Get ready to suit up and roll out in the dangerous concrete jungle of 2047 New York. Crysis 3 launches in Australia this Thursday, marking the final entry in the trilogy famous for pushing technical boundaries and producing stunning visuals.
Being one of the first big names of 2013, here are six reasons to be excited for Crysis 3.
The Nanosuit is the ultimate weapon
Crysis 3 is an action-shooter at its core, and does a damn fine job of making you feel like a bad-ass in the nanosuit. Cloak, stalk and pick off your enemies one by one, upgrade your abilities and just bask in the glory of being in possession of one of the most technologically advanced weapons within the Crysis universe.
Back in 2007, your computer was considered god-tier if it could run the original Crysis at full settings and optimisation, let alone run it at all. The jokes ran wild for those that couldn't run the game, and Crytek’s CEO Cevat Yerli thinks that joke is about to come back with Crysis 3: "That joke will be resurrected again with Crysis 3, I’m quite sure about that. There are brutal expectations around the PC version of Crysis 3. So this time we promise to melt down PCs.”
Running on CryEngine 3, there's no doubt Crysis 3 will be set to please those PC and console gamers looking for one of the very best looking gaming experiences available.
Prophet and Psycho are back
Fans of the original Crysis will remember Prophet and Psycho, two members of the original squad of the first title who had far better personality and in-game interaction than the characters of the second game.
Crytek have decided to re-introduce the pair into the third title, and for those who finished Crysis 2, many unanswered questions about the suit, the fate of Alcatraz and the true fate of Prophet looks set to finally be answered.
The Bow still reigns king
A bow and arrow may seem fairly archaic and out-of-place in a futuristic game which emphasises the use of superior technology, but don't be fooled: the Compound Bow is a killer tool that will be the difference between life and death for protagonist Prophet.
A versatile weapon, the Compound Bow can be equipped with a variety of different warheads to mark your arrow, such as an electric-tip arrow that proves extremely useful against the overpowered alien Ceph and C.E.L.L. soldiers you'll be facing. It's also the only weapon Prophet can use while cloaked. Mark your targets and enjoy the hunting: sometimes the best weapons are the simpler ones.
More talk, more shooting
Many will remember the lack of dialogue from protagonist Alcatraz in Crysis 2, and this inevitably prevented any sort of emotional investment from the player in the storyline or its characters. Who truly gave a shit about Alcatraz over Nomad, Prophet and the squad in the original? Nobody.
Crytek promises Crysis 3 will have more dialogue and interactions with NPCs and personality within Prophet to produce a better, more engaging storyline: "The story is much easier to follow this time and it actually has a lot more meaning to the Crysis series in general."
Improved enemy A.I.
Crytek have refined the enemy C.E.L.L. soldiers and Ceph aliens players will encounter in Crysis 3 to be more dynamic in reaction and tactical in how they engage the player. Staying in the open or playing aggressive will only get you so far; enemies will rarely stay in one place or follow a set attack pattern, making the hunt all the more enjoyable and thrilling.
For more information on Crysis 3, check out MMGN's official hands-on preview.
Crysis 3 will officially launch on February 19 in North America and February 22 in Australia and Europe for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.
By Nathan Misa