Crysis 3 Review
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Crysis 3 Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*
Dev: Crytek
Pub: EA
Release: February 19, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood, Strong Language, Violence

The other fundamentals are sound here as well. The controls are what you've come to expect from a modern FPS, the sound effects are immersive, the voice acting is competent, and the music manages to get your heart pumping at all the right moments.

Once you've finished with the campaign, you might want to turn to Crysis 3's multiplayer options, which are delivered through a reasonably fast matchmaking system. The nanosuit makes multiplayer fun, and there are plenty of options, but most of it isn't anything new. You've got your standard deathmatch and team deathmatch, and a variety of modes where you fight to accomplish objectives (capture the flag, secure data, etc.).

There are two new modes, however. One is Hunter, an asymmetrical mode in which some players have cloaks and bows and others are C.E.L.L. operatives from three different classes. This is easily the highlight of multiplayer—it uses the Nanosuit to create a whole new style of play. The other is Spears, in which players simply fight to control nodes ("alien spears").

Crysis 3 Screenshot

There's certainly a case to be made that Crysis 3 is mediocre in numerous ways. Most players will finish the campaign after five hours or so, the attempt to add vehicles doesn't work well, and the intense focus on graphics can make the gameplay feel like an afterthought. But it's hard to deny that the visuals are beautiful, and that the franchise's sandbox approach to tactics has always worked well. In the end, it's different from other first-person shooters in ways that are more than just skin deep, and it's a ton of fun.

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Crytek has always managed to work wonders with the basic "alien-shooting FPS" template, and Crysis 3 is no exception. Years from now, Crysis 3 will serve as a fond memory of what video games were capable of in 2013, technologically and, to a lesser degree, otherwise.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: February 20, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
The game is unparalleled on consoles and pushes modern PCs as well.
4.0
Control
They’re what you’ve come to expect from an FPS.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The effects, music, and voice acting work well together.
4.0
Play Value
The campaign is short, and most of the multiplayer modes don’t break new ground, but it’s all fun and nice to look at.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Seven wonders of the urban rainforest: New York City has been contained in a giant nanodome and grown into a unique rainforest with seven distinct environments. Master the ultimate sandbox and turn it into your own personal hunting ground.
  • Assess, adapt, and attack: Crysis' highly acclaimed sandbox gameplay is back with more open levels to let players choose their path and approach. Your upgraded Nanosuit allows brute force or stealth, always giving you more than one option.
  • Expanded multiplayer: Experiment with new ways to customize your Nanosuit and brand new game modes.
  • The biggest and most explosive arsenal in franchise history: In addition to giving you an arsenal of human firearms, Crysis 3 lets you scavenge alien weapons and deploy an all-new signature bow.
  • The evolution of CryENGINE: CryENGINE unleashes the power of the Crytek creative team and delivers a visually stunning and varied gameplay experience.


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