2011 03 25 00041 Crysis 2 PC Review

Crysis. The game that made mainstream rigs come to a cripple back in 2007. Its lush graphics and physics that boast "realism" remains as a visual and performance benchmark for today's games and hardware. We find out if Crysis 2 is worth the bang for the buck for the hardcore gamer in you.

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A look at the front of the box

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At look at the rear

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In the box, we find the manual and the disc

If you purchased the game with the word “Limited Edition” on it, there is a special key to unlock some lovely bonuses such as in-game dog-tags, weapon attachment, skins and you begin on the multi-player at level 5. Installation of the game is straightforward though I did encounter a problem with the installer.

The installer forces some kind of detection mechanism on your C drive for free space, it will not proceed if it has less than 9GB of space. Not really a good thing for folks who partition their drives and allocate limited space for their operating system. Do bear in mind however, you are still able to choose where you can install the game after the initial detection.

After installation, you will be prompted with a one-time activation with your serial key before you enter the game. You will then need another one-time activation for multi-player in-game.

And finally, get ready to rock and bust some alien butts.

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Story

Crysis began as a sci-fiction first person shooter developed by Crytek, the story took place in 2020 in Lingshan islands where a team of supersoldiers equipped with a Nanosuits were ordered to save a team of archaeologists. The team, led by Prophet, uncovered an alien structure and this was where it began. 

Moving forward to 2023 in Crysis 2, the developers took a bold step forward and puts the player right in the thick of urban warfare and alien invasion right at The Big Apple.

A huge contrast to the predecessor’s jungle warfare.

The aliens have returned and they bring with them a full scale invasion bent on destroying mankind and all that we stand for. New York City is in shambles, its populace almost decimated and buildings in ruin. To put things in a better perspective, a plague is spreading amid the survivors and the town is under a brutal military scrutiny, CELL, a funded private military company under the control and part of Crynet Systems.

You are "Alcatraz", a soldier who will inherit the strength, speed and stealth of the Nanosuit from the original game’s "Prophet". You will play the last stand against the fury and might of the alien invasion force and CELL, both who are happy to put you down.

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Crysis 2 did a great job in portraying a city under a mass-scale invasion and hats off for Richard Morgan who does the storyboard for the game. Plenty of small details in the story were given the attention it deserve and the right to keeps the adrenaline pumping and to keep going.

Plot development is gradual with a few twists that lead to an unexpected ending, I will not say what but my advice is to keep exploring in the game. Several plot details were unveiled even in enemy’s radio communication chatter or tell-tale signs on the walls. The story is long unlike some popular first-person shooters and once you completed the game, you would want to recall some awesome firefight scenes that you had experienced.

 

the launch trailer for Crysis 2