Publisher: Electronic Arts
ESRB rating: Mature
Release date: Available now
An enemy sees you and begins firing a gun at you. Quickly you make your armor stronger at will. The bullets do minimal damage and you take cover. Why not make yourself invisible, sneak behind your enemy and snap his neck? This is all thanks to the Nanosuit, a piece of high-tech equipment you have attached to your body. You don’t have to worry if your PC can run this game to experience gameplay like this. Crysis 2 from EA is the sequel to the PC game that made computers cry, but this time it’s available for all platforms.
A virus has spread through New York City. The city has been placed under martial law, and those who are not infected are evacuated. You play as a marine nicknamed Alcatraz on a search-and-rescue mission for a scientist named Dr. Nathan Gould, who is somewhere in the city. Before the mission has barely begun, your submarine is attacked and all hell breaks loose. Aliens known as the Ceph are attacking the city. You survive the attack and are rescued by a man named Prophet, who’s wearing a state-of-the-art Nanosuit. You wake up from your near-death state and are wearing the Nanosuit that he was wearing. You’re told that you alone can stop the events that are happening to the city. Your first task is to seek out Dr. Gould, because he’s the only one who can help you.
In the campaign, your Nanosuit gives you the advantage against your enemies. You can easily navigate the three-dimensional New York City environment by sprinting, jumping, and grabbing ledges with ease. Your visor can enhance your vision to scan the surrounding area or increase your awareness. These actions all use suit energy, which gradually refills itself, and each suit mode you use consumes energy as well. Your suit has three modes to help you complete your missions. Weapon mode is your default and drains energy only when you use enhanced movement actions. Armor mode enhances your ability to take more damage, but at the cost of slower movement. Cloak mode makes you invisible to enemies unless you fire any weapon. You can purchase suit enhancements that offer improvements for each mode. Every time you kill a Ceph you get points that you can use to purchase the enhancements; the tougher the alien, the more points you get. Weapons that you use are also customizable. You can switch scopes or use alternate fire modes that are critical in the situations you face. Along with the campaign, Crysis 2 comes with a multiplayer mode that features plenty of game types. These include standard shooter modes such as deathmatch and capture the flag; all players have a Nanosuit at their disposal. Each match in multiplayer yields experience, depending on the game type, which can be used to unlock new weapons, equipment and abilities.
I am extremely impressed with this game. The first thing I notice is how beautiful it looks, even on a console. In addition, Crysis 2’s controls and gameplay are just as fantastic. There is a perfect friendship between the Nanosuit’s powers and the guns you use. The campaign, even though it starts off slowly, ends with the right amount of heart-pounding action; truly a great experience. I also had fun with the multiplayer. It’s just a blast because it takes great things from Halo and Call of Duty and puts them into one game.
The campaign in Crysis 2 is a perfectly crafted experience. Its great battle sequences and your suit powers mix to create something that gamers will talk about for awhile. The only problem with it is the story. The game doesn’t do a good enough job of catching you up with the events that happened before the action starts. Don’t get me wrong, I think the story is excellent. But the lack of context makes you feel like you’ve missed a lot of things that can help explain the plot a bit more. Enemy AI is sometimes non-existent, making your foes easy to kill. And the multiplayer package takes great things from other shooters, but doesn’t reach their same level and falls a bit short.
Crysis 2 is a great shooter and is one of the best looking games on the console. The campaign gameplay is good because of the powers your Nanosuit gives you. The story gets confusing at times, but this shouldn’t deter you from checking it out. The multiplayer is fun, but is not at the same level as the better-known shooters already available. This game is for all shooter fans, and is 100-percent worth your money.