4.5 Maximum everything theWub | 22/12/2011 | See all theWub's reviews (135) CRYSIS is an exceptional game in many respects. Firstly, and most famously, it looks absolutely stunning. On maximum settings the island on which the adventure takes place truly comes to life. The quality of the graphics and the physics remain unsurpassed, in my opinion, even when compared to more recent games. Immersion is critical in games such as this and the CryENGINE used provides this in spades. There's also a pretty good storyline behind the action and the pacing is good, with the action steadily ramping up to an impressive big finale. The voice acting is always convincing and the cut-scenes fit seamlessly into the flow of the game. The combat is challenging and rewarding. I have just two criticisms: First is the fact that the single player game ends! I wanted much more but this is a game that can be played more than once as the "sandbox" nature of the island allows for different approaches to the gameplay, plus there's a good multiplayer version to continue the fun, and there are custom maps and mods out there. Second, there's not enough humour. I think any game benefits from a few laughs (the Half-Life series is an excellent example) but I can't remember any in CRYSIS. Still, this doesn't matter too much when what you're given is so absorbing and entertaining.