Crytek: Crysis 3 is 'our masterpiece'

Founder Cevat Yerli says latest entry is technically and creatively better than first two titles, but suffering due to gamer "fatigue."

Crysis 3 is "so far, our masterpiece," Crytek founder Cevat Yerli told Gamasutra. He added that the first-person shooter is technically and creatively superior to the first two games.

"It is better than Crysis 2. It is better than Crysis 1. Technical and creatively, and storytelling--all aspects," he said.

Despite Yerli's belief in the quality of Crysis 3, he said it is no surprise that the game is receiving lower critical marks. He chalked up the game's relatively tepid reception to a pair of factors, the first of which is gamer fatigue.

"Some games have lost up to 20 percent, despite the fact that the games are quite good still," Yerli said. "That's because there's a certain fatigue level with the old generation currently. The markets are down[…]people's expectations are much more radical than the current generation of games are doing."

He added that this trend may be reversed when next-generation platforms arrive. "I think the new generation of consoles will reinvigorate that and help to elevate that again, and elevate new concepts of gaming which old platforms are right now limiting, too," he said.

Yerli also said some of the blame for Crysis 3's review scores are due to the fact that the original PC-exclusive Crysis was such a "different" game compared to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 offerings at the time.

"It was so different to others that the relative impact it created was so much more bigger than Crysis 2 or Crysis 3," he said.. "So, for me, the relative impact that Crysis 3 has created is lower than what Crysis 1 did. But I would think at any level it's better than Crysis 2, and it's certainly still better than Crysis 1. People remember Crysis 1 much bigger than it was, because it had a high impact."

For more on Crysis 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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bastion11
bastion11

Great game!exciting and full of action! every crysis is different in some ways, and all together is a franchise you must try.

Davirus849
Davirus849

Crysis 3 is horrible, it have zero originality, and almost everything feels like a Avengers (the movie) rip off.

Impressive graphics value, but zero to EVERYTHING.

They just bring back Psycho and Prophet because they knew they screwed up with Crysis 2, but they just made it worst with Crysis 3.

CaptainSam
CaptainSam

Yep, looks good but... it freezes on the final battle on my PS3. I cant end the f..... game. It sucks. 

Anyone here have the some problem? 

I-Am-Alive
I-Am-Alive

The game Looks good and plays well

But...

man dude, why was it so short. This is certainly not an OVERALL masterpiece to be honest.


louseg
louseg

Ill have to go with the crowd, this one is the worse yet.  I mean yes 10outof10 for graphics, but thats it!  I rarely don't finish a game and this one has been shelved on level 3!  Linear gameplay is NOT what Crysis fan want, again I've said it, listen to us guys.

4514N_DUD3
4514N_DUD3

EHHHHH, WRONG! Crysis 1 was their masterpiece! The other two games are just cheap linear copies of all the other FPS shooters out there.

ARIA_ZANGBAR
ARIA_ZANGBAR

Dx11 only ? I wonder if he knows what a market he missed ! 

me and 90% of my friends own Dx10 Graphic Cards!

I had no problem before ! and I don't think I will in the next 2 years!!!

Spitf1re-us
Spitf1re-us

I don't understand why Crytek refuses to bring the sandbox gameplay back. Did they not realize linear play is not what Crysis fans want.

donalbane
donalbane

Crysis 1 was better because it was a big open sandbox, like Far Cry before it.  Once they dropped that model, the series lost a huge amount of its appeal. 

Jvince2113
Jvince2113

Crytek does an amazing job with graphics and physics, but lack creativity in the fps genre. If they had help creating Crysis 3 then maybe the game would be grounbreaking as Crytek is saying.

64-bit
64-bit

i enjoyed Crysys 1 before my gamer ass got fatigued by horrible disease called EA, that destroys every game it catches. 

gilaliz
gilaliz

No.


The first Crysis was a huge jump forward for fps gameplay.  The sheer size and scale of the maps along with allowing players their own approach to them was its great promise.


And they moved away from it in the sequels.  They abandoned their greatest strength for small, contained areas.


The story is boilerplate.  The aliens are as generic as generic can be.  It's still a beautiful game.  But it feels hollow and boring and not challenging now, where the first one really felt like you were put into a weird conflict and were trying to work your way through it (until the lame squid aliens became your primary enemy).

The first two thirds of the first Crysis were brilliant.  Graphics aside, it's been downhill since then.


liveanimals
liveanimals

I completely agree.  Coming from an avid gamer and a Crysis veteran, Crysis 3 is an amazing game.  


The level design is brilliant.  While the massive scale of the first is still unmatched, I truly think that while different, the quality is right up there. Don't expect an identical experience to 1, but there is still a huge amount of room to take down situations and levels as you see fit.  It still has an amazing stealth aspect, and the ability to blend play styles on the fly is still largely there.

I played it on super soldier difficulty and honestly, I didn't have a problem with the AI.  Possibly if I played on on Easy or Normal I may have seen this issue firsthand.  However, the AI is intelligent and reactive on the higher difficulites.  It stays on top of the situation and constantly forces you to move around and think on your feet.  Those who have had issues, I recommend playing it on a more difficult setting.  It may be the deciding factor as to how the AI reacts.

The sound design is great, high quality effects and great voice acting. The graphics are beautiful and truly unparalleled in terms of raw quality. CryEngine 3 truly produces stunning results at max settings. Everything from the environments, particle effects and character models have an immense level of detail.


Preferences and personal opinions aside, it's ignorant for people to say 'Crysis 3 suked, man it was so linear and crappy. so dumb  this guys an idiot'. Crysis 3 obviously did not suck on a technical level.  It sits at right below an 80 metacritic, which means critically it's on the brink of greatness, and is no less than a solid good game.  So for someone to say C3 sucks and that Cervat is an idiot for thinking Crytek did a great job, kinda just shows that either A) you didn't play the game and you're just repeating what others said, or B) you're an idiot who really doesn't know what you're talking about.

 It's not a linear game, and I'm not sure why people think that it is.  While the first level is very linear, yes, the game opens up immediately afterwards. Yes, you are going somewhere in specific to do something specifically.  That's generally how missions in these types of games work  That's how Crysis 1 worked, and pretty much every FPS game that is not fully open world works.  You go places and do things.  How you get through these encounters, and the overall journey is what counts.  If you really felt like you had no control over how you played the game or got through the levels, you must not have paid enough attention. While there are a few short sequences that are a little more constricted, as a whole, it's a pretty open game

I really haven't dug into the multiplayer yet, so I won't comment unknowingly on that.  Speaking purely from a standpoint on the campagin, Cevat Yerli is correct.

 Crysis 3 is a masterpiece.

overhang
overhang

That's EA's version of the Midas touch. They turn into crap everything they put their hands on.

deathblow3
deathblow3

his dude is right it is his best art..... as in it all pretty but dumb horid AI & linear. that was something that wasnt even being done last gen.

edinko
edinko

Cevat is obviously delusional. MAybe he should go to a shrink. A constant annoying flood of total BS from his mouth lately. From this to F2P future and always online single player etc etc. He is either insane or a liar or an idot or all of it.

Chui_GamingX
Chui_GamingX

i agree with Kevin VanOrd 100% 7.5 out of 10 at best for THIS MEDIOCRE GAME ! CRYSIS 1 and WARHEAD is BEST in Franchise! CryTek u really dissapoint the FANS =( Not good ! P.S. And Yeaah Far Cry 1 back in 2004 its Awesome too =) Good memories...

SamuraiSeven
SamuraiSeven

SPOILERS

Yes.  It's beautiful.  Right up until it locks up on you after you kill the Alpha Ceph. Major let down.  Apparently it's happening to quite a few Crysis fans.  (75% according to one of their customer service reps.  (That stat was found on mycrysis forums))

mastertien123
mastertien123

So this is your best creation ? Then you guy sucks :)) If anything best , in my opinion , have to be Crysis Warhead :3

Scarshi
Scarshi

Crysis worked just fine on its own on PC. 2 & 3 are something else for consoles to rake in the cash. They are all beautiful games, but the original just had more.

dah_master
dah_master

Well... I thought the original Crysis was the best since it offered the most freedom among the series. You were literally a superhuman man on an island with some bad guys. The recent Crysis games set you down a linear path of which this freedom is severely limited. 

If they stuck to the original formula for their Crysis games, I think it would have received more of my attention.

botsio
botsio

crysis is not bad a game and yes it is a masterpiece cos the game has been visually represented and the pc was the platform that did the magic!making games is tough as hell!visual arts is not as easy as u think!

Navardo95
Navardo95

Masterpiece? Because it has wonderful visuals thats why?...sure...because if a game has gorgeous graphics it becomes a masterpiece...wow.
Crytek...do focus on the gameplay as much as you guys focus on creating good visuals...

devild0ogwhite
devild0ogwhite

"gamer fatigue"?  That's the worst possible excuse I have ever heard from a developer.  Fact of the matter is Crysis 3 is just not as good as the original (though I actually thought it was better than 2).

starduke
starduke

Hmm, if Crysis one had more of an impact, maybe you shoulda stayed on PC, instead of dumbing it down for the consoles.

grin89
grin89

1 is always the best in my opinion, nothings better than that fresh new ip feeling.

Osir1s18
Osir1s18

Another reason for the downfall is the dx11 only issue. I have a great DX10 card and have had no issues with any new games. Im not willing to upgrade my rig for the sole purpose of being able to play crysis 3. Im not going to bother buying it unless they build it back in

julzeverne
julzeverne

The reason the series is sucking is because EA sucks the life out of everything: it's devs, it's customers, it's franchises.

Seriously they ruin everything.

botswanky
botswanky

I smell some smart catch-up, last ditch marketing here... nothing more. 

espviper301
espviper301

So Crysis 3 is your masterpiece Crytek?  A game that I've recently started playing and the audio has hiccups every 10-15 minutes?  That's quite the "masterpiece."  Here's the facts: Crysis 1, including Warhead (I consider both as one game), was, and will remain to be, the best in the franchise.  I do not regret buying Crysis 3, because I knew what I was buying and the game will live up to my expectations, but those expectations aren't "Crysis 1" or a "masterpiece".  You guys sold out when you moved the franchise to consoles and that's fine because you had a great IP and you wanted to make bank on it.  That's cool and I understand the motivation.  But when you make a game that has little impact in its genre (unlike what Crysis 1 was), don't call it a "masterpiece" and blame it's low scores or sales on "gamer fatigue".  Yerli - you competently acknowledged why Crysis 3 didn't get a crushing score as Crysis 1 did, because of the lack of impact to the genre.  That is where your thought should have stopped, because that is the only reason why the game didn't get a much better score.  If there was "gamer fatigue" COD wouldn't still be selling million of copies on pre-orders.

etramleinad12
etramleinad12

I've learned so much from people that are not gamers about myself than ever before! I've learned that video games make me violent, that I misread War Z's features, that I LOVE DLC, and now apparently I have gamer's fatigue! I wonder what I'll learn next!

sniperwol_basic
sniperwol_basic

Yerli can you justify. How much freedom was in Crysis 1 and compare it with 2 and 3. You will get it. There is only one path to your goal. leave it stealthy or crazy. Crysis 1 have big environment. We are limited in 2 and 3 due to consoles. Yerli you people forget every think when u see Money ($$$). So to get more money you have ported game to console. Please i am not talking about console and PC war. The game was actually build for PC which is lost in some desert

bastion11
bastion11

@Davirus849they have never screwed anything, great storyline, every game was better than the previous, the franchise is a masterpiece, you are just a hater. defenitly not for you

rockoman100
rockoman100

@gilaliz I completely disagree. Crysis 1 was just generic outpost korean shooting for half the game. If I wanted to play a game like that, I would play Far Cry 3. I have played Far Cry 3, and I loved it, but I don't play Crysis for the same reasons. Crysis didn't get interesting or exciting until the aliens showed up. That's what made Crysis 1 so appealing for me. Crysis was never meant to be an open world series anyway, it was meant to be linear, but not on-rails. Like Half-Life.

rockoman100
rockoman100

@liveanimals Thank you for this. Thank you so much. I absolutely loved Crysis 3, being a fan of Crysis, Crysis: Warhead, and Crysis 2. I've been feeling almost bullied seeing all this hatred toward the game. Finally you come along and say everything I have been thinking. This game is massively underrated.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@SamuraiSeven Locks up? You mean the game freezes? I played through the game yesterday. Luckily for me it did worked fine. I actually think the game is okay.

 It doesn't really do anything besides graphics really well, but it's still okay. I honestly think this game wouldn't have gotten so much flak if it didn't look as well as it does. If this story was in a cod-game or halo the story would be mroe accepted, eventhough it's pretty basic and predictable. To bad it was so short. Stil prefer this over the second game.

rockoman100
rockoman100

@mastertien123 Crysis: Warhead was a dull, short, Crysis rehash. It was nice, as a small addon to Crysis, but didn't add anything valuable to the series.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@dah_master the third games doesn't rteally feel as bad as the second game in regards of corridors.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@julzeverne So why was the first game so good then? EA published that as well. People really need to stop blaming publishers for everyting, sometimes the developer is just as much to blame. Not saying that it's not EA's fault, jsut saying that maybe it's EA's AND Crytech's fault. Blind hate for publishers and blind love for developers is getting old. 

edinko
edinko

@etramleinad12 You forgot that you learned form EA recently that you enjoy and embrace microtransactions in ALL games

deathblow3
deathblow3

@sniperwol_basic the limit has nothing to do with consoles 3 words far cry 3. dont be like the dev and blame his lack of skill making a game on consoles like he is blaming it on us. point being crysis 1 was pretty but in no way a killer app it was an ok shooter using the same style as far cry 1 which was great in parts. ans made by the same people

SamuraiSeven
SamuraiSeven

@s2i2p2i2o @SamuraiSeven  The PS3 version froze right after I beat the Alpha Ceph.  I liked the story and the gameplay and was planning another play through until that happened.  It was fun and the levels allowed for more tactical planning and stealth.

julzeverne
julzeverne

@s2i2p2i2o @julzeverne Becasue the SUCK the life out of everything. You have to have life before someone can suck it out.

They are not concerned about making great games. They are con concerned about making lots of money. 

And that is exactly what they  make: lots of money NOT great games.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@s2i2p2i2o @julzeverne whether it's there fault are not, EA as the publisher is the main reason i ain't buying it. maybe in the bargin bin used i will scoop it up maybe.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@s2i2p2i2o @deathblow3 @julzeverne no it not its called principle i do not support EA and will continue to not support them. to say my reason is stupid is the reason you pay for 59.99 for game updates and $100 dollar cars for in game purchases or on disc dlc and online passes this is all EA brain child and if you support this type of action. you should at least ask them to grease up before they rape you.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@deathblow3 @s2i2p2i2o @julzeverne Stupid and a little immature reason IMO, but hey to each its own. If you're not gonna buy it do so because of the extremely easy and short campaigne. I beat it in around 5 hours. there is 6 (?) difficulty lvls and I played it on the second most difficult, so if you do decide to buy it in the future, play it on the hardest difficulty to get as much out of it as possible. just a tip :)