Crytek is an anomaly in this day and age of the video game industry. Its first two games, Far Cry and Crysis, were released to critical and commercial acclaim, often being called some of the finest games of their respective release years. Following hot on the heels of Crysis, Crysis Warhead is Crytek's first chance to return to one of its franchises (Ubisoft bought the Far Cry IP from them shortly after the first game was released). Befitting of their legacy, Crytek has used Warhead as an opportunity to improve upon the criticisms of their previous game, just as Crysis was a response to critics of Far Cry. The result is a product that's nearly as essential for real shooter fans as Crysis was a year ago.