If you’re the kind of shooter player who likes to rush into
battle with guns blazin’, beware: Crysis 3 rewards stealth over suicidal
charges. If our time with the game at E3 proved anything, it’s that you should
always look before you leap and/or fire, lest you attract a swarm of
intelligent guards to flank your position.
The Liberty Dome in futuristic NYC looks amazing –
vegetation has overrun any and all concrete structures, and nothing has been
left untouched by roots, vines, and foliage. It’s not all for show, either:
when a frond sways in the breeze, it can be genuinely suspenseful to discern if
an enemy is hiding behind it, or if it was just the wind. Luckily, you’re got
the Nanosuit – and believe us, you’ll be using it often.
The segment we played had us infiltrating a dam to shut it
down; the Crytek devs mentioned that there would be 8 “wonders of the world”
inside the dome, which we imagine means “8 awesome set pieces to kill people
in.” Armed with the Rambo-esque bow and arrow, we thought we could take down
anything that came our way, and carelessly shot CELL guards with abandon. Turns
out, that doesn’t work too well.
The enemies are highly intelligent – seeing their comrade
drop from a distance will alert everyone around you, and they excel at flushing
you out of cover with a surrounding advance. We admit to the shame of dying
repeatedly during the demo – trying to head-arrow a moving target can be
awfully challenging when your back is absorbing bullets by the dozen. Luckily,
the checkpoints are generously spaced to prevent maximum frustration.
We also got intimately familiar with the Nanosuit’s hacking
capabilities – with a special visor, Prophet can scope out enemy tech and take
it over or disable it. Best of all, you can do all this while cloaked; we had a
funny moment of disabling a powerful turret while a guard stood next to us,
oblivious to the stealth blur behind him. You’ll also need to disable trip
wires that alert the entire compound to your intrusion.
The game’s graphics are gorgeous – but you already knew
that. We’re looking forward to playing more of the game (and maybe do some
run-and-gunning) as the game nears its February 2013 release date.