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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Crysis 2 (single player) review edition

In a market fully saturated by first person shooters, all of which are fairly similar, it's hard to find a game that stands out among that crowd. Crysis 2 is no exception, but that doesn't make it bad; in fact, it makes it even better then it's predecessor in many ways.

While going into Crysis 2 i was fully skeptical if it would run on my older pc (pentium d 2.8ghz, hd4670) i was actually pleasantly surprised to find that the game runs at more then playable rates on the lowest setting. Although some of you may be gagging at the sound of playing any PC game on low, Crysis 2 manages to look brilliant regardless of the setting you choose to play on.

While you might expect shadows to not be rendered, and perhaps a limited amount of bloom and physics, all of these things are actually still present in the lowest setting. In fact, the only real differences between the lowest and highest settings of Crysis 2 on pc are Anti-Aliasing, some bloom effects, and a difference in draw distance. There are a few other minor differences, but nothing you're going to notice. The game still managed to make my jaw drop to the floor several times throughout the campaign.

While graphics were bound to be good(this is a crytek game, afterall) Crysis 2 actually manages to shine in a few other aspects of it's design. First, the gameplay has been simplified to the point that the game is just easier to pick up and play. Although the game is still a sandbox at heart, you're pushed along a linear path for the most part. That may sound bad to some of you who enjoyed the original game, but it really helps push the story forward and make you feel like you're a part of this absurd world.

The story is something i don't want to talk about much here..but i can tell you that the story is something that, while not perfect, is far better then any story i have ever experienced from any crytek game in the past. The game seems super focused on conspiracy, and manages to pull out a nice action blockbuster feel with some well developed characters and the like.

Overall, Crysis 2 is a beautiful game that has very few flaws. Sure, you may find a glitch here and there, but for every glitch you find you'll see something far better to make you forget that glitch only seconds later. The game kept me hooked, and i look forward to playing it again in the future when time allows me.

31 comments:

  1. Looks great, might pick it up some time!

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  2. Love the review! Keep up the great work!

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  3. been looking for a decent review. i never trust big gaming sites.
    great read, following

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  4. Aawesome review. I heard it is going to be great. I hope my system can handle it though

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  5. I still think I should grab a new graphics card before I attempt to play this game.

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  6. Looks like a game i may need to play.

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  7. hmm... can't wait to play it. If I can get my hands on some money...

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  8. I loved Crysis 1. Haven't even thought about 2 tho.

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  9. i cant wait to get my hands on this game

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  10. The game is so beautiful, I'm going to pick it up as soon as I get the money.

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  11. I'm sold man, thanks for covering this!

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  12. Crysis 2 is awesome

    Get the latest PS3 info at ps3inthehouse.blogspot.com

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  13. Very nice review. I'm glad you liked it, I'm going to consider buying it now.

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  14. THIS LOOKS AMAZING I AM GOING TO JIMP HARD WHEN I BUY THIS

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  15. I still need to play this, 1+ follower!

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  16. omg i soo need to get this game. looks so good

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  17. My laptop would explode if I tried to run this game. It looks amazing though!

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  18. Graphics look amazing as always :)

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  19. Great review. I think when I get my next paycheck I'm gonna have to grab this game.

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  20. When can we see a review for the multiplayer aspect?
    As much as I liked Crysis, I'm going to have to save my cash for battlefield 3. Great blog, keep the reviews coming.

    ~H. Coct

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