Crysis 2

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a game by Crytek
Platforms: PC, Playstation 3
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 3 reviews, 2 reviews are shown
User Rating: 9.7/10 - 6 votes
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See also: Crysis Series, First Person Shooter
Crysis 2
Crysis 2
Crysis 2

The first game came out of nowhere, but Crysis 2 had a lot of eyes on it and a huge amount to live up to. While it may not go down in the history books as much as its predecessor. I think that with this game they managed to outdo the original in pretty much every way. It was also pretty awesome that they managed to release this game on console too. It was on the PlayStation 3 that I spent most of my time with this game actually.

Straight To The Point

I thought that the original Crysis took a little bit too long to get going with the cool sci-fi stuff. With Crysis 2 they build on the groundwork that the first game set and things start off really fast. This destroyed version of New York is awesome and trying to fight off an alien threat may not exactly be the most original story, but it is a lot of fun.

What I really liked about the story was how in addition to aliens, humans are also a threat. There are those that want your Power Suit for their own need which adds to the complexity of the story. It is the kind of thing I could see being turned into a massive action movie with awesome special effects.

That Suit Sure Looks Sharp On You!

In Crysis 2 you have a badass power suit like you did in the first game. With this game, they have made it more streamlined and it works better. You can decide to use the stealth mode so that you can sneak around and view enemies' heat signatures which is pretty awesome. You can also turn the power suit into a power mode where you are much more powerful and able to take more damage. Using the suits modes is a lot of fun and it forces you to change things up during battle.

Outside of using the suit, the game is still a great deal of fun. You have these awesome alien weapons to use and these allow you to tinker with them. The ammo is not exactly in generous supply so you do have to use your suit and weapons together to deal with threats. Overall, the game is just a great deal of fun to play. It may be on the short side, but the game feels packed while you play it.

Did I Stutter?

Part of the appeal of the original game was the amazing presentation, it was the best-looking game of its day and of course, Crysis 2 had to live up to that.

This game looks amazing, it really does. However, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are playable, but they do have issues such as frame rate drops and textures that are a tad on the slow side to load in. You do need a pretty beefy PC to play it at high settings, but that is what this game is all about.

9

I enjoyed the first Crysis game, but I think Crysis 2 is better, I would probably say that this is actually my favorite of the three games, to be honest with you. It is just an awesome first-person sci-fi shooter that has style and substance in massive amounts! The game is just a lot of fun to play and even though the console versions have a few issues, they are still fun to play.

Pros:

  • The story of the game was a lot of fun
  • The alien weapons you get to use are awesome
  • It is pure action from start to finish!
  • I liked the way the power suits abilities were more streamlined

Cons:

  • The game is a tad on the short side
  • The PS3 and 360 versions do have a few performance issues

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PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation 3

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Crysis 2 is the sequel to one of the most graphically impressive games ever released, sending players to the front line of futuristic warfare. Armed with a super powerful and advanced Nanosuit, players use stealth, brute force, and a wide variety of high-tech weaponry to decimate an invasive alien threat known as the Ceph. Set in a destroyed New York City in 2023, you must evade being captured by a deadly privatized military that hunts you down, intent on reclaiming the Nanosuit for their own nefarious uses. Among panic, disorder, and utter chaos, you'll use your newfound power to eradicate all hostile threats, whether human or alien. Thanks to its flashy graphics, exciting powers, and action-packed first-person gunplay, Crysis 2 is an explosive dose of futuristic fun.

Main Game Features

  • Free-form first-person shooter gameplay
  • 18 stunning single-player missions
  • 6 unique competitive multiplayer modes

Story

Crysis 2 is set three years after the events of the first game, with players controlling a Force Recon Marine named code-named Alcatraz. Sent to the destroyed remnants of New York City to rescue a high-ranking employee of the dystopian company Crynet, Alcatraz and his team are unexpectedly attacked by an alien race called the Ceph who occupy Earth. After gaining a shiny new Nanonsuit from his deceased superior named Prophet, Alcatraz must evade an elite military force known as CELL who relentlessly hunt him across the city. During this heated quest for survival, Alcatraz begins to discover the unsavory truth behind Crynet, CELL, and a deadly outbreak of a disease known as the Manhattan virus. Full of sci-fi intrigue, super-powered action, and political espionage, Crysis 2 tells an occasionally convoluted but engaging story. Any lackluster elements of the plot are made up for by the satisfying and fast-paced combat that takes center stage, offering a breakneck shooter experience with a complex narrative.

Gameplay

What makes Crysis 2 so much fun is the freedom given to the player during combat. Like in other first-person shooters, there are plenty of cool guns to equip, including carbine rifles, automatic shotguns, and more. However, it's the enhanced Nanosuit that steals the show, giving you exceptional powers to dispose of your enemies. The Nanosuit has several different modes that can be toggled at your desire, including Power mode, Stealth mode, and Armor mode. Stealth mode gives you a temporary invisibility cloak, giving you just enough time to execute deadly melee executions. Power mode gives you enhanced strength and speed, zipping around the battlefield while mercilessly pummeling enemies and throwing heavy items at them. In addition to the special modes, the Nanosuit also grants inherent superhuman abilities, such as a power jump, ledge-climbing, and more. The included binoculars and tactical scanning also give you plenty of time to form your attack plan, tackling battles as you prefer.

While the campaign offers 18 levels of FPS fun with multiple difficulty modes, more competitive players will find themselves enthralled with the multiplayer options. There are six unique modes for online battles, ranging from team deathmatch to territory control and capture the flag. These classic modes are amped up to the next level thanks to the customizable class system and the ultra-quick Nanosuit movement. Like the popular Call of Duty multiplayer system, players can rank up to level 50 and then restart their progression, earning bonuses that carry over. Ranking up unlocks more modifications for your Nanosuit, making you even more effective in firefights.

Conclusion

Although some aspects of Crysis 2 can feel a bit dated when compared to the blockbuster shooter games of the modern age, the futuristic shooting and moody visuals are still very impressive. Some levels in the campaign can feel similar, but with the open-ended nature of combat, players are free to engage in fights at their own pace. Enemy encounters usually dissolve into frenetic firefights, so it's a good thing that the Nanosuit is so fun to use.

8

Players who skipped the first Crysis game might have some trouble figuring out the complete narrative, but the game is still very enjoyable without full story context. If you're interested in sci-fi shooters with a dose of gritty realism and free-form combat, we recommend giving Crysis 2 a shot.

Pros:

  • Impressive graphics and lighting
  • The Nanosuit accommodates various gameplay styles
  • Excellent multiplayer options

Cons:

  • Feels more linear than the first game
  • The story gets confusing
  • Falls to standard genre tropes

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