Warhead is an exceptional game: breathtaking graphics, captivating plot and above all, awe-strikingly fun.
The problems however, arose the moment EA laid their hands on this masterpiece-to-be. Failing to notice those terrifying words, 'internet connection required for product activation', I was bound to be in for a rough ride. Installation was slow yet suspenseful, as I knew something just had to go wrong. 30 minutes later and hey presto! SecuRom. May I add at this point that I don't have an internet connection, so I was forced (ashamedly) to download a crack containing the paul.dll and the exe file, making me a reluctant criminal. May I also add I own a legal copy of this game for which I payed £20. Installing any EA game these days feels like being electronically violated; they're so kind as to give you an EA download manager that assists you in making purchase of future EA games easier, blummin cheeky if you ask me.
After some amount of forum surfing I finally managed to get the game up and running, welcomed with an uncontrollable feeling of pleasure and excitement. Goodbye EA, hello Crytek. User Interface is tidier and faster with an enhanced theme tune. After a few clicks I was ready to go, and what a journey I was in for!
Everything about Warhead is either on par with the original, or much better. Sharper graphics, more motion blur, new weapons, more immersive. This game is flawless. I was tempted to knock the rating down to three stars but decided against it in honor of Crytek's great work. Yes EA deserve a slapped bottom but the game is essentially what we are reviewing here.
I advise caution if buying the game that there may be a problem here and there but once up and running it's worth every penny. If you owned Crysis, DEFINITELY buy this. If you've never played Crysis before, Warhead is a standalone so you can buy it anyway!