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Crysis

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Super-realistic violent sci-fi shooter.
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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.

Violence

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.

Sex
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Language

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.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 16 years old Written byMrA April 9, 2008

Good game with strong language, but small violence

Whoever tells you that this is an overly violent game is lying. This game even provides an option to turn off the blood. Killing people is the same way it has always been and the actual killing is exactly what you would find in many teen games. Unfortunately, the language is not the same way. Expect to hear about every dirty word ever created. This was a poor decision on EA's behalf. The language for someone my age is more annoying than really harmful.
Adult Written byyetijones April 9, 2008

Oh my God...

If this website reviews one more magnificent game with hardly any blood in it at all as "filled with blood and gore throughout" I am going to go crazy. This is an amazing piece of work by extremely committed crews, who have worked day in and day out for somewhat over 3 years, I believe, to develop and deliver an extremely realistic, extremely enjoyable game. The worst that happens in this game violence-wise is that blood spots will appear on your visor if you are too close in proximity to an opponent when firing or while using a melee attack. If you let the body sit long enough, occasionally a small pool of blood will appear around the corpse, but it is barely noticeable and can usually only be seen if you are LOOKING SPECIFICALLY FOR THE BLOOD TO GIVE IT A BAD RATING [cough cough]... This game engages the mind as well as the physical response of a player, because with 5 suit upgrades to choose from (Stealth, Armor, Strength, Speed, and Ammo later on if I'm not mistaken), each encounter is a completely different scenario, even if played through time after time (thanks to one of the most impressive AIs as of yet). Just as well, you are given the opportunity of real-time weapon editing, so the player has to twist the scene into his/her favor by outsmarting and out-gunning the enemy. A great game; if you can run it, definitely buy it.
Teen, 13 years old Written bySunsBalla23 April 9, 2008

Great!

Great Game, great graphics and really cool gameplay. If u need to get away from enemies use super speed on your nanosuit and you run really fast! The language says stuff like *uck and also shi* the violence is okay not that bad! But be warned you have to have areally high tech computer to play this game! But overall great game, great story, and great graphics!

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