gamers (90%) found this review helpful
Being offered solely on the PC, the original Crysis failed to be recognized as a household name. As such, the second offering from Crytek Studios did not receive as much attention as, say, a Call of Duty installment. However, Crysis 2 is a polished game that shines in a market lacking any other juggernauts.
The buzz around Crysis 2 has been due to the graphics, and in short, they are stunning. Everything is vivid and crisp, allowing you to get lost in the story. Even the facial animation, which so often breaks the illusion in other games, is very well executed.
Single player gameplay is immensely fun. Players assume the role of Alcatraz, a Marine forced to don the game's iconic Nanosuit and battle not only the military resistance group C.E.L.L., but the alien invaders known as the Ceph. The Nanosuit features the ability to both cloak the user, for stealth tactics, and a maximum armor feature, which allows for direct confrontation. The presence of multiple powers translates to multiple approaches to the game. In addition, some scenarios open up after careful investigation. For instance, when approaching a group of enemies, allowing their conversation to end instead of simply rushing the group could provide an opportunity to pick them off one by one covertly. The possibilities are numerous.
Multiplayer is surprisingly fun. It offers standard modes such as free for all, team deathmatch, capture the flag, etc. The nanosuit powers are still present, but not unbalanced. My fear that the cloak mode would dominate the game was quickly erased after several hours of play; while still a viable option, the cloak drains quickly and leaves the user quite vulnerable to attack if energy runs out. The best innovation of the multiplayer is the use of “dog tags” that are dropped after killing an enemy, and must be collected to earn killstreaks. This provides a deterrent against camping.
Crysis 2 is well worth a rent, and even a buy if the multiplayer appeals to you.
posted by SIDEKICKMAN (THOUSAND OAKS, CA) Apr 4, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The combat system was amazing, but my time owning it prevented me from playing online. All of the combat systems included in the game were well thought out strategically. It seemed to be a lot like a modern version of Halo in some ways, but was much more innovative than a giant human tank with big guns. This game provided a small selectuib if weapons, each having different uses. The sniper-rifle was the least desirable in the campaign. I think this game was great for rent, and I am not sure as far as owning it though.
posted by msdawg81 (Olive Branch, MS) Dec 19, 2011
Member since Dec 2007
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
It does so many things really well. Beautiful graphics, character customization capabilities, and the ability to play the game in multiple ways. However, I just felt like the story was average at best and it just didn't really bring anything new to the table. I felt like I was playing a hybrid of games that I've played several hundred times before.
Unfortunately, I can't put my finger on what I was looking for, but Crysis 2 definitely had me wishing that there was something more to it. I think that I've been spoiled by so many great stories in games lately that this one just felt like a letdown.
In summary, if you're in the market for a smart and solid shooter, this one is definitely worth a try. However, I don't know that Crysis will necessarily be setting the standard going forward.