The Human Predator

The original Crysis was a PC only game that required a beast of a set-up to play, and an even beastlier rig to play at its full potential. Crytek, the makers of the franchise, seem to realize that a lot of people playing this on consoles probably didn’t have the opportunity to play the first Crysis.

In Crysis 2 you play as Alcatraz, a United States Marine whose squad is ambushed by the aliens attacking New York City, and is then saved by the nanosuit wearing Prophet. Prophet tells you that he’s infected with the alien plague and it’s your time to wear the suit, then he shoots himself in the head to break the link with the suit so you can wear it.

Once you’re wearing the nanosuit the rest of the game is people trying to kill you because they think you’re Prophet, nanosuit diagnostics, protecting the fleeing civilians of New York City, and people trying to steal the suit for themselves. You also fight a lot of aliens along the way.

About the nanosuit, you have two main modes: armor & stealth. Stealth makes you invisible (Predator), and armor makes you take less damage and shake less when you’re shot. You can only use one at a time and they both pull from your energy bar(independent of health). Everything suit related pulls from your energy bar. You have two vision modes: thermal and scan (it shows you important areas or suggestions you can mark the location of on your HUD). Movement, running and “power” jumping, also use suit energy.


YAY :

  • I titled this review “The Human Predator” for a reason. You really feel like you’re playing as a person wearing a suit that gives you Predator powers.  Actually, the aliens you fight look an awful lot like Predators themselves. I wouldn’t be surprised if the developers listed that franchise as a major influence.
  • Continuing on with my last point, the suit is awesome. Once you learn how to use the suit powers for the proper situation you start to feel like you’d expect to from seeing the trailers, like a virtually untouchable hunter (Predator).
  • The weapons feel good and properly powered. This is important for a shooter, you don’t want to have to unload 50 bullets into a normal enemy to kill them, this isn’t Black.
  • Crysis 2 is a great looking game. I don’t think it’s as big of a difference in comparison to other games as the first Crysis was, but it looks really good.
NAY :
  • What the hell is going on in Crysis 2? Maybe it’s because I didn’t play the first game, but I was really confused by the story. It’s basically just “survive while killing aliens”
  • The multi-player plays and looks like an afterthought. The single-player looks great and is very fun. While multi-player keeps relatively the same play style as the single-player campaign it doesn’t hold up. I wouldn’t recommend putting the extra time into it.
  • This is a minor gripe, but remember when I said the suit was awesome? Well, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Don’t go out and expect to feel semi-invincible because of the nanosuit like I did. If you do you will die really often. Hide a lot at first and pick your moments to attack. This game is very much about ambush fighting.
Crysis 2 is one of those games that is promoted as a spectacle, but delivers on much more than that. The gameplay takes a bit to master, but stick with it. If you came for the graphics stick around for what you’ll be able to do once you get the hang of it.
Unfortunately the multi-player doesn’t hold up and this downgrades Crysis 2 from a game you’d need in your collection to a game you simply need to play through.
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