EA Games Crysis
- Incredible graphics and cutting-edge technology represent the next level of PC gaming. The Nanosuit abilities enhance the game's open-ended gameplay, game features some of the best enemy A.I. that we have ever seen.
- If you don't own a high-end gaming rig, you won't get the full experience; in fact, you'll have to spend a lot of time making tweaks to the settings to get it running right. DX10 performance is lacklustre: you get great results visually but your system's performance will take a big hit.
Crysis is an enticing adventure all the way through to the end. It's a worthy follow-up to the excellent Far Cry and a great step forward for PC gaming as a whole.
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But as awesome as the Nanosuit abilities are, you'll still rely on good old ballistics-based weaponry to mow down your foes. You can carry a pistol or two, if you want to dual-wield two larger guns such as rifles, a rocket launcher, and three types of grenades; oh, and some C4 as well. There are several human types of human weapons including a few types of assault rifles, a shotgun, a sniper rifle, a chaingun and the incredibly effective Gauss Rifle that works wonders for taking down pesky airborne aliens.
With the exception of one or two guns, almost every firearm in Crysis can be customised on the fly; you can bring up a menu and add attachments like a silencer, flashlight or laser pointer. With some assault guns, you can also add a grenade launcher or tranquiliser dart attachment.
Even without the picture-perfect graphics and spectacular technological prowess, Crysis is a great action game that can stand up against any great FPS. The acting and story aren't spectacular, but using the Nanosuit makes this open-ended adventure one that is fun from start to finish. Of course, the game isn't perfect. The multiplayer mode leaves a little to be desired as games can last way too long, but the maps are well thought out and the Nanosuit abilities translate over well to the multiplayer experience. Also, the constant tweaking of system specs needed to get the game running optimally is also a drag, and the average PC gamer will probably find that their system is nowhere near powerful enough to get this beast even up and running to standard.
Still, despite its power hungry ways, Crysis is an enticing adventure all the way through to the end. It's a worthy follow-up to the excellent Far Cry and a great step forward for PC gaming as a whole.
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