Crysis – XBLA Review

When Crysis 2 made its way to the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, I couldn’t wait to check it out. When I eventually did, to my own disappointment, I just couldn’t get into it.

Looking back, it’s probably because I wasn’t up to speed with the whole plot. Apart from the fact that I was controlling some fella who was in a groovy techno suit that turned him into a double hard bastard, I had no idea what was going on.

So it was of great delight to me, that EA decided to bring the first Crysis game to XBLA marketplace.

Now, I know there will be a few PC purists out there, condemning this port and claiming that it won’t stand up to the PC version, but frankly I couldn’t care less. I’m not a PC gamer – I’m not going to fork out a load of cash just so I can play a game that came out several years ago. And if I want to play games, I’ve got my trusty Xbox 360.

It is due to this PC ignorance of mine that I have no basis of comparison for Crysis and that is probably for the best. As I can just sit there and enjoy the game for what it is.

I’m not worried how it looks, plays, feels etc compared to the earlier version. I just want to sit back, immerse myself in the world and toss chickens at Korean soldiers.

As far as the plot goes, you control a soldier known simply as Nomad. Sent into North Korea to extract some hostages, it soon becomes pretty clear that there is more at work than the Koreans.

Equipped with a “nanosuit” that features all sorts of wonderful gadgets, it’s an interesting mechanic that sets the game apart from most other first person shooters.

Enabling Nomad to become invisible, super strong and fast, it offers the gamer multiple options on how they may wish to complete their missions. You can go all stealth with the cloak mode or if you wish to go in all guns ablazing, you can take everyone out with “maximum strength” – pretty handy when you’re in a tight sport and surrounded by a bunch of Korean soldiers armed with shotguns.

Aside from the various functions of the nanosuit, you will find yourself equipped with a variety of weapons – all of which are very satisfying to use and each one complimenting the style of gameplay you may wish to adopt.

For a game that is four years old, it still looks quite remarkable. There are a few signs that highlight the games age (or if you’re a PC purist, the weaknesses of the Xbox 360). The odd bit of tearing and a few bugs, but generally the visuals are pretty solid.

The audio also adds an extra dimension to the game, with the unique sounds of the Nanosuit adding a certain sci-fi charm to the world. You can never hear the robotic words of “maximum strength on” enough in my opinion.

Sadly, the game does have a few short comings – namely the lack of multiplayer. But for £15.00, this isn’t really something to be grumbled at. The campaign itself offers enough gameplay to keep the average player entertained for quite a while and at that price, I’d sincerely recommend it.

All in all, Crysis still is an amazing game and as far as I’m concerned, this port stands up well against Crysis 2.

Maximum gameplay on.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

The good
Visually strong
Good price
Flows nicely

The bad
No multiplayer