A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Crysis 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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."
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Products & Purchases
This game is the fourth in a popular ongoing series.
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.
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.
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