Crysis 3

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Middling sci-fi shooter filled with violence and profanity.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

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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 & Representations

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. 


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


This game is the fourth in a popular ongoing series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMauricio Fernando May 23, 2020

Good game, ok for mature teens.

The game has a lot of violence: the player can cut throat's with a knife, use a bow to kill from the distance, soldier's can be seen burning and aroun... Continue reading
Adult Written bythehandyman August 22, 2014

Amazing Graphics, for the mature minded

I'm 20,

I have younger brothers 13 and up, and they are fine playing the game. The ceph are a little scary to smaller kids like 13 and under. The grahics... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 23, 2014

One of the best

Completed the game 3 times less violent than call of duty ghosts and battlefield 4.Contains infrequent use of spam words like f--- and sh-t.
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 16, 2019

Call of Duty type game that is slightly fine for kids

Though the game may seem gritty, it isn't as bad compared to Call of Duty or other first person shooters. There is blood violence but no gore or bloodstain... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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