Sunday, July 15, 2007

PC: Crysis

If you haven't heard of Crysis, then you, my friend, have been surrounded by lichen for far too long. Coming from Crytek, the devs who made the seminal smash-hit-jungle-shooter Far Cry, this has been one of the most talked-about PC games for the past 12 months. And about time too, with Microsoft, Nvidia and AMD being accused of rushing DX10 hardware (and software) prematurely to market and way before any DX10 title had appeared, all three companies are looking for a worthy PC title to justify the upgrades in software and hardware required by the promise of DX10 gaming.

Details, trailers, screenshots, and more -after the jump below

Set in 2019, you play as Jake Dunn, a United States Delta Force operator. Dunn and his team are sent in to investigate a mysterious meteorite that has crashed into the Spratly Islands, located in the South China Sea. The United States is not the only government aware of the crash, however, as North Korea is also investigating the crash site. The reason the meteorite is being treated as mysterious is due to the fact that it has barely damaged the area surrounding its impact.

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WARNING! Spoiler Alert!

As the story unfolds, players are faced with three very different environments (or "acts"):

* Act 1: The meteor hits the island, causing the North Koreans to take up military presence and investigate the meteor crash. As a Delta Force soldier, you HALO jump onto the island to see what you can find out for the US Government. During this phase of the game, you'll play in a tropical environment complete with beaches, jungles and tropical villages.[2]

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* Act 2: The meteor opens up and flash freezes a large part of the island. There is no clear alien threat, however, so both parties continue to fight each other. The player's main objective is now to investigate what's happening on the interior of this frozen sphere. Shortly after, both the North Korean and US governments come to the realization that this meteor is actually an alien craft, and therefore decide to join forces to fight what could become an alien invasion. This phase consists of battling through the frozen jungle as well as on your own aircraft carriers, which are located off the coast. The aliens, not yet revealed in the story, use machines to battle against the North Korean and US militaries, which are slowly closing in on the source of the freezing – an alien ship lodged in the earth's surface. The constantly expanding freezing sphere throws the global weather system off balance and causes natural disasters which include high winds, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

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* Act 3: As you enter the alien craft, you find yourself not only weightless, but fighting against the aliens in this gravity-resistant environment. The recoil of weapons combined with the Zero-G environment propels players back while leaving shell casings from weapons floating beside you. The Zero-G portion of the game will only last about 1 hour, however. Crytek has stated the aliens themselves will not be revealed until this part of the game, giving them a certain degree of suspense.

Up to 32 players will be able to play in a single match in Crysis's multiplayer, which will consist of 3 different modes:

* Tactical Deathmatch
* Tactical Team Deathmatch
* Power Struggle


When this hits, this is going to be massive. And if you haven't already, start thinking about upgrading your entire PC in preparation for it.

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