Review: Crysis 3 (PS3)

By Wayne Webb

Crysis 3 comes along at a time when we are all talking about the limitations of the current game consoles and how we’re about to move to the next generation with the PS4 and Xbox 720.

By Wayne Webb

Crysis 3 comes along at a time when we are all talking about the limitations of the current game consoles and how we’re about to move to the next generation with the PS4 and Xbox 720. If games like Crysis 3 are the standard for the pinnacle of current generation then the plans for the next raft of hardware must be truly amazing because this game looks, feels and acts at the top of its game.

Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter where you inhabit a nano-suit in a post-alien-invasion nightmare-scape of life after humanity has been driven into hiding. You have the obligatory bug-like alien races and giant mechano-organic hybrid monsters to fight as well as human representatives of the evil mega-corporation bent on world domination. It’s not a new story, but this is delivered with style, panache and flair that should embarrass other gamer developers into doing better with everything. There is a decent story campaign full of twists and turns for singe players and a broad range of appealing game modes for multiplayer mayhem.

What sets Crysis 3 apart, as it did with previous incarnations, is the amazing visual elements. Even on the supposedly ageing PS3 this game looks and feels fantastic and better than 90 percent of the other games in the market. The textures, the waters and fields bend and twist like real nature at work. They fade into the background but every now and then if you have a lull in your campaign of wholesale destruction you can sit back and literally smell the roses.

And the weapons? Nano-suit powers and environments have always been what set the Crysis games up as best in breeds and this is a fine addition to the series. The weapons range from brutal to devastating, but none are as effective a tool as the nano-suit combined with the bow and arrow. The detection and camouflage options work hand-in-hand with the stealth weapon of choice and you can, if you are canny enough, take out swathes of enemies without taking damage yourself. The open environments give you opportunity to explore multiple paths to continue the campaign or just explore some truly stunning levels.

If you were only limiting yourself to one or two first-person shooters from the many available out there, it would be a shame to go past this one.

Pros: Good action, great weapons, top-notch story, amazing visuals, engaging single player and multiplayer, loads to explore.
Cons: Nothing springs to mind.  

5 Shacks Out of 5

 

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