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Crysis 3

Middling sci-fi shooter filled with violence and profanity.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Crysis 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

This game sensationalizes violent military combat. Its story is a simple one about good versus evil -- the survival of the human race or its extinction -- though there are some slightly deeper tangents that dig into the future role of mega corporations as well as the notion of what constitutes human identity.

Positive role models

The game's protagonist is a good man loyal to the human race who is willing to sacrifice not just his life but also his identity to see the world through a massive crisis. However, his primary means of accomplishing goals is to very violently kill everything that stands in his way. 

Ease of play

Expect a more or less standard first-person action interface. Several difficulty levels allow players to tune the challenge to their preference, and tactical options provide opportunity to avoid danger -- and difficulty -- in certain situations.     


First-person shooter action has players using pistols, rifles, emplaced guns, bows, grenades, and alien weapons to brutally kill both humans and extraterrestrial monsters. Red blood gushes from humans and aliens are often disintegrated in explosions of colorful liquid. Cinematic close-up kills show the player's character stabbing enemies in the neck with a knife. 

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Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t." 


This game is the fourth in a popular ongoing series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crysis 3 is a sci-fi shooter with graphic violence and strong language. Players control a superhuman warrior trying to save the world who kills hundreds of human and alien enemies in vicious, bloody fashion using both guns and bladed weapons. One of his companions is a deeply profane Brit who sprinkles nearly every sentence with four-letter words. The story is simple good-versus-evil stuff, though there is an interesting tangent concerning the nature of identity that could spark contemplation among more philosophical players. Parents should also be aware that this game supports online play with open voice communication. 

What's it about?

The fourth game (third numbered) in Crytek's visually sophisticated series of sci-fi shooters about an alien menace confronting Earth, CRYSIS 3 puts players in the shoes of a super-soldier named Prophet. Wearing a suit of armor engineered with alien materials that has been fused to his skin and altered his body, he travels to a ruined, near-future Manhattan in which broken skyscrapers jut out of a green canopy of trees and flooded streets. His aim is to track down the source of a great alien energy emanating from the city's core and being harvested by a suspicious corporation with questionable goals. Sandbox-style campaign levels allow players freedom to choose their own tactics, ranging from pure stealth to all-out run-and-gun action. Online play, meanwhile, delivers a broad selection of competitive modes as well as a comprehensive leveling system complete with challenges and rewards.

Is it any good?


A graphically sophisticated games, Crysis 3 awes players with its environments that mesh recognizable urban architecture with gorgeous, jungle-like greenery. But while developer Crytek continues to push visual boundaries, it feels like this particular series may be running out of creative gas. The emergent, player-controlled action seen in earlier entries has become more linear here, thanks to smaller levels with fewer objectives. And while players can choose how to tackle each new challenge, the game strongly pushes the player towards stealthy play, making the experience less action-packed than you might expect.

Fans of the genre may still find plenty to like -- stalking monsters with a high-tech bow and arrow while wearing a cloak of invisibility can be a blast -- but Crysis as a series feels like it has reached its natural end. Here's hoping its makers are ready to move on to new challenges.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the concept of identity. What makes you who you are? If you replaced parts of your body -- including areas of your brain -- with prosthetics and artificial enhancements, would you still be you, or would you be someone or something else?

  • Families can also discuss the role of violence in the media.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Skills:Collaboration: teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:February 19, 2013
Genre:First Person Shooter
Topics:Space and aliens
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Strong Language, Violence

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Parent Written byChristianParentof3 July 8, 2013

10 and up with family settings on.

A big prolem with being a Christian is the fact that my kids want to play games like this and they cant because of cussing. Violence really isnt an issue to me as my kids are mature enogh for that. My 8 year old cant play this but my 12 year old and 14 year old can. Ill tell you why, there is an option for language also knows as family settings you can tune it down to be things like F***, s***, or things like d***, h***, or all together off. However the violence is still not for kids younger then 10.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written byizacis February 28, 2013

good game, some violence!

Crysis 3 is a game with violence, and for a fps game its fairly mild. there is occasional violence but other than that it is basic stuff. there is also language in the game, and this is where its not that mild. characters will say words like f**k and s**t but not as common as you would think. there is also multiplayer present in the game with voice chat and sometimes players can be abused on it. though that isn't very common. it is a good game and i would recommend it for 12+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byMop man 232 March 2, 2013

A fun game, with plenty of violence.

In this game you kill both humans and monsters in a pretty violent fashion. This game hase blood, but not to much. For the language, the f bomb and and the s word are used frequently. But, your like a super human and it isn't really realistic. Iffy for 12. On for 13.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing