A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Story touches on concept of political and military conflict between America and North Korea, but is mostly focused on delivering violent and graphic military thrills as players fend off alien invasion.
Positive Role Models
Player's character is a soldier through and through, keen to help comrades and do his duty. He shows no remorse in killing humans or aliens.
Ease of Play
Interface is fairly typical of first-person shooters, so it should be easy to pick up for its target audience of older players who have experience with such games. Multiple difficulty levels allow players to set their own degree of challenge.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage humans and aliens in hectic first-person gun and melee combat. Enemies bleed profusely and scream in pain, and players stumble into scenes of massacre, with bloody bodies found torn up and hanging.
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Strong language appears occasionally in text and spoken dialogue, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This is the remastered version of a first-person shooter, which has spawned a number of sequels.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crysis Remastered is a rerelease of the 2007 first-person shooter Crysis, which was once famed for its realistic sci-fi combat for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The player's character, a futuristic soldier who fights both aggressive North Korean troops and vicious aliens aiming to invade the planet, wields traditional guns and fantastical weapons. Enemies bleed and scream in pain when shot, and players stumble across several massacres, with torn and bloody bodies littering the environment. Dialogue contains instances of strong language, including "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
It's nice that this remaster is being offered at a discounted price, because it really doesn't feel much like a modern game. Crysis Remastered isn't the prettiest or cleanest edition of Crytek's famed shooter. It's been slightly cleaned up and enhanced compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 editions of the game, but it still has some occasional frame rate hitches and smudgy textures. The original PC version, as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One remastered editions, still offer improved graphics and performance (as well as an extra mission cut from the previous console releases. But the newer consoles still have some hiccups during play, particularly during checkpoint saves and loads that interrupts the flow of the gameplay, especially in the middle of firefights. At least the Switch edition offers the ability to play on the go and make use of gyroscopic aiming assistance, a pair of advantages that could shuffle it to the top of the pile for certain players.
Regardless of the hardware you choose to play on, you should be aware that Crysis shows its age in terms of structure and mechanics. It desperately wants to provide an open-world feel, and the environment is indeed free to explore up to a point. But don't go in expecting the kind of enormous world and exploration liberty found in modern games like Far Cry 5 and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. The voice acting and performance capturing holds up fairly well, but the game's story feels somewhat threadbare compared to today's narratively complex games. It's unwilling to dive too deeply into the political conflict that brought the soldiers to the island, flesh out the backgrounds of the main soldiers, or provide much in the way of personality for the main hero. And while the nanosuit abilities seemed super cool when the game was originally released, similar superhero concepts have been done -- and done better -- in many games since. Crysis Remastered is less a must-have revisit of a classic shooter and more a game history curiosity that will likely be best appreciated by players interested in seeing how much shooters have changed over the years.
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