Its more or less a good game, but not a worthy successor to Crysis and Crysis Warhead.
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I enjoyed Crysis and Warhead very much, though it had a somewhat weak story and the gunfights were few and far away from each other. It allowed you to develop your own way of overcoming your enemies, and you could take your time in getting acquainted with the powers of the Nanosuit. Even when you thought that you had it figured out, there were always new ways to use the Nanosuit differently under varied circumstances, which was the main reason for the gameplay being so varied.Graphics, AI, the environments, were all epic, we all know that, and so Crysis is one of the memorable FPS of the last decade.Crytek, being PC developers primarily, took great care in ensuring that Crysis was a 'total experience' for PC gamers by including the editor as well as creating a dedicated modding community.Crysis was also the first DX10 game to be released(although its benefits remain a matter of debate).
So lets get into Crysis 2. I was really disappointed when the game starts, there is no mention of the events taking place after Crysis.The protagonists of the previous games, Nomad and Psycho are gone and there's no mention of them in the game. It felt like I was playing something new and not related to the previous games at all.
I was a bit apprehensive when Crytek announced that Crysis 2 will take place in a city, because their previous games were all open-ended taking place on huge maps in jungles and tropical islands.And here they've made the blunder, CRYSIS 2 IS VERY LINEAR.The freedom is gone, and the restrictive checkpoint based saving system limits your options of exploring. The action is scripted, like Call of Duty, and the first few levels re simply boring. In Crysis, even if you played the same mission with the same approach, the outcome would sometimes have been different. But I liked the face that there are more missions now, so it should keep you engaged.
Now lets talk about the AI. We all remember how amazing the AI was in Crysis.The soldiers behaved like they would do in real life - remaining concealed in the bushes, calling for backup, checking out anything suspicious, using hand signals and they also had different facial expressions under different circumstances.Above all, they didn't shoot at you mindlessly and were good in looking after each other when in a group.
Here in Crysis 2, they're exactly the opposite. They seem to have no situational awareness, sometimes they run around in circles, get stuck in front of the wall. The moment they see you, they empty their magazines instantly, and sometimes they just keep on coming one after another.Even the aliens jump around form one place to another and suddenly drop in front of your face.In short,
the AI IS REALLY BAD compared to Crysis.
They've revised the Nanosuit.It has some improvements and a lot many flaws.There are no longer four modes, strength and speed is combined into a single mode(which is the default mode).It takes the Q key to engage Armour and E for stealth.Now obviously this is aimed at console gamers, but I liked the previous scheme better.The plus point is that the energy lasts longer in Cloak mode.This gives you better opportunities to sneak past enemies.You can now customize the suit as well with different abilities.But here are the bad things:
1.You can't go prone
2.Armour mode is useful only when you have a low health.Don't barge in with Armour enabled in front of the enemies.It consumes energy even when you stay still and since the enemies empty their magazines on you, you'll soon be out of energy. If you take this approach, especially on higher difficulty settings, be sure of a quick death.
3.And you'll drain energy quickly if you sprint.
So, the Nanosuit 2 is a dumbed down Nanosuit 1. Most often you'll find sneaking past enemies as a better option.THERE GOES THE FREEDOM ASPECT OF CRYSIS.
And finally lets come to the graphics - they're good, but not an improvement over Crysis.This was expected as Crysis 2 is a cross-platform game.BUT ON THE PC VERSION, YOU CANT EVEN TUNE THE GRAPHICS LIKE YOU COULD IN CRYSIS.There are three preset modes, options for changing resolution and thats about it.And its DX9 only as of now. Has Crytek forgotten that its 2011?
Overall, Crysis 2 is a decent game that offers some enjoyable moments, but feels too similar to the other games out there, and is nothing compared to Crysis.Hence I give it a 7.5.