It hasn’t been the best week for futuristic extraterrestiral-hunting first-person shooters (see: Aliens: Colonial Marines) nor, for that matter, Electronic Arts-published first-person shooters (see: the continuing fallout from Medal of Honor’s cancellation). But as a conflation of the two, Crysis 3 — one of our most anticipated games of 2013 — looks to reverse the trend when it releases next week, on February 19, carrying the high expectations of Crytek’s venerable franchise and the high-grade technology of CryEngine 3.
Naturally, a narrowing margin of waiting time means a widening breadth of content to get fans ready. Today we’re recapping the penultimate and final installments of Crytek’s in-depth video series, “The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3“; a recently released gameplay trailer chronicling the many (and extensively customizable) combat options available to Prophet, our Nanosuit-clad protagonist; and the official Crysis 3 achievements list.
A shield against enemy weapons, a fount for strength and speed, a cloak for chameleonic camouflage, Prophet’s nanosuit has always been elementary to the Crysis formula. Its robust array of customizable abilities — rivaling most first-person shooters on the market — helped bring a steady following to the series between 2007’s Crysis and 2011’s Crysis 2. (That, and the premise of state-of-the-art visuals on the PC.) With Crysis 3 tossing Prophet into the rainforesty recesses of a domed and overgrown New York City, combat looks to provide for an even greater mix of predatory, tactical stealth and brash, frenetic brute force. The final two episodes of Crytek’s “The Seven Wonders of Crysis 3,” conveniently, show us how Prophet is outfitted for both.
Episode 5, “The Perfect Weapon,” demonstrates the full power of Prophet’s nanosuit while yesterday’s Episode 6, “The End of Days,” explores how strategy, anticipation and assessing the battlefield can reward players who take a more calculated approach.
A more cinematic spectacle is made in “The Hunt is On,” the latest official gameplay trailer released for Crysis 3, set to the ferocious tempo of Muse’s “Liquid State.” From crossbows to sniper rifles to rocket launchers, from shooting down deadly aerial vehicles to piloting them, we get a fast-cutting glimpse of Crysis 3 in action. We also get a feel for the new narrative: Prophet, awaking from a 24-year cryo-slumber, discovering that things aren’t quite as they used to be (aside from, you know, New York City’s quarantine and apparent lack of a landscaping budget, that is) — that world is on the brink of annihilation and that C.E.L.L. corporation is involved in a malicious plot for global domination, posing just as great a threat to liberty and prosperity as the invading outer-world Cephs. The hunt is on indeed. And the prey are many.
Be sure to continue on to the next page for the Crysis 3 achievements list. Totaling up to 50 achievements, it cuts a pretty broad swath across single- and multiplayer objectives while, thankfully, not surrendering any spoilers. We do, however, get plenty of witty references: Arrow to the Knee, for instance, awards 20 points for, you guessed it, “ending an enemy’s career as a CELL operative by wounding him in the knee with an arrow!”
Staying Sharp 20 – Complete Tutorial
Welcome to the Jungle! 15 – Complete Post-Human
A Flawless Getaway 15 – Complete Welcome to the Jungle
Off the Grid 15 – Complete The Root of All Evil
Turning the Tide 15 – Complete Safeties Off
Brink of Apocalypse 20 – Complete Red Star Rising
Belly of the Beast 20 – Complete Only Human
The True Measure of a Hero 20 – Complete Gods and Monsters
Nanosuit Veteran 25 – Complete 3 of 7 levels on Veteran difficulty
Halfway to Hell 25 – Complete 3 of 7 levels on Supersoldier difficulty
World Saver 35 – Finish the campaign in any difficulty
Bring it On 45 – Complete the campaign on Veteran difficulty
Professional Superhero 65 – Complete the campaign on Supersoldier difficulty
Perk Of The Job 15 – Single Player: Save a Nanosuit module package
Geared-up 25 – Single Player: Unlock all weapon attachments
Suited-up 20 – Single Player: Upgrade all Nanosuit modules to Maximum level
Be a Pro, use a Bow! 20 – Single Player: Kill 10 enemies with each arrow type
Maximum Strength 15 – Single Player: Kill 25 enemies using only the Nanosuit’s enhanced powers instead of guns
Hunter-Gatherer 15 – Single Player: Retrieve 10 arrows from pinned enemies
The Gibson 15 – Single Player: Complete 20 hacking challenges
I’ll Have That! 15 – Single Player: Rip off and use all alien weapon types
Taste Of Your Own Medicine 15 – Single Player: Kill 25 enemies while supercharged
Breaking the Lore 10 – Single Player: Retrieve all CELL Intel
Bang For The Buck 10 – Single Player: Kill a deer using explosive arrows
Can You Hear Me Now? 20 – Welcome to the Jungle: Disable the Nanosuit Jammer
Who Needs Rockets? 20 – Post-Human: Take out an attack helicopter using the Predator Bow
White Rider 20 – The Root of All Evil: Surf the donut down the river for 20 seconds
Roadkill 20 – Red Star Rising: Crush 5 enemies with the Buggy
Ping Pong! 20 – Only Human: Kill all Pingers
Inside Job 25 – Single Player: Kill 10 enemies using hacked sentry guns
Post-Human Warrior 25 – Single Player: Kill 10 enemies in a single Supercharge boost
Arrow to the Knee! 20 – “Single Player: End an enemy’s career as a CELL operative by wounding him in the knee with an arrow!
Improviser 15 – Single Player: Kill two enemies in one strike using the environment
Nanosuit Ninja 15 – Single Player: Perform 20 Stealth Kills without alerting nearby enemies
Stick Around 15 – Single Player: Using the Predator Bow, pin 10 enemies to walls with arrows
Clever Girl! 15 – Single Player: Stealth kill a Ceph Stalker
Poltergeist 10 – Single Player: Kill 10 enemies with thrown objects without being detected
Rising Star 15 – Reach Rank 20
Block Party 20 – Complete a match in every location in New York (Public Match only)
Odd Job 25 – Get two kills with one throw-able object in the same match (Public Match only)
Lord of the Pings 15 – Kill 25 enemies with the Pinger (Public Match only)
The Specialist 30 – Get a stealth kill, a rip and throw kill and an air stomp kill in the same match (Public Match only)
Bird of Prey 15 – Air stomp someone from a height of 15 meters (Public Match only)
Going Commando 30 – Get a primary weapon, secondary weapon and explosive kill in one life (Public Match only)
Hit me baby one more time 15 – Melee someone with a ripped off shield in Spears (Public Match only)
Rudely Interrupted 20 – Rip an enemy player out of a Pinger (Public Match only)
I See Cloaked People 20 – Kill 10 Hunters as a C.E.L.L. operative (Public Match only)
Would you kindly… 20 – Accept and complete 25 unique challenges
Aerial Support 15 – Kill 10 enemies using the mounted weapon on the VTOL (Public Match only)
Kicking off the training wheels 10 – Complete a match using manual armor mode only (Public Match only)
Crysis 3 releases on February 19, 2013 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Follow Brian on Twitter @Brian_Sipple.