Winning in Crysis 3 Without Firing a Single Bullet

Crytek debuts a new multiplayer mode that puts an interesting twist on survival.

There's a whole bunch of new Crysis 3 multiplayer on display here at Gamescom 2012, but what has caught our attention most is a new mode called Hunter. Why is this mode interesting? Well, the reason is simple: you can win the match without firing a single bullet.

Odd, right? That's the thing about first-person shooters. You usually win by, you know, shooting at stuff. And that's something you can certainly do in Hunter mode, but in our experience playing it, you can just as easily find success by taking your finger off the trigger and avoiding the action.

See, Hunter is a test of survival. The match begins with two players in ultrapowerful nanosuits who get to enjoy both (A) the benefits of an invisibility cloak and (B) sweet bows and arrows. The rest of the 12- or 16-person roster (depending on whether you're playing on console or PC, respectively) is rounded out by guys called troopers, who are basically run-of-the-mill soldiers with decently powerful gear, but nothing on the order of what the hunters have.

As the two-minute rounds progress--matches last five rounds--any trooper killed by a hunter respawns and becomes a hunter. And, as you would expect, the guy who survives the longest tends to become the victor of the match.

The interesting bit about all this is the way playing as the plain ol' trooper tends to make you avoid conflict at all costs. You're constantly trying to get to where the hunters aren't, using the screams and calls for help from fellow troopers as a road map revealing places best left alone. And because your enemies are cloaked, there's this tension when you see things moving out of the corner of your eye, be they falling leaves or rippling water.

The whole thing feels a bit like the Predator movies. A group of tough guys going at it against much more powerful, much more invisible foes stalking them like prey. It helps that the Manhattan of Crysis 3 shows the city in a state of overgrowth, with vegetation taking over the city like a spiteful jungle invading the city.

All in all, we rather liked this new Hunter mode. The foundation is admittedly the same as various "infection" modes done in zombie games before, but it felt like a nice change of pace for Crysis 3. The tension and conflict avoidance let you appreciate the game's environment that much more, taking in the world around you as you desperately try to avoid taking an arrow to the head.

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CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Sounds like an interesting take that would spice up any multiplayer mode.  Might have to pick this one up............. Dooooohhhhh, it's released by EA!  Sorry, no sale. 

gamergath
gamergath

Just from playing Crysis 2, love the music, it got me humming to the BEAT, (violin sounds) Question be told: who do you play in the game? Prophet or Alcatrazz! Am confused!

oR3PTiLEo
oR3PTiLEo

Gamespot will probably give this game a 7.5 as well....Stupid reviews the last 6-8 months.  

lazzdamian666
lazzdamian666

it looks good but i'll avoid it still E.A the worst company in america they just do't know how to treat the customer who buys used games .

MAS_100
MAS_100

This new mode looks like it will be a great change to the multiplayer action, and I can see myself playing a lot of this mode.

pidow
pidow

It will be interesting to see how many way to complete a mission.

soheil_m
soheil_m

That's interesting I guess , I can't wait for Crysis 3 too !! It's gonna be a perfect game for sure .

PureDarkness17
PureDarkness17

Can't wait for this game to come out, Feel sorry for console gamer's...paying more (because of licensing) and getting a lesser game. It will still be epic enough that you won't feel too robbed of your money for buying it on a console though.

NobleAssassin18
NobleAssassin18

@gamergath you play as Alcatraz. Prophet gave up his NANOSUIT to you, because he was terribly sick with a ceph infection and was afraid he woudn't live long enough to fight off the ceph threat.

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @oR3PTiLEo They cracked down on the reviews because people were complaining how games where being over rated.

BuyaPC
BuyaPC

 @lazzdamian666 Its because you're not their customer when you buy used smart guy. they dont see a penny when you buy their games used, why would they treat you good. what do you expect for being a cheap ass. game stop charges 54 bucks for games, fuck that. Im not giving those greedy asses 54 bucks for a used fucking games. i can understand the older ones that are like 20 bucks or less but how fucking penny pinching cheap are people that they wont spend 6 more dollars for a new game so the people who worked hard to make the game get the money instead of greedy ass game stop or where ever you are buying used.

gamergath
gamergath

 @Lukergamer Lemme get this Alcatraz is Prophet, then who was the name of the one who gave Alcatraz the nano suit in the first place?