I remember wishing I could play Crysis when it was first released back in 2007. I thought the version released on console a few years later was fine, but it did not match the PC in terms of spectacle. Even though the game is over a decade old, many thought the modest Nintendo Switch would struggle to run this, but the results are pretty damn awesome.
It is impossible to talk about Crysis and not talk about the visuals. At the time this was released it was made for current PCs rather than the current ones. It was a monster of a game and even now in 2020 with a powerful PC, this game looks incredible. The Switch cannot match a PC, but this is the best-looking console version of Crysis to be released so far.
Where I noticed it, the most was the lighting. I played the PS3 version a week or so before this one dropped and there is a noticeable difference. As well as much improved lighting, the framerate feels more stable, although it can still drop on the Switch on occasion. It is pretty amazing that this handheld can run this game the way it does. It did have a few crashes as I played it, but hopefully, these can be fixed with an update.
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The Game Review
The thing that often gets overlooked when talking about Crysis is that this when you strip away the visuals is a damn fine first-person shooter. I would go as far as to say it is the best one on the console so far. It does play more like the PlayStation 3 than the PC in that your power suit is more streamlined as you only have two “modes” you can put in.
The story is great if you are a fan of sci-fi. You play as Nomad and you are part of Raptor Team. You have been sent to Lingshang Island where American archeologists are being held by troops from North Korea. The reason this island is so special is that there is alien technology on it!
I thought the story was a great deal of fun. It does take until the end for the sci-fi stuff to really ramp up, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. While the game is broken into “levels” Crysis gives you a lot of freedom in regards to how you complete them. This is probably as close to being a sandbox game without actually being one that you can get.
It makes for some fast and frantic action and even though the suit is less impressive than the PC version you can still have a lot of fun. Using stealth camouflage and making yourself super powerful makes you feel like an ultimate badass. The gunplay has not been changed at all, but to be fair I do not think it really needed to be. There is a nice selection of weapons for you to make use of in the game.
Even though this is a game that is over 10 years old, the AI puts up one hell of a fight. They will try and flank you and use tactics to make you break cover. It is also great the way in that when you are winning a fight, they start to freak out and get scared. In playing this game it makes me appreciate more how ahead of its time in every regard this was back when it was first released.
Crysis Remastered on the Nintendo Switch is the best first-person shooter you can get for the console. It holds up very well and this is the best the game has ever looked and played on a console. It has a great story; tons of action and the game is just a great deal of fun to play.
- It is Crysis in the palm of your hand
- The visuals are still very impressive
- The game gives you a lot of freedom in regards to how you play it
- The enemy AI is quite clever
- You will have a lot of fun from start to finish with this
- It still cannot match a powerful PC for the visuals
- It does have a few “technical” issues that I would like to see fixed