Posted: May 20
Following the roots of Crytek's first game, FarCry 1, Crysis brings the player to an island occupied by North Korean forces. While your purpose there is straightforward at first, a bigger problem unfolds throughout the game that changes the playing field for humanity forever.
First of all, Crysis offers an amazingly fun game experience. The year is 2020, and you are part of the US Army's most elite team. You all wear the latest Nanosuit, a suit capable of cloaking you, increasing your stamina and strength, and makes you temporarily invulnerable to bullets. The nanosuit is of course regulated by its power source which quickly regenerates over time, so you cannot use all abilities at once. Deciding on which to use and how to use them together is the trick, but oh boy is it fun. Since the world is also quite open, it gives the player different opportunities to complete the mission at hand. It is not until later in the game where it become more linear.
The graphics were and still are amazing in the game. For its time, nothing rivaled the graphics of Crysis. Today, Crysis still looks beautiful. With the advancement of GPU's and CPU's since 2007, one shouldn't have a problem to run Crysis on ultra and enjoy the setting.
The story is also quite enjoyable. Not anything fantastic or extraordinary. It's relatively simple and straightforward, but the presentation of the game makes it feel like it's a whole lot more than it really is. The voice acting is quite good, and the overall sounds in the game are great. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is quite lacking and uninspiring, so you may have to listen to something else in the background if you value great music.
The few negatives of the game are the AI, which is ludicrous at times, and some annoying glitches that may appear from time to time, but nothing game breaking.
Crysis should make it to the top of the list for those who have never played it and want to try out a story-based FPS shooter. You definitively won't be disappointed.