A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
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