Originally Posted by Alatar
The reason people are disappointed is because crysis 2 took a completely new direction when it comes to gameplay, style and gfx than crysis 1 did. That coupled with the simultaneous console release that brought more linearity, no DX11, etc. really hurt the game in the eyes of many OCNers.
I'm actually one of the people who boycotted crysis 2 until crytek managed to get out the DX11 patch and the high res textures patch. DX11 was something that we we're actually promised before launch but due to time constraints (probably EA's fault) crytek couldn't implement it in the game to please PC gamers. C2's gfx on launch were clearly worse than C1, and even after the patch the games only trade blows depending on what you're comparing.
I guess it's just that some of us find shipping a sequel to the game that was the unchallenged gfx king of PC games for years with worse graphics to be something that's not ok. If you were a fan of Crysis 1 because of the graphics (admit it, a lot of us were), C2 felt like a slap in the face.
Another thing people aren't satisfied with is the change in gameplay mechanics coming from C1 to C2. It's not a miracle though, Cevat (I think it was Cevat?) even said that he and some other big guns at crytek really liked CoD so the game being more linear and CoDish was actually more than just an attempt to make the game fit better on consoles. It was a direction they took willingly.
Now for the guys that loved the open environments of crysis 1, vehicles etc. Crysis 2's marketing of saying the game would give you lots of different ways of approaching enemies, essentially just being crysis 1 in NY, coupled with how the game in the actually turned out must have felt like a big middle finger straight from crytek.
Also dumbing down the nanosuit didn't help either. We had much less options in Crysis 2 than we did in the first. Utilizing the suit wasn't nearly as effective either making it seem more like a gimmick and not even fitting the game properly.
And then there's also the multiplayer. I don't think anyone can deny that it's a straight rip-off from CoD. Some of us actually liked the multi in the original game, especially Crysis wars was good. I also had so much fun with the MP in the original in LAN parties with friends, the MP in the second installment just felt bad, boring, and it got old in like 30 minutes if you had played any generic fps MP in the last 5 years.
It's not that Crysis 2 wasn't an OK game or even a good game. What people are mad about is that Crysis 2 isn't really crysis. All the main selling points of the original have been thrown out of the window and replaced with something else. While the game still looks gorgeous, it's just a shadow compared to the leap ahead that the original gave us and what crysis 1 is actually remembered for. Crytek should never have called it crysis and I'm sure the game would have been revieved much better.