated with gaming on the PC,case closed,move on,do your taxes,move out of your moms basement or get that puncture repair kit youve been needing for your girlfriend

jumalan75
jumalan75

Agreed Moyo... tired of our PC games getting dumbed down to appease the console population and primitive dual analog. I play these games on 360 only because all my friends are too cheap to get a real PC. Playing fps on consoles will always be worse.. unfortunately it's also way more affordable and the nice thing about consoles is the game can actually be sold back for some monetary value unlike PC games... ;_;

moyo
moyo

I agree advancracer and JimmPat. It is really a shame that PC games don't make money any where near the Consoles do, forcing a lot of companies to put priority on the Console first then port it to PC as oppose to the other way around. Which really dumb down the PC version.

edmond_villamor
edmond_villamor

My only wish is they don't release this like Black Ops. I'm definitely getting this game!

JimmyPat7
JimmyPat7

I'm pretty sure the reason it is going to the consoles at all is because the the first game, as awesome as it was, didn't make very much money for Crytek.

advanracer
advanracer

Agreed moyo. So far it looks good for the console. At least if anything the destructible environments will look far better than Bad Company for starts. LMAo. But then again, if you have a crysis ready pc then you're good to go. Why even get the console version? We both know the PC Version will have every option that Crytek could shell out just like Crysis and Crysis Warhead. Either way its a Win for both PC and Consoles. The only dilemma there is, the influence this game will have towards the console owners getting inspired to build a gaming pc in the end. Good times either way.

moyo
moyo

I hope to God this game isn't going to be tailored down so much to suit the inferiority of the consoles. The first game was soley for PC and it was excellent graphic wise, the ability to change all kinds of graphics settings. I've seen great games that are designed for all platform suffering from the lack of grpahical settings and game play (Mass Effect 2). But I'll leave my judgement unitl the game comes out. I'll get if off of bit torrent and if it's like the first one, I'll go to the store and buy it.

alien33
alien33

nice chick, first beautiful british girl i ever see, hahahahaha

jjivey
jjivey

If its anything like Crysis 1 this will be awesome. The ending sequence looked really good. Did i see a spawn kill? o boy...

max_1111
max_1111

@Kane04 Video cards aren't the only thing responsible for good gaming performance... They're certainly important, but a good video card alone won't help you if you're being bottle-necked elsewhere... The fault may even lie with the software itself. Crappy code within the port can cause poor gameplay performance as well, which is why (for example) sometimes a non-exclusive game may run great on a Ps3 but suffers from occasional slow-downs on an X-box (or vice-versa). EDIT: While i never played GTA4, if they gave the PC version a graphics upgrade or any other sort of boost over the console version, this may also account for steeper requirements.

Sergeant_
Sergeant_

Crysis has always been the under spoken, yet highly acclaimed diamond that pretty much is ahead of its time in terms of the engine it runs on. I'm extremely excited to see how the storyline plays out though...considering the end of the first one Sarge goes back to the island...maybe a different squad that is sent to New York? I'm only guessing, cause it doesn't seem all the original characters are back like War Head.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

If this has a decent length single player, which it should have, I'm there. awesome stuff.

freema
freema

Oh man, it's gonna have killstreaks?! That is freaking awesome. Even more Call of Duty goodness. Thank you Mr. Kotick for infusing so much originality into modern games.

icebox98
icebox98

not amazing but still good

icebox98
icebox98

not amazing but still good

giantming
giantming

the gameplay looks very slick!!

HAL5000
HAL5000

I love NYC and a game that brings the fight in the big apple environment, very cool. Crysis has never disappointed me and this release looks to keep that experience alive. I prefer the single player mode rather than the multi player mode but this looks great. In a city that doesn't sleep, I am ready.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Looks great, but I will wait as this is not my cup of tea. And there are just too many shooters out there. Too many people will either A. stick with 1 shooter that they enjoy or B. jump to what ever shooter comes out. Thus there will not be that many people playing any one shooter. I mean how many people will be playing this at any given time, with all the other shooters out there.

organbank
organbank

SWEEEET yet another generic shooter AWESOME

Kane04
Kane04

@ "" RSX is about a 7950GTX right? Then why does GTA4 on PC is so much more demanding than that? I'm just trying to make a point, just because the SR are high, doesn't automatically means Crysis 2 is not a console port. SP i'm pretty sure its not, MP idk, it can be either way imo.

Kane04
Kane04

gameplay reminded me of cs, level design u2

BombayNugz
BombayNugz

also you said "it looks" which by no way means "it is" so....your word is not fact lol..also for that matter neither is mine..

BombayNugz
BombayNugz

Kak...calm down. seriously. lol you just made a huge assumption with no actual fact on the story or just how "cinematic" it is...talk about reading a book by the cover man..

Kakaroti4
Kakaroti4

This game looks like a completely watered down version of the original. No scrap that it looks NOTHING like the original which had a unique island setting, gorgeous graphics and sandbox oriented game play. The only thing these two games will have in common will be the continuation of the single player campaign from the first game and nano suit functions. This game looks like CoD, Crytek style, and will undoubtedly destroy the franchise for those who have come to love the original and its setting and feel. I for one am completely turned off about this game, it looks like a shooter on rails, a cinematic yet shallow game just like CoD and pretty much everything else on the market these days.

otakubr
otakubr

@boricuasnake04 i was expecting sth like that an as advanced pc as in the 1st time just intrigues me the console version story

max_1111
max_1111

@Mr_Clark Holy crap i know right? I mean look at Wolfenstein 3D! TOTALLY copied Call of Duty with shooting at bad guys with guns in a realtime 3D environment!!! @boricuasnake04 If PC users are simply getting port of Crysis 2, the system requirements will not be that steep (...but sweet merciful crap that better not be what we're getting).

Mr_Clark
Mr_Clark

@Max_1111 Lets not forget that CoD copied Medal Of Honor with the world war II story :-O But no, lets all forget that games came out BEFORE Call of Duty, everything evolves from Call of Duty!

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

@otakubr minimun requirements= GODLY to say the least lol

max_1111
max_1111

@Mr_BillGates Guess that would mean that CoD copied Unreal Tournament, what with keeping track of kill streaks and all, right? Go fap somewhere else... Nobody wants to clean up that mess...

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

What is up with the copycats that displays EXP gained on their screen? Current shooters that jacked COD: Killzone, Crysis, Gears, and much more that I'm not alerted with.