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Submitted by Breadcrab 1135d ago | opinion piece

Why Crysis 2 bored me to sleep

"There are a lot of things in this world that perplex me. Among them are scat fetishes, university room numbering and the popularity of Kool-Aid, but nothing has baffled me quite as much as the universal praise that Crysis 2 has gotten.

A first-person shooter from legendary tech demo creat- I mean, developer Crytek, Crysis 2 is obviously a sequel to the first Crysis. Its main hook was putting you in control of a versatile nano-suit and letting loose with its powers in an alien-infested New York, and it was both a critical and commercial success. Sounds like a great game, no?

Unfortunately for me, that ‘no’ is an apt answer. I have no shame in saying that Crysis 2 was, without a doubt, the most boring and thoroughly ‘meh’ shooter I’ve played this generation." (Michael Urban, (Crysis 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

NYC_Gamer  +   1135d ago
Crysis 2 is just a boring game.

1)lackluster story
2)weak gameplay
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itani  +   1135d ago
I enjoyed it.
Septic  +   1134d ago
Yeah I thought it was really good. The single player campaign really felt epic and really did push consoles to their limits.

The multiplayer had a lot of potential had the developers not pursued the COD formula that plagues many games today.
camel_toad  +   1135d ago
I personally would have enjoyed it more if the disappearing xp didn't completely alter my gameplay style. I like to stealth-snipe everyone in the area before moving in but with the disappearing xp if I want to get it I have to constantly play run n gun. Hope they change that with 3.
abzdine  +   1135d ago
extremely boring game. story is the worst
Blackdeath_663  +   1135d ago
3) its more of the same.
its just another fps like halo or killzone it brought nothing new.story was flat and the gameplay was linear even compared to previous crysis games. while it was a good looking game on consoles and showed a huge leap in tech on pc it was also good looking but so was crysis warhead which some would argue is a better game in almost every respect.
akaakaaka  +   1135d ago
A fact!
ATi_Elite  +   1135d ago
Yeh this was a well written article!

Having played Crysis PC a million times I was SO disappointed to play that crappy corridor of a mess called Crysis 2.

WTF happened to the Sandbox and on the fly changing of gameplay!

Crysis allowed you to go from Stealthy Ninja, to Incredible Hulk to the Flash to Rambo with the flick of a mouse at any time. It was brilliant and allowed so many game play options and re-playability was endless.

Crysis 2 did bore me to sleep and was a let down......Oh It looked good I guess but Graphics aren't everything!

Oh and they totally screwed up the story!
TheGamerDood  +   1135d ago
not to mention the visuals were sub par and lacked polish on PC.
tachy0n  +   1134d ago
somebody lives inside the earth, did you checked out the high resolution patch and the Direct X 11 patch??
TheGamerDood  +   1134d ago
Did I install high Rez texture pax? lol I installed user mods that made Crytek's work look like pixelated art and although it greatly improved visuals it did nothing to improve gameplay and performance.
tachy0n  +   1135d ago
i should make an article telling, why uncharted bored me to death...

it all comes to people preferences, is not like you are forced to play it lol I actually loved crysis 2 specially at the ending!

come on fanboys give your disagrees! you know truth hurts.
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shivvy24  +   1135d ago
i think u shouldnt have used Uncharted as an example , but yea its peoples preferences . like theres alot of ppl that didnt like AC3 but i think its one of the few best games ive played in my life
Eyeco  +   1134d ago
I love how you specifically attack Sony fans like there weren't any 360 and PC gamers that thought the exact same thing
onandonandon  +   1134d ago
To death? We should be so lucky!
torchic  +   1135d ago
I enjoyed it a lot only on the Supersoldier difficulty. it made a lot more sense playing that way, because you had to use all the available tools Crytek gave you to advance through the game. they should've made Supersoldier the normal difficulty setting.

and it's hard to tell whether the story was good or not because it was told poorly.

in general I enjoyed it, never played the original so maybe that's why
Oh_Yeah  +   1135d ago
Wait..I know you didn't done did just dissed koolaid...your credibility went out the Window after that line. Koolaid + Fried Chicken.. What beats that combo? Exactly.
Oh_Yeah  +   1135d ago
Really don't understand the hate that Crysis gets from n4g. Have you all actually played the series, or is this a trend? Compared to other competitive fps games its right up there with the best. Maybe the campaign or writing isn't all that special but come on neither is any other game in this competitive fps genre. The GAMEPLAY is solid and fun, it's less linear, the way you approach and handle a battle varies much more than say cod or bf with that kick ass suit and all. Overall it's great for what it is. Crysis 2 is like a mix of cod and halo.
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PhantomT1412  +   1135d ago
They had some intersting and well-designed mechanics like the sliding move or the 1st person cover system. But those were just clusters and overall, it was pretty boring yeah (not bad though, just generic).
SlxTeN  +   1134d ago
i love Crysis 2
drewboy704  +   1134d ago
I loved that game and so did most people I know. The only ones that didnt were the ones that got lost and couldnt figure out where to go or what to do. (Casuals)
Murad  +   1134d ago
Weak gameplay? Dude, have you played Crysis 2? The developers let you infiltrate any basis however you want, either by going in through stealth, or even going for a frontal assault. Not many games allow you to do such a thing.
FanboyPunisher  +   1135d ago
C2 is a console port, and graphically outmatched by the previous crysis pc exclusive.

Console port and console directed game design is what ruins PC exclusives.

They gimp the game so its able to fit in the consoles limited memory and poor GPUs.

Console ports are ruining the industry.
DeltaCanuckian  +   1135d ago
Or maybe, the game just sucked regardless of whether it was a port or not. Crytek are fantastic programmers, but they can't create good, interesting, enjoyable content to make use of their tech at all.
decrypt  +   1135d ago
So why was it linear corridor shooter compared to the original game?

Arent sequels supposed to build on the original and not take 2 steps back.
BitbyDeath  +   1135d ago
@decrypt, the first Crysis is on consoles as well so likely just bad direction with the 2nd.
cee773  +   1135d ago

why is crysis 1 on pc vids just barrel's being blown up that gets boring pretty fast lol most of the youtube vids is just barrels exploding lol a game many needed to upgrade just to play just to blow up barrels lmao

its the the physics lol
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Murad  +   1134d ago
Or the people who are playing their games are being very picky.
negative  +   1135d ago
"Console ports are ruining the industry"

that is one of the most ridiculous things i've ever read on this God forsaken site.

And, IMO, C2 is a very enjoyable game. At least it was on the 360. FTW!
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Demureg  +   1134d ago
From now on FTW means "Fuck This Website"!

Breadcrab  +   1135d ago
I think Crysis 2's failures have more to do with unimaginative design, lackluster storytelling, scrambled pacing, and an overall 'design-by-committee' feel.

Blaming this on 'console-ization' is completely missing the point.
Baka-akaB  +   1135d ago
Crytek just made a shitty game on their own . They latter had no issue porting Crysis 1 wich retained most of it's qualities on ps3/360 .

Had they took their time and been less creatively bankrupt , they could have kept C2 in the vein of C1 , even if obviously better on pc
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cyguration  +   1135d ago
C1 on consoles was nothing like it was on PC.

Fewer AI routines, worse graphics, smaller scale physics.

Everything that made Crysis 1 stand out on PC was lessened or truncated in the console port. So no, it didn't retain most of its qualities.
dazzrazz  +   1135d ago
Whats ruining your PC industry is the fact that everybody fucking pirates the shit out of games that's why they dont bother anymore making your games exclusive or lead platform
Bladesfist  +   1135d ago
and yet steam is still doing better than Sony. Doubling profits every year for 7 years is nothing to laugh about.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1134d ago
Talking out of your ass.

"Xbox 360 led the pack, bringing EA $292 million in the past three months. That compared favorably to the PS3 which did $267 million for the firm. But the PC platform actually managed to outperform Sony's console with $276 million."

Explain to me why pc has more survival horror games when you only have the dead space game that was to scare you you?
"EA thinks Dead Space was too scary to be single-player"

why did Amnesia(indie devs)sell 1.4 million?
"Nearly 1.4 million people have been scared sh*tless."
Amnesia: Machines For Pigs is coming..

Why do we get this? If not enough money is on pc?
"“Outlast” survival horror game from former Naughty Dog/Ubisoft developers gets first full trailer"

Why did minecraft sell 8million + on pc even when it's so easy to pirate?

Why was alan wake pirate over 1 million times on xbox and yet profitable on pc in 48 hours?

Were are you hardcore tactical shooters? oh yeah dead long time ago.

PC gamers hate console ports and especially bad ones. But devs won't take pc more serious until we buy the bad ports in the millions? Ok...

pc gamers tend to take less sh!t than console gamer.. Hence devs feeding you a cod experience left and right enjoy.

Yes pc has pirates! lots! But so do consoles and they are growing!

Xbox 360 pirated Games:
1 Dante’s Inferno (1,280,000)
2 Alan Wake (1,140,000)
3 Red Dead Redemption (1,060,000)

wii pirated games
1 Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,470,000)
2 Wii Party (1,220,000)

Plus used copies..

The worse was The witcher 2 being pirated so much on pc :(.

If next gen consoles are like pc then lol say good buy to ur argument.

Pirating is awful for devs but stop pretending console gamers are angles.

It's not just about money it's about who doesn't mind getting taken advantage of.

You realize you buy $60 + tax games with dlc on your disk that you pay to unlock? Is that not insane to you? But guess what at this point you as one person can't do anything about! It's to late since millions buy.
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Murad  +   1134d ago
No, what ruins the PC industry are idiots like you, who keep on pinning the blame on someone else. I do say pirates have a big hand on this, but people like you should just stick to console gaming forever.
FanboyPunisher  +   1135d ago
Crysis 2 was very linear, and had few massive sandboxes like the first crysis.

Yes it was ported to consoles, which destoryed many aspects of the first.

Consoles with only 512mb ram limit what can be designed for a video game. This is why ports are designed for the consoles first, then ported to PC.

Consoles are trash, STEAMs HTCP will be the death of them all.
Hellsvacancy  +   1135d ago
What? Crysis 2 was crap, better graphics wont change a damn thing, Crysis got released on consoles also, guess what? it was boring
TheXonySbox  +   1134d ago
Fanboy is actually correct.
You people are so completely blind with bias its insane, hes 110% correct.
ShaunCameron  +   1135d ago
WRONG! It's those with higher-end PC's suited for gaming being way too miniscule a market to cater to. Why would developers waste their time, money and resources on such a market?

Anyways Crysis is just another IP.
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TheXonySbox  +   1134d ago
Anyone disagreeing with fanboy is either a console fangirl, or very ignorant.

Crysis 1 > Crysis 2 by a massive amount.

Only the minority have the clearity of version to even notice and realize this. Hype and biased dont make your pov correct.

End of story, fanboy is right.


I am sure that I will be flamed and criticized but I was also very excited about Crysis 2. I wanted crysis 2 to blow away the first one, I wanted it to be epic in both gameplay and visually. But I am sorry to say that it just wasn't impressive, the graphics are terrible and dx11 is not going to change that. People that say this is just a demo look when the release is... very soon you think they have time to change how the game looks in just a few weeks? I work with programs like maya and have experience in java, you can't just change things like that in a few weeks. This is the way the game looks end of story. The textures are low res, the lighting sucks, and it is dull and boring with poor detail. Anyone who says crysis 2 looks better is just in denial. Just because crytek says it is going to look better doesn't mean it is, they want you to believe that so you will buy the game so they make money.
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violents  +   1135d ago
why am I even playing your game if you intend on giving me the finger and putting the game on autopilot so your graphics engine can jerk itself off?

That is one of the funniest things I've ever heard a reveiwer say.
UnHoly_One  +   1135d ago
Yes, but sadly that was the sole highlight of the article, the rest of it was garbage.

Once he started bitching about the stealth being impossible, I gave up reading. I thought the stealth was sweet. I had no problems with it and overall I loved the game. Hell, I actually liked it better than the first game.

This article just struck me as somebody trying to do a written version of a Zero Punctuation, only it was only funny once.
Pandamobile  +   1135d ago
Crysis 2 was by no means a bad game. It just didn't do anything spectacularly IMO.

As a huge fan of Crysis 1, it was rather disappointing, but still a fairly enjoyable game.
Allsystemgamer  +   1135d ago
1 is still one of my favorite games. Despite what people said about it it was fun. U had free reign on how to take out multiple targets and it was well executed. 2.....was nothing like 1 at all. No destruction, poor AI, borin enemies, no open world, and average graphics.
chukamachine  +   1134d ago
I thought the game had better enemies that crisis 1, but although the story wasn't great, the game looked fine.

As for crisis 1, I found it boring in most places. It's not open world. It's just a large island.

Farcry 3 is an openworld, because you can do random things, in a completely random way. And it is much better then crisis 1,2 and probably 3.
MrAnderson  +   1135d ago
I enjoyed it, nothing amazing, but it's a solider shooter, with better graphics, more freedom, and more to do (stealth, special attacks, pucking things up and throwing them etc) that lack in oh let's of duty or battlefield campaigns.
MrAnderson  +   1135d ago
MasterCornholio  +   1135d ago
I got it free with plus but i didnt really enjoy it. Now Vanquish which i got with plus a short time later is a whole different story.
Honest_gamer  +   1135d ago
i didnt like it, maybe if it was like crysis one but in a city and the surrounding area's then it would be a different story, and if it gets like this later on im sorry i didnt play it that far!
sdozzo  +   1135d ago
Campaign was fun.
MizTv  +   1135d ago
Yeah I think the worst part was the mp
JasonKCK  +   1135d ago
I enjoyed cysis 2 but hated the graphic bug they never fixed on console.
taijutsu363  +   1135d ago
Crysis 2 agree with all above comments that said its last luster gameplay and story it was a chore to play! But when I finished the story first and going for the trophies well that dumbass MP trophy 'come back and play after 6 months' didnt pop up after six months oh it just reassured the feeling that they really didnt give a crap about this game as much as the first one!
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Intentions  +   1135d ago
crysis 2 story wasn't that great, also the fact that the npcs were pretty bad and the hardest difficulty was soooooo easy.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1135d ago
I only played about 2 hours of story and MP was annoying after a while, i wanna try Crysis 1 and Crysis 3 though.
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bunfighterii  +   1135d ago
I thought it was a steaming pile of average. I've got it for PS3 and its one game i played and never finished. I never felt compelled to finish it, just had no soul.
ninjahunter  +   1135d ago
Meanwhile, knights of the old republic was a fast, engaging game with amazing gameplay.
TheDivine  +   1135d ago
I loved it. One of the best looking games I've played on console and I loved the suit and choice of how to tackle a situation. Stealth was fun but the story was lacking. It was still told very well in a very half life 2 manner. Hope 3 is even better!
madjedi  +   1135d ago
Lol i have seen both ps3 and 360 games that look alot better than crysis 2, killzone 3, gears 3, uncharted 3, halo 4 take your pick.

I could even say uncharted 2 and killzone 2 and halo reach, maybe the 360 version looked truly beautiful, cause for all cryteks boasting the ps3 version. Was without question looking like a run of the mill very generic shooter with bland textures and gameplay that was a cure for insomnia.

It might not be as bad as legendary or golden axe, but for all crytek's bragging they could have at least made at bare minimum solid enjoyable gameplay.

It's one of the few games i sent back to gamefly a couple hrs after of starting it.

If the 360 version looks anything like the ps3 version you have odd standards for best looking games or are very generous, cause it looked like generic ass to me.

I don't need uber visuals to enjoy a game, when mag was announced it was ripped apart for it's "ps2" graphics. I had a 160-180(something like that) hrs on it and no other shooter sp and mp combined has come close to near that time frame for me.
belac09  +   1135d ago
whats so hard to understand about scat fetishes?
Vladplaya  +   1135d ago
I was pretty excited in the beginning, then little bit past half way, I just quit and uninstalled it. I actually got bored out of my mind with it long before it, but I was hoping something will happen that will make the game exciting, but then I just gave up.

Also judging from Crysis3 videos, it probably will not be any better imo
e-p-ayeaH  +   1135d ago
Crysis 2 proves that graphics dont mean a good game.

even DNF is better than crysis 2.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   1135d ago
my friend let me borrow it and I just couldnt get into it.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1135d ago
I think Crytek forgets they're making a video game. All that graphical prowess but no substance at the end, nothing WOW you except the graphics.

I'm guessing allot of people won't be getting into Crysis 3.
InTheLab  +   1135d ago
Hyped up for the sole purpose of potentialy dethroning Killzone 3 as the best looking shooter on consoles...which it failed to do.

Crytek has no idea how to make a fun or at least interesting game.
hennessey86  +   1134d ago
It is better
Looking than killzone 3, so is halo 4
InTheLab  +   1134d ago
I disagree with Crysis 2 but Halo 4 has a very good art style. Still holds up well....but to say it looks better than KZ3 is just fanboy foolishness.
PersonMan  +   1135d ago
I agree. They hyped up the graphics so much but forgot to pay attention to the actual game. It's still a GAME. People aren't buying a graphics engine, they're buying a game.

Crysis 2 bored the heck out of me as well. I couldn't even finish it. I would lose focus and just play a fun game instead.

The first person genre is getting old to me anyway... every game looks and plays exactly the same.
Nunchez  +   1135d ago
Huge disappointment especially after Crysis 1. That's why I don't have high expectations for Crysis 3.
turgore  +   1135d ago
Assasins Creed 3 ZZZZZ
rickybadman  +   1134d ago
I loved the campaign. Some boding parts but it is well paced for the 10+ hour of gameplay in it
Soldierone  +   1134d ago
I thought the first one was boring, still trying to bother finishing it lol

The second is a bit more up beat and cool to me. It was more linear, but at least you want running clear across the map to find the next objective.

I've always said it, visuals don't mean everything and being "realistic" will kill certain fun aspects. Overall we are playing a game, not watching a movie, for a reason.
aliengmr  +   1134d ago
Crysis: 4 powers. One large open area. A primary objective with occasional secondary objectives. That's it.

Crysis 2: Set in NYC. Could say more, but this killed it for me as soon as I heard about it. When I did end up getting it, I had hoped it would exceed my low expectations, it didn't.

Crysis kept it simple, which allowed the player to approach an objective their own way. Problem is, there are people who don't like that. Thus, binoculars that highlight the approaches for you.
HeavenlySnipes  +   1134d ago
For a player like me that never played Crysis, they did a horrible job of telling the story they made up. The main character is just a name. No personality and they make it seem as if he's thrust into this situation yet you don't sense any fear or confusion from him. He's just a body.

The story itself is god awful. I literally did not understand what the fuck I was doing until near the ending when I was tasked with stopping the alien outbreak and I don't even think that was the main part of the story lmao

The AI is the worst AI Ive encountered in a video game this gen. Not even exaggerating. They have zero situational awareness and will act as if nothing happened if someone gets shot right in front of them. Turning stealth for 5 seconds means the "threat decided to run away" to them as they will assume lax behavior once you are out of sight for a brief period of time.

I swear the only reason I continued playing was because I didn't want my $20 to go to waste

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