Crysis 3 Preview
Crysis 3 is lining up to be a real contender for your shooter cash this year. With Crysis 2 Crytek managed to pull a more than reasonable fighter out of a more than capable engine technology. More playable than a lot of their other titles it still lack the bite that made the earlier Crysis title so popular.
Lining up with stable mate Medal of Honour: Warfighter, Crysis 3 won’t be rounding out a trilogy of triple A shooters coming to our screens this holiday season. Instead Crytek have the luxury of a few more months development cycle to put the finishing touches to Crysis 3. We went hands on with the half tech demo, half shooter to see how things are progressing.
Loading up the playable demo from Crytek it was obvious to see the CryEngine 3 has evolved once again. Watching and playing the game over the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC it’s very clear to see the PC is a dominant force now, making the other two platforms really look their age.
Don’t get me wrong, Crysis 3 still looks stunning on both platforms. It’s just the PC is clearly the more able platform now.
In the demo portion we were given you play a multiplayer section of hunters. Here one team will take on the guise of a squad of soldiers desperately trying to outlast or take down the imposing hunter force. Easy you say – well it would be if the hunters were not wearing camouflage suits that made them almost invisible.
As you tread the jungle area listening out for wild screams of fallen comrades, you focus in on every ambient noise. Then the heart beat monitor starts to pick up its droning blip and you know someone is nearby. As the blips increase so does the tension as you hope to take down the hunter before it gets you.
Fail to do so and you will then become one of the hunters. This is where you get to use a cool bow to stealthy take down the unsuspecting grunts walking around frightened for their lives. A great turn of pace and some silky smooth visuals all keep this mode interesting and great fun. And in two minute rounds it doesn’t outstay its welcome.
Controls feel just the same as they did for Crysis 2 and to be honest a lot of the game looks and feels like it did in Crysis 2. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but you do worry that Crytek are just pumping out a sequel while the assets are still viable. Hopefully time will prove there was more substance.
With so much competition this coming holiday season it’s clear to see why EA and Crytek wanted to move Crysis 3 out of the Holiday Season window. Whether people will have shooter fatigue by the release date is unclear but it was a window that Crysis 2 filled last year very well so one presumes it will once more.
Crysis 3 will be released by EA in February 2013 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.