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I just don't get it..
on 28 June 2012
First off, I want to acknowledge the points made by those that favour the game. Yes, this game is visually great - although I think even this has been slightly blown out of proportion. I don't think the visuals compare to the likes of 2K's Bioshock, but as far as FPS games go, it does look very good. Secondly, this game does require a little more thought from you, the player, than the likes of the running & gunning Call of Duty franchise - this may or may not appeal to you. For me, it was somewhat the latter.
I've played through my fair share of FPS games, including COD, and while I don't consider myself to be a huge fan of that series, I did get a lot of enjoyment out of playing them. With that said, I was more than open to a fresher, more logistical take on the genre and so - based on glowing reviews - I bought Crysis 2. I should mention that I've never played Crysis 1, but I think I got the general gist of the game - alien invasion, alien infections, super-soldier suit that was somehow influenced by alien DNA and a few angry army grubs, etc. Whether or not my lack of enjoyment at Crysis 2 was related to not having played the prequel is up for debate, but I suspect it wasn't.
My main gripe with this game is how loosely they use the term 'super-soldier'. For me, my character may as well have been running around starkers with a target painted on his back. Even when I was crouching, sneaking around, I was still spotted by an enemy AI - FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LANDSCAPE. The game does provide you with a cloaking device, which on paper is great, but in reality, is useless. The speed at which your energy drains while cloaked is ridiculous - and I found myself uncloaked through this in the most awkward of places. Not to worry - I have super-soldier armour - that will protect me! Wrong again! I was killed off far too easily to be plausible, considering what your character is supposedly capable of (as shown in the, admittedly cool, opening sequence) - and I'm shamed to say I was playing on the lowest difficulty setting.
Several times I made a solid go at this game, but I never finished it out of pure disinterest in the linear story and one dimensional characters. As for my constant deaths, you could argue that I wasn't skilled enough as a player - and that would probably be a very fair point. Nevertheless, the promising premise, stunning visuals, and seemingly nifty (but really just awful) perks of the nano-suit did nothing to hold my interest. To sum the game up in a word - frustrating. Really consider before buying.