Gaming | Crysis 3 Review

@ECMAG_Dave February 20, 2013 5
  • Visuals
  • Gameplay
  • Audio
  • Fun Factor

From the getgo it’s clear that Crytek has raised the bar yet again, not only in terms of visuals but as far as story and character development are concerned as well, it’s fairly clear that Crytek put a bit of effort into the story in this case, which is a bit of a surprise, a welcome surprise however.  For the die hard Crysis fans out there, the core game mechanics have not been altered too much since Crysis 2, with the super powered, stealth equipped nano suit allowing a great deal of flexibility as far as combat and stealth are concerned.

Touching once more on the story, from what we’ve seen so far the dialogue, facial animation technology and voice action really come together nicely to to stand out from most other first person shooters, while not quite as impressive as some offerings (cough, Half-Life, cough) the improvements are very noticeable over the series predecessors and help add a surprising amount of depth to what may at first glance appear to be just another FPS.

Some new goodies and abilities are also part of the equation, with the option to hack electronic devices, via mini game in order to open doors, activate turrets or arm mines which adds additional options for unleashing mayhem to what is already a very free flowing, sandbox style shooter.  Other goodies include the Predator bow, a super powerful, silent weapon that can be used to score one shot kills while maintaining stealth, in addition the bow includes a number of alternate fire modes such as incendiary and electrified rounds, which come in handy in the later parts of the story.

The biggest downside to Crysis 3 has to be the campaign length which feels like it may be slightly shorter than Crysis 2, although the pacing and excellent storytelling more than make up for this shortcoming and multiplayer looks very promising as well, with plenty of nanosuited hijinks and a great “Call of Duty” style load out system.  Finally, we touch on the setting, Crysis 3 takes place in an urban jungle, literally, the streets of New York have been overgrown and reclaimed by nature giving you the ultimate, stunningly beautiful, genuinely unique hunting ground in which to eliminate the CELL Corporation as well as the alien Ceph.

Finally I want to talk about the controls, normally being a pc gamer primarily I prefer a mouse and keyboard for FPS games, however the control system in Crysis 3 is almost perfect and warrants the use of a controller in order to get the full experience, the only exception being short vehicular based sections that feel rather stiff and clunky in comparison.

Overall: Crysis 3 is an excellent FPS overall and very well may be the high point in the series, I can definitely advise picking it up asap if you are a fan of the Crysis series or FPS games in general.

The Good

  • Amazing Visuals
  • Improved characters and Story
  • Excellent Controls

The Bad

  • Short Campaign
  • Clunky Vehicle Controls

5 Comments »

  1. LarouxX February 23, 2013 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I figured they would hold off till the next gen consoles for the next crysis, guess not…

    • @ECMAG_Dave February 23, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

      I was a bit surprised as well at first, however with the recent release of Far Cry 3, running on the Dunia engine, (a close relative to the CryTek engine) this release by CryTek was not too surprising to me, it only seems logical to support the existing consoles to the end of their life cycles, which may be very soon if the recent Sony PS4 announcement and recent moves made by Microsoft (such as the registration of “XboxEvent.com”) are taken into consideration.

  2. juggitnessism April 22, 2013 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Nice, I really was thinking that crysis was a little overhyped, but it was actually pretty decent once I got my hands on it. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Gads April 24, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    The sheer beauty of Crysis 3 is enough to give it a passing grade in my book, self serious, overly dramatic story aside.

  4. Mary April 26, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I liked crysis 2 better…., :p

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