- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Developer: Crytek
- ESRB Rating: "M" for Mature
- Genre: Action - First Person Shooter
- Theme: Sci-Fi
- Pros: Amazing game play, the action never stops; Visual effects, environments and graphics unmatched by any game currently on market; In depth and engaging storyline; Excellent multiplayer experience;
- Cons: Hefty system requirements; The game ends.
StorylineThe story for Crysis begins with a seemingly small confrontation between the United States and North Korea over the kidnapping of some archeologists on a small Pacific Island. Set in the year 2020, players take the role of Nomad, a member of an elite US Special Forces team, who is sent in to rescue the archeologists. Upon arriving you soon discover that there's something more to this "little" confrontation with the North Koreans, more specifically an alien invasion and you quickly become embroiled in fighting for not only your survival but fighting to stop the invasion. The game's story unfolds like a great book where each turn of the page something new and exciting is uncovered. There are no traditional cut scenes, rather the story is told through various assignments and dialog with your superior officer and a seamless flow from one gorgeous environment to another.
Game PlayHaving a great story is one thing, but if the game play is terrible what is the point. Not to worry though because Crysis backs up it's great story line with excellent and intuitive game play. As you would expect being a member of a special forces unit entitles you to some of the most state of the art equipment, especially in a video game. In Crysis you are equiped with a high tech suit that looks somewhat like an exoskeleton called a nanosuit. This nanosuit not only acts as a sort of armor shell for added protection but it also enables you with enhanced strength, super speed and cloaking. Cloaking is great for sneaking up undetected on enemies while nanosuit strength and speed provide similar features to give you a lot of options depending on the situation. Each of these abilities can only be enabled for a limited time before the suit needs to recharge but they are extemely handy to have on top of your weaponry.
The environments in Crysis are simply fabulous; first off they look terrific but not only that they are so large and detailed that you are open to accomplish your objectives in anyway you see fit. Don't feel like traveling to the enemy controlled village by road? No worries, just trek through the jungle around the village and assault it from the rear. The open nature and freedom of these large environments is what makes Crysis such a joy to play. It just seems there's countless ways to approach or complete a specific task giving even the single player game mode very high replayability value.