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.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
Crytek's AI technology produces enemy responses that are about as realistic as it gets. It's rare to see enemies doing something stupid like standing out in the open or charging your position mindlessly. But more than that, enemies rarely fall into predictable patterns. We're trained as gamers to memorise the movements of our digital foes because for so long, game developers would code in repetitive AI routines; but that's not the case in Crysis. There's a definite sense of unpredictability inherent in the enemy's actions, which adds a welcome sense of realism to the game. Enemies also work together and are much harder to eliminate as a group.
Enemy squads will work in concert to outmanoeuvre you. They will flank your position and use suppressing fire to keep you pinned. The enemy also uses grenades intelligently; rather than hang on to the precious orbs until they die, they'll use them to flush you out of your hiding places. The game's expansive jungle scenery doesn't exactly help either, as the dense cover makes it difficult to pinpoint enemies. It may sound a little unfair but thankfully, you have one ace up your sleeve: the Nanosuit.
The gameplay in Crysis is completely cantered on the use of the Nanosuit. Without the suit and its ability enhancements, you'd be dead in the water but with them, you have just enough of an edge to feel like a badass. The four Nanosuit abilities are well-balanced and you'll definitely find uses for all of them by game's end. The Armor ability toughens your skin, making you more resistant to damage; Speed gives you a jolt of, well, speed, which is useful for quickly closing the distance between you and a foe or for quickly getting yourself out of a hot zone; Strength gives you Herculean-like power and lets you jump higher and further; and lastly, Cloak makes you invisible.
Your abilities drain an energy reserve that slowly replenishes, so you're not superhuman but by skilfully using your powers, you can get enough of an edge to overcome almost any situation. They also allow you to dictate the style of game you want to play. Much like Far Cry, Crysis features an expansive world and how you get to each objective is entirely up to you: you can turn on Armor and bull-rush through enemies or you can activate Cloak and sneak on past.
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