Crysis as a game series is one that exists entirely to fulfill the digital equivalent of a peeing contest. It was intended that there could be no greater praise for your own gaming rig then to say: “Dude, I can run Crysis on Ultra High at 60fps with no frame drops.” While it is admirable of a studio to want to push technology to its limits, there does remain the question that a game at some point does need to be included in your beautiful tech demo.
When Crysis 1 came out in 2007; it seemed like it was built for futuristic space computers that didn’t even exist yet. If you were very lucky; you might have been able to play it on Medium settings. But aside from this, the gameplay was fun and the island exploration with aid of the Nanosuit mechanic made it an instant classic; still played even today. Crysis 2, released in 2011, was just as technically gorgeous, moving the setting from the jungle to New York City; and while it wasn’t bad, it didn’t have the same impact as the original, either in terms of gameplay or technical innovation.
Crysis 3 is a blending of the two; with a setting that ironically does this too: a jungle-overrun version of a ruined New York; which looks absolutely gorgeous. The player is handed all the same toys, as well as notably a new Bow-and-Arrow weapon, which seems like one of the features in any shooter of the last couple years. Like Crysis 1, number 3 has larger levels, able to be explored in different ways with different goals present. The campaign is fun, but is horrifically short for a AAA title, barely lasting three hours for a playthrough.
That’s not great; but at least the multiplayer mode is pretty good. With many modes available, it manages to keep things fresh beyond the typical COD style rip off modes; and the Nanosuit is often used to its full potential here.
Theres not much more that can be said about Crysis 3, it isn’t much of a game, but what is there is fun. Played on PC at full graphics; it is visually speaking the most technically advanced and realistic looking game of them all right this moment. Even playing with settings on Medium is still a thrill to behold, and worth seeing at least once. But I get the feeling that while Crysis 1 held this title for a couple years, Crysis 3 will only hold it for a couple months; but that’s life, and not necessarily bad.
Maybe not worth full price, seeing as tech demos are available online for much cheaper, if that’s what you really want. Wait a bit for it to drop in price if you have the capabilities to run it well, or get it on consoles where it does look pretty spiffing too.