Posté le : 23 mars
Crysis Warhead is something of a mixed bag for me. I played it almost immediately after Crysis, and all sorts of strangeness abounds. For example, I played Crysis on maximum settings and didn't notice anything (aside from the occasional frame rate drop in larger levels) that would impact gameplay from a tech side of the house.
But Warhead? I had to turn everything down. I wanted that 60 fps sweet spot... but it wasn't happening without minimum settings. I didn't play it on minimum, I compromised for about 40 fps, so I could actually see things like grass (which is necessary for my play style, as I like to be the Predator and kill from stealth). I'm curious as to why this stripped down expansion was literally more taxing on my system than the 2013 Tomb Raider (also played on max - but without the PhysX hair).
It may be the combination of age, poor optimization, and video drivers (which age has a pretty big factor on whether or not your drivers will play nice with the game) that prevented me from getting the sort of performance I was getting with the original game (plus, the original game underwent a series of performance patches after it was released).
The gameplay is essentially unchanged, which is good if you like it (I do). All the old weapons are present, though they did add a couple of new ones. However... again, the overpowered alien enemies rear their ugly heads (as expected) and the game becomes less fun as a result. You basically have to carry the gauss rifle at that point forward, and cloaking is a waste of time from there on in. Worse, like before, as soon as the aliens arrive, you're given linear paths and objectives (though Warhead is in general, more linear than the original).
Story wise, I like Warhead better, mostly because you play as Psycho and get some great character development out of the experience. From the first game, the only thing I knew about him was that he was British and slightly sarcastic. And that his callsign probably meant he was a daredevil or just deranged. Psycho is much more interesting than Nomad, and actively defies orders at certain points for fairly justified reasons.
I actively despised the Korean general who is the antagonist of Warhead, and hated it whenever he got the upper hand on Psycho, but the ending was made all the sweeter for it.
On the whole, I recommend Warhead for fans of the first game, with the caveat that it has the same issues of said first game, as well as a few new ones. It's also short, about half the play time of the original Crysis (which I think is fine - it doesn't overstay its welcome).