GC 2008: Crysis Warhead Updated Impressions

Ice, hovercrafts, and nanosuits--what's not to love?

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There are sequels, there are expansion packs, and somewhere in the middle there's Crysis Warhead. As a follow-up to last year's visually stunning first-person shooter Crysis, this game adheres to the same plotline of nanosuit-equipped Delta Force operatives terrorizing North Koreans on a lush island, but this time around the events unfold from a different perspective. Rather than going back to the role of Nomad, now you're filling the shoes of his squadmate Psycho, the slightly more verbose Brit who was stranded on the opposite side of the island for the majority of the original game. To find out what other differences you can expect to see, we paid a visit to EA's booth at the Leipzig Games Convention earlier today.

Our demo began with Psycho awakening in an ice sphere, one of the environments players of the first game should be familiar with. This time around, players can expect to become even more familiar with these frozen jungle settings. The Crytek rep on hand told us these spheres were one of the parts from Crysis that the development team really liked, but didn't feel they used them quite enough. So anyone who enjoys punching frozen enemies into a million pieces ought to be pleased.

Psycho did just that to the first pair of enemies he saw, but those poor saps were only frozen because they weren't lucky enough to be wearing nanosuits when the sphere activated. Not all enemies are so unlucky. Some of the human enemies you encounter will be wearing nanosuits just like you. These bad guys become a much more formidable challenge for you, but there are a few new options at your disposal for dealing with them. The most effective one we saw is the nano disruptor grenade, which deploys an EMP field to fry their suits so you can take them on more easily. One of the other new weaponry options we picked up on is the ability to wield dual SMGs--hardly the most powerful weapons in the game, but pretty stylish nonetheless.

Once Psycho dealt with the first wave of enemies on a frozen pond, he took a seat in a nearby hovercraft--one of the new vehicles in the game--to chase after Colonel Lee, who's just rushed off with an alien scout that the Delta Force would very much like to have. One of the biggest criticisms Crytek heard about the vehicles in the original game is that they were a little too squirrelly and didn't handle so well, so now they've gone and tightened up the handling to make it so you don't feel the need to stay on foot to stay alive.

After destroying a handful of snow-capped straw huts and plowing through roadside blockades in his new hovercraft, Psycho met up with a couple other squadmates and moved on to a group aliens down in a frozen valley. These floating creatures displayed some of the tweaks to the enemy AI. One of the aliens acts as a healer, hanging back until the opportunity presents itself to go and revive one of its downed allies. It's up to you to find which one is the healer so you can take it out to prevent all your progress from being reversed.

It was at this point in the valley that our brief demo came to an end. It's clear that Crysis Warhead isn't trying to go and shake things up too much, but you can still expect to see a few tweaks and additions sprinkled into the familiar open-ended action. Crysis Warhead is due to arrive shortly, with its September 16 release looming closely on the horizon.

Discussion

65 comments
sub-raid
sub-raid

well no actually MGS4 first place and crysis not in my best games !

amulbocus
amulbocus

Im a big PS3 games, but also into PC gaming with my 8800 GTX and xfi. I still play Crysis now, and no console game will ever get close to what Crysis has to offer, only MGS4 comes anywhere near 2nd place. Sometimes i just get mesmerised staring at the water, with the sun glistening over it, amazing, let alone the combat which is bench setting. Looking forward to warhead now, especially as psycho is a brit.

warmachine316au
warmachine316au

Crysis is a game in which it makes you pull your hair out in frustration because you cant yet run it on very high or it is a game that makes you pround to be into PC gaming and it shows with games like this PC is setting the benchmark and leaving consoles behind till the next gen console rebirth with the console just trailing yet again. Bring On Crysis Warhead.

am_shaegar_nr1
am_shaegar_nr1

Thx mate. You're right there,the developers must push the envelope of all games. I was just watching the gametrailers show about the future of gaming and those guys are idiots! They say we don't need better hardware!!?? They are fine with the way games are now and don't want to push them to the next level! Instead they want more arcade games!!!!

Warhearted
Warhearted

Yes, Crysis Wars includes all of the original Crysis maps as well as 7 brand new ones. Crysis to me is a sign that PC gaming truly refuses to die. I grew up a diehard console gamer and always believed that PC would never have the enticing games that consoles had, but ever since a friend of mine introduced me to CS:S, I've been addicted to PC. I'm a huge shooter enthusiast and nothing beats a mouse and keyboard for online multiplayer, especially when a PC can run a game with higher settings and still get better fps than a console, not to mention the infinitely better online performance. Now here I am, drooling over Crysis and Warhead, ready to sell my PS3 to fund the $4000 PC I just had built. The PC needs more games like Crysis, where hardware technology can barely keep up with the aspirations of the developers. If games like Crysis Wars, Call of Duty, and Unreal Tournament continue to push the envelope of competitive FPS gaming with unmatched performance than I can't imagine PC won't make some kind of comeback against consoles.

am_shaegar_nr1
am_shaegar_nr1

Ok so this is a stand-alone expansion. Will it have the same mp maps as Crysis? I plan on buying this one because they said it will be better optimized...

2point5boogers
2point5boogers

i got crysis.. i play my ps2 still haha this is a great game i just hope the AI is better for humans they just stand next to each other and watch their mates go down one by one while running backwards.. in farcry the AI is better i think.... they should have gone with a huge TV marketing campaign along with Nvidia or something... You really need to see this game to believe it!

igl
igl

go go go PC! We're gonna take the market back.

KingRoyW
KingRoyW

Yeh Amigro, I just got a new gaming PC, and I don't see myself using my 360 or wii in a long long time. Too many good new PC games coming out and I love playing my old ones because I can run them in max settings now!

Amigro
Amigro

Was starting to get away from the PC games and use my 360 more, but I just upgraded my gfx card and started playin Crysis. Don't think I'm ever gonna go back after this...

bybeach
bybeach

Intersting rundown on consoles by Kez. That explains much of consoles shortcomings, but they have done suprisingly well to me in some games, just the same. On detail and graphics. All that is put to the side though, Stalker-Clear Sky is coming up, and after that, Crysis-Warhead. Always was a PC gamer...

Kez1984
Kez1984

"This game is going to be awesome! Can't wait to get it! I just wanted to state to those saying that consoles cant run the game, or consoles could "adjust the settings". That's not how a console game works. The way a console works is not the same as a computer exactly. Frame rates on games such as Call of Duty 4 or others on the PS3 and 360, are able to stay at good frame rates because the graphics actually suck. Close up that is. That's why consoles have almost no anti aliasing compared to computers. They use resolution tricks to make it look like the game has good graphics. Halo 3 for example, runs at a resolution of 640 x 480 or something small like that. PS3's and 360's are running hardware that I had in my computer many years ago. I think the 360 has the equivalent of a 7 series geforce card... So before stating that a console could or could not run a game is pointless unless you know what you are talking about. Crysis almost got ported to the consoles, but they decided against it. The Crysis series though, is stated to be Crytek's last PC exclusive series." They also said "Crysis in it's current state can't go to console" Consoles do not have enough memory.

Kez1984
Kez1984

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Kez1984
Kez1984

"@Zloth2, You did... Crytek said that Crysis was the LAST PC only game... they blamed piracy for that one. Crysis wasn't that good anyway... the game fell flat after the aliens showed up (was rather good up until then), much like Far Cry did half way through. I'll be playing Clear Sky instead" Actully, they said "franchise", Crysis is a trilogy, this isn't a sequal and it will remain pc exclusive.

Scout013
Scout013

This game is going to be awesome! Can't wait to get it! I just wanted to state to those saying that consoles cant run the game, or consoles could "adjust the settings". That's not how a console game works. The way a console works is not the same as a computer exactly. Frame rates on games such as Call of Duty 4 or others on the PS3 and 360, are able to stay at good frame rates because the graphics actually suck. Close up that is. That's why consoles have almost no anti aliasing compared to computers. They use resolution tricks to make it look like the game has good graphics. Halo 3 for example, runs at a resolution of 640 x 480 or something small like that. PS3's and 360's are running hardware that I had in my computer many years ago. I think the 360 has the equivalent of a 7 series geforce card... So before stating that a console could or could not run a game is pointless unless you know what you are talking about. Crysis almost got ported to the consoles, but they decided against it. The Crysis series though, is stated to be Crytek's last PC exclusive series.

PrvtChurch
PrvtChurch

What about the PS3 That could handle it but the game doesn't have to be on all high. texture quality on high and effects on medium/low produces a excellent visual experience. to paraphrase Adam Sessler: if aliens landed on an island near Korea, THIS is what it would look like.

weaselciuy
weaselciuy

lol crysis cant go to consoles lol, they cant hold up to those graphics . In pc u get low/medium/high , consoles u dont . No console can play Crysis High .

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

@Zloth2, You did... Crytek said that Crysis was the LAST PC only game... they blamed piracy for that one. Crysis wasn't that good anyway... the game fell flat after the aliens showed up (was rather good up until then), much like Far Cry did half way through. I'll be playing Clear Sky instead:)

nexusjupiter
nexusjupiter

Hey, this Crysis Warhead is it continue the first game storyline or else same stroy with the first episodes same time same location???

bigdanmoody
bigdanmoody

I wonder if the vehicle "improvements" mean that the Humvee's won't inexplicably explode whenever you bump into a twig? Maybe the inevitable tank sequence will actually be playable this time. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to bail out of the tank and use stealth mode to plant C4 on the enemy tanks instead?

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

no they said at e3 days that it won't come on console for no price or what ever ...

Zloth2
Zloth2

What? You've got something against cheese? Isn't Crysis: Warhead also coming out for console system? I'm sure I read that somewhere a few months back.

jellman007
jellman007

Looks like the same sequel strategy as the original Half-Life (Opposing Force, Blue-Shift, etc) the difference being that the Half-Life story line was TEN times better than Crysis' blah, been there done that story line, so it worked. I wonder if the cheezy plot is going to change HA!

william623
william623

luckly i bought 2 9800 gx2 and installed in my gaming desktop, i juz can't wait how the performance run on the crysis 2...

kiraninder
kiraninder

this will be the game of the year.crysis rules moreover i have a 9800gx2 and 4 gb ram so it will be a blast

Sam_2006
Sam_2006

bring it on baby, can't wait any longer !!

DavidRI
DavidRI

Yep, Far Cry 2 looks like it will be the game of the year. I've played Crysis all the way through and it was very lame once you get to the dumb alien parts.

jeton23
jeton23

Far Cry 2 will Rule guy's..You will all forget about Crysis

Jordanaire
Jordanaire

Crysis is the s**t! Okay everyone it's time to upgrade those PC's.

bangell99
bangell99

The Healer sounds like a good idea.

erik1116
erik1116

its def. an expansion. I mean hey just need an excuse to make an extra 20 bucks a game. But, remember, the multiplayer is supposed to be kick-ass this time around. And thats what really lacked in the first game.

jorginhooo
jorginhooo

This is the future of fps ... we hope everybody follow the exemple and improve all the technology to keep the best game play and all ... i can´t wait for this thing .. rs ....

Zeedz
Zeedz

it sounds great, but im still not convinced that theres enough new content for it to be an entire new game.

karatefry
karatefry

Time for everyone with a $300 computer from crappy HP to upgrade to a custom rig.

xmg0
xmg0

this is the patch for crysis.......and yet i might just buy it

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

Tweaks and additions? Hell no, what a disappointment. I'm probably going to buy the game anyways, as the story of part 1 was what kept me going and I want to know what happens "next". Still.. I fear it will be a very short gaming experience again.

couly
couly

no more patches for Crysis original gammit10

couly
couly

no more patches for Crysis original gammit10

Gammit10
Gammit10

Does anybody know if the improvement to vehicle controls and enemy AI are going to be patched into the original game?

couly
couly

I ♥ Crysis. Anyone notice the back of dual smgs look like faces?

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

Cant wait for this game. Sounds and looks awesome so far

Noodle001
Noodle001

The improved AI sounds fun, but it's going to be a pain to find enough ammo!

dddddddo
dddddddo

I EVEN DIDN'T know, that there still are so cultural and rite peepz, like Jawjacker. :-\

artika
artika

Jawjacker says "I played most of the game with the sound turned all the way down because you never know when they would come over the radio blasting F-words." There are those things that fit over your ears called headphones. Try it some time. It keeps the young ones from hearing naughty words and the wife from yelling at you because you have the volume too loud.