What about Cry of Fear? Not that I thought it was good, but it's certainly a crying game.
Ha, I was going to include that, but I thought it was better to just leave that as part of the other category - along with the console exclusive Far Cry games and the Devil May Cry pachinko/slot machine game...
DMC3 or Crysis 1. Probably DMC3 because Crysis got full of suck towards the end. But holy shit the beginning there up until the aliens was one of the best game experiences I've had. Still, DMC3 was more consistently rad.
But dude, sneaking around with camo and taking out a base, or desperately hiding from helicopters at like 10% health, or raming a truck into a buncha bad guys before getting out to superjump over to a guy to grab him by the neck and superthrow him was sooooooo goooooooood.
They really fucked up the stealth in Crysis 2, and I haven't played Crysis 3 yet, because they fucked up Crysis 2. Far Cry has carried the torch of that sort of gameplay, but Far Cry 3's story is so laughable terrible. It's one of the few times I was taking a piss on all the bullshit characters while waiting until I could go around being the fucking Predator again (minus the optic camouflage, which Crysis has).
Far Cry 4 looks like it could be better all around, so that'll probably end up being my favourite "Cry" game.
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I was also going to nominate Cry of Fear, but it definitely wouldn't win as my favorite.
I've never finished a Far Cry game *or* a Crysis game, but I'd still say the open-world moments in Crysis where you were basically playing Predator were both awesome and super pretty. Much more fun than the little I've played of Crysis 2 or any of the other Far Cry games.
DMC2 obviously, you can you hammer on one button (shoot) from start to finish and have the sound of two pistols firing ingrained into your mind forever!
Probably a toss up between Far Cry 3 and DMC1. FC3 was just so much fun to run around the world; you can fucking BOOKin that game, it moved at such a faster pace than either of the previous entries. DMC1 was very impressive from a combat perspective, at the time. It also had great atmosphere, the castle is very eerie, you could definitely see the Resident Evil roots. I personally disliked the way that series went after the first, too much crazy 200 hit combo nonsense for me.
As the only Crysis: Warhead vote, I picked it because despite it being a really short game clocking in at around 3 hours,it's a DAMN good campaign. It seriously felt like an 80s or early 90s action movie, and even when the aliens come in, you still fight both the North Koreans AND the aliens. It's just a load of fun all the way through, and due to the short nature of the game, it doesn't overstay its welcome.
Edit: I remember playing Cryostasis when it first came out, and I was having a load of fun with it. But I hit a game breaking bug where I was in permanent no-clip mode upon loading the next level, and I couldn't find anyway to undo it even with the help of the internet. It really ruined the experience for me, since I was pretty sure I was getting close to the end of the game at that point. That meant restarting wasn't an option, so I just kinda left it and forgot about it.
Devil May Cry 3. Adore that game. I really like all the DMC games actually, 2013's DmC included. Never played that much of DMC2 though. A lot of people would probably say I didn't miss much but what I played of it I didn't especially dislike.
I like all the Far Cry games well enough, 3 is probably my favourite. Never really properly enjoyed a Crysis game but to be fair the only one I've fully completed was the first one.
Never played Cryostasis but I've been curious about it ever since Dave raved about it back in 2009. Hope by some act of god it gets put back up on Steam or GOG someday.
I see a lack of love for the original Far Cry. That game had me hooked so bad I was even playing it on my laptop without a mouse. I bet it's the first few levels that makes people look at Far Cry and think: "ah, another generic fps campaign". But when it opens up it was really amazing for that era.
Torn between Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3. The third game was more enjoyable as a game, but the second half of the game was a slog and the whole thing felt a little too Ubisoft-y. As in they've taken all the open world stuff in Assassin's Creed and inserted it into everything. Still, malaria and respawning bandits wasn't very enjoyable.
I'll go with Far Cry 2 just because it had more interesting ideas.
I like the Crysis games a whole lot more than most people do, but dammit if Far Cry 3 wasn't one of the most fun times I had with a shooter last gen. DmC is up there too, if only for finally making me give a shit about that series(and then get super bummed that there probably won't be a follow-up).
Devil May Cry 3 is still my favorite character action game, so that wins.
After that? Probably Blood Dragon because it's exceptionally stupid and a much tighter experience than actual Far Cry 3, which I thought dragged a little too long on top of me hating where the story went.
DmC followed closely by Far Cry 3. I liked Far Cry 2 design wise but the game felt much stiffer than other shooters so I couldn't love it. As for Crysis, I've only played 2 and 3. 2 was a fun ride but 3 is super boring.
I loved everything about DmC though. I'm just saddened by the lack of a sequel.
In recent memory, though, and answering the question based on actual merit of games I've played, I think Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was the most fun and joy I've had playing a game with the word "Cry" in it for years, so that'd have to be my vote. Far Cry 3 vanilla would've taken it, but the story in Blood Dragon was far more fulfilling.