|System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360|
|Dev: Crytek Studios|
|Pub: Electronic Arts|
|Release: March 22, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence|
Somehow, CryEngine 3 is able to squeeze even more power out of less hardware. Running an i7 930 processor and an NVIDIA 8800 GT graphics card, the game runs on Very High settings at a solid 30 FPS, never dipping. Extreme tops anything seen on the market, period, but sadly my computer wasn't able to handle it. Regardless, even on Very High, Crysis 2 is one of the best looking games out there.
The breakout star of the game, aside from the previously mentioned musical score, is the game's multiplayer, completely retooled. The easiest way to explain it is that it's essentially Call of Duty, but with a Nanosuit. Multiplayer modes are standard fare, from death matches, capture the flags, and point defenses. Honestly, they're more fun than they should be, thanks to the Nanosuit abilities and map designs that allow for Crysis's tactical gameplay to occur. Sadly, at the time of this writing, multiplayer servers aren't fully reliable; from time to time games won't start due to server errors.
That isn't Crysis 2's only shortcoming, as I'd be out of line should I not mention the numerous bugs I've encountered. Far too many times have I seen dead bodies or weapons float in mid-air, or not have the ability to melee no matter how hard I jam on the button. Worst of all, there's an occasional lag that happens when I attempt to switch weapons and sometimes they won't even switch at all. For a game that features quick thinking in its campaign, this is a gigantic problem. Ironically, the more I played through the game, the bugs started to disappear, save for an occasional enemy AI hiccup, which is a shame since more often than not, the AI puts up a great fight.
Still, despite this list of bugs, Crysis 2 is one of the better FPS experiences on the market. The campaign offers one hell of an action thrill ride, despite its somewhat frustrating and slow start. Once it gets going, however, it doesn't let go. Enhanced by a surprisingly addictive multiplayer and absolutely beautiful graphics, the benchmark for the FPS genre has been set. Crysis 2 is an experience worth playing.
CCC Freelance Writer