EA rang their shareholders for a chinwag yesterday, and talked a great deal about the biggest event in their year so far: SimCity. Sales of Maxis’ messy mayoral reboot were “solid”, thanks to an upsurge in direct downloads via Origin. But EA are working to ensure its disastrous launch, which saw servers swamped and inaccessible to a large proportion of players, “won’t happen again”.
Correlation is a dangerous art, but here’s something I’ve noticed. Over Christmas, our Steve rated Crysis 3’s signature weapon four bows out of arrow. Now, everybody’s been digging into the multiplayer segments of its exoskeleton, playing and discussing it, and buying the thing ahead of its release next Friday. Just two things that have happened. All I’m saying.
Prophet has never been as brash as he is in this new trailer for Crysis
3, where he spends thirty seconds strutting and striding to the boxy
tones of ZZ Top. Yes, it’s silly. But it made us giggle. Click through
to see the action.
Crysis 3 has been sold to us as a sort of synthesis of the series so far - a yummy midpoint between the first game’s wide-open jungle rumble and its sequel’s New York explode-a-thon. But there's a good chance that neither of those reference points will mean anything to you, and so Crytek have decided to arm you with the means to educate yourself.
Crysis 3 comes in a couple of luxuriously-named versions: the Hunter edition, which comes bundled with the original Crysis, and the Digital Deluxe edition, which ties up the whole series to date in a £54.99 bow.
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“Just a taste” of Crysis 3’s multiplayer is now available to play to literally anybody who can run it, a select group which I daresay might include you, dear reader. Two maps are playable in both Hunter and Crash Site mode. You’ll be able to take your character up to level 10 and swap about various weapons, attachments and doohickies on your nanosuit.
So far Crysis 3's trailers have been about how to kill people in different ways, many different ways. This trailer, however, diff... no it doesn't, it's more of the killing. There's a lot of death in this Crysis, more than the others maybe. Whatever the case, pacifists who are easily angered by those not following their creed may not want to jump below the break.
Besides the videoed death, there's also news of participatory killing. It's okay, it's all-inclusive electronic murder, Crytek have announced the multiplayer open beta for 29 January.
In the latest Crysis 3 trailer Crytek show how they continue to shake up the traditions of the first-person shooter genre by developing a game where you visit battlefields and ,using a special bullet hoover, suck the death-dealing lead rounds out of soldiers, resurrecting them to start life anew as a better person, while walking backwards... wait, no, the video's being played backwards; he's just killing everyone.
Let me just introduce 2012's bow and arrow trend using a screenshot of a bow and arrow game due to be released in 2013. That's appropriate, isn't it? That's how powerful and remarkable a trend bow and arrows have been this year. They're leaking forwards and backwards and sideways through time. They have been gaining popularity, those bows and arrows, from Far Cry 3 and Dishonored (sort of) to Assassin's Creed 3 and Black Ops 2 (sort of). Bow and arrow? Bows and arrows? A bow and an arrow? What a grammatically clunky name for such an elegant and ancient weapon! But what are they all about? And why?
That's right, that means there are six more of these Crysis 3 promos to come. This one, subtitled "Hell of a Town," shows a gunfight in an overgrown New York City and looks like a cross between in-game footage and a cutscene. Click through to watch the bullets fly.
While the issue was first raised in that often ill-understood documentary Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, we're still living in a world where the hired goon's humanity is often forgotten. This latest trailer from Crytek highlights the prejudice and discrimination the goon suffers every day, it has Crysis 3's "protagonist" heartlessly slaughtering goons in the park.
I don’t know if you heard, but there’s a Far Cry out now and it’s the year’s best PC shooter. Crytek made a year’s best Far Cry once, but since then the German tech giant’s games have wilted in the shadow of their own former franchise.
Turns out it’ll be another two months before we find out whether Crysis 3 is compelling enough to merit more favourable comparison.
Is this a critical moment for PC gaming? Usually news comes clearly denoted as such, but perhaps the sticker fell off this one in transit. Because it certainly feels quietly important - and if you listen carefully you’ll hear the sound of old wounds closing.
Yes, for many Crysis 2’s greatest disappointment wasn’t its locked-down level structure but a graphics options menu that looked like this. Since, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has laboured to bring back the phrase “Can it run Crysis?”. Melting PCs, he said, is “fun at times and it's frustrating at times, but that's why we are who we are."
A month ago, our Jules enthused about Crysis 3’s Hunter mode, a Predator-aping multiplayer showdown in which two be-nanosuited players are tasked to take out a squad of troopers one by one, with each victim joining the ranks of the hunters as they fall.
While the mode appears on both consoles and PCs, it looks like hunters are to have the odds stacked further against them - at least initially - on our fair platform, where the player count will be higher.
Earlier this month we heard that Crytek are working with high-end PC setups to test their games for next-gen consoles. At GamesCom, we pursued the matter with CEO Cervat Yerli, who told us that Crytek are no longer letting the limitations of creaking current gen console boxes hold back Crysis.
“So the difference with Crysis 3, from Crysis 2, is because the PC generation is so far ahead now from consoles, that we are leading our primary design choices, PC first,” said Yerli. “And then we’re compromising and trying to find a solution on the consoles to make it happen.”
That tesselated toad did look lovely, didn't it? Excellent toad, almost indistinguishable from the real thing, such is the power of CryEngine 3. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli spoke about Crysis 3's ability to melt PCs during an EA livestream at Gamescom, as well as his desire to bring back the "can it run Crysis?" benchmark that disappeared roughly around the time Crysis 2 came out.
New multiplayer game types are rare beasts, but Crysis 3 may well have brought down an elephant with its newly announced Hunted mode. 14 soldiers must make it to an evac point, two nanosuit-wearing hunters must stop them. It brings the setup of the Predator movies tantalisingly close.