E3 2008: Crysis Warhead Hands-On - Drivable Vehicles, On-Foot Gameplay, Story Details

We get our hands on this spin-off of last year's explosive PC shooter at E3 2008.

It's that time of year again--dozens of game publishers have descended upon the LA convention center to show off their upcoming games. Among them is EA Games with Crysis Warhead, the followup to last year's graphically impressive shooter Crysis. Apparently, Warhead's single-player game will take place at around the same time as the events in the original game, on the same island, but from a different perspective. This time around, you'll play as a new character, Sykes, who, like the protagonist from the original game, is also equipped with a powerful nanosuit that grants various superhuman powers.

We had a chance to try out the second level of the game's single-player campaign, which starts out behind the wheel of an armored personnel carrier escorting O'Neill, a pilot who accompanies you on this mission--in this case, in an unarmed jeep driving just ahead of you. Our first mission was to escort O'Neill along a coastal jungle road to the landing site of a downed VTOL carrier. The APC handled rather easily and the mounted antivehicle gun was controlled independently by mouselook, so it was easy to tear apart the enemy vehicles that lay in wait for us along the road at various points. Because the game takes place on the same island and in the same time frame as the original game, our primary enemies were North Korean soldiers, most of which were equipped with standard military weaponry and vehicles--though a few of them had second-rate nanosuits which gave them a bit of extra staying power. Though it was difficult to acquire some of the foot soldiers using the mounted gun, we were also able to dispatch them simply by running them down.

Once we hit the dropzone, we jumped out of the vehicle and met up with a few friendly soldiers who were also helping defend the aircraft. This led to our first firefight as we defended the VTOL on an elevated rise against soldiers that continuously poured out of the jungle. The enemies seemed pretty smart about using cover, both from fallen jungle debris and from smoke bombs, so picking them off wasn't easy. Apparently, Crysis Warhead will allow for about four times the number of computer-controlled enemies onscreen as in the previous game, and the pacing will reflect this fact. While Crysis emphasized stealth and careful tactics, Warhead will incorporate many more heavy-duty gun battles--you'll also have access to an expanded arsenal including a grenade launcher and dual submachine guns you can carry in each hand. Ammo won't be in short supply, nor will manipulable items--you'll find plenty of barrels and other objects to hurl at your foes, and you'll also be still able to seize enemy soldiers by the throat, as well as picking up any ducks (yes, ducks) that happen to be wandering around the VTOL landing site.

After clearing the area and clearing the flyer for launch, we hopped back into the APC to rendezvous with the VTOL at a nearby harbor factory guarded by entrenched infantry soldiers. This installment is intended to be cleared on foot, though we were able to crash our APC through the entry barriers and bring it with us into the base by some feat of tremendous skill, or tremendous luck (it was dark and noisy in the E3 room, so it was hard to tell). While on foot, we had a chance to play with some of the nanosuit's abilities, such as the invisibility power, that lets you sneak up on nearby enemies and get the drop on them, as well as the strength ability, which lets you hurl the aforementioned barrels down onto your enemies' heads.

Crysis Warhead seems like it will offer all the action of the original game and then some. Now that Crysis fans are more acclimated to the powers of the nanosuit, they'll likely be able to make better use of it, and the game's expanded arsenal, against Warhead's larger groups of smart, tough enemies. The game is scheduled for release later this year.

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78 comments
darkzeroyosi2
darkzeroyosi2

i really like this game the advanced FPS game ever since released

leemcx
leemcx

And just by the way, whoever says FPS are crap on consoles obviously hasn't played Halo 3. And obviously cant use a console controller correctly. Check the tutorial bro!

leemcx
leemcx

Crysis was excellent! All round IMO. So I think this one will be even better. I like the idea that the protaganist is someone from the squad Nomad was in and in exactly the same timeframe. Looks like its gonna be a stunner. To all the console vs PC dudes who commented on here: It really is pointless going back and forth on this subject as all platforms offer pros and cons. Too little space to list all of them really. The trick to it all is really to accept the gaming world as it is. What really is great about being the consumer is that we aint restricted to only one platform individually.. just really depends on the budget layout. I love Sony and the playstation platforms. And yet I own a PC and a 360. All three have great games and definatly by no means is the PC dying out. Starcraft 2? Diablo 3? Just to mention a few of the great ones due for PC. What about GOW2 for 360?? Or God of War 3 for PS3? Geez guys.. get over it and start loving the actual gaming industry more than YOUR PC specs or latest console updates! Stop dissing the games just cause you cant play it on whatever platform you got! If you do, you aint a real gamer.

mclarenrenult
mclarenrenult

GTA IV is coming to PC in NOv Hehehehehehe so relax computer players consoles well they are still far far away from there pc counterparts so all chill or i should say FAR CRY to consoles people

mclarenrenult
mclarenrenult

GTA IV is coming to PC in NOv Hehehehehehe so relax computer players consoles well they are still far far away from there pc counterparts so all chill or i should say FAR CRY to consoles people

mgrbgr
mgrbgr

u PC "extremists" are really frustrated....deep down in your minds u must know that everyone who owns a console olso owns a PC

Raiden8
Raiden8

He He He, of course you're burning not being able to play crysis. Look where you are and where you are posting comments. And you are comparing PC to PS3 + XBOX 360. I'm sure there aren't many that have both of them together. So either they can play Halo3(which is not that kind of a big deal) or MGS4. So as you can see, we are not missing that much. But just look what you're missing. The best graphic, the best gameplay experience,Strategies,multiplayer, Crysis, WOW and ..... And we are gonna play GTA IV sooner or later and I'm sure that's gonna make you burn much more.

dannyj231
dannyj231

vader wtf consoles are good, but fps,stratergy and online shooters are crap on consoles. also consoles use old downgraded technology. consoles are only good for pvp.

vader501st
vader501st

Also, you've gotta be joking when you compare games such as CS (LOL!), Civ and even Crysis, which is awesome to a certain level, but they're not that good when compared to GTA IV, MGS4 and Halo 3, the game that hurted your feelings so much...And at least try to be a polite kid.

vader501st
vader501st

hart and cru Why are you both crying, kids? Does my opinion hurt you that much? hart, get over it and grow up you 10y old moron. I don't care if you've been playing PSX until 2008 (that's what it seems to me, for a fart like you to talk like that about consoles...) Just get over the fact that consoles have INDEED great games, liking you or not. So, when you've both grown up, call me again, otherwise, don't even think about wasting your time 'ere, pal.

stealthyfeeak
stealthyfeeak

i concur with hart, what about Command & Conquer and StarCraft?

hart6211
hart6211

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cru3
cru3

Cry more, console fanboy

vader501st
vader501st

I'm not very used to posting on these boards, but PC fanboys simply have the ability to make anyone laugh. Seriously, either those guys smoke sth that puts them very high, or they're just simply too blinded by their Graphics Measurement System, which they very unfortunetly call it a PC. Now, be good boys and don't start picking up on consoles, beacause we're the ones playing GTA IV/MGS4/Halo 3 right now. And those 3 games seriously teach WHAT IS a REAL game. Not that "look my graphics are better" bollocks that you guys so proudly speak of. Unless you guys love delays, like GTA IV on PC for instance =P Play either MGS4 or Halo 3 to know what to play a REAL game feels like. -PC fanboys defeated- Achievements Unlocked \o/

DPGAssault
DPGAssault

Don't be ridiculous, kids. The consoles can't handle Crysis.

chaitu_pc
chaitu_pc

i think that a single smg is a lot cooler than a dual one

IzumonoRyuu
IzumonoRyuu

somebody selling a cheap high-spec pc for me to play this game T.T ?

aguatacaluseo
aguatacaluseo

E8400 + MSI P35 + nvidia 9800+ + 2gigs ram = 530$ same as a Play3 bundle =D

bfme2j26
bfme2j26

haha yeah i agree with itachi100, PC's are where the true gaming is.... Consoles are just kinda for wannabe gamers. My suggestion though, get a radeon 4850 and a intel E8400 and slap together a decent rig that will play Crysis/Crysis warhead well for about $700.... can't go wrong with a system like that =)

seansoutar
seansoutar

Wow I'm looking forward to this! I would have preffered it if it was from Prohpet's point of view though! Well I hope the next installment continues with the story.

rayjohansson
rayjohansson

"icym And they were playing it on the 360. Thats simply amazing..." What are you talking about? It is a PC game. Your baby console would melt.

itachi100
itachi100

well too bad >=P its not going console PC RULES! >=D lol just get a comp or deal with it

uberbictch
uberbictch

i hope this expansion pack would feature more than a new campaign and multiplayer

scorch-62
scorch-62

I don't care how many discs it has to be on... we need Crysis on the console! :P

Crzy1
Crzy1

Hope they fix the invincible enemy bug that still seems to exist in the game before they keep throwing more enemies into the mix. Now if only the game offered a real ending....

sMeAgOl_VaDeR
sMeAgOl_VaDeR

this game sounds awesome... i simply can't wait to get my greedy hands on it!

icym
icym

And they were playing it on the 360. Thats simply amazing...

dark_being
dark_being

Sounds like a game worth waiting for.

forhekset
forhekset

A second nail in the coffin of what was an awesome adventure. The first being not able to FINISH said adventure in the first place. So not only do we not get closure on the story you're telling us we have to go back and conquer the island all over again. Oh well at least I hope we get a decent arctic part.

EPJJB
EPJJB

YES WE HAVE DUCKS!

bfme2j26
bfme2j26

this looks awesome but what would be realy cool is if after they make this they do the same kinda thing just with prophet. at least while we wait for the actual sequel

grambyte
grambyte

For some reason totally not interested in this game from the get-go. I wonder why.

rockatanski
rockatanski

Crysis = the best 1st Person Shooter ever made up to date. May this be the 2nd if not better.

PieCrusher
PieCrusher

sounds cool but will the new content be good enough to actually make a full game and not an expansion

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

More Crysis is definitely a good thing. Support PC exclusive quality titles all you butt pirates.

Oblivian_1
Oblivian_1

Looks like they are recycling alot of the original gameplay. First one was great, would rather start from where the original left off. Nomad had some unfinished buisness. core 2 duo 6700 overclocked to 3.25 8800ultra asus striker extreme mobo fatality one soundcard HANNS G 28inch hdmi monitor

Rob_101
Rob_101

lol at the fanboys who say "looks like more of the same", trying to put this game down. ITS AN EXPANSION PACK!!!! NOT A SEQUAL. it is suppose to be more of the same, and more Crysis is a very good thing :D

commodore2525
commodore2525

awesome game......hopefully multiplayer will be included?

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Totally didn't know about this game... totally didn't expect this game... totally looking forward to it.

Matthew-first
Matthew-first

Got 4x2/4 (9.8 )ghz processor and nvidia geforce 8800 gts :] Not a problem with highest settings xD

Tinz
Tinz

I'm building a new IBM Pan-Dimensional Core 269.25 THz 2Tb 32 Parallel SLI Black Hole GPU for this next title. I expect I can make it to medium settings!

tomjacobs
tomjacobs

They're recycling the setting, the suit, the enemies, the island, ... Sounds like EA is publishing this game. Wait, EA *IS* publishing this game.

DamageIncM
DamageIncM

"...the invisibility power..." Ooo... LOL It's just the cloak(-mode). Doesn't seem much like the person that wrote this knows Crysis well. But he/she could be tired... :\