Crysis 3 sits unopened, untouched on my shelf of games. I’m sure it’s good – I really enjoyed the second instalment in the series – but I had honestly forgotten about it, only noticing it for the first time in months the other day.
To be honest, I should really play it and I eventually will – I even played a pre-release version at an event, which I enjoyed. And now you have the chance to convince me to invest time in it, or to push me away from it, in this week’s WeView.
The game takes place 24 years after its predecessor, with New York City now a rainforest filled with overgrown plant life, and focuses more on the hunting side of things than blasting all the enemies with your rifle, although you’re able to do that if you wish. That’s where the bow comes into play – a powerful, silent piece of equipment that changes the way you take down enemies.
We didn’t actually review or even write much about the game when it released in February, but the game was well received elsewhere, with a Metacritic rating of 77 on PS3.
OXM’s review was one of the best around, with a choose-your-own adventure vibe, changing the score depending on the questions you answered. A really original idea, which paid off – showing that reviews for games like this may not apply to everyone. It’s maybe not a method for all games, however.
Eurogamer’s review however was much more straightforward. They awarded the game a 7/10, praising the tactical gameplay but stating that it failed in the story department, concluding with:
The story’s over, then, and the Nanosuit’s had what might be its final airing: is this the conclusion the Crysis series deserves? Not quite: that true panoramic freedom is still missing in action, the campaign’s rather undernourished as it rushes you into the final act and the fiction feels increasingly forgettable. There are charms here, though, if you boot up the tactical display and stick to the shadows. There’s the silent kill in glorious surroundings; there’s the swish of an arrow, the creak of a bow.
So, you’ve seen what others have said about the game, but what did you think? Did you love sneaking around with the bow or did you bore of it easily, yearning for a better campaign in the process?
Well, let us know what you think. Simply drop a comment below with a short review of the game. Remember to put a Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It or Avoid It rating on the end. If you get your comments in by Sunday, then you’ll have a chance at being included in next week’s WeView Verdict round-up.