Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 72 Critics

Critic 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 22, 2011
    95
    Crysis 2 really feels like the kitchen sink of recent shooters: compelling single-player, interesting multiplayer modes, vehicles, myriad weapons, and the Nanosuit. Plus 3D, stealth kills, grabbing and throwing enemies, sprinting and sliding, using cover, and facing enemies using highly effective AI routines to keep every encounter fresh: It's all here, every check box of the genre ticked. But this kitchen sink is 24-carat gold plated.
  3. May 5, 2011
    94
    Crysis 2 meets and exceeds all my expectations as a sequel and a next-gen shooter.
  4. Mar 26, 2011
    93
    Crysis 2 manages to deliver us one of the best graphics on Xbox 360, coupled with a varied, compelling end extremely rewarding gameplay. A game that can proudly walk amongst the best FPSes in this generation: a must buy.
  5. Mar 24, 2011
    92
    Crysis 2 manages to top [Bulletstorm and Homefront], but just barely, thanks to a storyline that actually stands its ground (despite lapses in logic), gameplay that puts a twist on first-person shooting antics, mind-bogglingly good graphics and strong multiplayer options.
  6. Mar 22, 2011
    92
    It looses freedom of movement, but gains spectacle. Whether you are a fan of the original game or not, if you like first-person shooters you'll love this great game.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    91
    Taking control of the ultimate soldier has never been more entertaining. The gameplay and controls of Crysis 2 are outstanding and rate among the best in the genre. Graphics and sound are incredible, the post-apocalyptic atmosphere hasn't been this good since Fallout 3. The unique Crysis 2 is much more than a typical shooter.
  8. Mar 31, 2011
    91
    If I had to sum this game up in one word...that word would be "WOW!"
  9. 91
    This is a relentlessly explosive title that doesn't know the meaning of respite; one which laughs in the face of 'downtime'.
  10. 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.
  11. Mar 22, 2011
    91
    While most FPS like CoD series or Halo do improve in each iteration, this is one of the few games that dramatically enhances its previous installment. This is the new FPS, the thinking man's FPS, and I can't wait to get my second playthrough started.
  12. Mar 22, 2011
    91
    Despite any story hiccups, I can't stress how incredible it all looks.
  13. Mar 22, 2011
    91
    Crysis 2 takes the ideas and technological prowess of the first game and focuses them into a multifaceted experience that encourages you to go to town with its tactics and physicality. The nanosuit is what defines the Crysis 2 experience, and once you get familiar with its features, it feels as natural as a second skin.
  14. Apr 11, 2011
    90
    Crytek has delivered an extraordinary shooter. The Nanosuit with all its functions is a real joy and it keeps gameplay exciting in both the long singleplayer and the fantastic multiplayer.
  15. Apr 7, 2011
    90
    Due to great level design the battles, against enemies ranging from the slow and heavy to ones who use ledges to attack from above, never have the scripted feel that you get from many other games.
  16. Apr 6, 2011
    90
    Crysis 2 feels like a much more refined version of the first game. The plot isn't amazing, but it's much better than the first game, and the pacing is well done.
  17. Apr 5, 2011
    90
    If you're a fan of shooters, you won't be disappointed with Crysis 2. The lengthy campaign is enjoyable from beginning to end, and the online multiplayer is a unique experience thanks to the nanosuit. Mix in some extraordinary graphics, an outstanding soundtrack, and plenty of replay value, and you've got one of the best shooters of the year, so far.
  18. Mar 29, 2011
    90
    It might be less open-ended than its forebear, but it's every bit the thrill-ride that made Crytek a household name and Crysis 2 a now likely frontrunner for action game of the year.
  19. 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.
  20. Mar 25, 2011
    90
    Most people will talk about how pretty the visuals are in Crysis 2, and that's fine. Don't discount the rest of the game while you're enjoying the scenery, as it sports balanced level design, smart enemy A.I. and a good amount of weapons (and customization) that make the overall package deep. It's not a completely perfect game, but it's damn close.
  21. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    Crysis 2's shiny graphics are nice and all, but the Nanosuit is the true star of the show. Offering a true sense of power rarely seen in modern shooters, it helps to make this one of the most exciting games of the year.
  22. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    Easily one of the best looking games on the Xbox 360, Crysis 2 falls a bit short on the 8 to 10 hour single player campaign, but flourishes in offering up very addictive multiplayer.
  23. Mar 23, 2011
    90
    Crysis 2 is a great game, a superb example of singleplayer gaming with an enjoyable multiplayer, but it's a little hard to justify as a continuation for the superb first iteration in the Crysis series.
  24. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    If you're tired of fighting corridor-based wars against an endless flow of brainless meatbags, Crysis 2 is worth a look. The unique sandbox approach to gunfights and game-changing nanosuit lend the title a flavor of its own, and Crytek smartly leverages these strengths in both the single- and multiplayer modes.
  25. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    After playing Crysis 2 for 20+ hours in the span of just two days, I'm still not sick of the game. Crysis 2 is a riveting first-person shooter I highly recommend to fans of the genre, as well as those looking for something to showcase the might of their 3DTV. It ain't perfect, but Crysis 2 has plenty to offer both fans of multiplayer and gamers who prefer a well-crafted solo campaign.
  26. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Among all the weapons Crysis 2 offers to the player, the most important is choice: the free roaming structure of its predecessor comes back somehow transformed, more streamlined and best suited to the NYC concrete jungle. A perfectly balanced gameplay, stunning graphics and an entertaining multiplayer make this a must-have for every FPS addict.
  27. 90
    Crysis 2 is a sterling follow-up to the benchmark setting original from Crytek, boasting an epic campaign in terms of scenarios and mayhem, and a multiplayer arena that is satisfying as long as you can get over the anti-newbie barrier. Perhaps we expected more of the plot itself from Morgan, but you can't knock the campaign in terms of sheer scale, ambition and flair.
  28. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Crytek has created an excellent game, with strong combat, many possibilities and enough freedom to satisfy every shooter lover out there. It has flaws, but it overcomes them easily thanks to the great graphics and strong gameplay that make Crysis 2 a great FPS.
  29. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Crysis is a great shooter and brings the current generation to its limits. The visuals offered are some of the best you will ever see and the gameplay doesn't lack behind. You won't be disappointed.
  30. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    It plays well, encourages creative problem-solving, and confidently delivers a series of escalating and changing encounters and scenarios that will push you to think in a way few shooters have in an era of increasingly funneled experiences.
  31. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Crytek's fourth game is their most confident to date, carefully balancing silliness, seriousness, and spectacle, and despite looking like a laundry list of bad shooter clich├ęs at first glance the end product is surprisingly fresh-faced and triumphant. Switching to New York gives Crytek what it desperately needed: a credible sense of menace to go alongside gorgeous technical fortitude and impressive artistic direction.
  32. Mar 22, 2011
    90
    Crysis 2 delivers some impressive gameplay moments, offering frantic shoot-outs aplenty against human and non human foes, energetic stealth elements amidst the slower paced sneaking making for a comprehensive melting pot of styles which can be utilized at any time during play.
  33. Mar 16, 2011
    90
    Crytek's boiling hot sequel is an exhibition in cleverly designed freedom and gorgeous graphics.
  34. 90
    Crysis 2 skates on the thin ice of its own excellence. There are weaknesses, that might - if the mode-swapping suitplay hadn't been so strong - have dragged the game down. But the story and combat [are] strong enough to carry you through, and if you've got the stomach for competitive multiplayer, the Nanosuit will bring a new world of sneaky, high-jumping tactics to your online game. [Apr 2011, p.84 MC]
  35. Mar 28, 2011
    89
    Crysis 2 offers quite possibly the best graphical experience you will ever find on the Xbox 360. On top of that, Crysis 2 delivers unparalleled physics and a very solid and deep multiplayer experience.
  36. Mar 30, 2011
    87
    Nothing Crysis 2 has to offer will revolutionize the genre but the customizability of the nanosuit and multiple ways to play the game make it a unique experience for every person who plays.
  37. 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.
  38. Apr 19, 2011
    86
    Crysis has finally arrived on consoles, albeit starting with the sequel to the game that had PC gamers asking computer store salespeople, "yeah, but will it run Crysis?" The good news is that the Xbox 360 does indeed run Crysis 2, and, in fact, it's easily one of the best looking games to ever appear on the console.
  39. Apr 7, 2011
    86
    Crysis 2 is an exciting, slick, entertaining experience that puts most recent FPS releases to shame. It may not be the ground breaking experience some were hoping for but it manages to move the series forward enough to just about satisfy any Nano Suit cravings.
  40. Mar 24, 2011
    86
    An experience unlike any other in terms of gameplay, but the bugs drag the score down.
  41. Mar 22, 2011
    86
    Crysis 2 seems different from other shooters on the market thanks to its unique atmosphere, the impressively directed action scenes, the freedom to tackle each combat situation in a unique way and, of course, the Nanosuit.
  42. Apr 11, 2011
    85
    Crysis 2 is more than just a pretty face. The single player campaign is well paced and at a running time of 9-10 hours is nearly twice as long as your typical shooter. Multiplayer draws heavy inspiration from the likes of Call of Duty and Halo (mostly the former) but still manages to hold its own thanks in large part to the Nanosuit.
  43. Apr 11, 2011
    85
    Smooth controls, gorgeous visuals, and memorable online combat prove that this game is still dressed to impress. Recommended for fans of Halo and Vanquish.
  44. Mar 24, 2011
    85
    Crysis 2 might not be exactly the sequel most people expected after Crysis, but it's definitely an improvement. There's room for more, but the game delivers an absolutely stunning atmosphere - and even if the middle of the game bogs you down the ending will definitely pick you up.
  45. Mar 22, 2011
    85
    Crysis 2 is less ambitious than Crytek's previous games, but it is also the most polished, refined and enjoyable title that the studio's ever produced. With tighter gameplay, better level design, and an exquisite sense of flowing action, Crysis 2 is a damn great title that any shooter fan would do well to play at least once.
  46. 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.
  47. Mar 22, 2011
    85
    In a sea of me-too shooters, it feels unique and offers an exciting journey that's as much your own making as that of the developer. The wow factor is undercut by a few issues--the bargain-bin AI and some unfortunate bugs among them. But while the lows are inescapable, the highs are intense, and the more you play, the more extraordinary they become.
  48. Apr 6, 2011
    84
    Crysis 2 may not be the new killer app, but it's the complete package when it comes to shooters.
  49. May 30, 2011
    83
    Crysis 2 is more than a cranked out first person shooter. It takes the time to enhance an already interesting Sci-fi game while tightening and tuning the elements that set it apart from the pack. Oh, and did I mention it's gorgeous to look at?
  50. Mar 28, 2011
    83
    No matter how beautiful the exterior is, Crysis 2 cannot cloak the fact that it lacks the emotional impact to become a classic. Still, Crysis 2 is a lot of fun when you get down to its main hook, which is not the graphics, but the newfangled nanosuit that turns your character into a rockstar killing machine.
  51. Mar 27, 2011
    83
    If Crysis 2 had more varied setpieces and pushed the bounds of gameplay further from what was established in the original game, it would be spectacular. As is, the jaw-dropping visual presentation overlays sometimes-clever level designs that open multiple options for gamers to put the nanosuit to work without laying out such a clear path that imagination never comes into play.
  52. Mar 26, 2011
    83
    The single player mode is engaging and the multiplayer mode is much better than I expected. Yet at the end of the day, Crysis 2 arrives in a market saturated with shooters and I question whether it has the stamina to go the distance. Sure it's fun and has some unique elements, but sorry folks, the 'wow factor' is just not there for me. Unless you are a fan of the franchise, I recommend you rent this one first.
  53. Apr 4, 2011
    82
    Perhaps not the groundbreaking world-beater a lot of us were expecting, Crysis 2 is nevertheless a worthwhile experience with enough collectibles, unlockables, multiplayer modes and gameplay paths to keep you entertained for a few weeks at least. If nothing else, you'd have to buy a PC and pick up the original to see another game as beautiful as this any time soon. Definitely recommended.
  54. May 8, 2011
    80
    Swapping a picture-perfect landscape for New York's urban sprawl could have been disastrous, but Crytek has found variety in the setting, guiding the player through blue-grey skyscrapers, leafy green parks, rooftops at sunset and industrial harbours. [May 2011, p.90]
  55. 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.
  56. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    In spite of these less-than-stellar choices, I will say that Crysis 2's high points outshine the low ones. Frankly speaking, it's rare that I'm able to completely disconnect from a game's plot and remain interested enough to roll credits, but in this particular case, putting the Nanosuit through its paces was more than enough to keep me playing from start to finish. If the developers tweak a few things and put more emphasis on the free-form parts of play that shine the brightest, I'll be quite interested to see what happens when Crytek starts hyping Nanosuit 3.0. Rat
  57. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Although it won't be met with the slack-jawed amazement of its predecessor, Crysis 2 offers a very stylish and entertaining single and multiplayer experience with an engaging point of differentiation in the range of tactical options open to the player.
  58. Mar 28, 2011
    80
    Crysis 2 is not only a technical marvel, it's also a breath of fresh air and a great shooter that tries something different, instead of using again the Call of Duty formula. It's just a shame that some frame-rate issues, bugs and erratic AI prevent it from being excellent.
  59. Mar 26, 2011
    80
    Combining an outstanding setting, tremendous visuals, and an open-ended play style, Crysis 2 is the whole package. Small problems with the story and some minor design annoyances don't get in the way of an otherwise amazing experience.
  60. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    The technical achievements don't come without a cost, and the game world still lacks personality, but this is still a first person shooter of impressive talents.
  61. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    An astounding technical achievement. It's one of the best-looking games ever, and it knows how to bring the spectacle. Its single-player provides a playground for the joyous nanosuit powers, although some buggy AI and generic aliens keep the campaign from soaring as high as it could have. The multiplayer, meanwhile, is a fantastic buffet of playstyles that rewards the creative player.
  62. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    The long road through the game, winding its way towards Central Park, lacks variation, but then it was never intended to be a Bond-style rollercoaster ride around diverse global tourist locations. Rather, this was always intended to be a game about a suit, and what that represents. In almost every way that matters then, Crysis 2 is dressed for success.
  63. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Crysis 2 ticks all the right boxes, with a lengthy campaign that packs plenty of replay value and multiplayer options that are bound to prove a big hit. If only the suit's powers were managed a little better, and the AI was up to scratch, we'd be recommending this outright.
  64. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    The suit abilities are easy and powerful, giving you just enough variety to let you deal with encounters in multiple ways. And though you'll recognize large parts of its multiplayer design and gameplay from, well, every other shooter released over the last three years, the suit abilities add enough of a new wrinkle to make Crysis 2 stand out in an incredibly crowded field.
  65. Mar 22, 2011
    80
    While the single-player campaign is something I can see myself returning to a couple more times in a quest for Achievements/Trophies, the multiplayer side of Crysis 2 has me utterly hooked. I came for the pretty graphics, was happy with the solid shooter underneath them and am pretty much beside myself with how unexpectedly good the online play is.
  66. 75
    It's good, solid fun, but it offers very little that we haven't experienced before. [May 2011, p.68]
  67. A superb technical showcase, but the engine will be put to bolder use in time. [June 2011, p.85]
  68. Apr 1, 2011
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  69. Mar 24, 2011
    70
    The AI is one of Crysis 2's biggest problems. It's utterly atrocious, to the point of parody at times.
  70. Apr 25, 2011
    60
    Like playing through a slideshow of a friend's apocalyptic holiday snaps: beautiful at first, but you'll be tired of it by the end. [Issue#71, p.80]
  71. Apr 6, 2011
    60
    Crysis 2 does little to create new material in the genre, though it cobbles together disparate gameplay elements that do create a level of interest that another modern Middle East liberation sim can't.
  72. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 482 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 158
  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 22, 2011
    3
    As impressive as the visuals are this games gameplay and storyline are just not good enough.
    The campaign is too short and the chracters are
    dull. I'll focus on the multiplayer. Shotgun is major OP
    Sniper is UP

    Because a shotgun can outmatch almost any gun at short - mid range the gameplay becomes awfully dull. What's worse is that "maximum armor" is pretty much a insta win. You either use it first and win, or dont a die. Rather than who can shoot better it becomes a "press max armor first" fest. Stealth is far too good in such dark environments. Makes camping easy.
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  3. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    So the nerd thing now is too give games you did not play low scores. Fanboys...how they are ruining Gaming more and more everyday. They did it to Dragon Age 2, They tried to do it at Bulletstorm and others and now its Crysis 2's turn. Troll reviews is all they are and I would hope people have enough intelligence to ignore them.

    Metacritic is destroying the industry! Think different? You are indeed an ignorant fool.
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