COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Crysis 3 PS3 Review

Updated: 02/22/2013 10:20 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

This past week I received a review copy of EA’s and Crytek’s “Crysis 3” on the PS3 to try and it was pretty amazing. I have never played the other “Crysis”, but I was able to jump in and play with no problems at all.

“Crysis 3” is a first person shooter and you play as a character named Prophet who is a soldier that has a special Nanosuit that gives him unique powers like cloaking and super armor. Prophet is also equipped with a high tech visor that lets him see things that he normally could not see like where enemies and weapons are located. Prophet is also equipped with a very powerful Predator bow that makes him one of the deadliest warriors.

New York City has just been encased by a dome called the Liberty Dome and the Cell Corporation is the evil organization behind it. Seven different environments have been created within the dome and are very dangerous. Prophet is rescued by another soldier name Psycho and it is their mission to stop the Cell Corporation and get rid of the Liberty Dome.

 

I really liked the story and thought that it was very interesting. One thing that I thought was awesome was that right before you start the campaign mode, you can see an overview of what has happened in “Crysis” and “Crysis 2.” There is a very cool video sequence that tells the story so you know the story behind Prophet and why he is the way he is. I think a lot of people will like this also.

The graphics are amazing. They are probably the best graphics I have seen so far in all of the 2013 games that have been released. The game was created using a new technology called “CryENGINE” and it is pretty amazing. It’s very hard to distinguish the cut scenes from the actual game play. 

The environments are beautiful and amazing. 

The controls were very easy to learn. You can access the instruction book for the game at the main menu. This is the first time I have seen this in a game and I thought it was pretty cool. 

Before you start your campaign, you can go through a tutorial that shows in great detail how to control Prophet and use all of his weapons. This was extremely helpful and I picked up on the controls right away and I know a lot of people will too.

Prophet has many weapons that he can access and when he defeats an enemy he can pick up the weapon they drop. You can also upgrade your weapons so that’s very helpful. Prophet has a stealth power that he can activate and this makes it so enemies cannot see him and he can sneak up on people and take them out. 

He also has a super armor feature that he can also activate and he can take a ton of damage before he is defeated. However the two modes have an energy meter and you can see this on the bottom right of the screen. When the energy is used up the stealth mode ends and so does his super armor. One nice thing is that you can turn these powers on and off as often as you want.

Once the powers are turned off the meters recharge back to full, so you can use your powers again.

Another thing that Prophet can do is pick up different items and throw them at enemies. Just about everything in the game can be picked up and thrown. This was kind of fun. I liked to turn on my stealth mode and pick up barrel. Then I would find an unsuspecting soldier and throw it at him.

There are many extras that you can access and I really enjoyed them a lot. You can go back and watch all of the in- game movies again, you can look at all of Prophet’s weapons and upgrades that you have unlocked. As you are playing campaign mode, you can find recordings and information about the levels and about the Cell Corporation. You can go into one of the extra menus and listen or read all of the new information you found.

The multiplayer is amazing and I have spent many hours playing all of the different games. There are eleven different types of multiplayer games you can play and they are all unique in their own way.

The games that you can play are:

As you play there are different objectives that you can do and if you do them you will unlock different dog tags. The dog tags can be used to show other players your accomplishments and to let them know how good of a player you are. I thought that this was really cool. 

You also gain experience points as you play and you can unlock weapons and different levels
Overall I really enjoyed EA’s and Crytek’s “Crysis 3.”  This is one of the best looking games that I have played this year.

The graphics are amazing and the game is a lot of fun. It is very challenging and I know it’s going to take me a while to get through it. I also thought the multiplayer was fantastic and will keep players entertained for hours. 

I know that people who are fans of first person shooters and of the series will think that “Crysis 3” is unique and very entertaining.  I know that I did.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.