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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.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. Positive: 56 out of 56
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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. Top-class graphics, sound and atmosphere - with due modesty: this is the the world's best first-person shooter so far. A game which combines all the virtues of its predecessors: a thrilling story, an open game world, physics simulation and graphics to marvel at.
  4. So, while there are some minor hiccups from time to time, overall the game plays well, it’s fun, and it’s something FPS fans are going to enjoy for a long while.
  5. 90
    Crysis pushes the envelope in the graphics department and experiments with some freewheeling gameplay. The end result may not be a perfectly polished game experience, and it might require a monster system to really appreciate, but it's hard to fault a game for pushing so far past the bleeding edge.
  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. The story is uninspired, but the actual game is a stunner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 81 out of 538
  1. HamidA.
    Nov 30, 2007
    10
    The best looking game of all time, bar none, and looks to be that way for well into 2008 as well. The game runs very smoothly if you have the The best looking game of all time, bar none, and looks to be that way for well into 2008 as well. The game runs very smoothly if you have the proper hardware, which I do ;), so you can't fault it for not running well on lesser machines. That's YOUR problem, not Crytek's. Also, the gameplay is above and beyond that of any other FPS on the market. It is open-ended, it can be played in any number of fashions, be it stealth mode, or run and gun, and above all else, it's fun. The story may be cliched, but executed very nicely nonetheless. Really, nothing much different than how HL2, Halo, or any other number of FPS games stories have played out. So if we are going to fault Crysis for that, then get in line and start docking points for the rest of those games too. The AI is something else people may take issue with, but please name me one game, just one game, of this caliber, of this level of technical brilliance, this OPEN-ENDED, that has AI which supercedes this. People can't, and yet they have this unrealistic expectation when it comes to Crysis. I guess that's because it's the most realistic looking game of all time, the best physics of all time, and if I may be so bold, the 5.1 surround sound also sounds very immersive as well, so perhaps the AI may be lacking in light of these other achievements, but even then, it's better than any AI to date for a game of this type/scale. A perfect 10 is hard to achieve, but relatively speaking, when compared to every other game out there, Crysis would be it. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2022
    10
    ---{ Graphics }---
    ☐ You forget what reality is
    ☑ Beautiful ☐ Good ☐ Decent ☐ Bad ☐ Don‘t look too long at it ☐ MS-DOS ---{ Gameplay
    ---{ Graphics }---
    ☐ You forget what reality is
    ☑ Beautiful
    ☐ Good
    ☐ Decent
    ☐ Bad
    ☐ Don‘t look too long at it
    ☐ MS-DOS

    ---{ Gameplay }---
    ☑ Very good
    ☐ Good
    ☐ It's just gameplay
    ☐ Mehh
    ☐ Watch paint dry instead
    ☐ Just don't

    ---{ Story }---
    ☐ No Story
    ☐ Some lore
    ☐ Average
    ☑ Good
    ☐ Lovely
    ☐ It'll replace your life

    ---{ Game Time }---
    ☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
    ☐ Short
    ☑ Average
    ☐ Long
    ☐ To infinity and beyond

    ---{ Price }---
    ☐ It's free!
    ☑ Worth the price
    ☐ If it's on sale
    ☐ If u have some spare money left
    ☐ Not recommended
    ☐ You could also just burn your money
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  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 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. ms
    Nov 18, 2007
    9
    Crysis. We have been hearing about it for months. Promises of incredible graphics, innovative gameplay, ground-breaking physics. And now it Crysis. We have been hearing about it for months. Promises of incredible graphics, innovative gameplay, ground-breaking physics. And now it has arrived. It lives it up to this hype. Yet, there is something missing, something I can't quite put my finger on. I'm rating this highly, because it is an excellent game, but its open-ended story really lacks something. The game, after you've completed it, seems really small and empty. Maybe its the terrible ending. I'd encourage anyone to buy this, and play it, but, if you had expectations as high as mine, as you waited anxiously for the release, you may be dissapointed Expand
  5. CainanB.
    Nov 18, 2007
    8
    This game is fun, but it does have problems. And since everyone else doesn't like to mention them, I will. 1. The sheer number of This game is fun, but it does have problems. And since everyone else doesn't like to mention them, I will. 1. The sheer number of enemies and the limited number of approaches you can take to deal with them. Basically, the game asks you "Can you kill these 5 Koreans?" "You can? OK, can you kill 5 Koreans... on a beach?" "OK, what about 5 Koreans... on a hill?" "Near a school?" "5 Koreans dressed in black? In white? With gold chains?" You see where I'm going with this. Sooner rather than later, you yearn for something else other than taking care of the same old 5 Koreans. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time for this to happen, and by then there's only an hour of the game left. 2. The bugs. There are numeous bugs. At one point I managed to split in two, with the game rendering 4 arms, legs and two weapons. In another incident, a Korean walked past a crate, bumped his hip and fell over dead. Unfortunately, minutes later so did I. So avoid the crates! They may sit there looking all woody and innocent, but they're cold-blooded killers! 3. You can beat the game by using cheesy tacitcs, like exploiting your cloak, as I did. Run right up to a guy with cloak on, switch to speed (so you regen energy), head-shot him and immediately cloak again. If you balance your health with your energy (hint: cloaking makes health increase, energy decrease, and speed is the opposite), you can run into a room full of enemies and take them all out with impunity. Well, impunity and the odd quick re-load. However, since killing the same old 5 Koreans got a bit dull, no matter how I did it, I used cloak and speed to bypass many fights altogether. It's not like I was missing anything that I hadn't done 50 times already. 4. WAY WAY TOO SHORT! (after you finish with the 5,000 Koreans) Just as the game was picking up, it ends. Well, boo. In total, I played one whole evening and a couple hours the next. And that's your lot, until the sequel. There will be a sequel, becuase the ending concludes nothing story-wise. Now If you just bought an expensive new gfx card, you'll probably want to give Crysis 10/10. After all, you've got to justify your investment. But seriously guys and gals, this isn't game of the year material. Engine of the year - sure I'll be happy to give it that - but not GOTY. Oh, almost missed something... 6. Re-spawning Koreans. As if there weren't enough of them anyhow. Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2016
    6
    I've got pretty strong computer, that's what I thought at least until I experienced this poorly optimized game. Of course i'm aware ofI've got pretty strong computer, that's what I thought at least until I experienced this poorly optimized game. Of course i'm aware of superiority of this graphics back then, still the problem stays. Beside that the way of shooting was pleasing to say the least, worse with story telling that I find quite boring and poorly framed. Sometimes I had this weird feeling that not all aspects of the game were cautiously considered. 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 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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