Crytek showed off its upcoming expansion title Crysis: Warhead at E3 this week, and the developer says the game will be much easier on PC hardware than the original Crysis. Tom's Games takes Warhead for a spin.
Same gameplay is a bad thing. I just did not like Crysis' gameplay at all. In theory it sounds great, but actually playing it, it was dull and boring. The graphics weren't the problem at all and I think it would've played fine on older systems if people actually lowered their settings, but everyone wanted to play it on the highest settings even if their computer couldn't handle it.
Anyways, back to my point... the original just did not feel right all the way around. The suit controls were overpowered. Stealth, kill, stealth, kill. Sure, you could go out of your way to make it more challenging, but it still wasn't as satisfying as Far Cry. Plus, the guns felt extremely underpowered which made it all the more lame when they could take down trees. And the game lacked any blood or dead body manipulation. For a game that's striving to be realistic, those two things stuck out like a sore thumb. And houses felt like they were made from a deck of cards. You could run into a wall and the house would start to fall apart. So the graphics were the least of the problems, in my opinion. The graphics and steep requirements were probably its biggest draw.
But the biggest problems were probably the short and linear levels. It wasn't as long as Far Cry and it wasn't as expansive, and the cliffhanger ending sucked. And I really hated the aliens. Maybe I just hate squid things. I even hated the Matrix squid things.
I liked the different weapon attachments and customizing your guns and of course the graphics but that's about it. I'm more interested in Far Cry 2 right now.
^Those are all valid complaints, especially the one about guns being underpowered. This was improved upon in the 1.2 patch and things are much better now. At least it doesn't take half a clip to take down the grunts like it used to. A nice "thump" sound has also been added when your shots connect, which is quite handy indeed.
Rob (Devin who wrote it) when you say "high" settings, do you mean "high" or "very high", I was under the impression that a core 2 e6750, 8800Gt, etc could play the game on "high" (the system mentioned also uses 2.5GB ram).
I play on "very high" (no AA/AF) with a q6600, 2gb ddr2 667, 9800GTX, etc, but with only 25-30 fps outdoors.
Online co-op would be great.. I don't think anyone's really got the AI to work in multi, i've seen one mod, but it was just zombies..