If nothing else, this collection of games provides a case study in just how much a series can evolve over a short span of time. By modern standards, the first game in The Crysis Remastered Trilogy feels kind of clunky in terms play, storytelling, and even presentation -- and keep in mind it wowed folks with its graphics when it was originally released in 2007. Its semi-open world feels weirdly claustrophobic, and its mechanics -- especially the stealth elements -- are stiff and underdeveloped. It's populated with shallow, conventional characters with whom the player is unlikely to form much of a bond. Crysis 2, released a few years later, shows more polish and attention to detail, scaling back the openness of the world to focus on better choreographed level design, with some great set-piece battles. It's not until the third game, though, that the trilogy really comes into its own. The ruined Manhattan skyline is frequently gorgeous, the characters -- especially the exhausted protagonist Prophet who, by this point, has survived pretty much everything (including death) -- are more human and relatable, and the combat has been fine-tuned, with fun strategic options such as a powerful compound bow. If you play just one game in this trilogy, this is the one you should choose.
Returning players aren't likely to be wowed by this rerelease, which hasn't really been augmented in any way except for its visual presentation. And keep in mind these are remasters, not remakes, and that even the prettiest of them -- Crysis 3 -- is no match for big budget games built specifically for current hardware. That said, The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is interesting in a time capsule sort of way, showing modern players not just how much a series can evolve in just a few years, but also how far games have come since its original release.