Underground Review – Crysis 3
Time to put on your nanosuit and run your system checks because Crysis 3 is back and ready for war. Just like in the previous game, you put on the boots of Laurence “Prophet” Barnes who has gone through many transformations over the years with Ceph and DNA technology making him a little more alien than human. These transformation have caused those that would gladly serve by his side, to now question his loyalty and motives. Should we expect greatness this time around or will we be subject to more disappointment.
Laurence Barnes aka “Prophet” hasn’t had the easiest life since putting on the nanosuit. He’s the last surviving member of his team Raptor and he’s fighting the greatest threats that humanity has ever known, the Ceph aliens and the CELL Corporation. The game will take about 7 hours to complete, which runs about the same time as Crysis 2’s campaign. It has great variety and the levels are amazingly designed so you won’t be disappointed.
Every map is filled with CELL and Ceph troops just waiting to have their life taken at your will, as you coast around in your optic camouflage, picking them off with your compound bow. This doesn’t mean that they’re going to be a push over. The Ceph are better prepared this time around with different types of units that will force you to think about how you approach different situations, such as flying drones that drop EMP blasts that mess with your camouflage. The CELL troops are quick to call in back up when they discover dead bodies and counter your offense with overwhelming force.
Your nanosuit takes center stage again now that you have an open arena to show it off in. Things are a bit different this time now that sprinting doesn’t consume your suits energy. Stealth and armor are still the primary abilities that will drain your suits energy if used carelessly. All of the guns can be modified and customized in real time. This allows players to adapt to many different scenarios whether they need a silencer on an assault rifle to keep things stealthy, or a grenade launcher on an SMG for a full on frontal attack, the choice is yours. One of the coolest weapons you’ll use is the predator bow. With interchangeable arrow heads, you’ll feel like Hawk Eye in The Avengers Movie except you have a cool camo suit and no witty comments from Iron Man.
The previous installment of the Crysis series gave us a modest graphical performance, along with a very linear level design making some of us feel a little unsatisfied and wondering if it had lost sight of its PC origins. You don’t have to worry about that in Crysis 3. It’s made clear from the start that this games focus was clearly on the technical aspects and bringing Crysis back to the large scale that it’s known for.
Crysis 3 rarely plays to a scrip allowing players to explore every inch of the large set pieces looking for weapons, alternate paths, side missions, and data logs. The overall experience has improved since the last game, giving you a very open feel and allowing you to choose your path. The destroyed New York environment is truly a breathe taking visual masterpiece.
As the final installment in the Crysis trilogy, Crysis 3 went back to it’s roots and projects all the best qualities that made us fall in love with it in the first place. The only negative point that can be said is, the campaign is too short. Other than that it’s visually astounding and detailed, has a great multiplayer, and handles like a dream. This game will definitly one the best looking on the market today and shouldn’t be over looked.