A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a military game, so the player has to kill people, which is pretty much the most antisocial behavior imaginable. However, the conflict is morally justified within the context of the narrative, making combat more acceptable than it is in games in which players kill other characters just for the sake of killing.
Violence & Scariness
The vast majority of the action revolves around shooting enemy soldiers and aliens. Blood appears frequently, and lifelike rag doll physics makes bodies whirl and contort in startlingly realistic fashion when hit by bullets or impacted by explosions.
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Players typically fight alone, so there isn't much dialogue (or profanity) during combat. However, expect to hear a full range of four-letter curse words ("f--k," "damn," "hell," "s--t") when soldiers talk to each other during story sequences.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is a mature-rated science-fiction shooter filled with a good deal of blood and strong language. Its military violence is on par with most other mature shooters, but the game's bar-raising graphics serve to intensify the combat experience by making everything seem hyper-realistic. Note also that its innovative visuals require high-end PC hardware, which means you may need to upgrade your computer in order to play it.
Is It Any Good?
This adult-oriented sci-fi shooter is a dazzling visual achievement -- indeed, it is among the most visually realistic games ever made. And by virtue of this unmatched verisimilitude, Crysis immerses players in its world like no other game that has come before. But all of this comes at a price: the cost of a state-of-the-art gaming machine. Play without a technologically advanced rig and you'll have no choice but to run the game at the lowest visual settings, which unfortunately makes it feel more or less like an average PC shooter.
The almost limitless gamut of possible tactics is impressive, but it's not unprecedented. From Assassin's Creed to the Grand Theft Auto games, open-ended play is de rigueur these days. And since most people don't own machines powerful enough to take advantage of Crysis' bar-raising graphics, most players probably won't find that it stands out from the pack.
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