@sonichomeboy I don't think it's that much of a concern. If the game looks interesting to you, I'd say give it a shot.
+ very nice visuals
+ excellent sound design
+ all weapons are fun and highly satisfying to use
+ weapon customization is great
+ nanosuit powers are largely very useful
- story and characters are forgettable
- alien ship area is unlike the rest of the game: disorienting and confusing
- feels like it is largely a different game after you directly encounter the aliens: goes from an open, military shooter to a much less good extremely linear sci-fi shooter
RATING: 5 out of 6 / 8.0 out of 10
+ decent music
+ good chain combo system
+ fairly good animation
- ugly pre-rendered sprites and backgrounds
- small roster of 8 characters
- counter system can be abused potentially leading to stalemates
RATING: 4 out of 6 / 7.0 out of 10
Your last negative comment about Crysis is what I have heard many times from review sites and friends. That alone kind of makes me concerned if I should try the game or not.
Crysis 2 is still a great shooter and it remains consistent. In fact, it ends much stronger than when it began and the combat against the aliens is much improved! But the highs of Crysis were enough to woo me and the fact that neither of the two games that followed quite matched those highs was enough for me to recognize the difference. If Crysis didn't end as a linear, wannabe-Halo I'd have rated it at a 10. The fact that it petered out at the end led to the 9.5. It's one of my favorites, but both Warhead and 2 maintain consistency which I can certainly appreciate and I can also respect that a lot of people prefer Warhead or Crysis 2 over the original due to the consistency maintained in them.
@NeonNinja Even if I end up playing Crysis 2 and agreeing that it doesn't reach the same highs as the original, I'd probably still score it higher just because it was more consistently good and didn't have the few low points of the first.
I'll eventually get back on my Crysis playthrough during my semester break. I played Crysis 2 before then and didn't quite get into it. I traded in that game but promised myself to revisit the game when I get the chance. But having played the first 2 or 3 hours of Crysis 1, I'm deciding whether or not to give its sequel a second chance given that my experiences between the two are different (of course I had to figure this out the hard way: on my own).
Yeah, that's the problem I had with the final three or so hours of Crysis, it tries to be Halo and fails. It's much more successful with the open-world gaming. Fortunately, Warhead and Crysis 2 don't suffer from that same issue. Unfortunately, Warhead and Crysis 2 never reach the same highs as Crysis did. You can tell by the sharp drop in score, where I have the first game at 9.5 and the other two both locked in at 8.