Earth, 2019. A team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea, and all contact with them is lost when the North Korean government quickly seals off the area. The United States responds by dispatching an elite team of nanotech-suited Delta Force operatives, and tensions quickly rise to boiling point. But when a massive alien ship reveals itself in the middle of the island, generating an immense force sphere that freezes a vast portion of the area, the two warring factions must unite, fighting epic battles through tropical jungle, flash-frozen wastes, and finally in the heart of the alien ship itself for the ultimate zero-G showdown.
Still one of the best looking, most exciting and enjoyable games out there.
CE2 and CE3 are great engines too and some great mods have been released as a result.
What's not to like?
Well the high system requirements may be one thing, but most computers these days can run it okay. :D
Even though this game is like 5 years old I only recently got a computer good enough to play it without everything looking like blobs of ****. Considering all the hype that surrounds the Crysis franchise and their creatively named CryEngine, I found the game to be a bit of a dissapointment. The guns were mostly underpowered, and I had more luck defeating enemies using fists rather than a firearm, which really defeats the point of a first person shooter, also considering you're fighting goddamn aliens you really need to be packing some serious firepower. However the story was compelling enough to get me to play the campaign for a decent length of time, before I realised that turning to multiplayer wasn't an option because nobody ******* plays online anymore.
Crytek returns to the open Jungle FPS with Crysis and what a brilliant job they did.
Gameplay: Fantasitc. It is an even balance between difficult and hard, and the multiple paths add for a high level of replayability. Usually, Nomad is faced with the option of going in, guns blazing, or sneaking in with a silenced weapon and taking the guards out quickly. Both are fun and allow for people with the different styles to enjoy it equally.
Campaign: Once you get into the later parts the story becomes pretty gripping but it does sort of start off slow. Just keep pushing forward because this story is pretty amazing. Don't ever get too comfortable because Crytek pops that comfort zone bubble just as quickly as it forms. The ending is a cliffhangar, sadly, that will probably never be returned too. We never know what happens to Nomad, Prophet, and gang when those credits roll because Crysis 2 throws everything away except for Prophet's design and character. There never really is a reference as to what happened.
Multiplayer: It is decent. Windows 7 users can only play Crysis Wars multiplayer, but that's okay. It's pretty fun anyway and the sandbox editor allows you to make fun maps to battle in or have fun in.
Graphics: Incredible. The foliage reacts to your movements, the game looks brilliant and it can run on nearly any computer.
Summary: A brilliant tactical shooter. I recommend buying the Maximum Edition for the best experience, but if you cannot afford that just try the game out. Don't go to the console version, it is a ruined experience with Crysis 2 elements.