Crysis 2 Review

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tphaneuf

Crysis 2 was going to be great. Look how good Crysis and Crysis Warhead were. It kind of falls flat - despite the awesome setting of NYC.

But that aside - Not being able to quick save at random points and having to repeat levels over and over to get past a sticking point is how nintendo used to punish us. Why are we still putting up with that? Also, it was also fun to be able to go back and play favorite spots in the game to try different things long after I had made it through the game a few times.

There are a number of petty annoying things that are beyond getting used to something "I am not used to yet"

  1. No quick save. This is a biggie. Or even a slow clunky save. This was discussed earlier. Sometimes I am playing, and I need to stop unexpectedly (for work, to to come to dinner when called, etc), and it is annoying that I know if I quit far from a check point, I will lose the game played after that check point.
  2. No sound settings (or any real settings for that matter). For instance, the breaks are just distorted staccatto because I can't set the sound settings other than what they default to. Have to turn sound off until they are done. Wish I knew what they were saying. Graphics look cool though.
  3. No health indicator. Is trivial, but it is nice to know how much damage an enemy does to you. Also, is good to know how healthy you are before rushing into a battle. I miss having a health indicator.
  4. Dull objects. The buildings and most of the other objects are mostly dead - they look pretty, and they have substance, but that is about it. For instance, I fired tank rounds at skyscrapers and none of the windows broke. This is how games ten years ago used to act. Haven't we gone past that? Also, shot up some traffic lights and they only moved, not shattered or fell. What happened the fun that was Crysis and Crysis Warhead?
  5. Far too linear. I like sometimes doing things out of order. And it would be nice if there were multiple results. That might be asking too much - but at least allow the sequence of checkpoints to vary. One of the saddest things is that it is set in NYC - and we barely get to see bop around the city since every segment is in a tightly control area. Would have been fun to be about to wander around a bit.
  6. Can't change the suit voice. I never liked the growly male voice for the suit ( I still don't). In Crysis and Crysis 2 you could change it to a female voice. Then you could at least tell what it was saying most of the time.

And lots of other little annoyances and gotcha's. I don't play a game to be annoyed. I play for the challenge, and for fun. I also like to invent challenges - like can I take a room full of aliens with a pistol and a lot of melees? But that kind of playing around is difficult to try without a quick save.

If the reasons are that it brings it more in line with the console games, that is hooey. If I wanted to play console games, I would not be playing them on a gaming PC. Each platform has it's advantages, and any software (game or otherwise) that only uses the least common denominator is just plain lazy.

PC Gamers are not the same as Console Gamers. This is not good or bad - just true. There are even differences between the gamers on different consoles. There is a reason why someone chose an XBox over a Playstation, or vice-versa. They are playing on the platform that reflects their approach and attitude to the games. To ignore that is to invite inevitable scorn from at least one of the groups.

So, in a score of 1 to 10, Crysis 2, despite awesome graphics, good sound (except for the breaks on my computer), a very cool urban setting, an oddly epic story, and mostly nicely executed game - still I wouldn't recommend it as a PC game. Maybe a 6-7 out of ten - and I think I am being generous. Maybe the multi-player is better, but I don't really like multiplayer games.

I think Crytek got lazy and listened to EA too much. That should never be allowed to happen again. Is a shame because I was hoping for something great.

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szore

It's a good game and it looks great.

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adam1378

Crytek was lazy with Crysis 2. Definitely should have not been a sequel to Crysis with standards dropped to support console's 8 year old tech and ported back to the PC. PCGamers should be appalled and so should Maximum PC.

 

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avenger48

I enjoy the game.  My GTX 460's are bored, but I enjoy the game.

Honestly, although it could definitely looked better with DX11, it really doesn't look bad.  It looks about as good as the first one, and is less demanding.  That might be good or bad, depending on who you are.  Regardless, the game is probably more fun than anything I've played since F:NV.  I like the gameplay better than the 1st, but it should have been more demanding and more visually impressive.

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cerealkeller

Those screenshots don't look right.  Try playing the game on a proper PC and maybe you'll enjoy the way I have.  The game has had issues.  It's something almost every PC game in history has been plagued with.  How long have you people been gaming on the PC?  Figured you'd be used to it by now.  The game is excellent.  It will improve over time.  All I hear is complaining.  "My piece of crap PC can't play the game properly, and I'm ticked off about it."  It's your fault for being FAIL-Builder.  Get some skills biatch.

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bowei006

a recent test shown that the textures in crysis 2 are almost 50% less than in warhead and the color, and ambience if some have noticed are reduced drastically. still an enjoyable game but its sad to see one of the last and greatest game companies fall to the pressure of big brother.

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beich

I agree with TommM and other negative reviews.  I've played over 60 PC games and a dozen or so console games.  Crysis 2 is a real disappointment.  When the game is so bad who cares about the graphics.  As a single player FPS, I'd give it a 6/10 at the mostk, hype notwithstanding.

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Exarkun1138

I WAS all pumped to get Crysis 2, but after reading these comments, I'm not so sure now. I loved the first one, even with it's lack of real deep story, but it was a lot of fun to play. This one doesn't sound as good, or even good at all. I think chopped up console ports suck, because they take the PC level of detail and controls out of them, which is why WE PC owners play PC games in the first place.....they kick console games asses!! Looks like another big title has gone down console hell and we PC owners are left holding the bag! 

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Hirantha

Did EA paid MaximumPC to give it a 9? this game clearly doesn't deserve a 9 with all the current issues is has, maybe 7

Don't worry Witcher 2 will save the PC gaming.

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Supermuncher

I must say that I was extremly disapointed by crysis 2. I suppose I had my expectations set too high, but then again crysis was game changing and this is far from it. What are we presented with? Well lets just list a few things:

-Multiplayer is pretty much unusable with all the cheaters, I mean it really is rediculess right now with all the aimbots and rank cheats. Untill they get a somewhat anti cheat feature implemented, it just really ruins the fun.

-No customising of graphics, 3 preset settings....really? Yay console ports (and I even bought a 6950 for this game what a waste).

-dx9, no mention if or when dx11 support would come. Speaking of graphics, Ea called it one of the best looking games ever, yeah right. I'm sorry but AA just makes everything look washed out, and the only thing crysis 2 seemed to have an abundance off is bloom effects. I mean sunbeams everywhere.

-No more open enviroment! This really was game breaking for me. Although crysis had some parts that were linear, overall you had a great varity of ways to play it. In crysis 2 on the otherhand you are forcefed pretty much down one line, and sometimes are presented with the "visor" option that shows you all advised possibilities before hand. I mean really? I'd love to do at least some thinking/exploring.

-No destructable enviroment. Wow I really loved blowing trees and huts to bits in crysis. I can understand that you don't want EVERYTHING to be destructable, but comon I can't split a tree in half with a tank missle? Light posts are also impervious to my bradly fighting vehicle and overall there's just very little you can destroy. For some reason they just love putting explosive barrels everywhere. Only wish that was the case in real New York.

-bugs...so many bugs. MOVE UP GO! MOVE UP GO! Yeah search youtube for that and you know what I mean. Yes it's happend to me, yes I had to turn my speakers off since I just couldn't stand it anymore. Restarting the game eventually resolved it.

-horrible A.I. I mean it is just terrible. The A.I. I just as retarded on normal and it is the same in post-human-warrior, the only difference is, the mobs will 1 or 2 shot you, and aquier you from 500 yards away. Friendlies and enemies alike get stuck on obsticles or just start dancing in place for no particular reason. There's also not a single "boss" mob. Where's my giant bug I have to kill? Or giant aircraft carrior monster that gets blasted with a minigun!?

-Stealth is overpowered, you can pretty much pass 99% of the game without having to fight just by using stealth. Not just only that, but most enemies just start running away to some free beer event after reaching a checkpoint. Yeah I get you don't want me to get stuck in an endless loop of respawning at a checkpoint and dying again, but ugh this really makes the game easy. Eventually though it just gets so boring you start ripping the HMG off of a mount and just bum rush into hordes to get some excitment.

So to sum it up, is it an ok game? Yes. Is it worth $60 I paid for it? Nope. It has some fun things, suit customisation is nice, but just oversimplified. Could have gone more ala deus ex, and some of the perks are just useless and overly expensive. Like the air stomp, or the tracker. Essentially you will always end up getting the decreased energy used on run speed, increased energy/health regen, and the improved nano vision.

I guess I just expected too much. Mass effect 2 was amazing, but crysis 2 eh. Hoping Deus Ex 3 will rattle things up. I just really hope they don't try and milk crysis 2 to death with those subpar$15 map packs that they love doing on console ports.

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carnivorousslushee23

I bought it and have been playing it, and all I can say is it's fun but ultimately disappointing.  It doesn't feel like Crysis; no open environments, less opportunity to fiddle around with the suit and the environment, etc.  They totally botched up the Nanosuit this time around just to make it easier on the console kiddies.  Seriously, only two dedicated modes now?  Because there is no way you could possibly call Speed and Strength independent modes anymore: in their idiotic "streamlining" of the interface, they took away what made the original Nanosuit so flexible.  Strength was probably the most entertaining mode in the first two games (c'mon, thowing chickens and turtles as Koreans is badass - not to mention stoves), but now it's been reduced to a powered melee, kick, and jump.  The same with speed: it's just your run-of-the-mill sprint function now.  No more ultra-high-powered leaps across bridges, buildings, etc., no more being able to sprint away from enemies when you're out of energy because Speed is sprint now.  Lame.

And I gotta say the engine is disappointing.  The textures are really the worst part; they're so blurry and undetailed compared to the first one.  Next up, little to no destructibility (I can't shoot down trees???!!  RAAAGE!).  Then of course you have the ridiculous lighting...I felt like I was watching frigging Star Trek 2009 half the time, with the overuse of bloom and glare.  It doesn't look nearly as crisp overall either, and of course the lack of advanced graphics options is a massive minus.  In other words, I'll probably have to just go back to the original and Warhead, because this game doesn't feel like Crysis at all - more like Call of Duty with a super suit tacked on.  Which, for my part, equals meh.  I'll just go play Brotherhood or something else more worth my time, like Dragon Age: Origins or original FEAR.

 

My verdict?  A rather overly generous 7, or maybe even a 6.  Minus 3-4 for blatant consolization, CoD MP, and a general lack of replayability (sure, you can choose to go in a different direction the second time around, but your tactical options aren't nearly as varied as the first).  God bless Crytek in their future endeavors for the consoles - I'll look to Valve for PC games now.  kthxbai

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kixofmyg0t

I loved the game and think it deserved the score it got. 

I have the PS3 version too.

But im one of those guys that like "shitty watered down console ports". 

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rayatwork05

built a new i5 system w ssd and a ati 6870, dl'd black ops and crysis 2 to showoff system.

uninstalled both within an hour of playing each.

just a rehash of any FPS youve played.  the intro to crysis 2 is a mix between mw2 and bioshock....the rest of the game is well....boring...

i wasnt crazy about crysis 1 outside of the good graphics....nothing really interesting about this game.

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cpuking2010

just curious, how many of you have played crysis 2 single player? I bet you'd stop all the hatorade drinking if you did. this game kicks ass, console port or not. I guess borderlands and batman AA sucked to because they were ports, nah nope they didn't both great games. I love being a PC gamer but you "eliteists" need to get off your high horse and enjoy gaming for what it's supposed to be FUN! not every game has to be a technical marvel to be a great game ( crysis 2 is both)

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POMF2K

So sorry. . . but it just wasn't that fun.  I could care less about technical marvel.  I mean it's certainly nice and is a solid reason to up the pricetag on a fantastic game, but this however. . . is not a fantastic game.

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TommM

Speak for yourself, pal.  I LOVED Borderlands.  If you can't see past the fact that Crytek has dumped on the PC users a very sorry version of a console port, then that's a personal problem.  I know a good PC game when I play one - Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2 and of course the original Crysis.  All of them state-of-the-art, terrific games.  Crysis 2 doesn't even come close to fitting in the category of those games.  Has nothing to do with being "elitist."  Just recognizing crap when you see it.

 

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cpuking2010

damn my screnshot look way better then that.

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maleficarus™

I played the demo. It was just like the first demo. I had fun for about 15 mins then turned it off. Back to playing BC2 which is a game that has yet to be beat and deserved my $50! I like realistic military type first person shooters, not nano suit alien hyper clocked first person shooters. The game mad me feel like I was getting ready to go to a star trek convention geez...

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logicmaster2003

wow u paid $50 for BC2 ?  I got it on steam for $6.79 last december !  I've finished the single player in about 12 hours in medium level. The MP sucks because it doesn't have MODS / MAPS editor just like Far Cry 2, CSS, Battlefield2. 

BC2 MP - I played a total of 6 hours and got tired of playing the same maps over and over again !  I vowed to only buy games that have MODS / Map editors. PERIOD.

and.. the graphics must have settable settings (i.e.  1920x1080, up to 8AA, etc). AND the mouse should have acceleration settings, otherwise i'll get dizzy just like from playing Mafia2 and Resident Evil 5.

 

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deadsenator

LAN.  I really want standard LAN multi-player back.  I have 10 gaming machines on a network just for playing with my friends IN THE SAME ROOM and not spread around the planet.  When we all have to crawl up to a server on the InterTubes, that sucks.  Straight LAN play is the forgotten red-headed stepchild.  I would buy moar games for LAN play if they were offered.  MPC, you should really do a reader survey about this.  Am I all alone?  Presumably so with these console ports.  <sniff>

 

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MattyMattMatt

You definitely aren't. It's disappointing that they remove such a beloved feature. it's either removed because of piracy or because it's a console port. Both excuses are exceptionally poor.

 

I really thought Max PC would be harsher than this pussyfooting review.

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cpuking2010

well why would they remove it because it's a console port? xbox 360 can do LAN only they call it system link.

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deadsenator

I think the original Diablo had a MP feature where the host server needed the disc to run, but you could run any client and join a server without it.  I loved that feature.  Simple, too.

 

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POMF2K

"I really thought Max PC would be harsher than this pussyfooting review."

Yeah.  I've always turned to max pc because I seem to share similar ideals with the editors.  This is extremely disappointing.

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logicmaster2003

BOOO to console-ported game. I will never ever buy another console-ported game for PC (i.e. been a victim of Mafia2, Resident Evil5, etc).

 

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POMF2K

You probably won't be buying many games unless something seriously changes in the gaming world.

Totally agree with you on mafia 2.  What a snore.  I love the first one.

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Runcorp

Well ... I play a few other PC games including the grand MMO WoW which I love a lot.  I tried several times to play the Crysis 2 demo to no avail.  I see in the forums many people also unable to get their email address recognized at the sign on screen.  So I am even puzzled as to how others are even able to play.   No way to access EA support on this, at leat that I could ... support site riddled with broken links.  So Crysis 2 for me will be pretty screen shots from other people.  Can't buy a game that does not let you enter the game.

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smashingpumpin

I was able to create an account but that was pretty much it. I've tried to run the MP demo on Steam numerous times with no luck of finding one server. Probably did every possible combo of server filters as well with no results (full/empty/password-only even). Anyone in here having trouble on Steam as well?

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iceman08

beyond its flaws, is it a fun game? in terms of replay value?

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TommM

It's not a bad game, it's just not what a lot of people were expecting, especially in the Crysis vein with all the old options and sandbox style of play.  You can get some playability from the multi-player option (if you like being gunned down by 13 year olds who are running hacks), but the single-player mode is so linear and limited in options, I can't imagine playing it beyond the one time through.

Like I said earlier, it will be a much better $20 bargain bin game 6-8 months from now than an extremely average $50 game right now.

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POMF2K

Unless something changes. . . I would not replay it.  The last linear style FPS I played that I can see myself replaying is the original FEAR.  Quake 3 wasn't bad, but don't tell anyone I said something nice about an ID game.  I literally cannot think of anything since then.  I'll give the next STALKER a chance, but they really need to get it together and stop releasing the same game and give us the game they originally intended to.

As far as multiplayer I cannot say.  I'm not big on getting gunned down by 13 year olds.  But what really bothers me is that I cannot figure out why anyone would take multiplayer experience into consideration when reviewing a game.  I mean unless it's WOW, UT, or something like that.  I understand the frustration over lack of servers, no LAN support, etc.  Those are valid points, which should be raised to the developers.  But in my opinion, review of the game should be based entirely on single player experience for most games.

That said, I recently played. . . what was it. . . oh Bad Company 2.  I seriously couldn't remember, it was that bad.  I just remember thinking. .  Why even bother making a single player campaign?  Short and shitty.  Was that just so they could jack the price up?  I'm really not a big fan of lamo, military style, pro usa, "let's get the terrorists" games in the first place, but that was horrible. 

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iceman08

well, i'll have to play a demo of it and make the final judgement myself. But what really interests me is how MaxPC reviewed Crysis originally. The raved about the graphics but criticized the gameplay and such

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/crysis

I'm just looking for a game I can have fun with. BC2 is fun for me because I play with my buddies in squads. and if I can be interested in a game's multiplayer (because who buys games for just single player anymore?) then thats all that matters to me

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POMF2K

I would not have rated this a 9.  Certainly not a kick ass. 

Simply another case of consoles ruining PC games.  Several flaws here:

  • No specific graphical enhancements.  Can't adjust AA, draw distance.  I'm running a 5870.  Don't get me wrong, it looks great, but I don't even know which version of direct x I'm running.
  • Dumbed down interface.  When will developers realize we want more STALKER, more System Shock, less Halo, less Bulletstorm.  "Streamlined" is NOT better, it's just idiot proof.
  • Irritating console-esqe popups "Push x, to do x."
  • Lack of SAVE OPTIONS!  I want to start a petition to all game developers.  I want auto-save at the beginning of "levels" and "checkpoints."  I want the ability to quicksave so I can up and leave whenever I want and not have to replay the same nonsense later.  AND I wan't the ability to save (limited number is fine, unlimited preferred) whenever I find myself coming accross three bad guys I can silently (and play-again hilariously) kill by manipulating the environment.  It is a game after all, amusement is what I am seeking.
  • Really pathetic AI.  Human opponents rarely flank and have zero accuracy with grenades.  The aliens. . . one after another slowly comes around corner while I'm cloaked only to be blown away and have his precious nano stolen, even before his friends are alerted.  I play on. . . soldier/normal/standard.  I am no stranger to FPS games, but I never claim to be unstoppable.  I believe the middle of the road setting is the way the game was initially intended to be played.  In this game, there's no challenge. Then again, the last time I played an FPS with a Xbox controller was the original Halo.  It just doesn't work like keyboard and mouse.
  • Totally action movie scripted with few memorable moments.  I confess, I haven't yet finished it, but so far the only scene I really loved was the harbor/lab/apartment scene.  Harbor was beautiful and fun to snipe, lab was tense, and apartment gave a sense of reality and humanity that this game otherwise lacks entirely.  For a few seconds I thought I was playing half life 2.  Great game, but how old.  And I certainly am not likely to play it again.

I could go on and on forever.  Don't get me wrong, it's a good game, I'm still playing it.  But it certainly doesn't captivate me as it should.  I feel like this developer makes great engines but is incapable of making a great game.  To me Far Cry 2 was on the extreme left (no political connotations implied) and Crysis 2 is on the extreme right.  Far Cry 2 felt like GTA Sudan.  Sure you could go anywhere and pick which mission you wanted to take on, but every mision felt the same after a while.  This game feels like a good action movie (not as good as HL or the original FEAR I might add), but highlighting my various options to deal with an upcoming enemy outpost is hardly what I would call open ended.  I want a game that is in between.  I want a game that is fun, immersive, beautiful, lacks repitition, let's you make it your own, and is open ended in a sense that I can go pretty much anywhere and take on different tasks at any time without feeling like something in the GTA series.  I'd give it a 7.  It would barely squeak by an 8 if I could ignore my personal demands upon a game.  Personal views aside though, it just isn't that great a game.

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r6srider

The controls are messed up IMO, I liked being able to choose which power I wanted to use, not have them be automated and consume energy when I don't want to (like the running) They should have kept the nano suit selection hub the same (speed, power, cloak, armor, weapon) I hate how if your suit is out of energy you can't run at all.  The a.i. might as well have been school of retarted 10 year old (sorry about any offense to anyone.)  The lack of save feature, the lack of video options, the lack of current direct x (or even one prior.)  And if all of that wasn't bad enough there is the extremely single path gameplay that is know as the story mode.  Most all of the game feels very confined like the game takes place in a corridor.  The story seems to push you along too fast comparied with crysis.  The first game was more like here is where you are, this is your goal, take whatever path you want, engage how you want if at all, we'll see you when you get there.  2 seems more like, hey modern warfare sold well, lets copy that and have nonstop gigantic battles the entire game, this is where you need to be, there is only one path, are you there yet? how about now? Now? hurry up.  Don't get me wrong, it's still a beautiful game, but it's just not what the first one was, and no matter what anyone says it is way too much of a ported console game.  O know people will say "it's a company, they are in it to make money, and consoles are where the money is." Mabey, but considering the first crysis and the crysis 1.5(warhead) where made for the pc, and sold pretty well as I understand, why would you screw your main core fans? When crysis came out the same consoles that are out now were still out then, and they still chose to go pc, so what changed? Oh, and what the hell happened to prophet, or physco, and why the hell doesn't the main character talk, thats so lame, what is this Nintendo? Everybody that is being controlled is a mute? *sigh* big let down as a whole, not a 9 for sure, mabey 5 to 6 or so.

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D00dlavy

While there is indubitably going to be a lot of bitching for this comment section, the Crysis games are always a treat.  It's time Crytek saw the sales it deserves on PC and I hope this title does very well... not just Joe-Sixpack's console market, either.

 

Still, though, for its “consoleishness,” this review would have been more accurate with a score of 8.

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igoka

9 really ??? I haven't played this game but from users reviews it sound like generic FPS. And there is a lot of rant about multiplayer. I have a strange feeling that this review is not honest at all. I wanna know what Gordon thinks about this game.

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TommM

Definitely disagree here.  This is clearly a console port game.  Lack of graphics options, lack of game saves, no sandbox map as in previous Crysis releases - very linear play, no destructible environment, not as many suit options, extremely dumb AI, a very short (8 hours or less) campaign with the multi-player option featuring extremely small maps and one helluva lot of cheating that Crytek seems helpless to prevent.

I give this game a score of 6 and recommend purchasing only when it hits the $15-20 bargain bin.

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tornato7

The lack of graphics options is the only problem for me. And the graphics is crysis 1 LOOKED better IMO. Lush jungles and frozen paradises are much cooler to look at than buildings and stuff. And there were really only 4 enemies... the Cell, the small alien, the bigger alien, and the biggest alien. But still the graphics were better, just not as pretty if you know what i mean.

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streetking

there was also a certain feel in the orginal and even warhead that i dont get from 2. its hard to explain, but something about the whole interface is different that i dont like as well as the older ones