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Crysis (PC DVD)
- An immersive story that puts you the player in the pivotal role to repel an alien invasion and save mankind
- A unique three-act structure that forces the player to use real-time armor and weapons customization to adapt to an ever changing dynamic world
- Encounter a compelling, frightening and totally original alien species that uses its senses intelligently and work in combination with each other to present players with the most challenging opponents yet in an FPS
- Enemy and ally AI utilise real-world military tactics
- Take control of a wide variety of land, sea and air vehicles including trucks, tanks, boats and helicopters
- Explore a living, dynamic world where earthquakes, breaking ice, landslides, and tornados pose a real and an ever-present danger
- 32-player Multiplayer with real-time armour and weapons customization and an all new mode that combines player modification and tactical objectives
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From the makers of Far Cry comes the most technologically advanced video game ever made, with graphics to make you gasp and enemy artificial intelligence so clever it could give SkyNET a run for its money. With Half-Life 2 and Doom 3 now well established, Crysis has become the new milestone for PC graphics and first person shoot em-ups. The premise of the game involves an alien landing on an island off North Korea, with you as the only person that can stop it. The incredibly realistic looking environments are the games initial draw, with some particularly stunning looking jungle locales. All the levels include dynamic effects to make them even more realistic (and dangerous) including earthquakes, breaking ice, landslides and tornadoes. Since the alien decides to flash freeze the entire island half way through the game, and the final sections end up in a zero gravity spaceship, its unlikely youre going to get tired of the same old environments.
As in Far Cry, theres no strict level structure and youre able to explore the island however you want; choosing to go in all guns blazing or taking a more stealthy approach. You can also customise your weapons to suit your preferred style of play with silencers, telescopic sights, laser sightings and more. Your special armour can also be modified as you go, so that you make less noise as you move, run faster, jump higher, recover energy or just take damage better and make use of heavier weapons. Naturally the game also includes an extensive multiplayer mode, but it is the stunning, near photorealistic, graphics and game world which is most certain to claim the games name in PC gaming history.
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You can read the synopsis and other reviews for the plot, but what sets Crysis apart, aside from amazing visuals now truly bordering on photo-realistic, you can do almost anything you can think of, e.g. activate your suit's cloaking feature, sneak up on a bad guy, grab him, activate the strength boost, throw him 30 feet in the air, *and* shoot him in mid-air before he lands ? Yes, it's possible. Or, pick up a tree, throw it high in front of you, and run forward at maximum speed - you'll be killed as the tree lands on your head. It's a bizarre example, but the world of Crysis really does offer amazing flexibility and simplified level design - and by simplified, I mean you just "create" a naturalistic setting and populate it with bad guys - the game''s physics engine and AI will "create" the gameplay to suit.
Crysis is amazing - try the demo to see how your PC will handle it, then just buy it.
System problems aside the graphics and physics engine of Crysis are shockingly good. The environment is living and breathing in this game and every plant blade of grass and leaves on the trees blows in the wind (you can almost feel the breeze on your face) It's no wonder it takes so much processing power to run this game there is so much going on at any time. As for diving underwater - I was blown away. I scuba dive from time to time (in real life) and in the game it looks completely photo realistic - I forgot about the game for about 10 minutes and just went scuba diving!!. It's all the little touches that get you as well like when you shoot into the sand sprays of dust shoot in the air like in a film and when you come up from underwater droplets run from you visor. There is so much thought and talent gone into this game it is jaw dropping.
Game play is pretty tough and you have to think about your tactics just before you go into a situation. Ammo is scarce so you have to pick it up where you can from dropped guns of your dead enemies and there's no spraying and praying in this game - you have to make each bullet count. The AI is pretty good as well (better than Far Cry though similar) as the soldiers will try and flank you using the jungle as camouflage which can get pretty confusing so you need to make use of the binoculars to tag them and get them up on your radar.
I can see a lot of people complaining how the game runs on their rig and I can see why but as I mentioned before if you tweak some settings in your operating system it can make all the difference
For instance shut down unnecessary background programmes that start up when you boot and also turn down the graphics settings in Vista if you are running it. Also make sure you have the most up to date drivers for your graphics card and also your motherboard chipset. This all made a BIG difference on my system and got the game up to speed.
Firstly, I'm playing on Windows XP on an Intel Core2Duo 6600 with an 8800GT graphics card and 2GB RAM. A PC bought for about £600 almost two years ago, but with an upgraded graphics card that cost me £130 in March. I'm also using the tweak that can readily be found on the internet to unlock the "very high" graphics settings that are supposedly Windows Vista only. Everything runs perfectly, with zero lag, and the graphics surpass anything I've seen before in a game. Even my Dad, who has zero interest in computers and thinks games are a waste of time (he's probably right, sigh) found himself getting into my run through the Relic level - he admitted it really did feel like he was watching a film. His advice on how to tackle the hilltop fort wasn't up to much, though....
I've no doubt it won't be half as impressive on older machines (or on Vista with my specs, it would seem) BUT don't forget that as technology moves on, Crysis will become more and more playable for lower cost. The sweet spot when average PCs can run it on high settings and it still looks top notch in comparison to other games will likely not come along for a few months. Right now it's probably only fully appreciated by very keen gamers who are willing to drop three-figure sums on upgrading their computers (sad types like me, then). If you are one of these people, though, you'll surely agree that Crysis is the pinnacle of what any format can currently boast in terms of visuals.
In terms of game mechanics, I've also found none of the problems that many people have grumbled about. For instance, no problems with sniping enemies at very long range - in fact, it's so realistic you can even shoot their helmets off, then follow-up with the head shot. It does seem to be the case that it's slightly easier to take enemies down if they aren't aware of you, but then they tend to be moving around a lot more so it could just be me imagining things.
In play it's not quite as free-roaming as, say, Stalker, but considerably less linear than the likes of HL2 or FEAR. You are guided from point to point, but there are plenty of different ways to deal with each challenge, from the quiet and stealthy to the "guns blazing", or even taking a nice swim past all the trouble... Of course it's much more fun to try to take out everything ahead of you. This, to me, is what sandbox gaming is about and it works nicely.
Until....yes, the alien levels and onwards left me a bit cold, as they clearly have for many others. For me, it was more that they just didn't live up to what had gone before. I'd (deliberately) spent ages working my way carefully through the jungles, past the checkpoints, forts, rivers, ruins etc. having a terrific time, but then suddenly it changed. Less fun, but still a cut above most - one star deducted.
Lastly, the length. As mentioned above, it is possible to race through Crysis at breakneck speeds and complete it very quickly. It's certainly a lot shorter than Far Cry and many other FPS games, but I'd recommend cranking up the difficulty and taking your time. Half the fun for me is hiding under bushes spotting how troops are moving, planning an assault, then executing. I also quite liked re-playing sections to find new and interesting approach paths (like the "through the waterfall" hidden route to get into the town in Recovery).
There's basically so much to admire and enjoy here. An immersive, engrossing, beautiful and technically peerless game, Crysis deserves the support of the PC community. I've heard that Crytek may not develop on a PC-only basis in the future, due to modest sales (and the spectre of file shar<ahem> piracy) - although I hope this won't apply to the rumoured sequels to Crysis that complete the story. In any event this would be a great shame, as their cutting-edge skills are best suited to programming for the PC. As a format, the constantly evolving hardware puts it at the forefront of gaming technology.
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