Crysis 2



Peerless graphics make this violent shooter extra gritty.
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What parents need to know

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

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.


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.


One scene shows the posteriors of human corpses.


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 22, 2011
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence

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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 in battel more than often. Any way, great game 2 thumbs up!
Teen, 14 years old Written byhanstv April 1, 2011

13 and up

Most reviewers that aren't teens yet wouldn't really get that it isn't that bad. But this game has a lot of violence but none of it very graphic.(you see a man shoot himself in the head with no gore involved) There are a half dozen F-Words but if your 13 and have seen a half dozen PG-13 movies (referring to the one F-Word limit) or are at school you've already heard this. There are no messages really but the game involves a lot about trust, many people in the game are backstabbed (literally and figuratively) It also shows the problems with to much power. I would not say these are positive messages, but it shows how corrupt a man can be (this is not the main character) The review on this site states that a man may be hung over at the beginning of the game, the one thing is most people aren't hung over in the middle of the night they are just tired so no substance is involved. There are no role models but the main character (Alcatraz) and another character(Prophet) both believe they can fix everything and they both try to save the Eastern part of the U.S.A. I really never saw anything to do with sexuality I just must not have payed attention. I really liked the game I had a day off and beat the game in that one day, I think anyone 13 or over has already seen and heard everything inappropriate and are mature enough to understand the game and won't kill anybody.
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 nothing on Crysis 2. This is an engaging game from start to finish. Unlike other games out there, Crysis 2 almost seamlessly manages to balance multiplayer and singleplayer. The story is a great conspiracy story, and should be up there with stories such as Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". However, with this story, comes content. Crysis 2 has blood. Not minimal like, say, Halo Reach. But not even close to the level of blood a game like God of War or Dragon Age Origins has. Language is a problem as well. Your character doesn't swear, but numerous other characters in the game do. If you choose to use stealth, you will be near enemies almost at all times, and after one sees you you will hear language. Some time's it a mild "Son of a b--ch!" or a "S--t", but other times its something along the lines of "Shoot the motherf---er!" or a "F--k!". These are random, so there's no way of telling what they will say. The cutscenes have a fair amount of language too, but only with an occasional "F--k". The bar-raising graphics and hyper realistic rag-doll effects are unnerving, because bodies will fly, 15-20 feet after an explosion, and the graphics make the violence all the more realistic. However, unlike the first Crysis, you don't play half the game before encountering the first aliens, you only play the first few levels. All in all, Crysis 2 is a good game from all the way through, and should be considered as a well made alternative to Call of Duty.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models


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