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  • Summary: First-person shooter Crysis returns powered by CryEngline 3 and is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as the PC.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. 95
    I absolutely loved Crysis 2 from start to finish. The game looks amazing, sounds amazing and plays like a dream. The singleplayer campaign was a satisfying 10 hours and left me wanting to play it again at a higher difficulty setting. Multiplayer borrows a few ideas from other games but overall is a unique and highly enjoyable experience even if it does force you to put in the time to get the most out of it.
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    91
    There will always be room for improvement, but Crysis 2 has managed to surpass its competition in almost every category. There's little here that will convert non-FPS players, but fans of the genre would be doing themselves a disservice if they missed out on the Nanosuit 2.0.
  3. Mar 28, 2011
    90
    Even in its console versions, Crysis 2 stays true to its great legacy. Despite a few issues regarding the AI, this sequel is superior to its predecessors in almost every way and offers one of the most immersing campaign modes we've ever seen.
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    87
    Fantastic visuals, fast combat and clever nanosuit mechanics more than compensate for some linear level design, a mediocre story and unvaried enemy design. It's not as good as the first game in the series, but it's a great shooter nonetheless.
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    85
    An outstanding game. Between the incredibly challenging AI and the stages that reward creative thinking, Crysis 2 distinguishes itself as a thinking man's shooter. Unfortunately, the bland and almost generic story is very weak glue for an otherwise great FPS.
  6. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Crysis 2 is an amazing game that doesn't live up to its full potential. The storytelling is au contraire to the new action system and amazing visuals, quite horrible. The game plays like a dream though, contains amazing actions sequences and offers enough variation in its somewhat linear missions. But it's the Nanosuit that makes Crysis 2 stand out from the crowd, which is also the case on the multiplayer front.
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    50
    I don't mean to say that Crysis 2 isn't competent. It is. It's a perfectly bog-standard, uninspired, derivative, middle-of-the-road, ultimately incomprehensible, attractive enough, buy-it-used-if-you-must shooter that no one will remember by summer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 159
  1. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    Just like its predecessor, its visuals are top-notch, especially on the machine it's running on; the Xbox 360. As for the core game, however, I was initially disappointed about the nanosuit's power being reduced to stealth and armour. That quickly changed, however. Having a button for each made switching between the two far more fluid than Crysis 1. On top of this, it adds a lovely twist and breath of fresh air to what is essentially your typical combat multiplayer affair. That being said, it is a step down from the large scale frantic antics of the original. But it's this added layer of depth to the tried and tested 'CoD-style' multiplayer offering that lends it an advantage.

    But it was the single-player, like its predecessor, I bought it for. The original garnered some criticism to its rather basic plot, but having never seen it done so well, or in a videogame for that matter, it didn't hinder the experience one bit. Crysis 2, however, propels the Crysis universe onto a whole new level. It's obvious a hell of a lot more thought has been put into it. It's more complex, deeper and smart and makes for infinitely more compelling game. Couple this with the unique and shockingly-real depiction of an 'apocalyptic' New York and well... I can't even begin to explain how awesome it is.
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  2. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Picked this up on its release day and i'm pretty happy never had the money to get a computer to run the first crisis and i now know what i missed out on. The graphics are obviously one of the major reasons i picked it up but once i started to play the campaign i was hooked its a great story the nano suit is awesome the AI was smart and fast. The multiplayer is pretty similar to cod and i know everyone compares fps multiplayers to cod these days but i was pleased with what they have here and found it enjoyable but i know ill be playing the campaign a lot more then multiplayer i think the replay value of this game is very high.. Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    9
    What an amazing game i ahd heard good things from freinds about this game so i picked it up and wow i was just amazed great graphics blended with the fun as ever gameplay makes a great combo and really makes for a great game campain was fun and addictive and multiplayer was similar to black opps but better in my opinion Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2011
    8
    As a HUGE fan of the first Crysis on PC, I was a bit worried about what direction the sequel would take with a multi-platform release. I game mostly on Xbox now, so picked it up for my console, and have been very pleased overall. It doesn't quite have the jaw-dropping impact of the first's huge environments and stunning visuals, but it still provides and incredibly solid fps experience without deviating too far from the spirit of the original. This time around you'll be fighting in the urban canyons of New York. The city is beautifully rendered and a blast to fight in, but feels a bit more constricted than the jungles of the original. There are plenty of approaches to each mission, but I found it quite a bit more linear than the first. The graphics are nothing to sneeze at, but considering the fact that the original came out 3 1/2 years ago, PC gamers might be a bit disappointed that they aren't going to be getting something a far ahead of its time as the original was. However, I don't blame Crytek from wanting to capitalize on gaming larger console market, and its amazing what they've squeezed out of the xbox 360 in particular. Where this sequel truly shines is it's story. Characters, story scene environments, and dialogue are a lot better, and it feels like a lot more than a wicked-fun tech demo this time around. Make no mistake, it's no Bioware story arc, but there's a lot more stringing the scenes together than in the original Crysis. Also, the powers are a lot easier to use than in the original. Crysis had you awkwardly activating each of the 4 powers individually, a couple of clicks deep in a menu. This made switching from speed to armor, or from cloak to strength, very tedious. This time, all of the powers are still there, but cloak and armor are just single hot keys away, while speed is integrated into a thumb-stick click sprint and strength is context sensitive when close to heavy objects and enemies. This leaves you with nearly all of the options of the original, but in a far more accessible way. Overall Crysis 2 isn't as ground-breaking as the original, but manages to completely outshine the mess of awful CoD clones out there right now. Check it out, you won't regret it. Expand
  5. Sep 17, 2011
    8
    a funny game to play. it's visually amazing, the action is nice, and i especially liked the stealth sections. i only disliked that the game bugged sometimes, and the enemies are nearly impossible to kill if you don't immediately get a head shot. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2011
    6
    hmmm, i think a handful of previous reviewers have summed up my thoughts on this pretty well so i'll keep it short and sweet.

    single player:
    woeful AI, ranging from retarded soldiers to psychic, shoot around corners types. overrated graphics - lots of slowdown when things get frenetic, bad pixellation on cutscenes, tedious gameplay, a general lack of fun to play. dull plot. non-existent characters. poor driving section. frankly im amazed this has had any 8+ reviews.
    for me based on SP, this gets a 5.

    multiplayer:
    simple, if you like Halo and jumping around in a gimp suit with terrible hit detection this is for you.
    if you prefer military shooters with a large variety of weapons and customization then move along.
    this also gets a 5.

    overall a poor result based on the hype and buildup to release, im not a harsh critic of games generally, but this game got traded in 3 days after purchase.

    overall a 6/10.
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  7. Mar 25, 2011
    0
    This game is terrible, bored of it within 4 hours of playing it. Online is terrible you get a kill then you die then you get a kill then you die. Not to mention that the kill streaks are not even worth it. The nano suit sucks, maximum armor and maximum stealth are stupid as **** everybody sees you when you use stealth anyway and the maximum armor is just useless because whenever anybody gets in a gunfight they just try and get the armor up as fast as possible. Nobody uses any gun besides the SCAR basically because everything else sucks unless you have a modded controller. The game is boring as **** too. You spend half the time trying to get to places and once you finally get there you are out of energy and you get ****ed like Japanese-Americans living in the US during WWII. This game is not even finished, by the way the graphics suck don't get your hopes up. I am not even going to try and explain the cluster **** that is the campaign. I have been playing first person shooters since Halo: Combat Evolved and I have to say this is the biggest piece of **** i have ever owned.
    DO NOT BUY
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