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This review is from: Crysis 2 - Limited Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I have to admit I approached Crysis 2 with some trepidation, having been a die hard fan of the first two games in the franchise I must say I had many concerns as I loaded the game into my xbox- would the controls translate properly? would the graphics do the original game justice? Would the story be as near perfect as the original? Would I be able to again stalk Koreans in the rainforest?
The answer to most of these questions is yes. Sort of. The first thing that obviously has to be mentioned is the graphics, and yes, they are stunning. Crytek have done a fantastic job with CryEngine 3, in fact it seems incredible to me that previous developers haven't capitalised on the xboxes true capacity in this way. However, the one thing that I noticed which hadn't been carried over from the Cry2 Engine was destructible environments, yes things blow up, yes they look great when they do but I'll admit that I was very disappointed to find that a lot of structures that I expected to be able to topple I, well, couldn't. Seeing as it is possible on the Blizzard engine a la Battlefield and Medal of Honor I don't feel that it would be a stretch.
The control system in Crysis 2 is more or less seamless, being one of my main concerns the ability to switch between armour modes is as simple as a tap of a button, the integration of sprint mode and the power melee options as well works particularly well, however, I felt that because of the system of hot swapping mainly between cloak and shield I felt that one of the stars of Crysis 1 was ommited- Namely strength mode. The ability to grab someone and throw them through a wall, whilst not essential is pretty damn fun.
The story in Crysis 2 is involving well written and the score composed by the venerable Hans Zimmer is fantastic, Crytek have again created an involving masterpiece that- for me at least lasted over ten hours (Supersoldier difficulty) length being my main gripe with modern games. The enemy AI is well crafted and requires at the least a little bit of thought and tactics to overcome.
All in all the game is brilliant, the story is great, the graphics are superb and the gameplay is second to none and honestly, fun. Crysis 2 is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously in the respects that it gives the player the ability to tackle combat how they want. The few missing features meant that for me this game was 4 stars instead of 5 but if you aren't a Crysis veteran you won't miss them, either way this game definately gets 5/5 for fun.
Note- This is a review of the Crysis 2 Single Player, I haven't had a chance to tackle MP yet ;)