E3 2010: Gorgeous Crysis 2 gameplay gives you both strength and stealth [VIDEO]

Wow. We just got an extended hands on with the sci-fi first-person shooter Crysis 2 and it’s actually tough to isolate just what the best thing about it is. We’ve got a full producer interview below, but here’s our take on it.

Above: Property values in NYC will never recover after Crysis 2

Is it the graphics? Possibly. This is an absolute monster visually. The enemies are intricately modeled and move with both grace and mass – they simply look real. Add to that gorgeous lighting, beautifully deformable terrain, and some of the prettiest explosions you’ll ever see, and it’s clear this will be one of the most visually stunning games of the year.

Is it the gameplay? Might be, yeah. While you’re following a definite storyline, the way you achieve particular objectives is pretty wide open. Your super-suit can toggle between super armor and strength or enhanced speed and an invisibility cloak. So, for instance, when we were faced with getting across a raised highway guarded by tons of high-powered enemies, we had the option of cloaking and sneaking, ducking in and out of bombed-out office buildings and knocking out enemies with one-hit stealth kills in addition to guns. Or, we could have armored up and gone right up the middle, kicking taxi cabs into the air to clear our path (even shooting them in midair to detonate them like a four-wheeled bomb). And there are the occasional exploding fuel tanks as well. Those help.

Above: Imagine this, BUT IN 3D

Is it the enemies? Maybe. These guys are both clever and well-equipped. Lower-level targets will try to sneak behind you, or run away if they’re overmatched. And larger enemies include the Pinger – a very cuddly name for a two-story battle bot with incredibly destructive firepower – which will actually send out an area-effect attack that can knock you out of both your stealth mode and cover.

Is it the 3D? If you’re excited about 3D, then yes. You can shut it off in the options menu if you like, or you can play with it on and realize how much easier it makes navigating your environment and judging distances – which is very helpful when you’re desperately trying to hit a two-story battle bot with a grenade launcher from as far away as humanly possible.

Screw it – it’s all good.


Jun 16, 2010


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  • FreekinIdiot - June 17, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    Yaaaaaaawn about 3D. Am I the only one that doesn't want to have shit flying at them every 5 seconds. I'm all for immersion but it all seems a bit faddy. Anyway, that's just talking about 3D in general, the game on the other hand looks gorgeous and I can't wait to play normal resolution. :p
  • batouyukinawa - June 17, 2010 5:55 a.m.

    I must be the only one let down by the e3 presentation of this game. The game just didn't look that exciting. It looked really typical. I'm so sick of aliens and robots. Jesus, guerrilla at least gave us something different then the norm. This game pales in comparison to the first Crysis so far in my book. The level looked really condensed too, and the bank, or whatever it was didn't have really any detail to it. The design was really boring. I'm not trying to slam on Crysis or anything, but the short clips I saw on GTTV made the game look way more epic. I don't know, maybe they were showing off the pc version there.
  • Hydrohs - June 17, 2010 1:38 a.m.

    Patiently awaiting Crysis 2 to be released so I can upgrade my graphics card! Really excited for it, wish they'd show off some PC gameplay though.
  • Gameguy94 - June 17, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    This game will be so awesome! Now if only they'd release a Crysis and Crysis: Warhead collection on consoles.
  • Spybreak8 - June 16, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    Haha I read your super-suit and thought of the Venture Bros! Yeah I'm glad I'll finally be able to play it and boy does it look perty. The visuals look like they tie into gameplay so they're not just eye candy which is awesome!
  • twewy13 - June 16, 2010 11:20 p.m. the visuals are the best for any game ever pretty much?
  • Tronto13 - June 16, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    This looks epic!! To make it better you guys need to get a player on your site that'll show your vids in HD.
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  • JADENkOTOR - June 16, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    @ Baron: Yeah thats true but you can probably play Crysis 1 with your current PC by now haha. That game required way too much power This game just keeps looking better and better. Im so stoked for this to come out way more than any other shooter by far. Its gorgeous and all the gameplay trailers look fantastic. Cannot wait
  • Baron164 - June 16, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    I wonder if my PC will actually be able to run this game this time... probably not.. Oh well, I'll be able to play it sometime in 2014.
  • Ruvalc - June 16, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    man crysis 1 was great this will be the shit...
  • nuno004 - June 16, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    wow that looks friggin awesome. all i need is a 360 (damn) i have no money
  • Felixthecat - June 16, 2010 9:18 p.m.

    Bravo, Eric! This makes a nice change. But yeah, Crysis 2 looks fantastic. I'm actually more excited about the prospect of being submersed in the game environment itself rather than actually shooting people etc. It just looks so beautiful.
  • Cleanser247 - June 16, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    This game is looking beautiful. I'm really excited to play it. Good preview Eric!

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