Crysis 2 multiplayer strategy – how to stop dying so damn much

Reloading out in the open is incredibly stupid

Above: There are some obvious benefits to not being visible

Considering this game gives you a “turn me invisible” option, there’s no reason you should ever die while reloading a weapon. Ever. Cloak, damn you.

Clap On Clap Off

The Cloak ability is a camper’s wet dream… or any type of player’s wet dream, really. Not being seen rocks. The only thing you really need to remember is that firing while cloaked is a giant no-no. Not only will this completely drain your energy, but you’ll also experience screen-obscuring white flash effect that will blind/disorient you for a split-second. Assuming you didn’t instantly kill your target, this crucial moment can give your enemy an opportunity to activate his armor (if it wasn’t up already) and murder you.

Instead of prematurely discharging your weapon (heheh), remember to deactivate the ability before firing to avoid the energy penalty. Once the target is dead, activate Cloak again. Simple. Since you can’t have Armor and Cloak active at the same time, consider simply activating Armor before ambushing an opponent – it could help if your ambush doesn’t drop him immediately, and it’s especially useful in case another enemy sees you ganking his buddy.

Practice responsible energy management

Above: This prompt means bad things for you

Everything in Crysis 2 costs energy, including sprinting and jumping. This basically means that hauling ass to hotspots on a particular map (or using abilities when it isn’t necessary) can make you much less effective when the actual shooting starts. Just make sure to keep this in mind. Directly engaging an enemy when you only have a fourth of your energy bar left typically won’t end in your favor. Consider “flickering” your abilities – turning Armor or Stealth on and off for brief intervals when you’re unsure if a threat is around. Getting in the habit of not keeping an ability on for long will keep you from getting too low on energy – but also realize that keeping your energy at 100% isn’t particularly efficient either, since energy that’s not recharging is wasted energy.

The other aspect to think about is playstyle. Are you good at face-to-face firefights? Focus less on sprinting and stealth so you can conserve your energy for mostly Armor. Are you clever at being sneaky? Don’t use Armor or sprint as much. Are you good at running and gunning (or the gametype provides advantages to mobility)? Ease back on your Armor and Stealth and save your energy for sprinting and jumping. The way you configure your Suit Modules and weapons will also maximize these playstyles, so we have…

Some custom class suggestions

Above: They’re different. We swear

Sniping for idiots

Suggested Weapon
Any Sniper Rifle (Obviously)

Suggested Suit Modules
Proximity Alarm
Stealth: Visor Enhance
Power: Aim Enhance or Retriever

These Suit Modules make sniping almost comically simple. The Proximity Alarm should be a boon for all you lone wolves as it warns you when an enemy player has happened upon your little sniper nest. Not getting shot in the back of the head makes for good times, yes?

Above: This guy would be doing much better if he were cloaked

Visor Enhance is awesome in that all the enemies you see through your scope will be outlined in bright red. Obviously, having all enemy players light up like Christmas trees should help your sniping game a fair bit.

The power module is a tie between Aim Enhance and Retriever. The Aim Enhance helps keep your rifle’s recoil under control (i.e. it stops kicking up ten feet every time you fire off a round) while Retriever automatically collects dog tags from dead enemies. We honestly prefer the Retriever module because there’s no way in hell you’ll be able to hike out across the map to pick up the dog tags of every guy you sniped. Plus, the kill streak bonuses in this game are awesome.

The Predator

Suggested Weapon
Any Sub-Machine Gun w/Silencer Attachment

Suggested Suit Modules
Energy Transfer
Stealth: Stealth Enhance
Power: Mobility Enhance

“The Predator” is basically a loadout for those of you who like to move quickly and quietly, but are having a particularly tough time with cloaked enemy players. The idea is to rely heavily on Cloak to stay hidden, coupled with Nano-Vision so that you don’t have any problems seeing where other Cloaked individuals are hiding. Add to that, the sub-machine gun will afford you a high mobility to get in and out of combat and the silencer will keep you off enemy radar.

Above: Believe us… this does help

Energy Transfer is the first pick for the Armor module because it refills a portion of your energy bar every time you kill an enemy. This means you’ll be spending less downtime (if any) waiting to reactivate Cloak. Of course, if you aren’t feeling too confident in your ability to murder the other team, you could always replace this module with a more defensive option, such as Armor Enhance.

Stealth Enhance is a must-have module for this class because it speeds up the transition between jumping in and out of Cloak. You don’t have to wait as long to start firing once you deactivate Cloak and you can immediately jump right back into it once the guy is dead.

Lastly, the Mobility Enhance module helps to decrease the energy drain from sprinting around and using your super jump while Cloaked. As we already said, high-speed mobility is a real factor with this loadout and being able to glean as much as you can from your Cloak is key.

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  • nick-thompson - July 27, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    yo hit me up add xxnickxxlead ill challenge anywon to a BATTLE no little f#ck face kids allowed lol im to high
  • mcinjere - May 12, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    XBOX SUCKS! go pc and get lag free dedicated servers. and this was of no help if you hadn't figured out all the best perks @KYO reloading faster is very key...almost always you are attacked by enemy team and can't always just run and hide and cloak go with energy transfer - stealth enhance - weapon pro killing people replenishing your health so you can activate stealth mode a ton at a slower drain rate and able to reload your weapon fast enough to keep killing people
  • presc1ence - April 1, 2011 3:23 p.m.

    just gimme that shotgun and the cloak. I'll see y'all in the top 1000!
  • Gameguy94 - April 1, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    I haven't had much trouble with this game but some help is better than no help. And the cloaked reload is GENIUS! I would never have thought of that.
  • FVDub - March 31, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    @ElwoodFiore Everyone else is a noob as well. The game came out less than two weeks ago. Mention that during stealth kills and everything works great.
  • ElwoodFiore - March 31, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    @ET83phonehome Its outrageous, Im still trying to figure out why a level 15 is being put in a level 30-50 game room. Im sick of being called a noob for picking up there weapons and taking it to the front lines back at them lol That right there is just downright hatred
  • Kyo - March 31, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    I loved this lol I'm a gauss juggernaut myself. Only thing is I use Weapon Pro.. A Lot. Why? Because when you're using maximum armor(I love maximum armor) and you get into a fight with a dude, only to have his buddies come to his aid.. and try to kill you, reloading fast as hell helps alot. If you can't use cloak because you're almost out of energy, and you obviously can't run away to cover so you can reload in saftey, then reloading fast as hell will get them dead, instead of you. Just my opinion though lol
  • skynetiscoming - March 31, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Lovin' me some Crysis 2 multiplayer. "Predator" class ftw.
  • Chevapravatdumrong - March 31, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    I love kicking cars at people, although being on the receiving end makes me realize how laggy it can be. The feline is the best weapon in the game, aside from the microwave gun that only jerks use.
  • ET83phonehome - March 31, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    @ElwoodFiore: I'm surprised you've encountered so many snipers. The sniping rifles don't seem as powerful here as in other games, and are often a bit less accurate. That and not many of the maps seem conducive to sniping, what with all the object density and vertical orientation. The players I usually see dominating Instant Action games are those who use some variation of the "Predator" class detailed above. I know that's what I use when I just want to dominate.
  • ET83phonehome - March 31, 2011 4:38 a.m.

    Great primer on some of the basics GamesRadar. I definitely recommend this game for anyone in need of a new FPS fix, both in terms of Single Player and Multiplayer. That being said, the MP component can take some getting used to if your only experience has been primarily with modern military FPS's such as the COD or Battlefield series (like myself). Once I started mixing my experience from the MP components of that series with some of what I gleaned with the Halo:Reach, MP became much more enjoyable. There are of course some bugs that need to be resolved (particularly with the PS3 version, which I have), but the game rewards those who effectively use every tool in their arsenal. In short, it's the most fun MP FPS experience I've had since BFBC2. @jayjay415: Those of us constantly playing are still trying to figure out the laser attachment, but the general consensus is that unless your constantly cloaked, it's like having a big "Here I am!" sign on your character.
  • jayajaya415 - March 31, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Is there any use for that laser pointer attachment, or does it just give you away?
  • ElwoodFiore - March 31, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    Holy shit, I love you guys for doing this. Like seriously im going through the same problem, at first i thought it was the games host dominating the game, cause quite frankly when you see the end results of the game and usually whomever has the best connection (always green) is host and had obviously the best score every time. I was even host and dominated my fair host games. But this guide does help alot, Though it seems the Stealth-Sniper-Silencer Combo is potentially over used. Iv'e joined rooms with just about NOBODY walking around, turn on nano vision, there all sitting camping sniping. Silencer is a must in order to retain the camo from going away.
  • Brutalicus - March 31, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    Not dying so much in multiplayer? How'd you guess the exact thing that makes me so bad at Crysis 2?
  • zeetlock - March 31, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    OMG i hate typos! *and + triple post
  • zeetlock - March 31, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    *an amd also...FIRST!
  • zeetlock - March 31, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    I don't have this game... (sadface) might buy it if i get and xbox for my birthday.