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Crysis 3 up for pre-order

Of all the game franchises that EA has under its belt, Crysis is often a fan favorite. Fans of the franchise have been waiting to hear official details on the next installment called Crysis 3 and the details were revealed today. EA promises unparalleled visuals and a dynamic shooter game play that we all know and love from the franchise going back to the first installment.
 
The player will play as Prophet as he returns to New York to discover that the city is now encased in a Nanodome created by Cell Corporation. This Nanodome has seven different environments that are known as the Seven Wonders including an urban rain forest and more.
 
“Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,” said Cevat Yerli, Chief Executive Officer of Crytek. “Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded game play experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.”
 
The game is set in 2047 as Prophet sets off on a revenge mission after he discovers the truth behind the motives for building the quarantined Nanodomes. The game will get new weapons such as a composite bow, an improved Nanosuit, and new alien technology.
 
Fans of the game can pre-order the Crysis 3 Hunter Edition of the game to get early access to the signature bow and special attachments along with the special Hunter Nanosuit module giving additional power and functionality. Those that pre-order will also get a bonus XP boost up to level five in multiplayer. The pre-order version is on Origin.com right now for $59.95.

 
Other select retailers are offering different special pre-order deals including the Stalker Pack offering early access to a semi automatic shotgun with a silencer. The Overkill Pack adds early multiple for access to the typhoon assault weapon and more. The Predator Pack offers early access to the Feline submachine gun.
 
It's not clear which retailers will be selling those three additional special pre-order packs.

Source: EA



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Focusing on the wrong element of the game
By tayb on 4/16/2012 12:28:20 PM , Rating: 3
Strip away the paint job and Crysis was an extremely bland and boring FPS with not much of a story. Physics were fun and the graphics were amazing but neither of these things make an FPS great.

It seems like too many game companies focus on the wrong elements these days. Boring and repetitive game play cannot be fixed with graphics and physics. Alternative, amazing game play cannot be undone with poor graphics. Goldeneye N64 is STILL more fun to play than most shooters that have been released in the past 5 years.

Crysis is/was a glorified technical demo and exhibits several characteristics of software development anti-patterns.




By ppardee on 4/16/2012 12:37:10 PM , Rating: 5
You say that like it's something new and unusual. I would say the majority of the AAA games focus on some technical aspect that makes them unique. The truly legendary games (HL/HL2) are the ones that wrap that technical innovation around a killer story. In the end, there are only going to be a handful of games that people will still play 10 years from now, and they won't be doing it because they have great graphics or physics.

That being said, I greatly appreciate games like Crysis and the people who buy them. It funds the expansion of game tech.


RE: Focusing on the wrong element of the game
By MrBlastman on 4/16/2012 1:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Crysis 1 was a lot of fun and highly enjoyable. The zero g part was kinda meh and the last third was too easy (but big dumb fun)--but I liked it.

Crysis 2... more boring city shooter blah. Developers: IF you are going to have a shooter take place in a City, let us go in every building! Every one! Otherwise, don't bother. (Though, Stalker Shadow of Chernobyl had somewhat of a reasonable compromise, I still wish I could have gone in everything, especially to get those punks on the roof with railguns).


By Jedi2155 on 4/17/2012 3:49:20 AM , Rating: 2
I'm actually the opposite.

I found Crysis 2 to be a far more enjoyable "game" while Crysis 1 was a far more enjoyable "sandbox"

I much preferred the DETAILED albeit corny/cheesy of Crysis 2. Of course with a screenname that has the word Jedi in it....you can tell I"m a fan of the cheese. Don't touch ma cheese!


RE: Focusing on the wrong element of the game
By luseferous on 4/16/2012 2:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
Got to agree with you on this: I enjoyed Crysis even tho it presented no real challenges, the suit made you far too powerful imo.

The graphics were awesome and the physics worked very well but the game felt bland for the most part. Call me strange but I much preferred their original game Far Cry. Same goes for Halflife 1&2 for me the original was far superior in terms of gameplay and fun factor simply because it was actually difficult to beat and had some imagination put into the levels and environments.


By luseferous on 4/16/2012 2:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
P.s tho I must admit I did have a bit of a down on HL2 at the time as it was about a year late and failed to deliver most of the features that were promised.

e.g Non scripted A.I, destructible environments, intelligent friendly NPC's and whatever happened to the blue tentacle monster that showed up in the preview videos?

I'm not saying either game was bad just not what the were/are cracked up to be.


By someguy123 on 4/16/2012 7:35:29 PM , Rating: 2
There are only so many things you can do with video games, and many possibilities are limited by the technology itself. If you think about how many games are actually made per hour of the day, and compare that with the total amount of "gems" you can recall offhand, the amount of truly lasting games vs trash tossed in bargain bin is just unbelievable. The same applies to all forms of media really. Whenever you ask someone what the best movie is, they'll usually go to the most obvious choices like citizen kane, the godfather, casablanca etc. These are all incredibly old movies and have arguably been surpassed, yet they're still in the public conscious as the best of the best.

Personally I just see crytek games for what they are, which is basically a showfloor for their technology. Sadly they didn't push their engine forward very much with cryengine 3, which focused more on extending to consoles. I treat ID games similarly. I look forward to the future when storage standards increase and GPGPU improves, allowing for partially resident textures or an equivalent to be used on every game instead of repeated tiling.


By Paj on 4/17/2012 7:47:50 AM , Rating: 2
I think the experience of Crysis was great though. The suit gave you a great sense of power over the massive odds, and gave you many ways to approach each scenario - stealth, agility, tank. The way the story unfolded made for a great Predator style game, at least in the first half.

True, the story wasn't terribly original, but I cant really think of an FPS besides HL2 that has one - and even HL2 recycles a lot of tropes that came before it.

Crysis 2 was a step backwards in my opinion. Generic enemies and much more railroaded level design. You never felt like part of anything larger. They made more effort with the story, but it always felt separate from the game, unlike HL2 (there it is again) which weaved it into the gameplay so effectively.

And you dont even need a story to have an absolutely brilliant FPS - ever play Quake 3? ;


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