This game died for me yesterday after I installed it.
Nobody mentiones it FORCES you to use DX11 or it won't run at all!
Why the f*ck can't Crytek implement a DX10 option for those who don't have DX11 Cards yet?
Seriously, that was the last game I bought from them for this Impudence
Crysis 3 Review
Crysis 3's amazing visuals are a pleasure to behold, and the game is plenty of fun, though not up to the high standards of its forebears.
Yet even if Crysis 3's action doesn't usually burn with the intensity of the ceph's home galaxy, it's still good, in part because the series continues to hew its own path with regard to level design and structural openness. Crysis 3 is neither a pure linear shooter in the way popularized by Call of Duty, nor an open-world romp like Far Cry 3. Instead, its levels are sometimes large but always manageable, giving you freedom to put as much room between you and your foes as you like. The nanosuit encourages further experimentation, once again allowing you to activate the aforementioned cloak mode (which renders you invisible) and armor mode (which lets you soak up more damage). And once again, you can leap a good distance should you wish to reach higher ground in a hurry.
Stirring weapons into this mix makes for some rousing fun. The bow provides one way to approach battle, but it's not the only notable method of alien destruction. You can select various weapon attachments like scopes and silencers to suit your preferred approach. The basic guns feel just right: their power is properly communicated via plenty of muzzle flash and recoil animations that give the shooting a kick. A large battlefield patrolled by giant ceph allows you to pull out all the stops, firing rockets, manning rumbling battle tanks, and scanning the environment with your binoculars to mark enemies, ammo stashes, and available vehicles. But much of this action is optional: you can sprint right through Crysis 3's most intriguing battlefield, getting only a taste of what it has to offer.
Prophet isn't just limited to using human weaponry, though. The plasma-spewing pinch rifle is the most common alien weapon you stumble upon, but the incinerator is more gratifying to use, especially when you aim it at the meandering alien sentries that equip the same flame-spewing behemoth. Watching these ceph scorchers soak up all that fire before dramatically erupting is a mean-spirited delight. You equip alien cannons and mortars too, and they are enjoyable to shoot because they feel so powerful.
Stealth remains unchanged for the most part, though there are reasons to cloak yourself beyond the gruesome pleasure of a silent takedown. You can now hack into turrets, minefields, and other systems, which often means cloaking and sneaking close enough to your electronic target. Hacking requires you to perform a simple, easy minigame--and while it's enjoyable to watch a pinger walk into a hacked minefield, hacking isn't a game-changer. In fact, gaining the assistance of a ceph-murdering turret only makes the surreptitious route even easier.
Crysis 3's multiplayer modes don't encourage such exploitation, however, and are an improvement over Crysis 2's. The returning Crash Site mode provides plenty of entertainment, and is essentially a king-of-the-hill mode with a moving hill. Teams must capture and retain pods that are airdropped in, which keeps players moving around the map. Pods typically drop in open spaces, reducing the possibility of players finding hidey-holes to camp from--and allowing pingers to get in on the action. Indeed, a team lucky enough to nab a mech is sure to put it to good use, gunning down and stomping on their unlucky victims.
The addition of nanosuit powers keeps the flow fast-paced and unpredictable. One scenario: you rip a riot shield from a dropped pod so that you can defend yourself while retaining control of the area. An enemy combatant approached and cloaks, hoping to fill your backside with bullets. He uncloaks and begins to fire, and you rapidly turn and fling the shield at him, sending him flying and successfully defending your life--and the pod. The other modes--Team Deathmatch, Assault, and Capture the Relay among them--benefit from the same mechanics.
Standing apart is the new Hunter mode, which also features two teams in conflict, but with much different results. This round-based mode initially pits CELL operatives against a couple of fully-cloaked competitors armed only with bows. Your goal as a stealthed hunter is to eliminate as many operatives as possible; each operative you kill then joins you as a cloaked hunter. One by one, hunters stalk their fully armed enemies, whose main purpose is to stay alive long enough for the timer to run out. Sometimes, the mode results in CELL members camping out in a small room and running down the clock, which can feel anticlimactic for both teams. But the mode can also capture a unique sense of fear as your teammates are felled one by one, and your beeping monitor betrays the presence of a nearby hunter.
Crysis 3 is stunning to look at, successfully portraying an uneasy partnership of the natural and the artificial. As the story presses on, the conflict deepens and the visuals darken; it's as if you can feel the evil spreading throughout the city. As a piece of technology, Crysis 3 lives up to the series' legacy. As a game, it doesn't reach the same heights. The campaign is several hours shorter than Crysis 2's, and doesn't reproduce the thrills that lit up the previous games. Yet on its own terms, this is a full-featured sci-fi shooter that makes it a lot of fun to torture extraterrestrial abominations with the burning rage of their own weapons.
This game died for me yesterday after I installed it.
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Some gamers have such a high superiority complex that they keep saying Oh the game's too easy, well when was the last time you went to a game store and chose to buy a game like, 'Ahh now lets look for games that are too darn difficult'. lol
All these people getting their rocks off with the visuals need to step back and look at the big picture. The game is just Crysis 2 with a shiny new paint job and a new storyline. It's all flash and no substance. Rehashed games like this shouldn't--and often don't--get stellar reviews.
I am not able to understand why Crysis 3 got a 7.5 rating. I have been playing the game for 2 weeks now. And there's not a moment in the game when i didn't have fun. The game is fun, it's a game, take it as a game. The visuals are stunning, it's a HUGE improvement over previous Crysis games, for example, when you're looking directly into a light or sun, you get these dirt marks which actually makes you feel like you're inside a suit and have a glass HUD on your head.
Also, the gameplay gives you the right feeling of actually hunting CELL and CEPH. Being on cloak and strafing from wall to wall tagging through the Visor or aiming the bow, you really feel like you're hunting them. Anyone remember Prophet's line from the trailer, 'Hunt them all down!' - Yes it works for me in the game.
Some gamers have such a high superiority complex that they keep saying Oh the game's too easy, well when was the last time you went to a game store and chose to buy a game like, 'Ahh now lets look for games that are too darn difficult'.
Finished it yesterday, amazing game. I thought the integration of cinematic moments and game aspects took the genre to a new level. I think what is overlooked in mention of the visuals is how well integrated different aspects of the game are. If you are bad player then the ease of the game is a great thing allowing you to consistently engage with the world the game relates you to via the forms of involvement its design aims to realise. I felt the game was a beautifully executed exercise in charity on the part of the designers, delivering a beautiful experience that was attainable. The ease of the game was obviously a design feature, one was supposed to be able to enjoy those aspects of the game as a sense of power. The reviewer writes like a professional gamer for professional gamer, overlooking what individuals want from the game. For me, the illusion of power is a central reason to play games because one experiences so little power in the real world. Maybe if you play games professionally on high-end gear provided by someone else you experience of the game takes on a different aspect.
Totally agree with 7.5 as its a very forgetable shooter an uninstall soon as completed affair me thinks
Kevin VanOrd, are you crazy? Crysis 3 is the best game of the category. You like rpg games and not FPS. Please, another editor can make a new review?
First Crysis was outstanding by all means. And the series crapped out "maximum" story wise after making 2 more games set in New York. Come on now, where's the Far Cry open world kind freedom? Just stuck in a destroyed city moving from building to building and you don't even have to fight anyone just cloak up and pass to the next checkpoint. Crysis series are visually amazing but no substance in it. Plain Boring.
@Linctaskin ... itrs a game like halo ... and a better one plus it manages to create a unique style of gameplay plus it has the best weapon design of all egoshooters ... the only negative aspect is ofc it feels like a demo for a much bigger game at some point, and this is thanks to multiplatform development ...
I had the copy few mins ago..
Wait.,, is it the prophet black dude or the prophet alcatraz??
Sorry im just at the beggining of the game.
@ZOD777 @hitomo simply, no ... if you played crysis one you know only crysis 3 is able to beat it in terms of graphics, in fact crysis 3 is not just the best looking game it is two or three levels above anythng else out there ... it truly anihilates the border between pre rendered and real time graphics and it does this mainly with its rendering of human faces and bodys ... trust me this engine is the technialy most advanced piece of gaming and real time rendering software outthere ... giving this game anything less then a 8.5 is pure bad will or taste ...
Kevin how long you need to review Heart of the Swarm ??? Did you already completed Campaign for Zerg ? Sorry my bad English )
7.5 is a little weak for a AAA title.
Not even going to bother with this one due to the patently absurd DX11-only requirement. My 8800 GTS still runs new games at a perfectly acceptable framerate and quality, there is absolutely no reason to lock out gamers without DX11 hardware when the exact same game will be released on consoles that never supported DX11. At least not until the next generation consoles come out.
Unfortunately, modern PCs are much like consoles in terms of upgrades. Upgrades beyond adding a bigger hd or extra RAM tend to either require a complete rebuild or be too incremental to justify the cost. For example, adding a new video card to an older system like mine may run into PCI-X compatibility issues. Then there's the matter of power supply and whether the CPU will be enough for the game (and changing the CPU will require a new mobo, RAM, and most likely new power supply). At least transplanting an existing windows install into a new box has gotten a lot easier than it used to be in the past. That's an awful lot of trouble for a game that's perfectly capable of running on non-DX11 GPUs. I'm guessing Crytek got some good sponsorship money in exchange for cutting out older GPUs.
@dagamer667 No it doesn't. Don't lie. The 8800gts was great for it's time, but it does NOT run new games at perfectly acceptable framerates and quality...unless 640x480 and lowest settings are your cup of tea. You're missing out on a lot by hanging onto an ancient piece of hardware. But it is your money and your quality (or lack thereof) of entertainment, so if an 8800gts makes you happy, so be it...just don't drag the rest of the world down with you because you're too cheap to fork over a few bills to upgrade a 7+ year old technology.
@dagamer667 That is true in one way but when a certain technology has been on the market for over 3 years they tend to focus more on the future. It is not hard to get a DX11 compatible video card but if you are still running like ddr2 with a socket 775 cpu you need to upgrade regardless if it is dx9, 10 or 11. Unless you like running games on the lowest maybe medium setting or you really enjoy slide shows
What a complete load of crap tuff, im running a 775 socket CPU, quad core q6600 @2.4mhz. 8800GTX, 8gig of ddr3 @1800mhz on a P5Q3 i have seen no reason to upgrade, i can run BF3 at max settings with no slow down what so ever.
There is no game currently out at the moment that even comes close to lagging my system to the point i think "i know ill lower the graphics"
The reason for that, is because us PC gamers have suffered due to games companies releasing games on console first then porting to PC, this is the same rig i built to play the original crysis. and its still powering along. why limit C3 to just direct x 11, when it runs everything else perfectly fine? just for tessellation? Totally stupid move by crytek
Until they fix the problems that are causing the game to crash. I am not sure if I will ever get through this game.
If this game seems too easy, i'll just crank up the difficulty setting like in the previous Crysis games :p.
This is the first game to truly top Crysis in terms of visuals.
gamespot sais: industry leading games just can not be coming from germany, let alone on PC-Platform ... simply no way
@hitomo I guess you haven't played:
Metro 2033, The Witcher 2, Batman AC, and a few I am surely missing. Crysis was great, don't get me wrong, but people still hold it in such high regard for some reason even though it is nearly 4 years old now. Trust me, there are better looking games out there.
I wouldn't pay $60 or $50 for any of the Crysis games. Even the ones ones the PC. I'm pretty sure there will be a complication with all 3 games in a bundle for $39.99 in the near future. I'll check them out when that happens.
@blackace There's already 30% for the Deluxe bundle for the three Crysis titles plus extra online unlocks aka Hunter.
Many people have complained before too but this reviewer(KEVIN VANORD) still doesnt give a crap about spoilers. You would do the GS community a huge favor if you stop reviewing games if you cant stop giving spoilers.
Think like this "this game is easy cause you are wearing nanosuit"... If you were a normal soldier like psycho [in-game character] then this game will be in a different league... How about we have next crysis game in cell troops and fighting both cephs and nanosuits soldiers...?
@komil ? I could have sword thaT Psycho had a nanosuit as well? I seem to remember using the same powers as Nomad in Warhead...
This game is easy because its AI is stupid and it has almost same pattern in every map... You can easily tag enemies through objects or walls which make us to figure out enemy movements very easily... And its repeatative (means you will do this in every level).. If it wasn't of the AI i would have given this game 10/10... Thanks crytek for this wonderful looking game ever...
It could have been an amazing game if it wasn't only 5 hours and 40 minutes long even in the hardest difficulty level. And speaking of difficulty I should say the game had none.
Thanks Kevin your reviews are my favorite.
I haven't finished the game but so far I can truly say that with this gameplay and graphics, if this game would be a open world shooter with a better AI it would be EPIC! I thought Crysis 3 would be an open world game when they said it will be a "sandbox" shooter with side missons and progressing skill trees. However, I found myself shooting in large enclosed spaces with vegetation. Tagging the enemies with visor and one shot kill with the bow during stealth makes the game too easy. Especially when unresponsive AI is added to these facts, you feel like playing in God Mode. Ok, it's challenging when you have outnumbered of enemies and AI is better than the previous game but when you shoot a cell troop with a bow the soldier next to him just keeps walking through you, not responsing or getting into a cover. Multiplayer is good fun except some cheaters and too mixed level of players. I mean I can't compete with a level 50 guy or for him I'll be fooling around or not contrubuting to the team. In brief, shooting, enviorment, people look and feels great. I just wish to have more challenging AI combat and an open world game with freedom
@mcavcil Part of the same problem I had with Crysis 2. They took away the truly open feel of Crysis 1 and simulated an open feel that showed you the game truly did limit you. I probably won't get Crysis 3 because Crysis 2 left a bad taste in my mouth. They had something truly special with Crysis 1 and then decided to bastardize the series by trying to make it more like Call of Duty. Action/run-and-gun DO NOT EQUAL a good game guys. I'm disappointed games are going in that direction (I'm looking at you too Dead Space 3). /sigh
By the way I'm on chapter Red Star Rising (5 of 7) but I haven't seen any boss fights. When do we see a boss fight? Btw I hacked a Pinger on previous chapter but I thought I'd be controlling it just like in the multiplayer, instead it kept shooting around and destroyed all the enemies for me! wtf?!
Crytek, please release a patch and get rid of this hacking turrets thing and if I hack a pinger let me control it during the campaign! It's way too easy and not fun!
Im doing a playthrough right now on post human warrior setting, only to make it difficult I've turned the hud off. Not only hard but about twice as good looking without that junk cluttering the screen. The game is too easy, there is no doubt about that, but its fun. I'm on my third play through and I havent beaten a game in longer than I can remember. Still having fun. http://i.imgur.com/OIO3ZqL.jpg
you really have to suck to not play your games on the high difficulty off the bat, these days normal is easy, hard is normal, very hard is where its at, atleast thats the way i always play with the hardest difficulty available to get the most out of the game
dialogues were cheap, story turned to nowhere, AI were weak, single player campaign is shorter than any game, in Crysis 3 everything were ruined except graphics,
The game is still easy on Post-human Warrior difficulty. Prophet is nearly invincible in armor mode, plus the AI of both Cell and Ceph are very poor, even the boss is simple in term of strategy.