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PlayBack: Crysis 2

Crysis of confidence.

With a full reveal of the third instalment in the Crysis series just out of the bag, I thought it was time to finally play through my copy Crysis 2 and see what all the fuss was about. And I was surprised: first person shooters are very much not my thing but Crysis 2 provided a great campaign with a decent narrative, and within hours all of my fears of playing Generic Supersoldier Game #2046 were gone.

I liked a lot of things about Crysis 2; the campaign is by no means perfect, throwing waves of enemies at you at points, but it’s extremely cinematic. Littered with immense set-pieces as the city crumbles around you – the destruction of certain buildings can be awe-inspiring.

Whilst Alcatraz and his suit make for a powerful force, it is balanced very well.
For a game that’s based around a supersoldier with a supersuit that’s made of super, it’s actually balanced very well. While you’ll feel as though you wield a lot of firepower with the heavy weapons you’ll find, you’re actually quite vulnerable in normal mode or cloaked mode. It’s when you’ve hit the left trigger (or your button of choice) and activated armour mode that the game really makes you feel special.

Click. Maximum armour. Suddenly, fighting feels worthwhile – you’re able to take the enemy on rather than hiding behind cover, though you’ll have to watch your energy meter, as you’ll be back to normal in no time if you take a lot of fire. It’s a great system, enhancing your aiming, too, on top of the already great shooting system.

Click. Cloak engaged. Far removed from the tank-like features of the armour mode, the cloak offers many different options for sneaking past and hiding from enemies. This, too, works very well, though it feels rather limited when you’re unable to shoot without uncloaking. The stealth kills make up for it, though, allowing simple, one hit kills – providing you can get close enough.

It’s with these two simple mechanics that Crysis 2 comes into its own, making for an extremely sublime shooter: slipping in and out of stealth is simple and the tactical options enhance this, allowing you to either simply sneak past the enemies, or around to a turret, which you’re then able to dismount and unleash hell with maximum armour engaged.

The upgrade systems and gun customisations also add to the gameplay substantially; whilst they’re hardly deep features, they are presented well, with the suit upgrades in particular – blending seamlessly into gameplay – not breaking the fourth wall at any point.

In fact, it’s one of the few first person shooters that make sense in terms of the actual combat – rather than fighting alongside a squad of invincible-until-the-time-is-right army men who fail to do any substantial damage, Crysis 2 pits Alcatraz himself against a myriad of foes as, after all, he is a one man army, albeit with some limitations.

Ruined NYC is a great setting; a city that dynamically crumbles as you fight through it.
Naturally, Crysis 2, much like its predecessor, is a fantastic looking game and although some might argue otherwise, this applies to the console versions too and you don’t particularly need a high-end PC to show it off. The lighting effects in particular, as well as the cityscapes across the skyline of New York City are marvellous.

The roar of the guns add to the combat, with a heavy, realistic feel as you stomp around. Explosions, dialogue and other sound effects are all well designed but it’s often the subtle, yet satisfying, musical score that brings everything together.

It’s not all perfect, however, with the game throwing waves of alien foes towards you at points and not progressing very well at others. The different routes and options in each of the larger battle areas save you from repetition, but it can sometimes be a matter of trial and error in order to make progress.

When it all comes together though, it’s surprisingly a game with a good dedication to the narrative; while it isn’t groundbreaking stuff, the story, which is clearly inspired by the Half-life saga at certain points, is well paced, picking up towards the end and making for a wonderfully woven narrative throughout.

Crysis 2 is a revelation for me; bored of war, sci-fi and many other kinds of first person shooters, I thought I might have been done with the genre. This game, however, managed to blend all of those and show me that games featuring supersoldier war heroes can be absolutely brilliant in their own right.

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  1. SpikeyMikey23
    Since: Jul 2009

    Good Read. This game sits on my shelf, begging me to finish it, but I cannot gather the enthusiasm to put it back in the PS3. This article has helped

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 12:04.
    • Crazy_Del
      Since: Jul 2009

      Same I have played Crysis 2 around 30hrs incomplete. Its the multiplayer that can be very addictive! Might jump back online with Deathbrin soon. Been ignoring that game alot lately….
      (-_-) Not good!

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 13:18.
      • jikomanzoku
        Since: Jan 2010

        Never played the multiplayer but went back through SP recently after getting a 3d telly, worth having a gander at MP then?

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 21:29.
  2. Taylor Made
    Since: Oct 2011

    Good read. The game is beautiful everything graphics surrounding but I found it boring & long to get to the point so I gave up on it & the online was actually kinda fun

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 12:11.
  3. bigbaldwolf
    Since: Mar 2012

    I played it for a short time and left it because the game seemed so slow. I went back to it and was determined to progress. Once you get on with the game it becomes something special with a lot of enemies, action and some great set pieces. Some people hate on it, I loved it.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 12:13.
  4. MadBoJangles
    Since: Nov 2009

    I loved it.
    Must repurchase at some point :)

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 12:14.
  5. Forrest_01
    Since: Jun 2009

    I haven’t gotten very far through this game, so maybe i just haven’t reached that point yet, but i don’t recall a giant alien penis spreading its love muck over a building like in pic 2!!

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 12:46.
  6. gildo
    Since: Apr 2012

    Agree Crysis 2 is a terrific game and I enjoyed every single second of it too bad that I only borrowed it from a friend oh well at least I get Uncharted 3 back!

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 13:12.
  7. RFC2007
    Since: Sep 2009

    I bought this game after falling for the hype, and although I thought it looked great, It was a bit of a chore to play IMO. I ended up getting bored and trading it in without finishing it. I only tried the MP for a couple of rounds too and was left pretty unimpressed.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 13:30.
  8. Sympozium
    Since: Aug 2009

    My pc isn’t good enough for Crysis 2 :( but it was impressive wish I could play it without it crashing.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 17:39.
  9. andymclelland
    Since: Jun 2010

    Like many, I imagine, I picked this up very cheap (£5!!) around Christmas in the local supermarket. Haven’t got round to it yet either but, after reading this I will give it a bash soon. I’m not that much of an FPS fan either.

    Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 17:46.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      For a fiver, it’s a bargain.

      Comment posted on 19/04/2012 at 18:10.
      • jikomanzoku
        Since: Jan 2010

        Yeah, I’d say, despite its flaws it’s a bombastic “Michael Bay” of a game, which in a sci-fi FPS, is for me, welcome. Certainly worth a run through for 5 squid.

        Comment posted on 21/04/2012 at 21:38.
  10. RudeAwakening
    Since: Jan 2011

    Loved Crysis 2 and even got my plat for it. But for me it was the online mode that brought it to great heights, yea it had a few glitches but man it was just so fun.

    Comment posted on 20/04/2012 at 14:35.

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