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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When Crytek decided to partner up with EA for its next title, it left its Far Cry franchise behind with Ubisoft. But the talented developer held onto its design chops and used it to craft one of the most ambitious PC games ever made in Crysis. With console games currently dominating the market, the PC gaming market has needed a kick in the butt for a long time and Crysis is like a rocket-propelled foot that hits the bullseye.
More than meets the eye
We'll just go ahead and say it: Crysis is the most photorealistic game ever created. Running at its best in DirectX 10 at a high resolution with all the effects cranked up, there is no other game that can come close to matching its visuals. It is definitely leading the PC gaming space to the next plateau. The CryENGINE2 can do marvellous things when it's performing smoothly. The trouble is that it requires a very high-end machine to run properly. The minimum system specs needed to play Crysis in Windows Vista's DX10 mode alone will put this game out of reach of the average gamer, just imagine what sort of machine you'll need to run it with all the effects and features turned up to high.
The bright side is that even in its DX9 mode, Crysis is a great looking game that can hold up graphically to any PC or console game out there. Its use of physics is also explosive and the enemy AI is, without a doubt, the best we've ever seen. The core gameplay is also amazing, constantly challenging you to approach in-game situations in a variety of ways.
An alien discovery
The game's story might be Crysis' one weakness, as it isn't spectacular, but it does a competent job of setting the stage for all the fun you will have during the game. Crysis casts you in the role of Delta Force Commando Jake Dunn who is also known by his call sign, Nomad. Jake airdrops into hostile territory with his team to deal with an international incident involving the North Korean government.
But of course, once Nomad and his team land, things quickly escalate as a mysterious race of aliens who've crash landed on Earth become involved. We won't say anything more about the story, lest we give away any secrets, but again, the beautiful and intense action is the real star of the game and it's helped along by some of the most realistic enemy AI we've ever encountered.
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