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Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is a sci-fi influenced first person shooter game and the third installment of the Crysis series.

Just like its predecessors, which have been known for their beautiful graphics, Crysis 3 sports an excellent-looking visual presentation, really showing off what power is left in the Playstation 3. Although, here and there some low resolution textures can still be observed. The beautiful graphics help produce a nice atmosphere, bringing to life an environment that is a blend of the previous two games, mixing heavy foliage and concrete together to form a sort of post-apocalyptic landscape, in which nature has reclaimed a former city.


The audio presentation is, like the visual presentation, also of good quality. Weapons sound good and how they should, the voice acting is decent and the overall sound setup is also quite good.

Controls are solid as well and feel like a shooter should feel like.

The game provides two main gameplay modes: Single-player and multiplayer. The single-player campaign connects to the stories of the previous games. As such you will get to fight aliens as well as human soldiers again. This time around the story focuses a little bit more on the game's protagonists, trying to produce a tighter bond between you and them.

The single-player this time features quasi-open worlds, meaning they are not quite linear as for example the levels in Call of Duty, but are also not quite as open as the worlds in Far Cry or the original Crysis. While I would have preferred a large open world more, the quasi-openness of the levels is still quite welcome, as it gives you better mobility options and feels less restricting compared to a full linear design.

The worlds are littered with enemies ranging from human soldiers to aliens. To dispatch them, you can use a multitude of weapons ranging from the old and trusty assault rifle to the newly added bow and arrow setup. If that wasn't enough, you also get access to a special nanosuit, that provides you with several superhuman powers, like the ability to cloak yourself and become virtually invisible. These powers are also one of the things that make Crysis stand out from other shooters and provide the player with more possible tactics to try out. Using the nanosuit powers and all the available weapons (especially the powerful ones) is extremely satisfying.

The enemy AI almost doesn't seem worthy to use this impressive arsenal on, as it is not very bright in this game and can be easily taken care of even at higher difficulty settings. For example the AI can be easily tricked/baited into moving into vulnerable positions, making them easy targets to take out. Combine this natural stupid AI behavior with your nanosuit powers and a potent weapon and you will see enemy ranks falling left and right like flies. In particular, the cloak and bow combo is extremely overpowered, as it allows you to stay hidden while picking off targets one by one, plus its ammo is retrievable.

Aside from obvious enemy targets, there are also plenty of objects that can be interacted with in the world of Crysis 3. For one, these include vehicles, which you can ride and use their weaponry. Additionally, there are objects such as turrets and minefields to watch out for. Luckily, these can be hacked by your suit through a little mini-game. Successfully hacking the object through this mini-game will bring it to your side or under control and aid you in clearing out enemies. This however, also makes the game even easier.

Along with the game's general problem with being too easy, it also suffers from a very short single-player campaign.

Now, the multiplayer of the portion of the game is great fun. The old gameplay modes that were enjoyed in the previous iterations of the series are back, from deathmatch type games to king of the hill versions. A new mode called hunter mode is interesting as it pits cloaked vs non-cloaked soldiers. It's essentially an Aliens vs Predator mode. Although multiplayer is fun, it also offers nothing we haven't seen before in a previous Crysis iteration or in other games.


Overall, Crysis 3 is a solid albeit standard shooter with gorgeous graphics and a sci-fi flare. Like most shooters of this day and age, the single-player portion of the game doesn't really bring anything new to the table. However, just like other shooters, the multiplayer is still heaps of fun to play.

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