the best looking game right after crysis 3 ... crysis is really my favorite ego-shooter Franchise, its like Halo but 10 times better ... great games
Crysis 2 Review
This big, bold sequel offers an eerie vision of a city under siege.
The maps aren't as spacious as those in the original Crysis or in Far Cry 2, which may disappoint fans of the original seeking a healthy dose of sandbox gameplay. Compared to most shooters, however, Crysis 2 still offers plenty of room to maneuver. As you enter the larger areas--often from a rooftop above--the game encourages you to use your suit to scan the environment. Doing so allows you to tag enemies for assault or avoidance, and it shows you where all-important ammo and weapon stashes are located. How you approach battle is then up to you. You can activate armor mode and go in guns blazing, though Crysis 2 is not a bunny-hopping, run-and-gun shooter; the heavier your weapon, the slower your movement. Carelessness does not bring good results. Sometimes, you can avoid battle entirely by cloaking yourself and sneaking around. More often than not, you employ variations on these themes: cloaking yourself long enough to flank the enemy and then unleashing a barrage; popping a turret gunner in the head; or performing a satisfying stealth kill on a chattering alien from behind. Or perhaps you might use the verticality of the levels to your benefit, leaping to a ledge above and rushing to a better vantage point.
The resulting firefights are exceptional and unpredictable. Crysis 2's variety comes not from one on-rails sequence after another, but from busy, open maps that constantly break up your line of sight and give you a reason to use both short- and long-ranged weaponry. There are a few on-rails/turret sequences, but Crysis 2 is longer than most modern shooters--10 hours or so--and individual levels span multiple fronts. As a result, such orchestrated events don't overstay their welcome, and the game feels more like one extended experience than a series of bite-sized chunks sewn together. What makes Crysis 2 fun is that you author your own destiny by getting in an armored vehicle and squashing a few grunts under your wheels or ripping off the same vehicle's turret gun and wasting enemies.
Such diversity leads to superb shoot-outs in the final two-thirds of the campaign. It's unfortunate that the first few levels lack momentum; the story doesn't go anywhere, the environments only hint at the upcoming havoc, and the baffling AI drains excitement away. Once you finish the campaign, though, it isn't the early down moments you remember most but the thrills that erupted as you approached Grand Central Station or blasted your way through extraterrestrial hordes in a nail-biting sequence near the game's finale. Fending off leaping aliens with your comrades in a large city square is a blast: robotic hulks lumber on the ground level while agile foes skitter across ledges and fire from windows. In another momentous mission, the lights go out and you engage foes while activating your suit's heat-sensing mode.
The multiplayer part of Crysis 2 is superficially similar to that of other modern shooters, and it does a good job of keeping you engaged once you get past some technical hiccups. Crysis 2 rewards you with experience and levels as you play, but unlike the console versions of the game, you get access to all six modes from the get-go. These include standards like Instant Action (Deathmatch); Team Instant Action; a king-of-the hill mode called Crash Site; and a capture-the-flag variant. Rounding out the online options are two assault-and-defend modes: Assault and Extraction.
These game types all grant a good dose of action, though it is much different from the expansive Power Struggle matches that defined the original. Nevertheless, Crysis 2 differentiates itself from other shooters with the same nanosuit abilities as in the single-player campaign. You can cloak yourself for short periods of time and take your opponents by surprise; escape a sticky situation by leaping to higher ground; and improve your defenses by activating armor mode. The diverse maps give you plenty of opportunity to employ these skills. On the vertical Skyline map, for example, jumping to higher ground is a great way to gain an advantage over a pursuing enemy. On the atmospheric Sanctuary, stealthy players will appreciate the many archways and gravestones that shield them from view when they need to recharge their energy. It's all solid fun, and given the nature of the nanosuit powers, it's unpredictable enough to keep you invested for the long term.
PC players will be happy to note that they can join up with others using a traditional server browser, as well as the matchmaking feature, though few players seem to be using said matchmaking. That's not the only drawback affecting online play, either. Joining a dedicated server doesn't get you into a game; all you get is a pre-match room full of people wondering why the match won't start. Unranked servers seem to function just fine, however. According to the game, only playing in ranked servers is supposed to earn you experience and other rewards, but as of this review, playing unranked games has earned us experience points. For now, you can still join others and have a blast while advancing--just not in the way apparently intended.
Gaining experience is important because it forms the core of Crysis 2's elaborate system of unlocks. While you can choose from one of a few premade classes, the game allows you (in most modes) to create your own class by selecting from a variety of weapons and suit modules. These modules are many and may allow for faster firing rate, automatic warning when enemies come near, radar scrambling, and more. Some unlocks are earned by meeting the necessary skill requirement; others are tied to particular milestones. For example, you might earn a module upgrade by killing 150 enemies while in armor mode. There are many such upgrades and many ways to customize your character.
Crysis was a superb game, and it wasn't so just because of the astounding technology that brought it to life. Crysis 2 doesn't make as strong of a mark, but it comes close, and in a sea of me-too shooters, it feels unique and offers an exciting journey that's as much your own making as that of the developer. The wow factor is undercut by some AI and multiplayer oddities. But while the lows are inescapable, the highs are intense, and the more you play, the more extraordinary they become. If you give this sequel a little patience, it will bombard you with the thrills you came seeking.
If you're already playing Crysis 2, be sure to check out our game guide which includes both a full campaign walkthrough and multiplayer load outs tips.
Almost finished playing this game. The gameplay and the graphics are pretty good, but the story...man, I'm still scratching my head here. What the hell is going on, who am I fighting and why should I care? The story is a disaster and it's filled with characters spouting one liners that are older than my grandpa!
The game could be perfect .. unless there are too much action in every second .. the programers do not let the player take any rest..
It could take 9.5 immediately if there are some quite time to do anything else but shooting like get out from puzzle or get lost and try to find my way through.
I even could not enjoy enough with the gorgeous environment (Hi Res Textures).
is the multi still active? and is it worth a buy? cos for a single player shooter with a not so great story i wouldn't even pay the 11$ it's worth on steam right now. (already played both deus ex's and dishonored, any other first person single player games look rubbish after these)
Crysis graphics engine than the previous version is Weaker Previous versions of more natural but crysis 2 is like cartoon
Wow Mr VanOrd I know I'm really late for this. Crysis could be a masterpiece but now it cant! I mean Game is not equal Graphics! Game is Just Graphics! Game has Story, Gameplay, AI, Soundtrack, Voice Acting .... so so os! I must say I admire its Graphics but I don't like the story so much ..... I love Deus Ex from the bottom of my hearth but Crysis is different. maybe .....
the first game i played in my ps3. to tell the truth the game is explodingly beyond awesome. whenever i play this game i get a feel of elation all the way through the levels. the BGM by hans zimmer for this game had additionally shooted the game to the top of the order under the list of games in this genre(action, first person shooter).
@JoePiervincenti -You,sir,are quite mad.
@DaRadRussian gotta love the intelligent conversation.. get off your high horse buddy... just because you don't like the MW games doesn't mean they suck.. believe it or not games don't sell millions of copies because they suck!
@JoePiervincenti Nobody plays COD for the campaign. I beat that in 3 hours on veteran and it was not very exciting. It's been almost the same thing since Cod 4. Also, I'd like to point out that I ride a dirt bike and not a horse. Furthermore, I do enjoy Call of Duty's multiplayer but the campaign is absolutely horrible.