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I will start off this review saying that this game is amazing in almost every category. The graphics, sound, and gameplay are some of the best around, seriously this game delivers where it counts. This game has some jaw dropping visual's and some of the coolest sounding weapons you will ever fire. Everything graphically is stunning, the environments, the lighting, the textures, and pretty much everything else. The musical score is very good as well, makes you feel like your in this epic movie. The game is not short, my playtime landed in at just under 8 hours, so that is a pretty good campaign length. More then likely you will want to play threw again because there are so many ways to approach things. The game is not easy, so keep that in mind and play with your head, not your balls.
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The Story is surprisingly deep, without giving too much away you play as a solider named Alcatraz who finds himself waking up in a suit after barely escaping a sinking submarine. You don't know how you got there, or how your in this suit, but slowly throughout the game you will be trickled more information and see more flashbacks from the suits previous owner. Everyone friend or foe are under the impression you are a man called prophet, and in the beginning you start to realize threw flashbacks in your suits memory who this guy is, and how you ended up in this suit. You will also notice that the aliens are not the only adversaries you have to worry about, there is also an organization called CryNet hunting you for the suit. CryNet you fight more in the first half of the game. The soldiers you fight mainly consist of basic grunts, but once in a while you will encounter more challenging enemies that are more elite.
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The Gameplay is very good, with tight aiming and controls. The weapons are alot of fun, you have your basic, assault rifles, shotgun, sniper, submachine guns, rockets, grenade launchers, and alien weapons. Most of the weapons are customizable, you can add different scopes and some guns have grenade launchers or shotgun attachments. The aiming is nice and satisfying when you pull of head shots. If you feel like being really aggressive you can run in there and melee people to death. Tossing objects like tv's at people is funny. You can even power kick cars into enemies, that is a lot of fun. There are a couple of driving and gunner sequences, they are rare but are a nice treat when you get to play them.
Here is the rundown of how your suit works, you have an energy meter that goes to 100, the more and more things you do with your suit the more and more it depletes. Your 2 major abilities are armor and stealth, you can get different modules threw the game that allow you to get more out of these two capabilities. When you kill an alien they drop a currency you can use to purchase these modules. When your under direct fire you activate armor so you dont take damage to your health, instead your suit and energy bar take the damage. With Stealth you're invisible and you can sneak around the map stealth killing people or pull off nice sniper shots. Some of the modules allow you to do new moves like the air stomp, air stomp allows you to fall on your enemies from above and ground pound them.
Now for the online, the versus can be very spotty in terms of lag and just weird stuff going on. I see a reccuring theme with games published by EA, they always have multiplayer problems. I don't know why EA cant sort out their server problems, it is a shame because the foundation for this games multiplayer is there, but the servers hinder the experience. There are all of your standard modes of play, and you can pick a loadout with what abilities you want to use in between deaths. The multiplayer is kind of a mix between halo reach and call of duty. Like Halo you have the different armor and suit abilities, and like call of duty you can pick your load out, weapons, and abilities. The Maps are all straight from the campaign, so you should know where you are even if your new. Maybe with some updates this game can be as good as it should be, here is to hoping.
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Other negatives are some frame rate problems in the campaign, animation glitches, and audio glitches. None of them are a big deal, but you will encounter them. Sometimes when picking up an enemy to toss them the animation will glitch and look really choppy. There are also audio glitches throughout the game where there is just weird noise in the background, this happened to me a couple of times. These problems are more about the game not being polished as well as maybe it could have been, but im sure they will be fixed in future updates.
So those are my thoughts on the game, over all i thought it was one of the best games of the year. The graphics are unmatched currently on consoles, and while yes graphics aren't everything, they are certainly something, and this game knows it. Anyone looking for a single player experience should go buy this today, if you only are interested in multiplayer i still recommend it, just keep in mind it will not be perfect.
I give Crysis 2 an Epic 5/5 read