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Crysis 2 Set In New York

Gordon Kelly


Crysis 2 Set In New York

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I feel sorry for Crysis. Its outrageous hardware demands often see it dismissed as a vapid beauty queen and it came out in 2007, arguably the best fps year in history which also saw Bioshock and Modern Warfare (which I prefer to MW2). Three years later, however, it is the only one I'm still playing/finding ever more ingenious ways of dispatching the ridiculously stereotyped North Korean soldiers*, so guess who couldn't be happier...?

Yep, developers Crytek have let the big news about Crysis 2 out of the bag: it is being moved to New York City! Speaking to PlayStation: the Official Magazine, CEO and president of CryTek Cevat Yerli said: “This is not only the next game in the Crysis franchise, it’s the first title we are developing for consoles {there will still be a PC version} and the first title being built on CryEngine 3."

Crysis 2 will also feature the 'Nanosuit 2.0' which, while much hyped (see video), has its exact details still shrouded in mystery. So will swapping a jungle for an 'urban jungle' work? Will the alien bits finally be as much fun as the soldier interactions? We'll know before the end of the year...

* For the record, my favourite: run into the open with a chicken in hand, switch to strength and kill a soldier by throwing the chicken at him, use speed to sprint into a nearby hut, switch to invisible, wait for the hut to populate with angry soldiers, sneak out, switch to strength and punch down the hut on all four corners. Best toll to date: 14!

Update: my bad, wrong trailer linked. Amended.


via Tech Report


January 25, 2010, 8:38 pm

This is going to be cool. A photo-realistic New York would blow people's minds. If the nano suit lets you walk through walls that would be cool... or are they going to go the crackdown route? ;) Or even, dare I say it, walking up walls like spider-man. So many cool possibilities.


January 25, 2010, 9:18 pm

The "plot" has been done more times than WW2, and the trailer was drab.

Forget "Crysis" call it "MEH" it can go up against "MOH" for GOTY.

The USP of the original was tapping into the insanity of a PC owner who invested in a rig to run it. The self gratification, gazing at a PC case, knowing "I can run Crysis at 13FPS sometimes 25FPS without AA in a heavily ventilated room".

/Awaits DrDark telling me I am illiterate and a dumbed down console fool.


January 25, 2010, 9:19 pm

Looks rather cool, can't wait, then again my PC probably wont run it anyway. I think someone should tell the people at Crytek (EA), or the people who do the media (vids, cover art, etc) that when a cartridge is fired, the primer is struck and it has a dent roughly in the centre. The video shows what are supposed to be fired cases, but the primers are un-struck. They made the same mistake on the cover art of the Far Cry 2 DVD. Oh, the joys of being a defence-technology writer/editor!


January 25, 2010, 9:45 pm

@hank: I'll beat DrDark to it...

In all seriousness, though, I actually thought Crysis was one of the best fps I've played. Admittedly it was about two years after it came out that I got round to playing it but by god it was worth the wait. I found the story reasonably engaging, the gameplay great fun, and the visuals simply spectacular. Conversely, the expansion pack that many people found to be better than the original I thought was fairly vacuous - though the final level is epic.

As for the next one, I seriously doubt Crytek will make the same mistake again of over doing the graphics. Hopefully they will still push the envelope a bit but not overshoot the mark quite so much. Not sure about the setting though.


January 25, 2010, 10:15 pm

The best think about Cysis was the jungle and playing with the Koreans. This would surely have neither? Plus it's being developed for consoles so doubt it will be the GFX tour de force the first one was. I can't speak for Warhead, as SecureROM meant i will never buy it.


January 25, 2010, 10:27 pm

Its coming to the consoles - that should give you an idea of what graphics this game will be. It is essentially limited by 2005 technology - then again additional effects for the pc only could be added.


January 25, 2010, 10:31 pm

@Andrew Violet: Well I hardly think they'll go backwards - the tech's there after all and they'll completely alienate their PC fan base if they do. I just don't think they'll go forward much.


January 25, 2010, 10:39 pm

Crysis was a very good game that was unfairly criticized for being technically demanding. People were annoyed that they couldn't couldn't turn it to 11 and get 60fps on their then super systems, but that didn't mean you couldn't get it looking great and performing well.

They'd better make sure they have a human/humanoid antagonist in this game because fighting frosty 'Matrix'-y aliens was dull and unsatisfying.

Awful trailer, by the way.


January 25, 2010, 10:45 pm

Bernard Mathews would be proud of you Gordon :)


January 25, 2010, 10:52 pm


I agree, I doubt the PC version will not go forward much (but then, does it need to?! There's very few PC gamers that can only just run the original anyway on a decent size display and it's 2 years old!) so that's no bad thing.

As for the console versions, I reckon Crytek can better the visuals of games such as Unchartered 2, Bayonetta or any of the other recent games with high quality visuals.

(Yes, they'll be behind the PC - but you can no longer compare this generation of console hardware to PC).


January 26, 2010, 12:09 am

I recently bought a quad core i7-860 pc from dell with an ati 4350 card. The card I'm guessing won't run any new game decently. Can anyone recommend a graphics card that gives significant value for money, that can run crysis well for a max budget of £100? Thanks


January 26, 2010, 12:13 am

Oh I loved crysis and plan to play through it again maxed out when im done with all the million other games I have to get through. Never touched Warhead like simon. Im never buying a game with limited installs, why don't they patch it out already? If they did I would buy it tonight.

I would love for crytek to show just how far the PC has come in terms of hardware the last 2 years and just go nuts like they did the first game. Lets say a pc that maxes out crysis at 30fps would have to play on medium with high and higher settings out of reach.


January 26, 2010, 12:59 am


This may help:



January 26, 2010, 1:06 am

@darkspark88: Now's a bad time to buy since we're in the middle of the new generation of cards coming out. At £100 the fastest card you can get right now is a Radeon 4870 but expect it to have changed in two months.


January 26, 2010, 2:41 am

I hate how Crysis and c:warhead are unfairly criticised due to their steep requirements. Epic gameplay and re-playability are second to none. I often struggle to remain interested in the SP gameplay of most FPS's I play whereas ive completed crysis and c:warhead multiple times.

I loved fighting the koreans and do however get very disapointed when the alien bit starts. Im very worried about Crysis 2 as there will be no human fighting only alien (from what i can guess) But im looking forward to it


January 26, 2010, 3:52 am

So Crysis 2 will be designed for consoles but also available on PC... the cynic in me worries that if I get it on PS3 it'll be a lazy port with sub-par performance (like several other multi-platform games), while if I go for the PC version it'll be frustratingly console-ish and stripped down a la Modern Warfare 2...

Simon: Yep. SecuROM is truly unforgivable, a vile piece of work. It is one of the worst things I've ever seen inflicted on personal computers. Ethically it might be just about defensible if potential buyers were made aware of the implications - but nowhere on the Bioshock box did it state "Includes free malware. System requirements: Vaseline." Damn, at least with virus-makers you don't PAY them to molest your computer...

Honestly, by boycotting any software with SecuROM you are doing a service to all PC users. However justice will only be served when we find the designers of SecuROM (and the coders - remember following orders is not an excuse) and hide dog sh!t in their breakfast, so they can discover the same pleasant surprise that comes when you first encounter their creation. {End rant}


January 26, 2010, 3:58 am


IMO 3 years on and there is still nothing that comes close to Crysis graphics wise. These Crysis2 PC screenshots are bound to be set to 'maximum eyecandy' running at 5 fps on a PC built by NASA but even if the game looks half as good as this...

b o d

January 26, 2010, 6:48 am

I especially liked the all too frequent moments where you unload an entire clip into an enemy face at point blank range. The result: hat falling off comedy moment followed by return fire. For all the pretty graphics and environment effects, it was far too frustrating an experience for me.


January 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

Not that I was a big fan of the first as very few FPSs get me excited these days (been playing them for far too long - since Wolfenstein) but with systems such as that streaming game system (OnLive or something?) on the horizon can we soon all have access to games like this at their ultra power hungry maximum settings?! Crysis 2 would be an excellent incentive to those considering that gaming route and who knows, maybe the PS3/360 will incorporate these sort of services meaning no cut back in graphical performance.


January 26, 2010, 3:22 pm

@ MrGodfrey I did eventually succumb to Bioshock but after completing had a mission getting SecureROM out of the registry. I've clean installed W7 since and have no intention of making the same mistake twice. Bloody Sony and their SecureROM.


January 26, 2010, 5:29 pm

When did I become the enemy of console gamers?! :P.

Anyway, I've only played the Crysis demo {PC wasn't up to it; go ahead: laugh}. Reports seemed to go thus: "Amazing graphics, above average FPS, shame about the ending bit with all the Aliens". And that complaint about the ending could be applied to the original Half-Life; a game over which many console gamers prefer Halo; those illiterate fools! {;)}

The issue of high hardware requirements isn't really an issue. It's a staple of PC gaming, something everyone was used to since the days of the original Quake. It used to be every time a new Carmack engine/game was released, you had to upgrade your PC. The same happened with Deus Ex, and the more recent Total War games (Rome and MedII). The only reason the issue keeps being brought up regarding Crysis is because Crytek tried to blame what they considered low sales on the high specs. After a while, they got bored of that excuse and decided to blame piracy instead.

Thankfully, they then stopped whining and made an expansion which apparently had a more optimised engine, and was preferred by many, as Ed mentioned, to the original release.

As for the NY setting for the sequel... Meh, we'll see...


January 26, 2010, 6:49 pm

@ED that was the point I was to to make. It will be an improvement but maybe not he quantom leap it was first time round.

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