I’m gonna start this review by simply saying, Holy Shit. Crysis 2 is the essence of pwn.
In case you aren’t familiar Crysis 2 is a FPS by Crytek set in New York City circa 2023 during an alien invasion. You play as the character Alcatraz, a US Marine deployed to NYC during the invasion. After a rough insertion you encounter Prophet, a special operative that has the ultimate in battle armor/weaponry The Nanosuit 2. One thing leads to another (not to give away too much) and Alcatraz comes into possession of the nanosuit. From this moment on you will be fighting across New York City in your new piece o badass armor.
First off, this game is absolutely stunning. Using the Crytek 3 engine Crysis 2 has to be one of the most visually pleasing games I have ever seen. The graphics are phenomenal and seem to date anything that is currently out. The environments truly give the sense of New York in distress, with airplanes and space craft flying and shooting off in the distance while buildings are crumbling and collapsing in real time around you. The environments also give way to alot of vertical gameplay that not only is fun but offers many new tactical solutions to engagements. The environment artists did an excellent job depicting New York falling apart, you can tell an inspirati0n for alot of this was 9-11. A scene where you are just beginning the game depicts the Statue of Liberty with huge chunks of it missing in the distance with sun rays shooting through heavy plumes of smoke, truly epic scenery.
The Character Art in Crysis is also top notch, I think the nanosuit looks badass, especially the mutliplayer Marine Nanosuit. Also the alien invaders, the Ceph, are totally awesome looking. Only complaint is that the baddies haven’t varied for me much yet though I am not that far through the game.
The Multiplayer in Crysis is your typical FPS style mutliplayer. It has several different play modes including Free For All, Team Deathmatch, Crash Site (domination), a CTF type game, and a Deactivation type game. Rooms typically connect rather fast and the population currently playing is healthy. The true pwn that comes out in Crysis 2’s Multiplayer is the customization of your nanosuit. With perks being granted based on an exp system (similar to CoD and such) you can choose a loadout that suits your play style.
Example: You use a heavy weapon such as a machine gun and are always on the front lines fighting. You would like to use the armor advancement that drains your energy slower while in armor mode. This will keep your ass alive for long enough even in the most hellish of gun fights.
So with enough tweaking you can find the perfect balance of upgrades that best suits your needs. These perks definitely let you feel the power of the nanosuit, very cool shit.
The story of Crysis 2 is written by science fiction author Richard K Morgan. I thought this was so awesome when I first heard about this, Richard Morgan is fucking awesome, straight pwnage. I’ve read 2 books of his previoulsy (Altered Carbon, and Market Forces) and they were total page turners couldnt put the things down. He has a real knack for nailing post-cyberpunk literature and Crysis 2 is no different. NYC is under an epidemic from something called the nanovirus. Soon after this virus starts spreading the Ceph begin to invade. A group known as CELL begins to try and contain the outbreak as well as quell the Ceph invasion. Lots of awesome topics are brought up in this game and i’ve begun to scratch the surface.
The dialoge is very well written as well, as you travel throughout the game listening to radio or comm broadcasts and litening in on enemy soldiers you begin to grasp the reality of the situation your in. I would like to see more of the human element in this story on how people are dealing with this massive change in their lives though I have seen bits and pieces.
Overall Crysis 2 is seriously awesome and definently deserves a look. It is worth the 60 dollars to buy new and absolutely worth renting to check out. So grab a copy, hop into that nanosuit, and save NYC baby.
-Prof. Pwn Sauce