Crysis 3: Amazing Graphics, Boring Execution - HotHardware

Crysis 3: Amazing Graphics, Boring Execution

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Multiplayer is considerably beefed up from previous Crysis games and borrows a great deal from BF3 and Call of Duty as far as their ranking systems are concerned. You earn XP by killing other players, defending "Spears" (think control points), and accomplishing various objectives. There's a unique Hunter Mode, in which most players start off as Cell operatives but transform into Hunters once killed, and an Assault mode in which each player only has one life. Toss in a bit of Capture the Flag and a little King of the Hill, and you've got a sense of what the game offers.


Check the lighting and you'll see that while the texture detail is still impressive, the light model is tuned for performance

There are a huge variety of upgrades and unlockable weapons that you gain access to as you level up, and the game tries to help newbie players who might be facing off against other teams far out of their league. Rack up more than three deaths in a row, and the game applies an automatic armor buff that you keep for a longer period of time until you break your death streak. You can unlock other abilities as well, from better radar to faster-firing weapons and better aim.

One interesting difference between the single-player and multi-player campaigns is the level of map detail. In multiplayer, the maps aren't quite as sexy. This was obviously done to make it easier for frame rates to stay high, and it's a good change. The game still looks great, but it runs noticeably smoother, even with all detail levels set to the same "Very High" options.

Conclusion: Buy It -- Eventually

I'd pay $9.95 for Crysis 3 as an amazing tech demo. I'd consider $19.95 a fair price if you loved the previous games or really want to cut your teeth in the multiplayer options. Thing is, if you want a gorgeous screen saver, you could always download the Heaven or Valley benchmarks from Unigine -- they're free.

Crysis 3 could've been a great game -- but as implemented, it hits too many false notes. It feels like a science experiment -- how much poor gameplay will players suffer through in exchange for utterly amazing graphics? The game is gorgeous enough that I actually played more of it specifically to see how segments would look. That's impressive. But it's not enough to recommend for $59 in this economy. At the very least, I'd wait until this title hits $29.99.

Crysis 3 is great for making console gamers cry jealous, jealous tears. It's beautiful. Its soundtrack is pitch-perfect. As a technical achievement, this game is stunning. As a first-person shooter? Save your money. There are flashes of brilliance, but nothing more.

  • The graphics
  • No, seriously. The graphics. Look at those screenshots.
  • The soundtrack is pretty good, too.
  • The plot (or lack thereof)
  • Save checkpoints, keybind bugs
  • Flashes of brilliance shine light on what could've been, but isn't.

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Check that post a few days ago where Ubisoft wanted to know what PC gamers wanted to make their games better.

My comment on that post reflects exactly what this article says. They make STUNNING games, they're beautiful, you sometimes are completely in shock by the beauty of what their artist created. However, the game play is almost always lacking. Look at Farcry 2, completely beautiful, repetitive game play. Farcry 3, beautiful, better game play, however it's still lacking in the longtime game play. Crysis 2? I can't really comment, I bought it, played it for 10 minutes, uninstalled it, and never looked back. They just generally suck when it comes to game mechanics, if they could find someone who can create the actual game play as good as they can create a stunning world, then ubisoft would be one of the greatest game developers ever.

I still love Ubisoft, and i'm sure I'll eventually pick up Crysis 3, I just hate that they always let me down when it comes to game mechanics or replayability.

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I was disappointed in Crysis 3. Not so much in the vague narrative, but in the sloppy execution. I think it really could've been a great game -- it *tries* to be a great game. I liked it quite a bit more than Far Cry 3, for example.

It could still be a worthy title if Crytek patches some bugs and fine-tunes a few other aspects. But at $60, it leaves me cold.

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Seems like I'm one of the rare ones that -loved- this game. The biggest downsides for me was the sometimes poor AI, the useless map and the mediocre hacking. Aside from that, I loved the story, the action and of course, the graphics. And this is coming from someone who couldn't ever get into the previous Crysis games. This one actually intrigues me enough to go back and give them an honest go, though.

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Wow I loved the game, Graphics are fantastic and I enjoyed the story line. Liked it more then Crysis 1 and 2. I did finish the game and I did like the way it ended. I;ll be playing it again on the next hardest mode.

I give FarCry 3 about 15 minutes before I turned it off, idk something about it i just need really enjoy. Same with Guildwars 2, i think GW2 was the lagish controls. Maxpayne about 2 hours.

BF3 still wins it for online, but it still seems good.

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I'm glad other folks have liked it. I just can't claim to be one of them. :) 

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They sent me a alpha key a few months back and like all crysis games it looked amazing but the game play still felt like it was lacking. I dont know what it is but i can never get into the multiplayer of crysis like other games such as css, tf2, or bf3. When the price comes down to $20 i will think about buying it.

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I just got Crysis 3 and heard that the last patch just about made the MP unplayable?

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I have to agree. I work retail and we sell Crysis 3. Not only did the game not get much attention, it got most people not interested in buying it because of the poor online experience.

And I agree with RiCoFrost, BF3 is still one of the main multiplayer games which dominates over some other Multiplayer games.

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Sounds like todays rap music. Good beats but crap lyrics.

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Aouch ! It hurt !

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