A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Simple themes of survival, duty, courage, and good and evil run through all three games' stories. There's not a lot of nuance -- it's essentially kill or be killed, with violent acts presented as jaw-dropping spectacle.
Positive Role Models
The player's characters are cast as heroes, military operatives tasked to save both their comrades and humanity from human and alien threats through combat. They're skilled in what they do but show little remorse for it, and there are times when they seem to enjoy the violence in which they participate.
One of the protagonists is Black, another is nominally Latinx (he has the surname Rodriguez). The North Korean enemies in the first game serve primarily as cannon fodder for the hero. The vast majority of characters are male, though there are a handful of key female non-player characters.
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Ease of Play
Standard first-person shooter controls should make this one easy for most experienced players to jump into, though the mechanics of the first game feel a bit dated and clunky. A range of difficulty settings allow players of varying experience and skill to adjust the level of challenge to their abilities.
Violence & Scariness
Players use powerful weapons -- including rifles, pistols, shotguns, explosives, and bows and arrows -- to kill humans and aliens. Blood often gushes from successful hits, enemies scream in pain, and bodies fall in place and litter the landscape.
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Spoken dialogue includes strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This is a collection of three games that has generated a moderate fandom, with spin-off merchandise including toys and books.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is a collection of three sci-fi first-person shooters released for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. These games see supersoldiers wearing ability-enhancing suits fighting humans and aliens using a mix of familiar and futuristic weapons, including pistols, rifles, explosives, and more. Combat's fast-paced and bloody, with screams of pain and scenes of physical carnage. The supersoldiers are cast as the world's best hope against the alien threat, and they are brave and honorable in a classic sense, though they show little remorse for being the authors of so much death and destruction. The cast of characters is racially diverse, with protagonists including Black and Latinx folks, though playable characters are limited to men. Parents should also be aware that dialogue includes strong language, including multiple instances of "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
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.
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