First-Person Shooter Crysis 2's Cover Mechanics Are Terrifying in Third Person

His neck is apparently made of elastic.

In 2011's first-person shooter Crysis 2, much of the gameplay involves taking cover behind barricades and popping up to shoot enemies. This takes place entirely from the first-person perspective, though--there's no third-person cover like in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Now, we know why we never should play Crysis 2 in third person. Reddit user tasonjodd posted an animated GIF of an external view of the game's main character popping in and out of cover, and the results aren't pretty. If this image is any indication, his spine and neck are elastic.

Of course, this isn't a ridiculous oversight on the part of developer Crytek--you were never meant to see this. A user modified the camera to get it to capture this scene, but that doesn't prevent it from being any less humorous or haunting.

Recent times haven't been as light-hearted for Crytek. Several reports have claimed that employees at the UK branch of the studio haven't been paid. According to reports, the director on Crytek's upcoming game Homefront: The Revolution also recently left the studio following the departure of 30 employees. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more Crytek news as it becomes available.

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223 comments
faizan_faizan
faizan_faizan

ROFL. This reminds me of the time when I enabled third person cam in Half-Life 2. Gordan had been burnt, apparently.

quakke
quakke

Firstperson covershooters.. the thing i despise alot. Those covershooters are soo predictable and boring.

ringringabel
ringringabel

been playing crysis 1 again recently, so much better than crysis 2 and 3...i especially don't like how they changed the mechanics for activating suit abilities...and the huge island was much more interesting to play through than the cities..

bought crysis 3 a few months ago, played for about 3 hours and haven't touched it again. it's not "cool" to hate crytek, cuz they just might turn it around!

rhinoflash999
rhinoflash999

...whats the point of this...

that's like saying uncharted 2 looks stupid when you go first person

d-man
d-man

Great game, great .GIF.

xbr85
xbr85

Maximum Elasticity, it's the fifth ability the nanosuit offers it's wearer. It's needed when you have to eat from the uppermost branches of a tree. It's not an oversight, but rather canon.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Crytek...meh....a company by graphic whores for graphic whores. 

hitomo
hitomo

the problems crytek seem to have are by no means coming from there game sells ... its an investment corporation by now with studios in countrys all over europe ... I guess they simply got to much ... and after all its not called a german-turkey company only because the founders are turks from Germany ...


cryteks games are those in wich is put the most artistically and technically effort into ... yu cant demand that degree of dedication from any other developer because it would simply unfair ... crytek games are unique ... and I hope the company will make the right decisions in the future


the engine will remain however

Dexyu
Dexyu

ahahaha nanosuit!!!

semi74
semi74

Ohh no, hate to burst your ignorance bubble but Crysis 2 has also a multiplayer mode that uses the same assets as the single player game and it doesn´t do this at all.


This is what´s called Fake News For Idiots

nparks
nparks

That gif is already the best Fantastic Four movie we'll ever see.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

Awesome! This is hilarious!

drockus
drockus

Almost as good as the BF3 Beta's long lizard-neck soldiers.

Mo60
Mo60

What about Crysis 3 ?

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

game designed to be an FPS game is not suitable to be a tps game, not really an article material by my standards.

j_kizi
j_kizi

This is too funny... 

Bexorcist
Bexorcist

I can't recall seeing these movements in Crysis 2's MP?

ilovelctr
ilovelctr

The cover system of the game itself is rather casual, and map doesn't really balance with the deployment of the positions of those covers. For me the last game that did possess an appealing cover system was Tomb Raider (2013), but of course it's a TPS rather than an FPS, and the dev sure knew how to take advantage of this when designing the game mechanics.

marlobc
marlobc

it was meant to be fps and should be played as a fps 

BehemothBlade
BehemothBlade

I enjoyed Crysis 2 the most amongst the others.

azmza
azmza

Blame the nanosuite.

00J
00J

O.k. I'm scarred... 

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah - I've been to Kotaku a few times and there's definitely something going on with Crytek.

All things point to the studios in big trouble and in the process of going bankrupt - staff not getting paid etc.

Seems legit.

DefconRave
DefconRave

Mr Slinky joined Delta Force I see XD

Keeper_Artemus
Keeper_Artemus

@quakke I spent about 5 seconds behind cover in Crysis 2.  It's not really a covershooter.

RS13
RS13

@rhinoflash999 Just to have a laugh.  If you don't find it funny, then go find something else to laugh at.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@chechak7 You want Crytek to fix in their years-old game a third-person mode that doesn't exist?

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@semi74 Um--that's because the multiplayer mode doesn't use the cover system.

FredWallace18
FredWallace18

@Karmazyn  We'll be sure to only put things on the Internet that are up to your standards from now on, oh great Karmazyn. :-P

felhuy
felhuy

@Bexorcist Exactly my though. Have I missed something?

Doomguard3
Doomguard3

@Jskosoff It means human revolution does it right, you can see the character taking cover by ducking under and leaning to the sides while he is stuck to cover, it looks right, crysis 2 doesnt have that. They could have used other games for example as well, like uncharted.