Crysis 2 Review (XBox 360)

I guess I should start by saying that I never played the first Crysis. So that is probably going to show in my review here. But Crysis 2 looked so good at E3 last year, I thought it was the must-have game of the year. It certainly looked impressive.

At least until I played it. I’m not a huge fan of straight-up shooters, to begin with. If I play a shooter, I want there to be some sort of storyline and a reason to be shooting. If has a just mindless and kill everything attitude, I usually end up bored and frustrated.

And Crysis 2 puts me in the bored and frustrated category. It’s one of the few games I will probably not complete.

Other reviews says that it takes a few hours to find its story, but I’ve already played for those few hours and I really don’t see anything resembling a story, except some scientist guy telling me to come find him while being chased by aliens and the military alike, while he changes locations every level. EVERYONE is an enemy, in this game, apparently, as well. So you just shoot everything in your path and make your way to this guy who keeps moving around. That is NOT a story.┬áThere is also no dialogue, very few cut scenes and no impetus or rewards for continuing to play, so why bother?

Yes, I know my review is different from everyone else’s, who thought this game was brilliant. But this is my blog and this is my review.

I, personally, think gameplay for Crysis 2 SUCKS. I can’t think of a better word for it. It’s a mindless shooter that is all shooting for no sake other than shooting. From experience, I know a first-person shooter does not have to be like that. Take a look at better games, like Bioshock, for an example. Or even the underrated Singularity. Or Dead Space. These are all shooters that have remarkable stories. This game… does not. But then again, I haven’t played the entire thing. Maybe it gets better. Unfortunately, I don’t want to trudge through any more of the game to find out.

The only thing I have to say that is positive about Crysis 2 is that it looks good. The graphics are gorgeous. It’s a pity they’re wasted on a whole lot of nothing. There are glitches, though. Sometimes things get stuck in walls and objects appear out of nowhere. Enemies occasionally are found walking in circles (at least that makes them easy targets) or into each other. So even that is not perfect.

Also, I did not play the game in 3D. Because bored and frustrated PLUS a headache is a bad combination.

This is when I’m grateful for Gamefly and can just ship it back without worrying about blowing $60 on a game I hated.

Have you played the game? Is there any redeeming quality that I might have missed?

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