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Crysis!

The latest in the over populated first person shooter category has finally arrived, but will this game be any better then other first person shooter on the on the PC?

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ACTIVATE: The story of Crysis is weak at best, featuring a solider who is equipped with a suit called the nanosuit that gives him various powers that range from extra stamina and speed, to massive strength to crush your foes' necks and even the ability to turn you invisible (not unlike a superhero).

While playing as this solider, you will invade and infiltrate North Korea to exterminate the aliens that have risen there.

Earth, 2019. A team of US scientists makes a frightening discovery on an island in the South China Sea. All contact with the team is lost when the North Korean Government quickly seals off the area.

The United States responds by dispatching an elite team of Delta Force Operators to recon the situation. As tension rises between the two nations, a massive alien ship reveals itself in the middle of the island.

The ship generates an immense force sphere that freezes a vast portion of the island and drastically alters the global weather system. Now the US and North Korea must join forces to battle the alien menace (strangely you kill Koreans too). With hope rapidly fading, you must fight epic battles through tropical jungle, frozen landscapes, and finally into the heart of the alien ship itself for the ultimate Zero G showdown.

Out Of Power: The semi-innovative super-suit idea is what makes a lot of the game fun. When you are playing through the various missions, you will have the option of choice as to what path you want to take on the mission.

Will you use your heightened agility and strength to storm through enemy lines with guns blazing? Or will you prefer to sneak past the line with your invisibility and then strike from the inside?

It's entirely up to you...at first. As you progress and right as you get used to choosing your own paths, the game will basically force you to only a couple of different options at max for some reason.

AWESOME: The best feature by far and one of the biggest flaws in Crysis are the tremendous graphics that are absolutely stunning in every way. As soon as you boot up the game, you will be washed with images of vibrant foliage, beautiful scenery and stunning character models.

The only problem with these graphics is the fact that you have to pay for the show...literally. The specs of Crysis are almost unreasonable to an outrageous degree. You will be forced to have the latest of the late, and only a small amount of people can run Crisis on their computer without upgrade.

On Loop: As for the AI, well, the AI isn't going to win any awards but it will sustain your style of gameplay. While the AI isn't incredibly bright in any way, they will form search patterns if they see a dead body (with weapons draw) and search for you in a semi-realistic manor.

If they see you attacking them, they will use cover pretty well, but will be very incompetent to the use of your powers. If you turn invisibility on while they were shooting at you, they will cease and stare into space until you kill them, or you show up again.

Nuke Tank: Crysis features solid multiplayer, although it's a little rough around the edges. Players can opt to go straight for the deathmatch-style "Instant Action" mode, but the real heart of the online game is the "Power Struggle" game.

There, two teams battle for control of a map. Capturing spawn points or weapons factories will help your team advance and/or bust out the big guns, but the special prototype factory building is the most important.

Your goal is to capture the factory, power it up by holding power nodes scattered around the map, and then use the factory to create special mega-weapons (such as tanks with nukes on it or alien weapons) that will easily destroy the enemy base with a spectacular devastation latent with explosions and the cries of anger from the headset.

Also, individual players will need to buy their own equipment and weapons, a la Counter-Strike, so you won't be able to buy things like helicopters or rocket launchers until you've proven yourself on the battlefield with the kills.

Rent vs. Buy: Since you can't rent PC games (piracy and such) this basically boils down to whether of not you want to spend the cost of the game, and most likely the cost of upgrading your computer.

Crysis is a visually unmatched game compared to almost any other PC game or console game, and the single player campaign is a fantastic play through that you will undoubtedly enjoy. Add in the fact that the multiplayer works tremendously well (with well balanced nanosuit power usage) and you have a solid game.

The only problem is the fact that you will most likely have to upgrade your computer just to install this beast. If you are already looking into buying a new comp or are upgrading soon, then pick up this great title, otherwise wait until the PC hardware that's required prices go down a bit.

Report Card

The only problem is the fact that you will most likely have to upgrade your computer just to install this beast. If you are already looking into buying a new comp or are upgrading soon, then pick up this great title, otherwise wait until the PC hardware that's required prices go down a bit. (Krakrabbit.com)

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