I just finished playing a couple of hours of the Crysis 2 Multiplayer Demo for the Xbox 360 and I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts.
First let’s look back on Crysis 1. The original game had a multiplayer known as Crysis Wars, which was basically a Battlefield style gameplay with the Crysis powers. This idea seems to have been scrapped for Crysis 2 and replaced with a multiplayer that more closely follows Call of Duty. It has 4 default classes with the option to create custom ones. Weapons can be upgraded and customized and Nano Suit powers (perks) can be unlocked. You rank up in both overall status and for the 3 power types and your given challenges and statistics for everything you can think of. Now before you start yelling blasphemy, in a lot of ways I think this works really well for Crysis. Everything about the gameplay is super fast and to the point. You run fast, shoot fast, reload fast, and respawn fast. It’s all designed to maximize your playing time as much as possible, something that I had a lot trouble with in the first game's multiplayer.
The unique thing in Crysis is of course the Nano Suit powers. All your powers run of a single energy bar, so if you want to jump high, sprint, go invisible, or bring up your shields; you’re going to use some of the energy. Like everything else though, the bar refills quickly, making you wait only a few seconds before you can start using your powers again. Don't think you’re unstoppable however, in fact, depending on how you use your powers and at what time can change the outcome of combat. For example, if you spend all your time sprinting everywhere you won't have enough energy to bring up your shields when you come across an enemy, who you will most certainly kill you. The powers take some time getting you to, but there is a level to planning and strategy to them that makes using them a whole lot of fun.
It all seems to be about using certain guns and powers together to create the play style that works for you. I found myself doing rather poorly at first, getting few kills and dying a lot. Once I unlocked the shotgun class that all changed. By combining the shotgun with the armor power I could easy win head on encounters that would kill most people. I started to quickly rack up kills and have fewer deaths than before. It’s a cool experience to use weapons and powers together like that, and it’s something that most games don’t do.
Graphically the game looks good, but not amazing. There’s a lot of texture pop in and some of the scenery looks a little muddy. Since most of the footage I've seen of the game before has looked incredible, I'm going to assume that those videos were of the PC version and not the Xbox 360. Again, it’s not bad looking or anything, but if you’re the kind of person who wants to see some amazing graphics I'd say stick with the PC version.
Another issue I had was with the controls. Just like the graphics, they weren’t bad, they just didn't feel as smooth as most console FPSs do. The whole time I was playing all I thought about was how much better this would be with a Keyboard and Mouse.
Ok then, time to wrap this up. Crysis 2 has a pretty fun multiplayer that, while not anything new, still works very well and has tons of unlockables to keep you coming back. This demo has definitely convinced me that Crysis 2 will be worth my money, I'm just going to be playing it on my Monitor rather than my TV.