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Crysis 2 reminded me heavily of Avatar. The two are dissimilar in almost every way except the one that matters most. In both I was left feeling like despite the amazing visuals, neither connected with me because everything contained within them felt contrived and unbelievable. I could not relate to anyone or anything going on because it was all so one-dimensional.
How could you relate to the events of the game, it's about an alien invasion, right? Well, yes. But that isn't the issue. The real problem with the game is that things happen that are so illogical you can't even suspend your disbelief to enjoy the game, even as fun popcorn schlock.
So I'm just going to say it: I don't know what the big deal is about the graphics.Obviously this aspect is a lot more important to some people than it is to me. But to me, graphics in video games are much the same as looks are when evaluating attraction in another person. Good looks aren't everything, but they aren't nothing either. However the greatest looks in history don't stop some people from being rotten and horrible people. The same is true for good graphics. They aren't nothing, but if it is all you have, you don't have very much. Not to me, anyways. I have an HDTV and I was underwhelmed by he graphics. Probably because it is common now. Metal Gear Solid 4 probably still has the best graphics I personally have ever seen, and that is just my objective opinion. But my point is, you can't just make things shiny and smooth and have that make it a great game. That's not how it works. I suppose that might be the easiest way to appeal to the most people, but for people like me, who appreciate even decent storytelling, I just spend the game looking at the plot inconsistencies instead of immersed in the action.
With such high production quality focused on the detail of the game environment, it is very unfortunate that seemingly so little attention was paid to the fluidity and cohesion of the story -- what little of that there is. The whole game you are ordered around like a mindless grunt. Crysis 2 also uses one of my least favorite game techniques, and that is playing a main character that never speaks. I assume this is so that the player can imagine the character having whatever voice they want. But to me, it just gets irritating, especially when another character calls you over the radio and asks you a question, and then continues talking even though you have not made any indication that you can hear them. Voiceless main characters should be used in RPG's only, if it must be done at all, because typically in an RPG there are multiple variables depending on how you make choices. Crysis 2 is not that. It is linear storytelling. And there is nothing wrong with that, except that your character essentially has no personality whatsoever because he never speaks and never makes decisions on his own.
The last big problem I have with the game is the AI. Crysis 2 is unique to me only in that it is an FPS stealth game. Especially on the hardest difficulty, you really can't have an out-and-out firefight with enemies, you die after just a few hits. So what that means is you will spend a good portion of the game cloaked. Which is actually interesting to me. However, being cloaked from enemies and having to sneak by them is only tenuous when the AI is decent enough to detect you. And they aren't in Crysis 2. I played the game the second time through on the hardest difficulty, and it is actually really boring. I spent most of the game cloaked, and the rest of the times were "boss" battles where you have to fight in order to progress to the next area. Considering that cloaking is one of the two main abilities of the Nano-Suit, the developers really didn't make it very exciting to be cloaked.
I really cannot talk about what plot inconsistencies there are because they involve spoilers in the game. But they are there, if you pay attention.
However, I couldn't do a fair review without also talking a bit about what Crysis 2 did well. The levels are big, and there is quite a bit to explore if you have the inclination. Weapon models are good, and the graphics are very well done. The game is also very smooth, considering the on-screen action, explosions, and everything else. It is also a fairly lengthy game, considering that it's a shooter.
In the end, I felt Crysis 2 was a game I could have lived my whole life without playing and I would not be sad to have missed it. I am glad that there seems to be a highly positive response to the game, but I just cannot agree with it because of so many blatant problems in the final product. If you enjoy good shooters regardless of plot, or if you like good multi-player FPS games, buy this, it is definitely for you. But if you're looking for something with any sort of complexity or originality, look elsewhere.
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Initial post: Jun 8, 2011 6:27:57 PM PDT
Cory J. Hancock says:
---(Especially on the hardest difficulty, you really can't have an out-and-out firefight with enemies, you die after just a few hits.)--- Armor mode fixes this, sprint to cover and live. Oh and dont give a game a 2 star review just because you played the single player campaign and thought it sucked. ---(It is linear storytelling. And there is nothing wrong with that, except that your character essentially has no personality whatsoever because he never speaks and never makes decisions on his own.)--- Isnt that 95% of FPS games?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 6:42:55 PM PDT
R. Reining says:
I'm not going to split hairs. I said that I'm glad there has been a mostly positive response to the game. If you like it good for you. I didn't, so I'm sorry for not sharing your four star opinion. I don't play games for the multiplayer, period. Maybe Crysis 2 has phenomenal multiplayer. If so, go enjoy it. The game failed ME, so I provided MY opinion on it.
Posted on Aug 16, 2012 5:27:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2012 9:49:20 AM PDT
Eirik Raude says:
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 6:05:06 AM PDT
R. Reining says:
It reminds me of Avatar in the way that it has amazing visuals and very little substance, like the story was an afterthought. As I've said repeatedly now, if you like it, that's awesome, I'm very happy for you. I personally found it to be very predictable and dull.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 9:17:48 AM PST
J. Leard says:
I thought this review accurately reflected my experience playing the game. I know it's got all sorts of accolades, but I played it for 5 or 6 hours and it never really hooked me.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 10:59:30 AM PST
i couldn't agree with your review more!
the lack of being able to get into firefights was highly disappointing!!!
the guys in a damn nanosuit!!!! he should be tearing his foes limb from bloody limb!!!!!!
if the game was going to be more focused of stealth then it should have been 3rd person?
as i was progressing through the game i became bored and never finished it.
now that they are promoting Crysis 3 i decided to try part 2 again.
after an unfulfilling evening of gaming, i think i'll be selling my copy of Crysis 2?
it's really a shame!!! the graphics are beautiful, the controls are smooth, and the character model for the nano suit looks amazing though you really can't enjoy it except for cut scenes.
and i have no interest in multi-player.
the same people flaming anyone who voices an opinion contrary to theirs are the same people you'd have the pleasure of playing on-line! .......no thanks!
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