Luckily, one of the beta participants was kind enough to put up a crisp direct-feed video of the beta in action and you too can marvel at all the Nanosuit shooter goodness.
The video showcases the lobby system, post-game screen, and gameplay (of course). It is important to note that the footage has been taken from a beta and will have bugs. Hopefully these bugs will be addressed before the game launches.
Check out the Crysis 2 multiplayer beta footage:
We covered some of the earlier multiplayer details, but the video depicts something new. The game type played is known as "Crash Site" in which two teams vie for control of an alien piece of technology, it is more or less a "King of the Hill" type match. "Rooftops," the map you saw, offers plenty of vertical gameplay that Crytek has been hyping. Your player will automatically grab any ledge you jump to within reach, climbing up, making for a fast paced battle for the high ground.
Graphically, the game looks fantastic and the sound is amazing. The gameplay has received a bit of an upgrade from the alpha build I got a chance to play back at PAX Prime 2010, which is a good sign that Crytek is still hard at work to make this game every bit as good as they want it to be. A big problem I had while playing the alpha build was hit detection, which has been fixed to a slight degree. I also encountered an unusual freeze like the player in the video did - where my weapon would disappear and I would be unable to attack. Hopefully, they'll that straightened out before the game launches.
In the post-game screen, there are three categories in which a player gains experience: Stealth, Armor, and Weapon. Each of the categories gain more experience - according to the player's preferences. If the player chooses to cloak more often and sneak up to melee opponents, they'll gain more experience in the Stealth category. Likewise with Armor, if the player uses the armor ability of the Nanosuit and charges into situations, he will earn experience in that area. Weapon experience is merely earned by shooting and killing other opponents.
No word yet on whether or not Crytek and EA will release a public beta for Crysis 2 in the near future. Judging how the game was delayed to next year, a bit more polishing might be in order. In the meantime, you can still pre-order the Limited Edition of Crysis 2 which comes with some extra bonuses to give you a slight edge over the competition.
Crysis 2 will be jumping and shooting all over the place on March 22, 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.