Crysis 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Crysis 2 Game Poster Image
Peerless graphics make this violent shooter extra gritty.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This is a standard good-guy-versus-alien-invaders tale, with the player in the role of the former. Lacking a deeper social or political commentary, the game's focus is on its depiction of violence, which is glamorized and sensationalized. The game suggests that it's possible for one well-equipped man to take on both a human army and an extraterrestrial menace.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Our hero is a man thrust into a war he knows little about. He obligingly follows instructions from seemingly well-meaning strangers to do what he believes is best for New York City and humanity, killing hundreds of human soldiers and aliens along the way. He seems to be a good man with noble motives, though we are never privy to his thoughts.

Ease of Play

This is a standard but challenging first-person shooter. Controls should feel familiar to genre veterans. Rookies would do well to take advantage of the game's easier skill settings.

Violence

This first-person shooter engages players with firefights involving handguns, rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, and other weapons. Blood splashes from enemy soldiers when they are shot and red puddles form on the ground. Stealth kills see the player twisting his enemies’ necks and stabbing them. Dead people -- including a scene with hundreds of bodies piled into cages -- are frequently shown, as are the “melted” remains of human corpses. Characters scream realistically when killed.

Sex

One scene shows the posteriors of human corpses.

Language

Sporadic use of profanity, include the words “bitch,” “s--t,” and “f--k.”

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The game’s opening scene implies that the protagonist may be hung over.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crysis 2 is a violent first person shooter made all the more visceral by its bar-raising realistic graphics. Players kill hundreds of human and alien enemies using a wide array of guns and explosives, with blood and screams issuing from their victims. Our protagonist fights on the side of good, but his only means of expression is violence. This game supports open communication in online play, a feature that Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens or younger teens. This is a game for mature players and is not for kids.

User Reviews

Adult Written bygame rev June 24, 2012

great and SUITABLE for kids 12 and up

this game has a really good storyline, with diffent choices creating moral diffenrences later on in the game. the actual game play is depicted with minimal viol... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written byFatherbear April 19, 2011

Great for teens.

This game is very fun. My 13 year old loves it. There is violence in it but nothing as bad as the game Call of Duty: Black Ops. There is also some bad words in... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2011

Awesome game!

My parnets le me get Crysis 2 and belive me, it is worth the money. It is the most realistic game out now. The only thing to look out for is swears. They appear... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byitsaboks March 30, 2011

A Sublime Game from Start to Finish

Crysis 2 is by far the best looking game on console or PC, my friend might disagree (He thinks the best looking console game is Heavy Rain) but Heavy Rain has n... Continue reading

What's it about?

A graphically sophisticated first-person shooter, CRYSIS 2 puts players in the shoes of a soldier forced to don a technologically advanced nano suit that gives him superhuman powers. By strategically using a wide array of abilities -- such as invisibility, improved armor, and enhanced vision -- players work their way through a mostly empty New York City that has been overwhelmed by a mysterious plague, alien attacks, and powerful earthquakes, fighting both extraterrestrials and a human mercenary force while keeping an eye out for a variety of collectibles. Once they've finished the lengthy campaign, players can take the game online and engage in a variety of multiplayer matches.

Is it any good?

Easily the most visually advanced first-person shooter ever made, Crysis 2 is nothing if not a feast for the eyes. Manhattan’s glass and concrete canyons -- even when reduced to rubble -- are astonishingly lifelike, as are visual effects for fire, heat waves, smoke, and water. Brilliant level design sees our hero surviving earthquakes that destroy his surroundings while exploring the ruins of parking garages, subways, and sewers. It's a world well worth exploring, even without the action.

 

That said, the action makes it even more fun. The high tech nano suit, carried forward from the first game, provides players a stunning range of combat options, from stealthy flanks to all-out frontal assaults. The suit's visor helps pinpoint tactical options and track targets, allowing players to plan their attacks in advance. A set of deep and rewarding multiplayer modes are just the icing on the cake. For action-loving mature gamers, interactive entertainment doesn’t come much more satisfying than this.

Online interaction: This game facilitates online play with open voice communication. Players may encounter inappropriate language and topics of conversation. Potential exists for players to share identifying information.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel as though you are affected by the violence you see in games? Does it set your heart racing while playing? Do you dream about violence after playing violent games? Do you think violence in games can affect different people in different ways?

  • Families can also discuss the difference, if any, in games that depict aggression toward human enemies versus those that focus on alien or fantasy enemies. Is one less disturbing than the other?

Game details

For kids who love fast-paced games

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