Crysis is 14 years old. This is a hard fact to understand. God of War 2 was released on PS2 in the same year. Even the latest game in the trilogy included in this package, Crysis 3, was launched eight years ago. However, choose any game from these trio, they are all carefully crafted for modern game consoles, and you won’t feel their age. In any case, these are not perfect games, but they all feel at home in 2021, which is a considerable achievement.
Let’s be clear, no one has time to go through the three remakes for a review (if you do, I am envious, to be honest). Therefore, I sampled each game here, played and completed all the games in their initial version. I am also not a pixel counter, graphic effects analyzer, or frame rate detector. I like games with high resolution, beautiful graphics and smooth frame rates, but as far as I know, that’s all. For more information about technical failures, please check out our friends at Digital Foundry’s in-depth understanding of Crysis 2 Remake.
The Crysis remastered trilogy looks great. I’ve written articles about how games generally look great these days, so although I’m sure that brand new games developed for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will look better, these games still impress graphically impression. It’s worth noting that only the first game has the option of ray tracing on the console (I played it on Xbox Series X) and it doesn’t seem to have any native support for the new console, which means we didn’t get a dedicated The ports made are for those systems. Unfortunately, the PC seems to be the way to achieve the most enhancements.
That being said, it’s hard to guess the Crysis that was originally released 14 years ago. It is always a game that pushes the hardware to the limit, so with some adjustments, it can maintain its own state well. This is also the most “Crysis” of the three, I mean the next game is not that open. They all have the same core DNA (the super suit makes you invisible or powerful, stealth or pure slaughter options), but the original game feels the most unique, and it’s probably the fan’s favorite. That day was a big event.
Crysis 2 I remember encountered some difficulties when it was released, mainly because the performance on the console was not ideal, but it feels great to play it in 2021. It did some Predator 2 and took you into the “urban jungle”, but thanks to mini open areas instead of straight corridors, you can still fight in various ways. In this sense, it is a bit like Halo. If you have only played Crysis 2 on PS3 or Xbox 360, you will most likely find that your opinion of it has changed considerably after trying out this remake. It is actually a great shooter.
“Crysis 3” is more like a fusion of the previous two games, and is by far the most impressive game in terms of visual effects. I’ve only played it on Xbox 360 before (how these old consoles managed to run it, I don’t know), and seeing it look so clear and run at 60 FPS is a big revelation. Even without the bells and whistles of a PC, it is still a beautifully-looking game.
This is a great package, it offers three very good shooting games at a lower cost than a new version, but unfortunately this is not a perfect collection. On the one hand, there is no Crysis warhead, which is unfortunate because I really like the expansion of the original game when it was released. And the aforementioned lack of proper next-generation support is disappointing, especially considering the excellent performance of the game on high-end PCs.
Even on Xbox Series X, there are some visual defects, such as situations where the level of detail is changed too close to the player, for example, when you are close to a wall, it will cause the poster to appear suddenly. Likewise, maybe a complete next-generation version will solve these problems.
Even without warheads, this trio takes 25 hours or more to complete. In the era when the recent Call of Duty event ran for about 5 to 6 hours, this is a lot of FPS activity gameplay. Frankly speaking, the Crysis campaign is better. There is no multiplayer game here at all, I will not miss this, but if you absolutely must have a multiplayer mode in FPS, then this is not for you.
I may be easily happy these days, but I think the Crysis remastered trilogy is a simple recommendation for people who like first-person shootouts. All three campaigns are great, visually, they look alike, and they are already available for purchase at an amazing price. Not the final package, at least on the console, but it’s still very good.
Disclaimer: Tested on Xbox Series X. A copy of the game is provided by the publisher. It can also be used on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and Nintendo Switch.