Perhaps, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of the original Crysis. So much has been said and written about him that it would be very difficult to say anything new. Standard shooter in open world, techno demo, inflated dot – as many people as possible, as many opinions as possible. But one thing is undeniable: the once most impressive game that only supercomputers could play is still beautiful in 2021. It’s amazing, but even now millions of players don’t know how convincing this shooter from Crytek can be. And it’s only now that the ultimate version of the original – and its two sequels – has become available to a wide audience.
Since we’re talking about games that started their journey in 2007, I won’t go into too much detail about each one. I’ll just say that I, like many others, first touched Crysis at the wrong time on the wrong hardware. Even if this shooter is considered a kind of benchmark for the most powerful computers, this does not prevent it from being released on consoles of that generation. Granted, even on the PS3 it’s cool, but it’s a completely different game that only vaguely resembles what critics bashing. The port has a lot of issues, from downgrading the graphics to level cuts, and it’s only now (ideally on PS5) console players will be able to see it. will be enough to see
Why am I pretending the remake just came out now? For two reasons. First, a trilogy has just been released, which I’m currently considering. Second, the famous port master Saber Interactive didn’t do a very good job the first time around and spent the last year patching a lot of the original. And only now can their work be called finished. There are almost no bugs left, the resolution and frame rate have jumped to the desired level. Ray tracing appeared, but for some reason not in all games.
So should I buy the trilogy? If you are a console gamer, then yes, definitely. Coming back to Crysis after ten years was an amazing experience. You know how it always happens that your favorite game always looks better in memory than it actually does? He definitely reminds me of this Super Mario 3D All Stars. Well, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy is a rare example of an old game that looks exactly what you’d expect.
About 10 minutes into the game, after a team of intrepid special forces lands on a tropical island full of North Koreans, our hero finally emerges from the shadows and finds himself on the beach. It’s the same “wow moment” when a game engine can flex its muscles for the first time and boasts unprecedented lighting and physics. A lot of video games have moments like this, but since then they haven’t been that impressive. All but Crisis.
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If the remaster set something up, it’s with a graphics upgrade, but the rest raises certain questions. The visual range rejuvenates the game nicely, but when shooting begins, you realize that by modern standards this isn’t a live shooter. Aiming is still difficult, and the AI still “sees” players in stealth mode five kilometers from their base. No matter how many years I played, I never managed to learn how to stealthily sneak up on the enemy. I don’t want to – Crysis is good when chaos runs rampant.
Unlike the same Far Cry, Crysis makes the protagonist better than the others, but doesn’t turn him into superman. If in Far Cry 6 the protagonist is able to survive fire from tanks even in his underwear, then one clever Korean is enough to ruin everything. I kind of forgot how complicated video games used to be.
For all the improvements the sequels have made, they will never be as impressive as the original. This is connected, in particular, with their corridor game design. There’s no such freedom of action here, but the gameplay just got a lot better. The shooting is a bit more modern, and the visual range is reminiscent of Emmerich’s blockbusters in the pre-Vivid era. 4K, 60 FPS – all great.
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This can be said about the second and third parts. I’m not going to make an evaluation of the sequel myself: in such a long time, everyone has had time to form their opinion and there’s no point in adding my voice to millions of others. I can only say that the hardest thing for me was getting back to the third, most linear part, which bears little resemblance to the original. I appreciate the developers’ desire to move forward unencumbered by the past (I advise Ubisoft to do the same), but there’s a reason why players rarely discuss sequels, and especially third episodes. I would say that the desire to get as close to the level and structure of a Hollywood action film as possible (and the third one is pretty short too) is hurting the franchise, which has long since lost its relevance.
The Crysis Remastered trilogy managed to please me even more than I expected. Finally, after a long time, the reference version of the awesome shooter was released, and imagine, it’s still good. The only thing that is not clear is that for some reason there is no separate version for the PS5. Why limit yourself to a compatible PS4 version? I don’t know this. But even so, I’m happy with the release.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy – this is an exciting release for everyone, but it’s especially important for console players, who have been forced to settle for lesser versions of the iconic shooter for years. But now, with 4K images, 60 fps, and even some ray tracing, these games have regained their relevance. And if the success of this collection means a revival of the series, everyone will benefit.