The year is 2023, New York is in widespread panic and it’s up to you and your team to come to the rescue. Sound like every other action movie you’ve ever seen? Well it’s not, this is Crysis 2 on the Xbox 360 and you’re about to be in for a very exhilarating, wild ride.
You take on the role of Alcatraz who leads a team setting out to save Dr Nathan Gould, a nanobiologist who might be able to help stop the biological outbreak sweeping through the city. As with most titles of this ilk, you’re not simply some human making his way through a war-ridden town, you’re actually provided with a suit that gives you superhuman powers and with this, the game gets just that little bit more interesting.
The plot of Crysis 2 might not be as engaging or outstanding as some other titles that are currently available (Dragon Age II anyone?), but it doesn’t detract from what is a fun title to play. The gameplay makes up for any weaknesses in the plot and although the main characters aren’t as outstanding as some in other titles such as Mass Effect 2, there’s still enough depth to make the story interesting. The ability to upgrade your suit across three different areas (armour, stealth and speed) definitely helps the gameplay of Crysis 2. You can use them often because the energy meter replenishes quickly. This is great as it means there’s none of the frustration of having so many abilities, but not being able to use them. You can choose whether to use stealth to get through a mission, or go in all guns blazing and that’s a nice way to make the gamer feel like they’re more in control of the outcome of the game. There’s plenty of chances to blast your way through if you want to and your suit gives you a beautiful number of stats so you can see which weapon is working best for you. There’s a bunch of cool modifications for the weapons you find and when you start building up your favourite weapon, it can feel pretty powerful against AI that isn’t overly bright.
As shooters continue to populate the gaming market, people are demanding more from their graphics and Crysis 2 certainly does seem to live up to the hype. It has beautiful environments that are full of detail and in places they look photorealistic. Most of the big special effects such as explosions look amazing, but there are little issues now and again with pop-up in places. It’s not so noticeable that it ruins the game however, so it’s really not a deal-breaker. Crysis 2 has some gorgeous graphics and that really can’t be taken away from this title. One of the oddest things in Crysis 2 is that the environment now and again feels a little inconsistent at times. Some items were interactive and some weren’t and Crysis 2 could have been more consistent to keep you engaged in the game. At times you can hit things and you get some kind of onscreen effect, at others nothing. Very odd.
With great graphics, gamers always expect great sound and you won’t be disappointed with the audio on Crysis 2. There are fantastic explosions, gunfire, blasts, high-pitched ringing when you’re too close to other explosions, glass shattering and more. If you have a surround sound system set up, prepare to be wowed by it. The voice acting is pretty good, nowhere near as outstanding as other titles (Ahhh Heavenly Sword, why don’t you have a sequel), but decent enough when combined with the music soundtrack.
Most people are going to love playing Crysis 2 in single-player mode, but there are plenty of other options also. Multiplayer is a well-refined system where you can play a multitude of gameplay modes. There’s the usual death-match and capture the flag and as you level up, you unlock other classes of multiplayer games.
Overall, Crysis 2 is a fantastic shooter. It’s stylish, engaging, graphically appealing and immersive. The plot could be a little more fleshed out, but the gameplay makes up for it. Crysis 2 is definitely a shooter worth checking out and is one of the best around at the moment. The length of gameplay is right on track and the suit and other aspects make it stand out from the crowd. Get yourself a copy today.