Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Crysis Game Poster Image
Popular with kids
Super-realistic violent sci-fi shooter.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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.


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.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBandersnatch September 20, 2020

Rated 13 for strong bloodless violence and profanities

It almost has PG-13 level violence, if u remove blood from settings. To do that, go to graphics/game setting and remove the 'cross' from the blood set... Continue reading
Adult Written byeliazer December 11, 2016

Great Gaphics Terrible Vocabulary

This game has an amazing loads of realistic graphics.

The game has every single imaginable kind of profanity in a dictionary, including blasphemies.
The violen... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byraccoonslayer666 June 24, 2018

Honest review

Hi there! Since CSM likes EXAGGERATING game reviews, I decided to write my own review. Crysis is an awesome game. I have played it about 10 hours. It's not... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRealistik November 27, 2012

Good game, safe for most kids.

This game is amazing. It is a lot like halo. Most of the game you are fighting aliens. Granted in the begining you kill humans but after you dont do that. There... Continue reading

What's it about?

CRYSIS' is straightforward: You take the role of a soldier of the future who dons a high-tech nanosuit that augments natural human qualities like speed, strength, and fortitude. Your mission is to find out what happened to a group of American archaeologists who have stopped communicating with the outside world. Turns out the North Korean Army has invaded the island. But, before long, it becomes apparent that the true threat is something decidedly less terrestrial.

Firefights typically take place in massive environments with believable geography that allow for diverse strategies of attack. Will you sneak around an enemy encampment, or hop into a truck and barrel through the front gates? If enemies are hiding in a hut, you can roll a grenade into it, or shoot out load-bearing timbers to make the roof collapse. You can jump in any vehicle you run across, grab any weapon you find, and choose how gung-ho or stealthy you'd like to be.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between playing games on home computers as opposed to consoles. Which method of control do you prefer, a keyboard or a gamepad? What do the game's hyper-realistic graphics do for this game? How does this story line compare with other sci-fi shooter games?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: November 13, 2007
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Violence
  • Last updated: August 23, 2020

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate