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The Gaming Review - Crysis 3

Release Date: 
Game Platform: 
PS3/Xbox 360, PC
Crytek Frankfurt/Electronic Arts
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

Giving new meaning to the concrete jungle.

The Pitch: Set 24 years after Crysis 2, the next iteration in the series nanosuits you up as Prophet again for a tear through a futuristic New York City in which aliens have taken over and revenge is the only thing on your mind.

What It Really Is: Crysis is a series known for its graphics. Even when the franchise made the move from super-powered PC exclusive to include the comparatively underpowered consoles, the games always looked great, and Crysis 3 is no exception. Not only does the setting of the game—an overrun New York City where Central Park has won its own war against urban architecture—perfectly blend the jungles of Crysis 1 with the urban war zone of Crysis 2, the addition of bow and arrows into Prophet’s arsenal makes you feel like a proper hunter, a predator in a city overflowing with baddies that are just begging for you to put an arrow through their eye. Add in the invisibility of Prophet’s nanosuit and it really feels like you should be stalking a mud-covered Arnold Schwarzenegger. Actually, an epic battle is really what Crysis 3 is missing most. We yearned for a battle royale in city landmark or a cat and mouse hunt down Broadway. Instead, Prophet spends the entire game all dressed up with only mundane places to go. Just like in real life, if you’re going through the trouble and hardships that come with a place like Manhattan, you’d better squeeze it for everything it’s worth. Our biggest gripe with Crysis 3 is that it doesn’t. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Our mid-life Crysis can’t come soon enough!”

Fun Fact: Like motorheads bragging about quarter-mile time, PC Gamers would flex their rig’s muscle by boasting that, yes, it can play Crysis. Crysis 3 continues to be a benchmark of a computer’s graphical power. Fair warning: unless your computer is a super-cooled, overclocked beast on par with Deep Blue, then you’re gonna want to keep some spare vacuum tubes on hand if you’re running it on “very high” graphic settings. Computers do still use vacuum tubes, don’t they?

Who It’s For: Crysis 3 is one of the biggest First Person Shooters so far this year and it’s definitely worth a play-through. So, if you’re sick of getting trampled by tweens in Black Ops 2, you’ve played every episode of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops, and you’ve looted your balls off in Borderlands 2, Crysis 3 is an easy way to scratch that killer itch.

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