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Crysis Remastered

Posted by GG Goblin On October - 1 - 2020

Sometimes you can’t go back.

 
Back in 2007, Crysis launched and caused a stir. While the game was a highly enjoyable shooter, it was the visuals that made it stand out. The game quickly became a benchmark for the PC, with systems quickly divided into those that could show off the best that Crysis had to offer, and those that couldn’t. Jump forward to 2020 and Crytek have released Crysis Remastered, a visually updated version of the game that looks like it belongs on modern platforms. However, with the gameplay not being touched, can the game really compare to modern shooters and all of their fancy new mechanics?

 


 
Crysis Remastered is a strange one. On one hand, the game looks very nice and will feed into the nostalgia of anyone who played the game back in the day. On the other hand, gaming has moved on so much and those new to the game will wonder what all of the fuss was about in the first place.

 
There is no denying that the visuals in Crysis Remastered are impressive. Time does strange things to memory, especially when it comes to video games. Looking back at old screenshots of Crysis shows a game I don’t remember, a game that really doesn’t look very good. Hopping into Crysis Remastered and the visuals are much more on par with how I remember the original. With the improvements made to the lighting, the detail of the forest and settlements, and everything leaping out of the screen, it is easy to see where all of the effort went into this remaster. There are some really stand out set pieces that will impress even the most jaded gamer. With that said, there are some aspects, such as the models, that seem far less impressive. Add to this the occasional graphical glitch and it does take some of the shine from the game.

 
Overall, Crysis Remastered still manages to look like a modern game. The problems come with the actual gameplay that, for many, will feel dated and from a different era.

 
The player takes on the role of a soldier who has been sent to an island as part of a rescue mission. The island is teeming with North Koreans, but the real issue that the player will face comes from something far more alien. As far as premises go, it’s not a bad beginning. The real highlight comes from the high tech suit that the player will be wearing as part of their load out. The Nanosuit will give the player almost super heroic abilities that may be the only thing that keeps them alive on this dangerous island.

 


 
As a shooter, there are a variety of different weapons available in the game, although the player will likely spend much of their time with the satisfying assault rifles. The gun play is enjoyable and the weapons feel solid and effective, and the option to switch up the weapon by adding the likes of scopes or silencers on the fly allow the action to keep moving. But it is the suit that will provide much of the variety in the game, with abilities that run from a power meter that will slowly refill. Some abilities work better than others though. For example, the ability to move with almost super speed feels janky and awkward, while the increased armour mode that will allow the player to soak up bullets is incredibly effective for those that want to run and gun. Perhaps the most important ability, and the one that the game seems to want the player to use the most, is the cloaking ability that makes the player almost invisible. From a stealth approach, this allows for plenty of freedom in where to go and what to do.

 
There is a solid objective available to the player at all times, but then optional objectives also come up that allow for a certain amount of exploration. There are plenty of places off the main route that can be checked out, if the player wants to get all they can from the game. Along with taking down North Koreans and finding out what is really going on around the island, sometimes players will come across a vehicle that they will be able to drive. The driving is basic, but proves to be quite enjoyable.

 
Back in the day, this was cutting edge stuff. However, players have since been spoilt with immersive, massive open worlds to explore and conquer. As such, Crysis Remastered does feel awkward and has not aged well. This is compounded by some issues that the game has, such as the enemy AI that flits between incompetent and superhumanly aware at the drop of a coin.

 


 
Crysis was at the top of its game when it originally launched. Coming back to the remastered version all these years later does feel like stepping back in time though. The remastering is impressive and the game looks much more modern than it should, but the gameplay doesn’t match. Many gamers will have fond memories of Crysis and I am sure a complete remake would have brought many more fond memories for new players. However, Crysis Remastered is all about the visual upgrade and while it is well done, it is not without problems. Fans looking for the nostalgia will likely get a kick from Crysis Remastered, and the low price will attract some new players, but may leave them wondering why the game is so revered.

 

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