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  • Summary: Crysis is a next-generation PC first-person shooter from Crytek, the award-winning developers of "Far Cry." It is 2020, and global tensions have reached boiling point as the U.S. and North Korea square off in the South China Sea. At stake: a mysterious artifact uncovered by a team of U.S. archeologists. The North Korean government quickly seizes the area, prompting the U.S. to dispatch an elite team of Delta Force operatives on a rescue mission. During the siege the true nature of the artifact quickly emerges, pointing to the existence of an alien presence on Earth, and ultimately the trigger for a massive-scale alien invasion. The battle to save Earth begins as the aliens' flash freeze the tropics into a ghostly-white frozen landscape. As gamers take up arms against the aliens, they will be outfitted with customizable weapons and a high tech Nanosuit, allowing them to adapt their tactics and abilities to a hostile, ever-changing environment and a mysterious enemy. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. 100
    When you get past the stealth-themed missions early on, and move onto missions with full use of tanks, helicopters, rockets, and airstrikes, the tactical gameplay plus the production values turn Crysis into a love letter for military combat.
  2. Crysis is visually stunning, packed with intelligent, thrilling gameplay, and easily one of the greatest shooters ever made.
  3. There was a time in PC gaming when A-list titles regularly pushed the limits of what computers were capable of. This might've been a necessity, but it forced developers to deliver new experiences. Crysis harkens back to that mindset, reminding me of why I became addicted to PC gaming in the first place.
  4. Beautiful, action-packed, and fully featured, Crysis is a shining example of how a first-person shooters ought to play.
  5. Crysis is one of the best first person shooters to be released this year, right up there with Bioshock and Halo 3 and drops action by the payload.
  6. Crysis has long been touted as the new standard-bearer among visually compelling shooters, and in that regard, Crysis does not disappoint. When you throw in a nanosuit, nonlinear freedom of movement and an exciting story, Crysis is as good a reason as any to upgrade your computer.
  7. 80
    Fast forward through scraps of miserable story and melodramatic dialogue, along with a "boss battle" inherited from the coin-op class of '88 (see: "Contra"), and the ordeal is done -- beautiful throughout, mostly amazing, but vegetative by the end.

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  1. Negative: 74 out of 424
  1. Dzsordzs
    Nov 27, 2007
    10
    Crysis is a revolution in graphics. In the area of game design it's an evolution, but still stands head and shoulders above contemporaries like COD4 or GOW. Most of the negative reviews here seem to center around griping about how bad the reviewers PC is. If your computer does not meet the recommended specs on the box, don't buy it. But if you are ready for the FPS ride of the year, get Crysis. Expand
  2. MahmoodA
    Nov 15, 2009
    10
    The best game of its generation. The cryengine has proven to be a very powerful and beautiful engine. Crysis has a very interesting singleplayer campaign, the nanosuit is a very handy item to help you become a 1 man army. Crysis multiplayer is a very fun multiplayer letting you use vehicles such as tanks/hovercrafts/helicopters and APC's Expand
  3. JohnS
    Mar 21, 2010
    10
    Best shooter I've ever played. And I've played a lot, starting with Wolfenstien 3D, and even before that Dungeons of Daggorath if you want to consider a really old first person game. I can only play this game on medium detail, I have a low profile case, and as such I don't have the greatest GFX card in the world. I use a ATI Radeon HD 4650. I will say however, on medium, this game looks great compared to most of the titles I have on the XBOX 360, and compared to most of the titles I have on the PC. It plays smooth, and I'm pleased with performance. It only helps to know that when I upgrade my computer a few months from now the game will scale up to it, unlike most of my titles. As far as game play, I don't understand what people really are talking about. This is what keeps me playing this game over 2 years after I have bought it. I love the fact that having a suit with only 4 options gives me so many ways to approach a situation. The enemy AI seems to act appropriately for most of my actions, but there are a few times I have to scratch my head. The plot was fine with me. Off the wall, yes... But gave the game a creepy feel to it, and kind of made the game two separate experiences with the same multitude of options to solve each. Overall, I just found this game fun. I've become kind of immune to the FPS craze, and while I've played games like Modern Warfare 2, and all the Halo games, Crysis is still the pinnacle of fun to me. Giving me the option to run and gun, or stand in the middle of a Korean Base fully cloaked. My one complaint, and it is a complaint in most games, the vehicles drive like cardboard boxes. In fact, the only fun I had was with the tank level, only because it was the only vehicle in the game that drove like it should. I definitely recommend this game. Just don't expect to get the highest settings out of it, but know that the game is fun and very playable at lower settings. Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2014
    8
    It's lots of fun to sneak up on human enemies, or sneak past them and imagine what their superiors are going to say when they get back to base telling stories of an invisible man throwing rocks at them. It's even fun when the sneaking goes wrong and you've got to cheese it. All is well then suddenly, all these aliens come along and the KPA pack up and go home, taking their sneaky fun with them. The game play pushes the story along nicely but that story is rather bland: the KPA annex some islands, the player goes to stop them, some aliens pop up and everybody runs away. The end. Expand
  5. Jul 7, 2012
    7
    The graphics in Crysis are some of the best that I have ever seen. Run on a powerful engine, Crysis takes animation technology to new extremes. Gameplay? What Gameplay? Crysis+Gameplay does not compute. Expand
  6. Czar
    Jan 13, 2008
    6
    Nice graphics that quickly wear off. Boring gameplay. Feels like a supermod for far cry. I got COD 4 at same time and that just blows crysis out of the water. VIsta and 8800gts 640MB is not going to give you a wicked game experience. Very dissapointed. Expand
  7. JeffJ.
    Feb 10, 2008
    0
    Some people got so blinded by 'graphics' that they cannot see that it is just an illusion. How can you say there is freedom in this game when you're always limited. Who cares how you reach the target when you always have to do it. You can't skip anything, you can't go back. Add a boring story that is not even anything new or creative... The Nanosuit is just a stupid idea - self-healing, self-recharging is even worse than collecting body armor and health kits. Weapon modifications suck, no idea where do you get all the silencers and other addons since you can do it unlimited number of times. After you play it for a while, and continue to do so...for some strange reason, you start to avoid fights whenever you can. Just because it is so boring, absurd, unrealistic and schematic. As for the visual part itself - it is just one big failure. Requirements are way to high for what we get. Some elements look horrible one you start looking for weak points of the game. I highly doubt that the engine is capable of 'drawing' something else than a jungle. So it is useless as well. Great work CryTek - another stupid benchmark, not a game for sure. Expand

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