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Video game review: 'Crysis 3' brings more stealth and subtlety to the game

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Entertainment,Greg Prince,Video Games

More than 20 years have passed since Prophet and his super-powered nanosuit halted the last assault by the alien Ceph. After that incident, he was betrayed by the corrupt CELL organization and stuck in an electrified coffin for study.

After getting broken out by an anti-CELL group that includes an old friend, Prophet sets out on a revenge mission that takes him back to New York City. This time around, though, the city is extremely different. While Prophet was locked up, CELL erected the huge Liberty Dome over the city to trap any remaining Ceph forces, as well as for a more sinister motive. The Big Apple is no longer just an urban jungle -- it's actually a rainforest.

"Crysis 3" is one of the best looking shooters of this console generation. The campaign environments have tons of detail and it's all incredibly crisp. On top of that, it's a fun story backed by great weapons and controls. The new bow is without a doubt the most fun weapon, allowing for kills from almost any range while remaining cloaked. There are also plenty of set sequences that will leave you gawking at the screen.

A few quirks stick out, however. Bad guys can easily spot you during the campaign. It's ridiculous that some small-potatoes CELL agent can see you from more than 50 yards away while you're hiding behind bushes in the shadows just because you turned off cloaking to let it recharge.

'Crysis 3'
» Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
» Price: $59.99
» Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This "Crysis" sequel seems to put more focus on stealth and subtlety. It's not bad. ... It just makes Prophet feel a little less powerful during the big gunfights.

Multiplayer shines with its quality and speed. Most of the modes pit nanosuited players against each other. It's fast-paced fun, but the nanosuit's ability to cloak means that there a ton of people camping. So be ready for it.

"Crysis 3" hits all the right notes and shows how far the current consoles have come. Also, there's always that awesome bow and those crazy alien guns.

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