Posted: March 28
This is a long review, so if you want a brief summary of why I recommend Crysis Warhead skip to Results and read from there.
Crytek creates another epic continuation onto the Crysis series. Crysis Warhead offers an alternative story from the eyes of Physco another one of the nano-tech marines. Story:
On the same island as the original Crysis Warhead starts the story with Sergeant Sykes, Physco, who is on a vital mission to capture Korean cargo. It is up to you and your friend O’neil to push through the forces of North Korea and aliens alike to complete your objective. Campaign:
The campaign consists of approximately seven missions, which vary in length. The campaign lasts anywhere from around four to seven hours depending on your play method. The initial missions are before are against human AI, but as you progress the enemy shift begins to occur as you start fighting less humans and engaging more aliens. The enemies, weapons, and abilities are the same as the original meaning this expansion only adds new missions and story. Regardless the campaign is well planned and the levels keep you wanting for me. They offer dynamic play-styles that allow you to choose your completion style. Gameplay:
As in the original the gameplay varies based on your difficulty. I played Delta and noticed most of the game was more about utilizing my cloak ability and catching enemies by surprise. The enemies will fire in the same place if you cloak and run, but if you hide for a few seconds they tend to forget you even existed and continue on with their business. Realistically this game is pretty fun and the combat can be dynamic – if you’re looking for run and gun you’d probably want to play on an easy difficulty. On the other hand if you’re more into sneak and strike then I’d recommend going for a harder difficulty. The abilities are fun, but you’ll notice you tend to use some over others. I rarely found myself using speed or super-strength, but instead almost exclusively cloak and shields (which auto selects when cloak deactivates). Hints:
>If you cloak in mid battle and move prone most of the time you can avoid actually having to move as the enemies will be shooting above you.
>If you see a gun with an attachment you have make sure to drop your gun and exchange for that one. Otherwise you won’t unlock the attachment.
>The Plasma Accumulator Cannon only fires a short range then explodes sending missiles outwards. This means to really damage your enemies you need to get close to them.
>IF you use a flashlight or a laser and cloak they can give away your position.Results:
All and all Cyrsis Warhead is a great addition to the series and even if you didn’t play the first Crysis I would recommend giving it a go. It doesn’t really ruin any elements from the original if you play them backwards, but adds more depth to your Physco who in the first game seemed rather annoying. The campaign offers great complexity and amazing new environments. The graphics are of par to the original, annoyingly not 1080p, but still it looks good enough that you couldn’t tell anyway. I’d definitely recommend this game for someone who loves FPS games.
+Suit abilities which allow you to change up your combat style.
+Loads of different weapons with unique attachments: silencers, lasers, flashlights, grenade launchers, etc.
+Decent enemy AI and good combat mix.
+Smooth difficulty curve accommodating for various skill levels.
+Good length campaign, which offers many new environments and combat scenarios.
+Good story and addition to the continuation of the series.
-Not too many check points, you can manually save but sometimes you’d forget in the head of battle die and be warped back to what seems like the beginning of the level.