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So guys, went to Future Shop today got Crysis 2 and well played it. DX9/10 no DX11 and the multiplayer didn't work for me. Campagin is fun. Here is the review I decided to write up if anyone is on the fence. Am also doing a youtube vid with pics and gameplay (pics mostly of files).

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Multiplayer: Couldn't play the mp because there is a current glitch where the game says that the serial code is in use already and when it doesn't say that the server is empty. Also, played MP during the beta and from the looks of the SP, MP probably is the same.

Campaign-The campaign is what I really like about Crysis. The story does take off from the original Crysis. I won't go into details. The Prophet though is introduced early on incase anyone was wondering. The gameplay is a little clunky, as you have to hold RM in order to zoom in, rather then just clicking to zoom in and then clicking to zoom out. The game is overall fun.

Graphics- *NO DX11 CURRENTLY**NO CUSTOM CUSTOMAZATION*The graphics, from what I have experienced, are unchanged from the beta. There is a new "extreme" option setting and the other ones are renamed. It's now High, Very High, and Extreme. The game is very well optimized, but the lack of customazable settings is not very good. The only two things you can change are the general settings & screen resolution. I've NEVER played a PC game where there weren't multiple adjustments like changing texture quality, shadow quality, vegetation quality, anistropic filtering and anti-alaiasing. Virtually EVER PC game made has these basic customazations, and adding the fact of how the first Crysis played out, it's blasphemy. Crysis is a game that's selling point was preety much entirely graphics. I mean, the fan base of the first was attracted to the game because of it's eye goging visuals, and the ridiculous hardware specs. You cannot find a single review of a video card or maybe even a CPU where games were tested and Crysis was not one of the games used. This game does not live up to the popular expectation. It is fun for me, but Crytek obviously took a different route and focused a lot more on the multiplayer. BTW the multiplayer for Crysis 1; no one played it. I own it but I never even put the disc in my computer. It's pointless. I really don't know why Crytek decided to make all of these drastic changes and completely turn around from the fanbase that got them to were they are today.

Tweaks- I haven't experiemtnted with them yet. I tried the FOV tweak in the demo and that worked well.

Overall- I'd say this game is like a 7.5-8/10. Nothing really new. Just another shooter on the over saturated market that is FPS shooters. The thing that made Crysis stick out: visuals. Crysis 2 DOES have better visuals then almost every other shooter made, the goal of Crytek here wasn't to achieve or build on the success of the first. From what I've seen, it appears that trying to attract the casual shooter was a top priority in the development of this game. Cross-platform? Yup.

Worth $60? Not by a long shot. Nothing special, just a decent game that doesn't really justifiy it's price. Maybe when DX11 hits, which shouldn't make much of a difference seeing as the game is coded in DX9/10, and Sandbox3 arrives, which Sandbox being something that EVERYONE loved. Rember those 1000 barrell explosions? Seems like Crytek doesn't know who there selling there games to.

Personally, The only game I"m looking forward too is BF3. I don't really buy a lot of launch titles, but Crysis and BF are an exceptional. Judging by the way Dice has been talking about it, it really looks like Crysis is not going to be the game of the year for 2011. While other game reviweres may praise this game, it really did fall short of the expectation. Maybe DX11/Sandbox3 will change this game a bit.

Meh.
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as you have to hold RM in order to zoom in, rather then just clicking to zoom in and then clicking to zoom out.
You can change it to toggle in the options.

I agree with you on the graphics. It seems as though they've put on tons of post-process so that you won't notice the relatively average graphics beneath it all. There certainly have been no places where I just have to stop and take in the beauty, which Crysis 1 had. The SP gameplay is quite good, a good deal more hectic than Crysis, but still good. The only issue I have with gameplay is how long the training wheels stay on for before you get into a real battle, and how easy it is. I really hope Delta is a good amount harder than Hard, I've died only like 5 times over 5 hours, and never twice in the same spot.

So I'm glad I got it off one of those key selling sites instead of the full $60. Maybe if the multiplayer has a lot more diversity than the demo it will feel worth $60. I also feel sorry for anyone who bought a 6990 or 590 in anticipation of this game, as I run 1920x1200, extreme and haven't yet seen it drop below 30 fps, and 99% of the time it's stuck at 60 fps framerate limiter.
    
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Terrible review. You wrote one line about the actual gameplay then a book on no DX11. Get outta here hater.
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You can change it to toggle in the options.

I agree with you on the graphics. It seems as though they've put on tons of post-process so that you won't notice the relatively average graphics beneath it all. There certainly have been no places where I just have to stop and take in the beauty, which Crysis 1 had. The SP gameplay is quite good, a good deal more hectic than Crysis, but still good. The only issue I have with gameplay is how long the training wheels stay on for before you get into a real battle, and how easy it is. I really hope Delta is a good amount harder than Hard, I've died only like 5 times over 5 hours, and never twice in the same spot.

So I'm glad I got it off one of those key selling sites instead of the full $60. Maybe if the multiplayer has a lot more diversity than the demo it will feel worth $60. I also feel sorry for anyone who bought a 6990 or 590 in anticipation of this game, as I run 1920x1200, extreme and haven't yet seen it drop below 30 fps, and 99% of the time it's stuck at 60 fps framerate limiter.
My thoughts exactly.

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Terrible review. You wrote one line about the actual gameplay then a book on no DX11. Get outta here hater.
Sigh. This is Crysis. If I was looking for an actual shooter, maybe BC2, tf2, css, the list goes on. Crysis is a game, I'll admit, I buy PURELY for graphics.
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Then call it a 'graphics review'. I take my earlier comment back. After skim reading there is not even one line referring to actual gameplay. Not worthy of being called a review. Just another graphics whore rant.
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Terrible review. You wrote one line about the actual gameplay then a book on no DX11. Get outta here hater.
Go back to your xbox.
    
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Then call it a 'graphics review'. I take my earlier comment back. After skim reading there is not even one line referring to actual gameplay. Not worthy of being called a review. Just another graphics whore rant.
Crysis never brough anything new to the FPS market. Just graphics. There are way too many average FPS games on the market. What does this have over let's say, Homefront? Not much.
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Anyone else use the first crysis purely for benchmarking?
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Not a bad review by any means.

You're right that Crysis I was famous for its visuals and were right to concentrate on tha for your review.

I agree with pretty much everything you said but, although it's not as good as BF3, it is an above average FPS. Good fun game.
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Nice review. Imo Crysis 2 will not be remembered for its graphics, but for its excellent optimization and excellent story/ game play. Also, Post Human Soldier is quite hard unlike Delta in Crysis 2.

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