I’m going to get right to the point. Crysis 2 is masterful. It is also the best looking console game out there and very well could be the best looking PC game as soon as the DX11 patch is released for the PC version. While those things are nice, the gameplay still needs to be sound and keep a high level. Does it? The answer is yes.
Let’s get the graphical aspect of the game covered first as it’s such a big and important part of the Crysis franchise. The first Crysis became the benchmark and graphic monster when it was released. Hardcore gamers bought graphics cards and bragged “it can run Crysis” or asked “Can it run Crysis?” when talking about powerful computers. Therefore, it is no surprise that Crysis 2 is expected to follow similar footsteps. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is the best looking game for the consoles. On the PC the game is even more beautiful and I have yet not seen a better looking game there either and this while the game is still running on DX9 instead of DX11. Crytek chose the consoles as the primary development version and therefore the PC suffered its DX11 expected standard. But like I said, it still looks significantly better on the PC.
Leaving the tropical jungle for the big apple New York City was a good choice in my eyes. I honestly hate running around palm tress and beaches while killing enemies. It just does not make sense. Why would wars take place in sunny paradises instead of highly populated cities with economical targets available? What’s there to sabotage on the beach in middle of nowhere? New York City looks great despite it being completely demolished by aliens. Some of the moments that you will see will make you say wow. I promise that. Other than that, the story is pretty straight forward: save New York.
What makes Crysis 2 stand out from the rest of the military shooters is of course the Nano suit. This suit gives you incredible powers in form of strength, speed, and health regeneration and armor. Oh yeah, it can also make you invisible for a short period of time. So it’s a pretty cool piece of equipment that comes in hand quite a lot during your rescue of New York City. It feels good to be vastly superior to regular soldiers and most of the aliens, although some of them in the later stages of the game will have weapons and abilities to make your life challenging even with the Nano suit functions such as stealth.
The singleplayer campaign is over 10 hours depending on how much you want to rush it. It is fun, entertaining and gives you a good sense of what you can expect in the multiplayer. Once again Crysis 2 delivers on what we have come to expect from shooters. Cinematic story, explosive action, vehicle sections, dramatic moments and betrayal. Everything is there to make the singleplayer experience feel complete and satisfying.
While the singleplayer is excellent the multiplayer is where Crysis 2 truly shines. Developed by Crytek UK, it was expected to hold a high standard and I am glad to say it surpassed that standard by a mile. Everything you expect from shooters these days you have. Unlocks, levels, classes, customization, perks, and ranking systems. Different game modes for different levels and everything is there. All the maps are great and I have yet to play on a map that I didn’t absolutely love. It is that good, seriously. The only complaint that I have with the multiplayer is the poor balancing issue. I myself have hit level 16 and was tossed with players that were level 6, 8, 9, and 11 against level 43, 37, 24, and 22. Slightly odd? I think so. Needless to say, my team did not understand the concept of Crashsite. Hopefully this is something that will be balanced and fixed in future patches.
Crysis 2 is a complete package. It delivers a fantastic singleplayer experience for those who yet have not entered the 21st century and shy away from multiplayer, and it offers a phenomenal multiplayer experience that dominates both Halo and Call of Duty in my eyes. Add to that that it also is the best looking console game by far, you truly cannot ignore the value and greatness of Crysis 2. The improvements made from Crysis to Crysis 2 are tremendous and almost unreal. Crytek have done an excellent job and they surely have earned every shooter fan’s money. Go get your Nano suit today.
Rating: 9 out of 10
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