Crytek CEO frustrated at reception of what he sees as the best game in the series

Crysis 3

By on March 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

We enjoyed Crysis 3, a lot, in fact. The storyline wasn’t very interesting but the graphics and gameplay more than made up for it, but it seems that the majority of critics don’t agree — and it’s frustrating Crytek’s CEO Cevat Yerli.

“It is better than Crysis 2. It is better than Crysis 1. Technical and creatively, and storytelling — all aspects,” he said to Gamasutra, describing it as “our masterpiece”.

Yerli apportions some of this blame to console fatigue. “there’s a certain fatigue level with the old generation currently. The markets are down, people’s expectations are much more radical than the current generation of games are doing.”

In the same interview, Yerli also mentioned that Crytek could have done a lot more with the PC version if they hadn’t had to develop for multiplatform, but they would have had a far, far smaller budget if that was the case. “The consoles are eight year old devices. Of course, in one way or another, they will limit you. It’s impossible not to be limited by a limited console. By definition it’s the case. So if it were PC only, could we have done more things? Certainly, yes. Could we have afforded a budget to make a game like Crysis 3 PC only? No. People have to understand that this is a journey of give and take.”

Source: Gamasutra

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Well, I really loved it, and the multiplayer is excellent.

 

I’ve only just got it, but the first mission was pretty good, and it does look excellent.

On another note, Crysis 1 was PC only, so did Crysis 3 cost a good deal more, or has their perception of the profitibility of PC changed?

 

Well consider that Crysis 1′s sales were arguably greater than Crysis 2′s. If they focused all their resources on a PC exclusive for Crysis 2 they could’ve made a better game than Crysis 1. It then follows that they could’ve earnt a budget to “make a game like Crysis 3″ exclusively on PC.

 
Lord_PorkSword

I really enjoyed it but I do feel some things could have been done better.

[Without giving too much away] They could have expanded the low grav part near the end and actually made it a playable level rather than a just aim and shoot which I thought was quite lack luster in design. The original had low grav so they could have made a more memorable ending in this regard.

Also the driving sections could have been done much better and made more immersive!

 

CEO disagrees with critics, says their latest product is better than the previous ones.

Amazing.

 

irritus:

On another note, Crysis 1 was PC only, so did Crysis 3 cost a good deal more, or has their perception of the profitibility of PC changed?

Actually Crysis was also remade for the xbox as well.
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-AU/Product/Crysis/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80245410968

TBH never really cared about Crysis, the story line is meh. It’s not the best shooter as well. Fun, but not the best. I’ll also shoot down Far Cry while I’m here!
Graphics is not everything. I much prefer to to have lover graphics and higher frames.

/End rant

 

Yeah just a simple case of the developer unwilling to accept that their baby isn’t as gorgeous as they wanted it to be. I haven’t played it yet but I doubt it’s as good as the original based on what’s been said (half way effort between C1 and C2 leaning more towards C2 coupled with a trashy storyline).

Am I the only one who dislikes whenever an author or hollywood writer is brought in to write the story of a game and then on top of that switch them out again for someone else for the next installment? It never ends well with the stories not actually being amazing in the first place and the franchise as a whole being terribly inconsistent as the story radically changes between installments.

 
kinistoniscool

mehhh crysis 1 was the best, hands down!

 

crysis 1 was good until the aliens then meh

is taking out a korean army in a open jungle with a super suit too much to ask :)

 

They need to drop the Crysis IP and work on a new one that isn’t based on hollywood fiction.

The primary reason Crysis isn’t CoD is that it doesn’t have any depth. Ironic as CoD is shallower than a paddly pool at Uluru (Ayres Rock). Thing is that Crysis needed a story, a deeper story than it got. It needed the same attention to detail in the start of the game to follow through to the end of the game.

Moreso the game needed to have a primary character (the player’s avatar in this case) that wasn’t the uber killing machine that was so 8 yrs ago. It needs to basically be ditched in favour of the Homefront franchise which offers them a CoD world with depth and many options for a good SP and MP setup.

But please no more 15-20 round kills when you get whacked by a rapid fire shotty instead. In other words, just use the real world balance for the guns…

 

RSOblivion,

I was under the impression that this is the last Crysis game.

 

Crysis 1 is an incredible game. It has enough open world, scripted linear, serious stalking, cheesy Uncle Sam at war, ALIENS…. it has it all. I’ve not played Warhead yet, let alone Crysis 2.

 

plasmadavid:
Crysis 1 is an incredible game. It has enough open world, scripted linear, serious stalking, cheesy Uncle Sam at war, ALIENS…. it has it all. I’ve not played Warhead yet, let alone Crysis 2.

The Wars MP was great. Hopefully it makes a resurgence.

 

Of course the CEO is going to say that… he needs the game to sell and it’s his product he will support it no mater what.

Crysis is still the best of the series. Crysis 3 is way to short and I found it still as linear as crysis 2. Worst part of the game is the random buggy driving…doesn’t really fit. I would have liked to see more iconic places in NY also.

 

Crysis 3 looks pretty fun and looks like its a bit more open than Crysis 2 but reviews often say that its a short game that improves Stealth and on harder difficulties shoehorns you into doing so or you die instantly. I dont see that this game is worth its current price tag from what I have seen. Either way it doesnt look like a terrible game but only 6 hr campaign is a pass from me.

 

snazz:
CEO disagrees with critics, says their latest product is better than the previous ones.

Amazing.

God forbid someone have a separate opinion and not conform to the Ceph hive mind.

Crysis 2 actually outsold Crysis 1 by 50%, but combined with Warhead they equalled each other. Bearing in mind this was only at the 1 year mark for Crysis 2, and since then it’s been lumped with FIFA and BF3 on their financial reports so it’s hard to discern from there but common sense dictates Crysis 2 would’ve outsold both the previous games.

Let alone Cryengine 2 was barely licensed out, if at all. Cryengine 3 on the other hand? It was pretty big; from recent memory Mech Warrior Online used it. I’m not sure of the budget of the 2 games though (Crysis 2 presumably is higher due to the multiplatform nature of it, but I don’t know for certain).

Crysis 3 certainly suffered in going back to wide corridors; some levels were good but currently I’m up to a particular level where I have to take out AA batteries and man is it just awful, let alone sparse. Rest of the game is good though (except for the first half which is a series of cliches tumbling over themselves; hopefully it gets better from here but I doubt my chances).

InAUGral:
Crysis 3 looks pretty fun and looks like its a bit more open than Crysis 2 but reviews often say that its a short game that improves Stealth and on harder difficulties shoehorns you into doing so or you die instantly. I dont see that this game is worth its current price tag from what I have seen. Either way it doesnt look like a terrible game but only 6 hr campaign is a pass from me.

Ehh, you die in about 3 hits without armour mode; with it on you can survive anything enough to run up and grab someone and run away. Except for pingers which seem to be broken as all hell as they snipe you.

With that being said, with cloak on you can kill nearly all enemies with the bow without even uncloaking, and shooting enemies now doesn’t break it either (but does drain lots of energy).

In MP as armour and cloak are different bars you can virtually stay in any one mode forever, and it’s a matter of the right tool for the right job as the 2 energy modes slow you down significantly meaning you’ll get hit more than if you leaped about.

 

I think the CEO is confused between what seagulls and gamers are. One loves shiny things, the other loves shiny things with the caveat that the shiny thing also has great gameplay & is preferably non-linear & open-worlded as much as possible.

Also, is he serious? He thinks people wont shit all over a game with <6 hours content that was hyped up to be the best new thing since sliced bread? No one wants to pay $100 for a tech demo.

 

Cevat Yerli is just pissed that he’s spent so much time in the media and in interviews, getting himself quoted in various gaming articles about his “baby” and it’s apparently not as interesting as he thought. Maybe he needs to play some less Hollywood/bombastic games to see what a more subtle approach with less clichés can do.

 

Looked interesting but as others have said, short campaign, uninvolved story, and…
from EA which pretty much rules it out for me.

Simcity might have been the game to get origin on my box, but it looks like that wont happen either.

Still Origin free zone here.

 

Clearly bias opinion vs the opinion of thousands of the general public.
Sorry Mr Masterpiece. I bought Colonial Marines this year, I’m not in the mood to throw more money away.

 
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