Who hasn’t heard of the Crysis franchise? Crysis was one of the most demanding; CPU intensive games ever created, and even modern day PC’s still fear the ridiculous high graphics that will eat your GPU and spit it all over the floor. Crysis 2 however, i feel has not quite followed the same route.
Crysis is known for its insane graphics, and amazing in-game versatility; where if you want to snipe a guy from 100m you can, go right ahead, shoot his head clean off; or you can run in with your crazy suit and punch men 10m in the air. Who cares what you do, its still super cool. That’s what kept me going in Crysis; the sandbox. Whereas in Crysis 2, you lose that free rome feel to a point. This may be because of the new setting in a city, so closed streets and cars obstruct you, however i felt more limited.
This doesn’t mean to say however that Crysis 2 is not versatile. One minute you can be sniping a soldier from a distance, to then running in to the heat of battle with a HUGE turrent in your hands (those guns are badass, i tell you now). Also, the weapon selection was wide enough, with plenty of ammo and some exotic guns is enough to keep for pinned to the screen till my eyes won’t open properly. Running invisible with a sniper rifle will get you on the edge of your seat; it did for me, but my seat in tiny, so its down to you on that one.
Vehicles aren’t as plentiful, and the only ones i really used were the ones assigned to you for missions, however driving a huge truck with a massive gun is always fun so i’m not complaining
Furthermore, the graphics are still pretty amazing in high settings, however you will need a high spec PC to run this smoothly. I have a mid range PC and running it on medium works fine for me The visual effects of a broken New York are incredible, from shattered buildings to walking past the Statue of Liberties head (spoiler, kind of, it has no real relavance). This gives an immersing gaming experience for which you can really get to know your character, which in my opinion, i really like. Also, the feeling you get later in the game when you’re fighting to save humanity also makes you feel deeply involved with the game, and makes you cry when you see a soldier die. Ok, it doesn’t, i had something in my eye, ok? Got out of that one….
Lastly, the gameplay itself is very smooth, with very little or no bugs, which allows for some epic firefights with humans and aliens alike. Enemy A.I is smart, and will run for cover and call in reinforcements when under heavy fire (seriously, get the turret gun), which will challenge even the best FPS players on a hard difficulty (normal difficulty FTW).
Overall, Crysis 2 is a sleek, well designed immersing game, which will keep you at your screen for hours. Even after completing the awesome single player, multiplayer is available and at this moment seems very popular and always has a good number of people online (i SUCK at multiplayer/ragequit). I would definately reccommend Crysis 2 to anyone who has already played Crysis 1, and also any FPS fan, as it offers a more diverse gameplay experience to that of something like CoD (i went there, i’m sorry).
Crysis 2 —– 8.5/10. New style of game, smooth, sleek, however not as free roam as i expected.