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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. Mar 22, 2011
    One of the best games i have ever played it remembers me of Operation flashpoint another great game. I wold rate this game 12 but i have seen some minor mistakes so i will only give it a 10.One notable thing that make me laugh are the burning barrels in the cold atmosphere of the ice sphere where the humans freeze to death. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2012
    Still my favorite shooter and I find myself reinstalling game from Steam every so often. Freedom to explore game world is unreal and numerous methods exist to dispatch your enemies. I personally prefer fighting the North Koreans than the aliens, so I do tend to restart the game after reaching the zero gravity stage. Still definitely worth a 10 and worth playing even in 2012. Graphics and story round out a clear FPS winner. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2012
    I bought 2 copies, 1 on origin, the other on steam. It is an amazing game even I played it after it being released 4 years. The environment is very well created, especially the plants are almost real, the map is sandbox, in which I play run back and fourth without getting boring. The story and the atmosphere is breath-taking that I can feel the wild survival mood and get addicted to it to play it 4 or 5 hours a day. The nanosuit enables the plays to have many alternative ways to complete the mission, if you don't want to have a fight, just switch to cloak mode to sneak, or if you are tired of repetitive shooting, just switch to power mode to beat enemies with your bare hands. If I have to name the cons, it is not optimized well that no PC can run it on maximum settings when the game is released, and my laptop which was bought in 2011 can't do it either. But anyway, it is an amazing game. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first half of the game was one of the best experience in my life when it comes to playing videogames. Crysis is one of the best shooters ever made, and one of my favorite FPS of all times. It allows the player to move around freely in quite large areas and to approach a target or fulfil a task with either guns blazin' or with a more stealthy approach. It looks fantastic, has great graphics and sound, and an okay to decent storyline. The gameplay mechanics, mainly shooting and use of the infamous nanosuit, are nearly flawless. However, I never very much liked fighting aliens in FPS, so the first half of the game is clearly my favorite half. The second part starts to feel a bit repetitive at some point. Also, the AI could have been smarter, and the (over)use of the nanosuit's cloaking system is kind of gamebreaking as it makes many parts of the game very easy to beat. Besides these two points, Crysis is highly recommendable to anyone who likes FPS. Expand
  5. Nov 25, 2010
    You can easily see where the influence of this game came from. However, I am going to complete this review without any reference to Halo. The most notable detail, one that you'll see as soon as you begin playing, is the scenery. The aesthetically pleasing environment of this FPS puts all others to shame. However, while the levels seem quite open and non-linear at a glance, they feel limited. Also the story lacks much originality as does most aspects of the game. Don't get me wrong though, it is a very enjoyable shooter that I recommend for all you have the PC requirements to play it. It may not be remembered for as long as the popular console games, but it is one of the best on PC and should definitely be on your shopping list. Expand
  6. May 15, 2012
    Stunning graphics and realistic combat are what shine in this game. However, nothing new in terms of gameplay. Fast-paced, but also very linear, therefore little opportunity for exploration. Also the player's character is too talkative in parts of the game. Overall, a good game if you're looking for a one-day playthrough filled with intense cinematic action. Expand
  7. Nov 20, 2012
    To see this game get such a high user score killed me inside a little bit.

    First off the gameplay is nothing groundbreaking, its fairly
    mundane, it also requires you to shoot enemies in the head 3 or 4 times on higher difficulites to get a kill, where it is still a 1 punch hit with your suit. Which bring me to the suit... Ok there are some nice things about it, but the way you activate "powers" is a load of bull. The story in crisis also is a big load of woeful pants. Finally the graphics are good but I cannot give a good review based on graphics, loot at grand theft auto vice city or half life 1, they don't have good graphics but they are still great games even today. Expand

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