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“Two Crysis 2 Screensh-” or “-ooooh Pretty!”

Two new screenshots for Crysis 2 have emerged. In an unprecedented turn of events, the screenshots look breathtaking. The resulting shockwaves from this unexpected turn of events sent Oceanic flight 815 tumbling onto the island.

Crysis was a sight to behold. Lush tropical forests, destructible environments, vehicular action, and an innovative power management system for your nanosuit. There are several moments that stood out for me, like the massive tank battle in the fields as you made your way to the crumbling mountain, watching in awe as massive chunks tumbled off from its lofty peaks to reveal the majestic ship it concealed underneath. Or the graveyard battle against the Korean Nanosuits. Or the zero-G firefights.

However, at the end of the day, what really turned me off about Crysis was the excessive reliance on eye-candy, and the underwhelming focus on narrative as well as the incessantly repetitive nature of missions. I distinctly remember, going from one mission to the next, you would first spend a few seconds admiring the beauty of the world that surrounds you. And then, using a combination of your suit’s powers and the expansive arsenal at your disposal, you would make life hell for all living creatures within a mile’s radius.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Ad nauseum.

Crysis 2 looks stunning, even in these screenshots that don’t necessarily depict gameplay elements. However, even now, I am filled with a sense of dread about the reursive nature of the missions, and if New York will simply transform into one initially awe-inspiring, but ultimately disappointing and banal urban vista to the next. Let’s hope not!

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