UPDATE – I posted a video of what I’m seeing after the break.
Has anyone else noticed that Crysis 2 looks kind of blurry on the Xbox 360? I’ve literally wasted hours trying to dial my picture in for this game, which I’ve never had to do before with any other next-gen title. To me if you stare at the backgrounds in Crysis 2 there seems to be some blurry wavy lines present. It’s bad enough that I’ve tried hooking it up to another HDTV, and have even tried swapping out HDMI cables to remedy the issue. Unfortunately, the blurriness remains in all of the configurations I’ve tested. This leads me to believe that Crysis 2 is the issue itself and not my equipment. I’ve even thrown in another Xbox game (Bulletstorm) just to make sure it wasn’t my 360. So does this mean that Crysis 2 has some flawed visuals?
I believe it does. For a game that has been touted as the end all be all of graphical excellence I’ve been less than impressed with its visuals. In fact, they’re driving me batty! I think I’ve spent more time trying to configure my Samsung HDTV to work with this game than actually playing it. No matter what settings I use I can’t seem to get rid of the hazy hue to this game that honestly degrades the visuals in my opinion. I’ve almost considered going to buy a new f*cking TV just to see if that will fix this issue, but after all of my testing I can only imagine that it won’t.
So why are all the “professional” critics sucking this game’s digital ball sack then? At first, I was very impressed with the visuals, but as time went on and doubt started creeping into my mind I couldn’t get past what I was seeing on the screen. I wish a had a capture card to show you what I’m talking about, but I don’t. You’ll will just have to believe me and respect my opinion. Trust me, I’m not some troll fanboy just trying to bash this otherwise highly regarded game, but I just can’t get over the way it looks on my setup. I really haven’t been able to enjoy the game because I only focus on the grainy looking background textures, and not the well executed level design.
Sometime I can’t stand my obsessive compulsive behaviors. The whole Crysis 2 issue may just be in my head, but I know it isn’t. As you can see it’s consumed me to the point that I feel the need to write about it. I just want another gamer to reaffirm my findings, so I don’t feel like I’m losing my marbles. This whole situation is very reminiscent of my HTC Thunderbolt screen protector saga. When I don’t feel like I’m seeing, or using something in a perfect state, my mind starts to melt down. All of the joy that should come with playing a new game, or using a new gadget gets violently flushed down the toilet like a street girl’s unborn fetus. It really is a miserable way to live life, but that’s the way I roll.
If any of you are experiencing the same phenomena, or a different one, please let us know using the Comment section below. I’m really interested in finding out how the rest of you are experiencing the supposed graphical wonder, Crysis 2. Who knows, maybe I do need to go out and sell my right nut for a new 3D HDTV? I don’t really think that’s the issue considering other games run just fine on my setup. Both Killzone 3 and Bulletstorm look wonderful without any blur or wavy textures on my rig, so why does Crysis 2 look sketchy. Anyway, now that that’s out of the way let me get down to my review of Crysis 2.
EB – 7.5/10
The Awesome – I guess the Graphics sort of, Level Design, Nanosuit, Music (when it’s not blaring), MP in general
The Not So Awesome – Blurry Textures, Obscenely loud music, Story, MP Bugs
I just want to preface my review with the fact that I’m not in bed with any publishers like the “pro” critics, so I’m not going to blow any smoke up your a*s about this game.
You probably think I’m nuts for listing the Crysis 2 visuals under the awesome section, but I really can see the potential that this game has when it comes to looks. I’m sure it looks like a gem on the PC, because I can see hints of its greatness on my 360. It is a very fluid looking game that doesn’t really have any frame rate hiccups. If I could just get rid of the wavy lines in the background I’d totally get on Crysis 2’s c*ck like everyone else, but as it stands now I can only say that the game’s visuals have potential. I really think they’d look awesome if it weren’t for the texture and background issues. So yes, this is sort of a bi-polar critique, but I’m just being honest. Again, if you are seeing things differently on the 360 version of Crysis 2 please let us know. Just take some time out from killing C.E.L.L. and stare at your screen. Do you see what I’m talking about? I’m very anal, so you’ll have to really stare to pick up on the issue. You may in fact realize that I’m just too damn picky.
Considering that I’m having issues with Crysis 2’s graphics the true standout to this game has been the level design. I would describe it as being a controlled open-world design. It’s not like a GTA, but it also isn’t as linear as a Call of Duty. Basically, each level can be tackled in multiple ways. If you want to go all Commando on some b*tches you’re free to do so. If you want to get all Sam Fischer and go at it stealth then have at it. You can even mix the tow styles together. Crysis 2 does a great job presenting your available options by providing tactical advice via the Nanosuit visor. Once you get used to pulling it up before each encounter it becomes very entertaining to mark your targets and plan out your method of attack. I like the freedom and don’t feel like I’m confined to a certain path like other FPS games. It is a nice mix of freedom without the anxiety that comes to huge open-world games.
The Nanosuit v2 as seen in Crysis 2 is a piece of art. It has a wonderful visual appeal that just screams, “Bada*s!”. It’s one of those fictional items that I wish I could have in real life. How awesome would it be to have a voice in your head telling you what to do? Oh wait, I already have that, but it didn’t come with an awesome looking battle suit. The suit’s abilities make the Master Chief’s Mjolinar Armor seem like a cheap costume. I love the way it sounds, it’s very robotic. The ability to switch out of active camo and super armor only adds to your options of how to lay waste to your foes. It allows you to go stealth when needed, or if you’re getting hammered you can pop on its super shield. I just like the fact that I don’t have to find pick-ups to beef up my suit like other games. I just have to watch my suit’s power meter and keep it charged so the abilities are always available when I need them. Really though, I just dig the way it looks. Look for yourself below. Wouldn’t you want to sport that as your new lounging outfit?
The famous movie compose Hans Zimmer had a hand in the creation of some of Crysis 2’s musical themes, and it’s very evident that he did. The theme music is very catchy and almost has an ‘Inception’ feel to it. My only issue is that for some reason Crysis 2 feels the need to play its music at an ear piercingly loud volume. Typically, I set my stereo in the 35 – 38 decibel range while playing games. This allows for me to enjoy the surround sound without making my ears bleed. With Crysis 2 I have to turn it down to 45 – 50 decibels, because certain sections of the game will all of a sudden start blaring to the point where my speakers sound like they’re going to blow. It’s almost like Crytek coded the music to be extra loud in the same way that certain commercials do while you’re watching TV.
The worst case of this is in the MP menus where it’ll get so loud you’ll want to stab your ear drums out with a rusty spoon. With that being said it’s not the music itself that sucks, just the way they coded it into the game, and yes I have turned it down using the in-game settings, but it’s still retartedly loud.
I really think if I didn’t blow so bad at it right now the MP piece of Crysis 2 would be pretty solid. Unfortunately, I blow and because of this I have weak load outs. It’s the same flaw that is in the Modern Warfare games where those who play more get better gear, while those who don’t are left to get r*ped with their sh*tty weapon loadouts and unlocks. I just feel like I can never get the edge on someone. I’ll lay a clip into them only to have them shoot me twice from across the screen and put me down. It’s frustrating because it makes me feel like such a loser to just keep dying because other players have better guns, sights, and perks. This is why I think I’m so drawn to Killzone 3 MP because it doesn’t feel like there’s a barrier to entry. I’ll give Crysis 2 some more of my time, and I’m sure I’ll get better, but at this point my MP allegiance is still firmly rooted in the K3 camp.
The Not So Awesome
I think I already covered this in great detail, but I just wanted to b*tch about it again!
Once again, already covered, but are you experiencing the same thing. Like I said earlier what I am hearing is similar to what you may experience while watching a TV show. For example, you’re watching your favorite show at a reasonable volume and then it cuts to a commercial where your sensible volume setting now sounds like your as deaf as Anne Frank. It’s just annoying. Sure you can turn it down on your stereo or via the in-game settings, but why when I don’t have to for other games?
I know it doesn’t help that I haven’t played the first Crysis game, but even after watching all of the cutscenes from the previous 2 Crysis titles I still can’t really make out what is going on in Crysis 2. This has had an impact on how I’ve played the game. I just don’t really care about what is going on in its universe, which kind of makes me a passive participant in its gameplay. I don’t care about Alcatraz, I don’t care about the dude he’s working with, and I don’t care about the aliens, or C.E.L.L. Crysis 2’s plot just seems very generic and B-Movie like. Nothing has really engaged me in the plot, which has caused me to not be amped about playing the game each day. It just feels like another FPS where it’s you against the bad guys and you’re a bada*s compare to them. Snore!
Like I said before, I really think that Crysis 2 has some potential in the MP arena, but some of the connection issues are worked out I’m not dying to play it everyday. Each time I try to play with some friends it seems like we have to try multiple times to get connected to a match and actually remain in the same squad. It’s very similar to some of the COD connection glitches where party members get kicked out more often than not while trying to connect to a session. It definitely doesn’t help to make me want to spend my time with it, especially because after waiting all I do is get my a*s handed to me anyway. Hopefully, Crytek will patch this thing up to smooth out the connection issues.
In the end, Crysis 2 is a pretty decent game, but I don’t think it’s living up to its hype on the consoles. The whole blurry look thing just isn’t doing it for me, and other technical gltiches like the loud music and suspect MP connections don’t help either. Overall, I give it an EB 7.5/10. If you’ve been dying to play it I’d say give it a go, but in my opinion Crysis 2 could definitely just be a rental. I don’t feel any bond to it after the first few days, so I doubt that one will ever be established. I’m sure I’ll catch some sh*t for my write-up, but that’s just the way I feel. I think it has potential to look and feel great, but at this time it just isn’t the spectacle that everyone has been telling me about. You’ve been thinking that I may be too anal, or just suck at life…
Crysis 2 Blurry Background on Xbox 360
Crysis 2 Blurry Background on Xbox 360 Rain Scene
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