Crysis 3 started out two ways for me.
First, there was awe and amazement at the graphics, audio engineering, detail and other technological marvels the Crytek development team always delivers.
But then came the ultimate confusion and frustration. How confusing and frustrating? I stopped playing within 15 minutes.
And here's the simple reason: Crysis 3 ships with one of the biggest and most glaring gameplay bugs I've ever encountered. It's so bad that it renders the game unplayable, literally.
You see, if you made the dire mistake of customizing your controls like I do and remapping some of the buttons, you'll soon find it impossible to open doors. That makes it kind of difficult to get through said doors.
Such a simple issue never should have gotten past the initial developers, question-and-answer teams or testing teams. The fact that remapping controls completely break the game is inexcusable.
But I don't want to dwell on the bug. After figuring out how to overcome it, I progressed through the single-player story line. And while I continued to be amazed by the level of visual and audio detail, I ultimately came away disappointed.
You see, once the game gives you Zeus' Lightning Bolts, otherwise known as the compound predator bow, you might as well stop playing because that's the end of the fun.
The bow is so powerful there's no point in equipping a single other weapon for the rest of the game.
How does unlimited ammo sound? Done.
Electric mode, thermite mode, frag mode? No problem.
All of this in complete and total stealth? You betcha.
But wait, that's not all!
To top it off, here's how to play and beat the entire game: Equip bow, go stealth, shoot enemy in head and recover arrow.
Wait for another enemy to discover body and walk straight to him, equip bow, go stealth, shoot enemy in head, recover arrow.
Got it? Good.
While the game is gorgeous, it suffers from these two glaring flaws that make it tough to enjoy.
If you're interested in seeing the stunning graphics, watch some videos of Crysis 3 on YouTube. But if you want a solid game, buy Far Cry 3.
Trust me. You'll have more fun.
VIDEO GAME REVIEW
About: The third main installment in the first-person shooter series.
Players: Single, multiplayer
Pros: The graphics are insanely good.
Cons: The title suffers from some major gameplay bugs, and the bow makes it too easy.
Availability and price: $59.99 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
ESRB rating: M
Manifesto's rating: 3/10 (PC)
Metacritic rating: 7.7/10 (PC)