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Crysis 3, the exciting conclusion to Crytek's definitely-not-a-tech-demo trilogy! Okay, so that was a little too dismissive, but Crysis really has always seemed like a glorified tech demo to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, but the second one was a step back, in my opinion, so I wasn't sure what to expect going into the Crysis 3.
Crysis 3 finished the story of the Ceph alien invasion that the first Crysis started. The game's story is decent enough; you play as Prophet, a soldier who, as the series progressed, lost more and more of his humanity as he bonded further with his cybernetic nanosuit. It doesn't really do much to stand out from the crowd from a narrative perspective, though. Aliens invade, humanity barely fights them off and an evil corporation takes over, then the aliens come back and we survive by the dumbest of luck. Pretty textbook. Not bad. Just not creative.
The big draw of Crysis was originally its graphics. I remember the original Crysis being heralded as just insanely graphically impressive back when I was in high school, and when I played Crysis, I understood why; it did look absolutely amazing for 2007. Fast forward to 2013 with Crysis 3, though, and while the game still definitely looks great, it doesn't wow me like Crysis did in 2007 or like Halo 4 did in 2012. Without being the most graphically impressive game ever (at least on console; I'm not sure about PC), Crysis 3 really didn't have a lot going for it to differentiate it from Generic Sci-fi Schooter 20XX.
In terms of gameplay - obviously the most important part of a game - Crysis 3 is quite competent. It's nothing you haven't played before, but it's well executed, and it was a decent weapon variety, although all of the assault rifles do tend to feel pretty same-y. Most of the game takes place in the ruins of New York City, and the environment for the city is well designed and feels like a fairly realistic ruin. Granted, it's no Fallout - that series has the best post-apocalyptic ruins ever - but the environments are, for the most part, well designed and make for interesting battlegrounds.
Crysis 3 is a pretty solid shooter and concludes the story begun by the first two games. If you're not into the series' story, then there's not a lot of reason to play this over any other sci-fi shooter from the period, but there's not reason not to play it. Crysis 3 is a perfectly competent game that's a fun playthrough; it just doesn't do anything that makes one thing "Wow, I definitely need to recommend this to my friends!"
My Rating - 3 Neps
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