Published on October 19th, 2021 | by James Wright
Crysis Remastered Trilogy PS5 Review
Summary: Crysis Remastered Trilogy is a worthy PS5 experience from start to finish!
The Crysis series is a first person shooter institution that caused quite the controversy when it was first released in September 2008 as you needed a powerful gaming rig to run the game and even then, it was no guarantee. It was an ambitious game and well before its time.
However as the game evolved, it became more accessible as gamers were transformed into Major Laurence “Prophet” Barnes, the squad leader of Raptor Team and their armour and weapons were powered by the alien technology from the Ceph. It was the perfect formula for a first person shooter with ancient aliens, clandestine military organisations (CELL) and dark conspiracies.
For next-gen consoles (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X) and PCs, the original games have been remastered for improved optimization and graphics (tessellation, particle effects, ray tracing), including 4K running at 60 frames per second. The result? A stunning rendition of a classic series.
A simple rescue mission turns into an all-out war as alien invaders swarm over the Lingshan Islands. Playing as super-soldier Nomad, you are armed with a powerful Nanosuit equipped with Speed, Strength, Armor, and Cloaking abilities. Use a vast arsenal of modular weaponry and adapt your tactics and gear to dominate enemies in an enormous sandbox world.
Crysis 2 Remastered:
Aliens have returned to a world ravaged by climate disasters. As the invaders lay waste to New York and begin an assault that threatens the total annihilation of humankind, only you have the technology to lead the fightback. Equipped with the upgraded Nanosuit 2.0, customize your suit and weapons in real-time and unlock powerful abilities in the battle for humanity’s survival.
Crysis 3 Remastered:
New York City has been transformed into a sprawling urban rainforest sheltered by a giant nanodome. Fight through seven distinct districts against human and alien forces, using the Nanosuit’s superior technology to deploy brute force or opting for stealth to achieve your goals. Equipped with a deadly Predator Bow, there’s no wrong way to save the world.
Graphically, all three games look good on the PlayStation 5, particularly the third game which looks fantastic, that is made more noticeable due to its realistic lighting and weather effects, including stunning attention to detail. Does it look next-gen on the PS5? Almost, so Crytek should be commended in taking the series into the 21st century. The only downside is that some of the in-game cinemas are starting to show their age but nonetheless, all three games pop on the PlayStation 5.
In terms of gameplay, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy while a little dated is some parts is still an apt albeit cliched sci-fi first person shooter with its blockbuster moments and at times, over the top voice acting. The controls are also well mapped on the DualSense controller.
While you can run in with guns blazing, your alien nanosuit has a cloaking element that does allow you to skulk around like the alien Predator (includes inhumanly high jumps), however where all three Crysis games shines is through the sturdy first person shooter mechanics as you take on your alien and human enemies in spectacular fashion.
The combat mechanics work well, however the AI in the first two game is a little questionable due to their “Spidey” senses that are either on or off but thankfully it improved and became more realistic in the third game that also saw hacking as part of Prophet’s MU. Nonetheless, revisiting all three Crysis titles again was indeed a blast from the past revitalised!
Additionally there’s plenty of weapons to find along your adventures, including the powerful Predator Bow that add another clever mechanic into the mix, especially when you combine your stealth cloak to this weapon.
The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is not just for purists but is a series that can now be played perfectly on the PlayStation 5 for anyone. Unlike some of the more recent “remastered” games, The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is a true remastered experience that delivers an almost next-gen experience with some stunning graphical improvements.
Sure, the gameplay is a little dated at times but when matched with the over the top game mechanics, it delivers an enjoyable experience as you take on aliens and private military organisations from Asia to the United States in true first person shooter blockbuster action!