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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: 78 out of 474
  1. BillL.
    Nov 24, 2007
    10
    Everything about this game goes above and beyond expectations. Many have complained about the naive A.I., but let's be honest: this Everything about this game goes above and beyond expectations. Many have complained about the naive A.I., but let's be honest: this isn't "war of the genuises", it's about a bunch of dumb korean soldiers serving as target practice as the real enemy is the race of alien invaders. Graphics are jaw-dropping, gameplay is fluid and satisfying, and the game is actually engaging in the sense that you'll get into your on-screen character's skin and feel the rush of sneaking up to the enemy in complete silence, all senses wide awake. The sound is also unrivalled, with very sharp use of muffling and echo that makes it all totally immersive. I had to pause the game at one particular point : I had just fired a rocket at a distant helicopter from a ledge, jumped down and landed in a small pond. The very moment I went underwater, my teammates' chatter was muted but I could still hear the muffled gunfire and most importantly, the loud rumble of that damn helicopter blowing up. I was constantly relying on sound cues to track enemies and map my surroundings. Finally the game itself flowed gracefully from one scene to the next. It was almost Halo-like in its pace and carefully dosed excitement. I only have one point of criticism and that is the little interlude in the alien ship, floating in a disorienting anti-gravity hell overfilled with annoying jellyfish-like beasties. That part felt very stressful and out of place, but it only made the escape that much more liberating. Overall, it's the most fun I've had in a long time, and the first FPS I've played through in one sitting since Quake 2. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    10
    Gameplay - 9.5 , Graphics - 10+++++ , Story - 8.0 , Playing Time - 30+hours (MP include). Simply the best looking game ever. The onlyGameplay - 9.5 , Graphics - 10+++++ , Story - 8.0 , Playing Time - 30+hours (MP include). Simply the best looking game ever. The only competitor it has is its sequel. 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 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. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    One of the best games ever created. The graphics are just amazing. It's a must for FPS lovers.
    Also, they have my respect for making the game PC only.
  5. Jul 15, 2011
    7
    I liked Crysis a helluva lot more than I THOUGHT I would, it looked fantastic and real, although it has been designed for some super computerI liked Crysis a helluva lot more than I THOUGHT I would, it looked fantastic and real, although it has been designed for some super computer built in SPACE! And the story was decent albeit slightly flimsy as you got on in the game, the mechanics such as stealth, armour and other abilities give a slightly more expansive feel to an otherwise quite linear game which doesn't make much of the engine, the only problem are the vehicles which feel like your driving a space hopper whilst juggling......penguins and having sex......with the Queen......on fire.......whilst defending yourself from zombies.....fast zombies......with AIDs. All at the same time. That is what the vehicles feel like, but it's still a decent game and definitely worth buying it if you have the sort of computer to run it to at least justify that investment for it. Expand
  6. JohnB.
    Jul 3, 2009
    6
    I don't see what the hype is. Its a mediocore game in my opinion, but seriously SJT, i think your smoking crack. You definitely sound I don't see what the hype is. Its a mediocore game in my opinion, but seriously SJT, i think your smoking crack. You definitely sound like a fanboy to me. I own the ps3, wii, xbox360 and an alienware pc. I simply dont spend much time on the computer because I love playing with friends, offline mostly but online is ok sometimes. So to all those geeks who want to waste their weekends by themselves to play a mediocore game go ahead, but in my honest opinion, its just a way to waste time when you are bored. 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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