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Crysis of faith,
This review is from: Crysis 2 (PS3) (Video Game)
I'm going to start this review by getting something out of the way, which to many gaming enthusiasts may seem like blasphemy: Crysis's graphics aren't that great - they really not. That's not to say that this is an ugly game, it simply suffers from bland level design on some occasions, and overuses its considerable graphical assets. `What's the problem with that?!' I hear the enthusiasts cry. I'll tell you it makes the game; stutter, bland and dull.
The frame rate takes the biggest hit. The environments are much more open than other corridor shooters that Crysis shares its genre with, but with the amount of detail and visual trickery on screen (even when the action isn't picking up) the frame rate only really reaches about 24fps. Far too slow, and unresponsive for my liking. Other things tarnish Crysis's graphical fidelity too; textures look bland up close, enemies appear in front of you out of thin air, and the game seems to leave artefacts behind things on screen. This appears as a strange wispy trail after everything and I personally found it infuriating.
The game also starts badly. Fighting Cell soldiers for the first couple of levels is tedious and repetitive. The A.I stands still and shoots and are way too good at detecting you from miles away, when behind them and 40 stories up... That is when they're not transfixed on walking into a wall or spinning with gay abandon on the spot. However the game's designers built a way to circumvent these roaming unpredictable headaches. Using the suit's cloaking function to avoid the drab combat you can simply run through the equally drab environments to the end of the level. Things do pick up when you meet the Aliens, they are fast mobile and on the whole fun to fight when they too aren't transfixed on walking into a wall, or spinning with gay abandon. They are also more varied than they're human counterparts. There are the archetypal heavy, medium and light enemies and ones that turn invisible and everything.
Yes, you did read that right; there are Aliens in the game. The fact that they bear no resemblance to the ones from the first game is frankly bizarre and this just sets the tone for things to follow such as the plot that has so many plot holes and inconsistencies that I had no idea what was going on, why the Aliens were invading or even who the main characters were in the game. All I can remember is you spend a surprising amount of time familiarising yourself with the river Hudson for no apparent reason.
Crysis 2 isn't all bad. The music is the best I think I have ever heard in a game and the suit is infinitely more controllable than in the first game.
Crysis 2 was obviously designed with the intention of being the best FPS on the market and, when it all comes together Crysis 2 shines brighter than almost any star out there. All too often though it lets itself down by trying too hard