Review: Sci-fi cliches mar beauty of 'Crysis 3'

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 7:55 am •  Published: February 21, 2013
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All this takes place in a New York City that will be unrecognizable to anyone who lives there now. Familiar neighborhoods like Chinatown and Hell's Kitchen are flooded or overgrown with vegetation, and there are only a few glimpses of landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge. Right in the middle of the whole thing is a hydroelectric dam, which makes one wonder: Why is this set in New York?

It's a shame, too, that the story is so cliched. I don't think I'm giving anything away by revealing that there's a connection between CELL and the Ceph, and other plot twists are so baldly telegraphed that the only surprise is how long it takes the characters to figure them out. And it wraps up with a desperately tedious boss fight that makes some of the best tools in Prophet's arsenal useless.

Fortunately, "Crysis 3" comes with a robust assortment of multiplayer games. There are the expected variations on deathmatch, capture-the-flag and king-of-the-hill, but the real standout is "Hunter." It's a clever game of hide-and-seek in which nanosuit-clad hunters pursue less powerful CELL guards; any guard that gets killed joins the hunters. The suspense is excruciating.

For fans of first-person shooters, the solid online action may be enough to make "Crysis 3" a worthwhile purchase. If you're a PC gamer who wants to show off your new graphics card, it's probably essential. But if you're looking for a fresh approach to video-game science fiction, you won't find it here. Two stars out of four.

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Online:

http://www.crysis.com/us/crysis-3

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