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The Crysis series has always been defined by bleeding-edge tech, each instalment a lucid demonstration of apex videogame visuals and the great pulsing brain powering successive CryEngines. In Crysis 3 we have the pinnacle - the undisputed best-looking game of all time - but beneath the glitz, Crytek's shooter isn't quite as progressive as it seems.... read more

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Crysis 3 review: An enjoyable shooter elevated by staggering

Postby MagicBoughie24 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:08

I thought Alacatraz became Prophet at the end of the last one.
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Postby StonecoldMC » 19 Feb 2013, 15:16

I missed out on Two, is this gonna be a problem?

Played the Demo on Live and actually quite enjoyed it!
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Postby sonic_uk » 19 Feb 2013, 15:20

MagicBoughie24 wrote:I thought Alacatraz became Prophet at the end of the last one.


Yep, he did. The reviewer was quite badly mistaken, and this should be corrected. As for playing on Hard - no thanks. I'll play it on Easy first time (and probably every time after that). I find hard modes just frustrating and tedious. I am surprised at the lack of length though. I had heard reports that the game was only 5-6 hours long but thought this was just because players were rushing through the game, literally, and it typically takes me about 2-3 hours longer to finish a game than the quoted time. Only 7 levels though? I had heard that too, but assumed it would be more like 7 different areas with numerous levels in between. If its only 7 levels it makes me think its more dlc than full sequel and is pretty lazy to be honest (although I'm glad it isn't dlc as I refuse to buy any). Finally, I suppose there is no day-to-night or night-to-day transition that was included in Warhead and the original Crysis several times (but cursorily missing from Crysis 2)? And can I ask how the reviewer knows about the console frame rate if he only reviewed the PC version?
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Re: Crysis 3 review: An enjoyable shooter elevated by stagge

Postby koimaster » 19 Feb 2013, 15:21

"Only millionaires will max it out"

This is why I don't bother keeping up to date with pc gaming. In 10 years time you'll be able to max this game out graphically on even the cheapest computers. Most likely even in a few years time.
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Postby sammikid » 19 Feb 2013, 15:34

sonic_uk wrote:
As for playing on Hard - no thanks. I'll play it on Easy first time (and probably every time after that). I find hard modes just frustrating and tedious. I am surprised at the lack of length though. I had heard reports that the game was only 5-6 hours long but thought this was just because players were rushing through the game, literally, and it typically takes me about 2-3 hours longer to finish a game than the quoted time.

Even when playing it through on easy! whats wrong with you? :lol:
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Postby Get Over Here » 19 Feb 2013, 15:37

This is a bit silly with this all-in-one review solution.

I doubt the console versions are an 8.5 out of ten game. I got stung with Crysis 2. On PS3 it was rubbish, with the frame-rate dips making the whole experience horrible. And the reviewer says this has the same problems.

There should be a separate review/score for the PC version to not mislead people.
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Postby illage2 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:38

MagicBoughie24 wrote:I thought Alacatraz became Prophet at the end of the last one.

Yeah he did.
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Postby Black Mantis » 19 Feb 2013, 15:38

StonecoldMC wrote:I missed out on Two, is this gonna be a problem?

Played the Demo on Live and actually quite enjoyed it!


No, the story is very forgettable and the game gets boring halfway through. That's the thing with the Crysis franchise, they look great and start off well, but everything else is kinda lame (the alien AI is some of the worst I've come across). I'll be waiting for it to drop in price.
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Postby illage2 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:39

Wow 8.5?
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Re: Crysis 3 review: An enjoyable shooter elevated by stagge

Postby StonecoldMC » 19 Feb 2013, 15:41

Black Mantis wrote:
StonecoldMC wrote:I missed out on Two, is this gonna be a problem?

Played the Demo on Live and actually quite enjoyed it!


No, the story is very forgettable and the game gets boring halfway through. That's the thing with the Crysis franchise, they look great and start off well, but everything else is kinda lame (the alien AI is some of the worst I've come across). I'll be waiting for it to drop in price.


Cheers for the heads up Mantis. Ill maybe pick up Dead Space now and wait a while before getting this then.
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Re: Crysis 3 review: An enjoyable shooter elevated by stagge

Postby richomack360 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:44

best intentions descend into violent chaos thanks to a lack of a stealth meter


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UPPERS
• The best-looking game of all time
• Refreshingly open levels
• Surprisingly good multiplayer
DOWNERS
• Only millionaires will max it out
• A lack of new ideas
• Single-player lasts 5-6 hours

Hang on, a game is worth 8.5 because it requires NASA to upgrade your computer, and has “good” MP ? Single player only lasts 5 hours ? A lack of new ideas ?

So its just a graphics demo really isn’t it ?
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Postby Ali_ » 19 Feb 2013, 15:46

MagicBoughie24 wrote:I thought Alacatraz became Prophet at the end of the last one.


Not sure, but the enemies kept assuming he was Prophet.
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Re: Crysis 3 review: An enjoyable shooter elevated by stagge

Postby toaplan » 19 Feb 2013, 15:47

the game's outrageous requirements will doubtless infuriate anyone who doesn't own a PC that costs the price of a new Ford Focus


Nice for those who have bought the latest graphics card and now get to show it off. I don't even own a Kepler series card, so while I'm giving the game 3 "Cevats" for the visuals, it only deserves a "Yerli" for optimization...
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Postby Beebop10 » 19 Feb 2013, 15:48

koimaster wrote:"Only millionaires will max it out"

This is why I don't bother keeping up to date with pc gaming. In 10 years time you'll be able to max this game out graphically on even the cheapest computers. Most likely even in a few years time.


Most of the time you can make a few tweaks to the settings that don't really change the overall look all that much and get a big performance boost . For example , often the difference between medium and ultra settings are hard to perceive. Some things are just performance hogs without the visual justification. Whereas, some things, like high quality lighting, absolutely create a better, more immersive gameplay experience. I think realistic lighting , global illumination and variants upon , are probably the most important development in recent years.
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Postby deadlydanscott » 19 Feb 2013, 15:52

For starters the story in 2 was Pish and didnt make much sense at all. Gameplay wise Crysis 1 was all about freedom of tackling situations over wide open spaces.I thoroughly enjoyed it and played through it a few times (and the Crysis Warhead side missons). Crysis 2, apart from a few moments like that in , it was a big let down for me, with too many corridors. despite always looking amazing. I played that on Ultra PC settings and it was (an still is) just unreal in the graphics department.

I downloaded the Crysis 3 beta for PC and quite enjoyed it but the review hasnt sold me that the single player is going to be much better experience than 2. Yes even on my, now 2 year old gaming rig, it looks incredible (also downloaded the PS3 beta which was poor in comparison) and althought I now have bumped down to 'high' settings, that is not enough to warrant a day one purchase. I think I'll wait and read a few more reviews first.

Shame this wont be sold on steam and be in some incredible sale in 6 months time. (is that still right btw????)
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