Mandate of Heaven is a custom singleplayer level for Crysis. Its action takes place in a public park invaded by chinese army renegades. The goal of the mission is to infiltrate the park and eliminate their commander, who established his headquarters in a sacred temple on the coast. It presents an open and detailed environment to explore, intense battles, and multiple ways to reach your objectives.
This mod is a brief summary of what made Crysis worth playing, epic visuals, multiple ways to get to places, exploration that isn't mind blowingly dull, and solid yet flexible gameplay,in short; you should play this.
Extra Pro - the buildings and man made environments are more interesting to see and play in then the standard corrigated metal huts crysis mostly used.
Extra Con - minorly minor niggle being that the voice acting was recycled from Crysis, but really it doesn't feel out of place or forced at any moment from what I noticed.
Crysis 2 left me feeling a little cramped, claustrophobic, and a bit let down. I prefer the new streamlined Crysis 2 controls, but after beating Crysis 2, I immediately came to Desura to start modding out the O.G. Crysis - which, in my opinion, is a far superior game. Crysis: Mandate of Heaven is just what I needed make me feel positive about the series again - it's open world, it's got good voice acting, and it has just the right amount of challenge. Unlike a lot of the other Crysis modders on Desura, this modder knows a little something about optimization. I was able to run this mod with absolutely every graphical setting completely maxed out and I didn't experience a single stuttering frame-rate - and yet, the level design was detailed, captivating, interesting and beautiful.
As a whole, I had to give this a 10 out of 10. It's brilliantly executed and perfectly fits right in with the original gameplay. It's simply an action-packed addon that could seriously be considered paid DLC-worthy. The fact that it's free is just icing on the cake. If you love Crysis, there is not a single doubt in my mind that you would love this new mission.
The mod is somewhat simple; it doesn't have an insane number of guns, unique objectives, etc. But I really like it that way. It's yet another experience you tailor to your own playing style, the way you would any Crysis level. The opening with the marines was a bit brute-force, but made for some nice action. I enjoyed the mod quite a bit.