Crysis 2 Review
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Crysis 2 Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: Crytek Studios
Pub: Electronic Arts
Release: March 22, 2011
Players: 1-12
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.

Crysis 2 Screenshot

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.

By Jake Valentine
CCC Freelance Writer

If they're not the best graphics on the market, I'd like to see better.
Not as smooth as the original Crysis, but once you get used to them they allow for great flow.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
I can't stop raving about the Hans Zimmer score; it's that good. VO does its job.
Play Value
An experience unlike any other in terms of gameplay, but the bugs drag the score down.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Be Strong – Take on multiple enemies with Armor mode, mince them with heavy weapons, or squash them by kicking cars.
  • Be Fast – Get to the action quickly with a power jump, ledge grab, and slide round the environment with amazing agility.
  • Be Invisible – Use Stealth mode to set traps, hit and run your enemies, or snipe from a concealed position.
  • Be The Weapon – With the Nanosuit you choose how you want to play. Fully customize your suits upgrades and adapt your combat tactics for any scenario.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    Crysis 2 Be The Weapon  Trailer - click to enlarge
    Be The Weapon Trailer
    Crysis 2 E3 2009 - Teaser Trailer - click to enlarge
    E3 2009 - Teaser Trailer
    Crysis 2 The Wall Trailer - click to enlarge
    The Wall Trailer
    Crysis 2 EA Showcase London Featurette  - click to enlarge
    EA Showcase London Featurette
    Crysis 2 Limited Edition Bonuses Trailer - click to enlarge
    Limited Edition Bonuses Trailer

    Screenshots / Images
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