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Crysis - anything but,
This review is from: Crysis (PC DVD) (Computer Game)
Game length - the storyline took me well over 12 hours of solid game-play to complete. More experienced gamers would probably do it in less, but either way it has the greatest number of levels in any First-person-shooter I've played.
Graphics (if you have a powerful enough computer) - immense graphics and sound quality; particularly explosions - watching an RPG hit a helicopter looks like something out of a Bruce Willis movie.
Natural non-linear levels (i.e. every level has tonnes of possible successful routes - you aren't just guided through, and with this you can approach each level in your own style - gung-ho power and strength, slow and stealthy, or anywhere in between).
Tonnes of action - there are calmer levels, and ones which require more stealth - although this is mostly up to your preferred method of gameplay, but in every level there are tense moments, and the fighting scenes are just epic. The part of the game where you are in an alien, zero-g environment is not only disorienting, its scary. I wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible - that's how awesome this game is. It encapsulates you.
The amount of power your computer needs to run it. My laptop packs a 2-core 2.46GHz processor, 4GB RAM, and a 1GB ATI RADEON 5470 video card - well over recommended spec, and it can still only really cope with medium graphics quality in action sequences (although the graphics are still awesome on this relatively low setting). Of course, being a laptop, it's performance is always a little reduced compared to the equivalent desktop.
Had a couple of glitches on the way through, where a door didn't open or an event didn't occur which should have done, which means I couldn't progress, and so had to revert to a previously saved game to redo the last part. No-one else seems to have this problem, so it's probably just a one-off, but it was slightly irritating the once or twice it happened, where I was looking round for a way out for half an hour or so, and couldn't find a way forward anywhere. Every time replayed the part of the mission I got stuck on, it ran fine and the door opened/the something happened to enable me to continue, so there wasn't any big problem.
On the whole, buy this game for graphics, gameplay, and only if you wanna spend a significant chunck of every night for at least a week trying to get through intense fighting scenarios and fantastically constructed, and scenic, levels. A first-person-shooter gamer's dream.
Don't buy this game if your computer spec is less than recommended - 'cos recommended spec for this game is really the minimum if you wanna take advantage of the great graphics.
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Initial post: 14 Sep 2010 23:38:22 BDT
The usual suspect says:
3-4 years old and Crysis will still kill most modern day PC's! Outstanding.
It does look stunning but Farcry 2 looks better to me and that isn't such a system killer.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2010 08:32:14 BDT
I think Farcry uses the same engine as crysis, so the difference in quality wouldn't be very noticable, I'd have thought - but they must have done something to it for Crysis because you're right about the difference in system needs. Probably thought 'what the hell, lets throw absolutely everything into the graphics and forget about the poor peasants who can't afford a £2000 gaming machine.' In the end, even a £2000 gaming machine 3 years ago couldn't have run this game at full fx. Idiots.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2010 17:28:29 BDT
The usual suspect says:
Farcry 2 used a different engine because of the fact that Crysis was/is a killer on hardware.
I stayed away from the game because of the many negative reviews but when I gave it a proper try and I worked out that I had to use the bus network to avoid the repetitive aspect (to a large extent), I really enjoyed it. Probably the most visually stunning game I've ever played, each to their own though.
I'm playing Crysis again now for the first time in ages. I've maxed out the settings and trying to run it at 2560@1600. It runs ok but I have a feeling that later on when the alien thing's get a little more involved, I'll have to throttle back the detail a little. 3 years ago, being able to run Crysis maxed out was a big p*nis extension - it probably still is!
Posted on 9 Jul 2011 11:30:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2011 11:32:18 BDT
On the laptop, the performance issues are not surprising.
As for Farcry 2, first impressions are not always right. Plus there are other issues. It reviews here on Amazon, much lower than Crysis.
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