A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene shows the posteriors of human corpses.
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Sporadic use of profanity, include the words "bitch," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The game's opening scene implies that the protagonist may be hung over.
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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.
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.
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