It should be, since developer Crytek is known to pull out all the stops when it comes to graphics. No doubt, it looks even better on PC, but if you just have a console to play games on, that's OK. It takes place more than 20 years after the events of "Crysis 2," and players take on the role of Prophet who, along with his crazy buddy Psycho, must stop the evil CELL Corporation and their shenanigans. More characters are introduced along the away, however it's not hard to guess what might happen next and what the twists are, making the story feel all too familiar.
Their journey takes them through New York City, encased in a Nanodome and overrun with lush vegetation, swamps and rivers. The setting is beautiful, and while game takes a linear path, the open world spots are amazing to rummage through. Other than a handful of frame-rate issues, walking through the city is smooth. On the Xbox 360 version I played, a few audio bugs popped up during cut scenes that became real distracting. After installing the game, they went away.
Engaging in combat can be done in ways you're most comfortable with. Human enemies and aliens can be taken on aggressively with a wide assortment of assault and heavy weapons, shotguns, sidearms, explosives and alien weaponry. If you're the sneaky kind, the Predator Bow with the ability to fire arrows while cloaked is your best bet. Although there's a very limited amount of arrows you can carry, they are reusable. This weapon kind of breaks the game since you can dispatch many human enemies without being seen in one shot and move from checkpoint to checkpoint with ease. Human AI are inept at times, although aliens will damage you quickly if you're not careful. Fortunately for those looking for a challenge, tougher difficulty levels are unlocked from the start.
Besides using the cloaking ability on Prophet's Nanosuit, other abilities include hacking devices like turret guns and minefields to your advantage, locating hidden items around the battlefield, and using Armor mode to absorb damage. Scattered around the world are Nanosuit upgrade kits to boost a variety of attributes like faster cloaking, bullet impact damage and health regeneration. Although the campaign takes roughly six hours to complete, multiplayer makes up greatly for the shortfall. "Crysis 3" launches with 12 gorgeous maps, including fun takes on Chinatown, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Financial District. The best game to play is Hunter mode, where two hunters armed with bows and cloaking stalk 10 other players acting as CELL operatives, who become the hunters after killed in combat. It's very tense and hilarious at the same time as the timer ticks away.
Other game modes include Crash Site, which plays like King of the Hill; classic Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch; Assault, where a team must download data while CELL defenders stop them; Extraction, where teams must collect as many devices as possible in a time limit; and Capture the Relay, which plays like Capture the Flag. A leveling system unlocks many goodies for online gameplay, and there are plenty of ways to customize the perfect soldier.
Even though the campaign is short with a somewhat predictable and clichéd storyline, it's still a fun first-person shooter with some nice multiplayer elements that Crysis and FPS fans should enjoy.
3 stars out of 4
The Xbox 360 version of "Crysis 3" was supplied by EA for this review. It is also available on PS3 and PC.
Jeff Hoard writes about video games for The Oakland Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JeffHoard921. His blog is www.yay4videogames.blogspot.com.