Windows 8/7/Vista (PS3, Xbox 360)
ESRB rating: Mature
Review rating: 4.0 stars
Core gamers know that the "Crysis" series sets a high benchmark thanks to exceptional visuals and enjoyable game play. So high, in fact, that many PC gamers will actually upgrade their computers for every sequel. "Crysis 3" definitely ups the ante in terms of gorgeous graphics, but the game play seems like it has regressed a bit.
When the most powerful force on Earth emerges as a mega-conglomerate known as CELL, only the nano suit-wearing super-soldier called Prophet can help a band of rebels take it down. First he must be rescued from captivity, and then he becomes sidetracked by pesky aliens who want to destroy the world.
It's OK if players don't fully understand the convoluted plot because it's just an excuse to drop them into a destroyed version of New York. This open-world game lets players pick and choose not only where to go, but also how they want to play the game. Whether you want to go in with guns blazing or use stealth to quietly take out enemies, "Crysis 3" has it covered.
I prefer to use the latter option, which is why I love the new compound bow that can be used in stealth mode. It's also great that sprinting doesn't deplete energy, which means I can stay invisible longer. However, the enemy AI is lacking. As a result, the game is too easy for patient gamers. Fortunately, cranking up the difficulty resolves this issue.
There's also in-depth online multiplayer that offers familiar modes and a great new one called Hunter. Two players spawn with nano suits and bows, and they have to take out a group of players who spawn as CELL soldiers. When a CELL soldier is eliminated, they respawn as a hunter. The match ends when all CELL soldier or all hunters have been killed.
"Crysis 3" isn't revolutionary, but it's still fun to play and the visuals are drop-dead gorgeous!