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March 29, 2013

Crysis 3 Areas of Concern


(NOTE: Very important update on Monday. Tune in then!)

The Six Trillion Dollar Man with his trusty weapon: a bow and arrow.

Reviewed by: Kyle van Rensburg

Name: Crysis 3

Release Date: March 2013

Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC.  
 
Intro:




Prophet returns in the third and possibly final instalment in the Crysis franchise, to not only kill aliens.....but to kill a really big alien called the "Alpha-Ceph".

Along the way, he meets up with Psycho from the first Crysis, and with Karl Rasch, the inventor of the high-tech nanosuit which Prophet is embedded in.

It's up to these guys to stop.......the end.......of.......the......world!

Yeah, typical Hollywood blockbuster story. Anyways, time for the Areas of Concern! 
 

Areas of Concern:


Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

General Violence:

A lot of frantic, sci-fi violence with some blood and goo, and a lot of explosions and destruction.

--Many soldiers, aliens, and people are killed during the course of the game.

They can be shot: When this happens, blood sprays, staining the environment, and cries of pain are heard. Some of the aliens explode into gooey body parts. You can also shoot them using a bow and arrow: A splat sound is heard, and we see the dart sticking out of them.

Your character can sneak up on enemies and break their necks or stab them with blood spraying and crack being heard. You can also throw or kick objects at enemies, sending them flying and killing them.

You can throw grenades at them or shoot them with explosive arrows: An explosion occurs, and the enemy is flung backwards. Some of the arrows can also electrocute enemies; they flail around and gurgle in pain.

--We see some environments stained with the blood of the dead, and some dead bodies lying around.

--When you are killed, your character simply falls over, dead.

Storyline Violence: 

--There are several sequences where explosions go off, knocking people back and destroying the environment with wreckage everywhere. And when I say "destroying the environment", I mean there's a lot of destruction going on. Whole chunks of cities are blown up in some setpieces. Aircraft and vehicles are shot down, with lots of explosions.

--A few enemy soldiers are set on fire and they collapse after a bit of screaming. 

--A man screams horribly as his nanosuit is forcibly removed from his body. 

--A man, who is half-alien, shoots electricity beams at a few people, and one of them is killed by it, jerking backwards and then collapsing.

--A big alien is blown up, with explosions being seen, and a few smaller aliens nearby explode with goo spraying. 

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Nothing.

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Frequent Strong Language: Uses of F**k, (Motherf****r) S**t, (Bull***t) Pr**k, B**ch, B**l**ks, B**t**d, A*s, (A**hole) P**s, C**p, H**l, D**n, Wanker, and Twat.

--God and Jesus' name are used in vain.

Spiritual Content:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

--Some references to evolution and millions of years. 

--We see the following symbols:

-The "heart".

-Five point star.

--Your character, whose name is Prophet, experiences "Visions" of an impending apocalypse, and we see a few flashes of said apocalypse during the course of the game.

His visions are never explained, so it's unknown if it's genuinely supernatural or just something that was implanted into his mind.
  
--There is a mention of False Memories and Dissociative Identity Disorders occurring near a facility. This may not be spiritual, but it is of note.

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Ban-worthy

Nothing.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Typical action movie level morality: Shoot the bad guys, good guys are good guys. The end.

Thoughts & Impressions:


Crysis 3 is surprisingly entertaining, and it manages to bring the trilogy to an effective conclusion.

The whole game is a big dumb rollercoaster filled with action and explosions, but it's definitely better than Crysis 2's overly complicated story which fell far short of it's intended goal.

The setpieces were great, the graphics are unsurprisingly awesome, and it features a decent, if simplistic story. The ending was nothing special, but it actually felt like a good ending. There are some problems with it, which I won't talk about since it goes into spoilers.

So there you go, it seems like the third and probably final instalment in the Crysis series delivers, even if it's nothing special and you'll probably forget about in a month or two. 


The swearing is the biggest problem, and let's face it, it was wholly unnecessary. Besides the barrage of F-bombs, this game is surprisingly mild.

The violence is not that bad, still violent, but nothing too graphic for your average teenager.

The references to visions that Prophet has may be a problem, but it was too vague to be explained as supernatural, so I'm going to give it a pass this time. Just be forewarned of the overtones, though.

Verdict: 17+

Mature Gamers Only

(For Frequent Strong Language and Spiritual References

Outro:

Nice and short this time, not a lot of content to cover, and I just had coffee. I'm very happy, and I hope you are too with the review. (Ugh, rhyme.)

I'll see you guys next time I review, which may or may not be next week. Mark (ZIG) will probably take over then, or I hope so at least.

Agh, busy busy busy! See you next time!

Writer Bio:

Kyle van Rensburg is the Editor-in-Chief of Kyle's Christian Video Game Reviews. (KGR) He likes cookies.

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