Though Crysis 2 didn't lose its gameplay and engine spirit in its transition to consoles, it did lose a lot of hardcore PC options. There are only three pre-defined graphical settings and a handful of extra options. Players that like to get in and tweak their graphical experience will be extremely disappointed. Also included is a checkpoint save system, which I personally feel should never be the only option offered to PC gamers. (Note: There are already third party tools available to unlock more advanced graphics options.) Since 3D has been a big push for the game across all platforms at press events, I thought I would utilize my equipment and check it out. Though I ran into issues with previous titles, Crysis 2 in 3D is amazing. The effect doesn't go overboard--even on highest settings--and doesn't strain the eyes. In 3D, every set-piece moment in the game jumps out with gorgeous clarity. If you have the equipment or if 3D has piqued your interest, Crysis 2 does a great job of showing off the tech. Multiplayer in Crysis 2 may seem like just another persistent character experience; however, the addition of Nanosuit abilities gives its online component an added level of strategy. The game has a number of standard modes, but the one that appealed the most to me was Crash Site, where two teams fight to defend alien pods that drop into the map at random locations during the match. The multiplayer experience is fun; however, there are a few headaches plaguing the game right now. For one, the game keeps asking me to type in my serial code and constantly tells me, when attempting to join a game, that my key is in use. If you can get in on the action, it's frantic and a lot of fun. (Note: Crytek has a list of issues they are working on.) Due to the issues, it's difficult for me to say whether or not the game will continue to grasp my long term attention; however, I want to keep playing it, which says a lot. Crysis 2 is a more focused sequel to a solid first effort. Though the narrative is lacking, it's a beautiful world with a fantastic strategic layer woven into its core gameplay. There are bumps in the road and a few missing parts for PC players, but Crysis 2 is something you can't miss.
Crysis 2 takes you to the concrete jungle of New York City in the middle of an alien invasion.
[This Crysis 2 review is based on the retail version for both the Xbox 360 and PC, provided by EA. For the purposes of covering 3D gaming on PC, nVidia licensed Shacknews an ASUS 3D Monitor (VG236), EVGA GTX 480, and a nVidia 3D Vision set. Specs for the PC used in this review.]