Crysis 3 review

by Nathan Misa Featured

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A stylish, enjoyable shooter nearly unparalleled in visual quality.

What Crysis 3 Got Right
  • + Graphical prowess is almost peerless
  • + Combat encounters engaging and satisfying
  • + Weapon and suit customisation is great
  • + Enemy A.I. dynamic and tactical
What Crysis 3 Got Wrong
  • - Narrative slightly disjointed
  • - Framerate drops are terrible
  • - 5-7 hour single-player campaign
  • - No new ideas

A large portion of Crysis 3 favours style over substance. The Crysis series has always been defined by high-end visuals and pushing technical boundaries, and the third entry does just that; it's easily one of the best looking games available on consoles and PC, and is the pinnacle of Crytek's stunning work with CryEngine.

If you look past the pretty stuff, Crysis 3 is a great shooter that chooses to plays everything else safe. That's not necessarily a bad thing; it refines the stock-standard conventions of the FPS genre in such a slick, action-heavy way that is just too cool and enjoyable to miss. Just don't expect anything too different or revolutionary beyond its impressive looks.

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The narrative of Crysis was severely disjointed after the events of Crysis 2, and it is clearly evident that the writers of the third entry have attempted, with difficulty, to restructure it into a cohesive story with some personality and a meaningful conclusion. Set in 2047, twenty-so years after the last game, players will take control of Prophet from the first Crysis as he sets out to put a stop to the corrupt C.E.L.L. corporation once and for all, who have taken over the world since the disastrous Ceph attack on New York, while destroying the true alien threat that still remains.

The storyline of the third title is better than the second, but it still plays out all too familiar; the tale of a burdened super-soldier who has sacrificed nearly everything to be the last hope for a city and a world he never interacts with. It's a scenario we’ve all seen before, but admittedly, never accomplished so stylishly.

Where the game does excel story-wise is its characters and their relationships. The focus on the two surviving members of Raptor Team -- two central characters from the first game -- was a good choice, and the game's "human" angle works for the most part, with story cutscenes being surprisingly emotional and gripping for a game about a supersoldier in a suit. The banter and conversations between Prophet and his appropriately named crazy teammate make the firefights all the more enjoyable, enhanced by excellent voice-acting and facial animations that same eerily life-like when zoomed in.

Anyone who approaches Crysis 3 as a standalone game will probably find themselves confused in the tale of world-dominating corporations, dormant aliens and tortured soldiers; it's a five-seven hour story best experienced in sequence and on hard mode, as the interactions between Prophet and Psycho will strike cords with those who remember Raptor Squad from the first, and the firefights will be all the more enjoyable with that extra layer of challenge and playtime.

[Crysis 3] refines the stock-standard conventions of the FPS genre in such a slick, action-heavy way that is just too cool and enjoyable to miss. Just don't expect anything too different or revolutionary beyond its impressive looks."

Retaining your dominion as the predator rather than prey is a never-ending struggle in Crysis 3’s “sandbox” combat sections. Crysis' gameplay is structured around several open environments with numerically superior squads of C.E.L.L. soldiers and relentless alien Ceph alert and ready to snatch your element of surprise or any advantage you hold at any moment. Thankfully, Prophet's nanosuit is equipped with an advanced scanning tool, allowing you to pin point and mark enemies, assets, turrets, objectives on your HUD and hack into systems to wreak havoc, with a threat gauge letting you know of enemy awareness. You are given ample control of how you approach the battle in a way many other shooters don't provide, making you truly feel like a bad-ass in the nanosuit.

Rarely are firefights isolated; if you choose to explore or set out to accomplish secondary objectives, be prepared to face any number of high-powered, dangerous foes who react dynamically to your tactics, from calling out to teammates to flushing you out of your cloak with a barrage of EMP grenades. However, two big let downs are the A.I.'s magical ability to somehow possess a sixth sense to your location without actually looking your way, and the tendency for the Ceph to spam wide-range explosives at a ridiculous rate; little inconsistencies like these slightly ruin the immersion of the otherwise engaging combat gameplay.

Of course, so long as you use the superior tech you possess properly, you'll always have the upper-hand. Prophet's Nanosuit 2.0 makes stealth even more enjoyable and effective this time around; stalking and knifing enemies without even alerting them and pinning soldiers to walls with your Compound Bow, a retractable weapon with various deadly modifications, never gets old, and suits the jungle, crumbling urban environment you fight within. Using the armour's shielding systems is almost always necessary if you instead choose to jump into firefights head on with heavier equipment such as the Typhoon, the game's equivalent of a BFG (Big F'ing Gun), except this one can expend 500 bullets in a few seconds.

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A great aspect of Crysis 3 is the customisation interface. Several nanosuit upgrades and weapon modifications are available throughout the game to let you customise your playstyle and give Prophet distinct advantages: if you favour a stealth approach, you can upgrade your suit's energy recharge to cloak faster, but if you want to tank it, there are more straight-forward options to solidify your armour systems. All of this is seamlessly accomplished without menu screens with the press of a button, making changing your scope or upgrading your cloaking easy and on-the-fly.

Taking the fight online is worth a look. The multiplayer component isn't overly different to the standard loadout/perks/team deathmatch pattern, but modes such as "Hunters", which emphasises nanosuit soldiers versus those without such advantages, shake up the formula and are a blast to play. I didn't have the full multiplayer experience due to a lack of people online when I played, but a solid ranking and combat system combined with 12 visually distinct multiplayer maps will surely pull a substantial online community.

The presentation and world realised by CryEngine 3 is stunning and extremely polished. The devastated city of New York battered by continued mass conflict is a great setting, and the 20 year gap between Crysis 2 and 3 has seen nature engulf the once mighty concrete jungle, creating a gorgeous juxtaposition and crafting a prime hunting ground for Prophet. Blending in the swaying grass and hunting wild deer with your bow is awesome, and fighting in the ruins of what was once Chinatown adds to the realisation that this is a desperate last stand when there is already so much lost.

Playing the consoles versions of Crysis 3 will heavily influence your experience. Playing the PS3 version, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it ran on a console with architecture over six years old, but the shocky framerate was an added compromise that nearly cripples the visual superiority of Crysis 3; during firefights or cutscenes, framerates dipped between 15 and 30fps significantly, which made me fairly dizzy and annoyed when playing through some of the more demanding firefights. I have no doubt the PC version would be the best platform to choose if you have the option and want to see the best the game can do from a technical perspective.

The Final Verdict

Crysis 3 is a pretty and polished FPS package that does a commendable job of providing over-the-top action and engaging firefights that players can choose to tackle in multiple ways thanks to the suit and weapon customisation systems. While the story and gameplay don't attempt anything new, Crytek added some great character personalities, refined the franchise's great stealth gameplay and sandbox combat approach while making sure their third title remains an undisputed champion in visual prowess.

Nathan Misa is the senior games writer, reviewer and contributor for MMGN.com and GamesFix. You can read his ramblings and musings here on MMGN, and Twitter.

Crysis 3

Platform: PS3 / Xbox / PC
Developer: Crytek
Similar to: Crysis, Crysis 2, Resistance
 
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I hear it runs like ass on console. Can't say i'm especially bothered with this title after the extremely average second title. Graphical feasts on PC but that's it, lying underneath all that sparkle is an extremely average shooter that even Half-Life 2 released almost 10 years ago walks all over it.

OllyEbbz said: I hear it runs like ass on console. Can't say i'm especially bothered with this title after the extremely average second title. Graphical feasts on PC but that's it, lying underneath all that sparkle is an extremely average shooter that even Half-Life 2 released almost 10 years ago walks all over it.


I couldn't agree more
i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC :)

gammaray13 said: the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter


[Shifty]
while i didn't read a whole bunch, i did notice this "chooses to plays everything else safe"

gammaray13 said: i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC


You think he reviewed the game without playing it??

Mealtime said:

gammaray13 said: i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC


You think he reviewed the game without playing it??


yep if he says there are no new ideas, or maybe he just didn t play all of it as this game has great new ideas, take a look at multi

gammaray13 said: i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC



Come on man you are just trolling major league now [Facepalm]

The only true appeal to this title is its graphics, the gameplay is just extremely average as I've said before there are fps titles out there 5-10 years old better than this plus the plot? please its pathetic and wafer thin at best. I disagree with you whole-heartedly and think @Tyrus has been generous here with the score especially for the console version.

OllyEbbz said:

gammaray13 said: i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC


Come on man you are just trolling major league now
The only true appeal to this title is its graphics, the gameplay is just extremely average as I've said before there are fps titles out there 5-10 years old better than this plus the plot? please its pathetic and wafer thin at best. I disagree with you whole-heartedly and think @Tyrus has been generous here with the score especially for the console version.


But man you dont like it and havent played it yet i have and i think its awesome, and you see i didnt like half life at all it was way to boring for me, and its not trolling if i like the game, i unlike most people will try almost any game and i always look for the good in a game, and yes the graphics did grab thats for sure, but i have loved all the Crysis games so far and i will look forward to the next one hopefully on the PS4
if he didnt finish it then how does he know how long it lasts? He gave it a very generous score and yet you are not happy with what he said about the game because of your personal opinion. You say you dont like Half Life 2, yet the general consensus is that is one of the greatest FPS out, and i agree. The original Crysis was great for its concept, Crysis 2 just didnt really feel that great.

Mealtime said: if he didnt finish it then how does he know how long it lasts? He gave it a very generous score and yet you are not happy with what he said about the game because of your personal opinion. You say you dont like Half Life 2, yet the general consensus is that is one of the greatest FPS out, and i agree. The original Crysis was great for its concept, Crysis 2 just didnt really feel that great.


but thats your opinion i dont agree with it but im not going to bag you for it, also im not a sheep and follow the pack just cos people like half life and say its the best doesnt mean that it is, i make up my own mind :) also i really loved Crysis 2 but this one for me is the best in the series (notice i said for me)

gammaray13 said:

Mealtime said:

gammaray13 said: i could disagree as it runs awesome on my PC, the 3D is amazing, the gameplay is peerless, the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter, the sound, well you cant get any better, and you say no new ideas well i think you should play the game 1st, all in all 10 out 10 for a faultless piece of software and a showpiece for any high end PC


You think he reviewed the game without playing it??


yep if he says there are no new ideas, or maybe he just didn t play all of it as this game has great new ideas, take a look at multi



I played the entire campaign of Crysis 3 on hard mode with a stealth approach to gameplay, and played the MP before the game's official release here. I'm glad you enjoyed the game and feel different about your overall experience, but I'm pretty sure as the reviewer, I played the actual game so I was able to give an accurate personal opinion of it without having to be questioned so. ;)
There is no hard mode, and i can see why the game is so short as the fricken credits go for 10 hours and they have named every person on the planet except for me [Rage]

gammaray13 said: There is no hard mode, and i can see why the game is so short as the fricken credits go for 10 hours and they have named every person on the planet except for me



Hard Mode = Supersoldier

Blob said:

gammaray13 said: the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter




lol u played resistance 3, by far the best fps campaign

byrnezy said:

Blob said:

gammaray13 said: the story is the best this generation for a 1st person shooter



lol u played resistance 3, by far the best fps campaign


yes that is so true

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