Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Officially announced 16 April 2012, it is the third main installment of the Crysis series, a sequel to the 2011 video game Crysis 2. The multiplayer portion of the game was developed by Crytek UK.
Set in the year 2047, the game takes place in New York City, which has been encased in a giant Nanodome created by the corrupt CELL corporation, and turned into a veritable urban rainforest. Crysis 3’s story revolves around Prophet, a Nanosuit holder who is on a quest to take revenge on the Alpha Ceph, the leader of the Ceph alien race, with the help of his former companion, Psycho. The game’s story serves as the end of the Crysis trilogy. Gameplay revolves around the use of the Nanosuit, which grants players a variety of abilities such as being invisible. New features introduced in Crysis 3 include a new Nanosuit ability called “Rip & Throw”, a new compound bow and the “hacking” feature, which allows players to hack into enemies’ equipment and weapons.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City, in an effort to combine the urban landscape of Crysis 2 and the forest setting of the original Crysis. The game introduces the “Seven Wonders”, with each wonder having its own unique landscape. Due to complaints about Crysis 2’s linearity, the game’s levels were opened up so as to grant players more freedom. The development team also put efforts into creating a more emotional story, and the story’s protagonist, Prophet, was inspired by the lead character of District 9. The game was developed by a team of 100 people during its 23 months development cycle.
Crysis 3 was met with positive reception after its release. Praise was directed at the game’s level design, visuals and multiplayer, while it was criticised for its story and length. With a budget of $66 million, the game sold 205,000 copies in its debut month, and became a commercial failure for Electronic Arts. The game was later included in The Crysis Trilogy, a bundle released on 20 February 2014.
Similar to the earlier games in the Crysis series, Crysis 3 is a first-person shooter. Players take control of Prophet as he progresses through New York City to defeat the Ceph, an alien race. Throughout the game, players can slide, sprint, jump and crouch. When encountering enemies, players can defeat them by shooting guns or arrows, throwing explosives like grenades and C4, or by performing a melee attack. Performing certain movements takes up energy from the Nanosuit, the armor worn by Prophet. Some abilities are not available for players to perform or utilize if the Nanosuit’s energy is too low; they must wait until energy is refilled. As a result, players are tasked to manage the use of the energy. The game’s artificial intelligence was updated allowing enemies to react more quickly to players’ attacks. Enemies can take cover when attacked, and can deploy strategy to assist and support each other against attacks.
- Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM.
- Dual core CPU.
- 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
- Nvidia/Intel example setup: Nvidia GTS 450, Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600) or AMD example setup: AMD Radeon HD5770, AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)