Crysis 2 is not the benchmark Crysis 1 was. Crysis 1 was the software of election for "trial by fire" tests on brand new machines.
By making Crysis 2 run much better on every PC, Crytek risked his hardcore fan base of real and wannabe over-clockers. But no one can ignore the fact that this is probably the best action single AND multi-player shooter of the year.
Crysis 2 is a tactical shooter where there's no twitch based kills. This is no Call of Duty clone. Here you have to think before you shoot and use the environment to your advantage. Jumping, sprinting, cloaking, evading direct fire, hiding and seeking is all part of the game. While some complain about the lack of DirectX 11, it's worth noting that according to many online surveys (Like the ones ran by Valve Software on their Steam platform) only 15% of the player base actually supports it. It's also worth mentioning that Crytek did not want a rushed out DirectX 11 version of their game and they will be releasing it this summer as a free update. Still, Crytek did an amazing job in the graphics department and this is the best looking game of the year. There is no one who can refute this with real facts. The game looks gorgeous!
The single player is a long 12 hour campaign with more twists and turns than a plate full of spaghetti. When you think the game is about to end something happens and you're thrown into the middle of another huge battle. It never stops and it never gets boring! The weapons available keep the experience fresh and the physics in some scripted events will make you "wow" over and over again.
The multiplayer is also a fresh and fun experience. Unlike the recent Call of Duty installments where players can actually spend more time respawning and looking at killcams rather then fighting the good fight, in Crysis 2 each kill is worth your time and there are no lucky 1 shot kills. The common strategy of the "Pray and Spray" doesn't work here. Each kill has to be earned. The game modes are the usual, with some fresh twists such as the "assault mode" where a team of regular soldiers armed with assault riffles defend intelligence from a team of nanosuit soldiers armed with pistols.
In summary, this is a must buy for any fan of tactical action packed shooters, or those looking for a very good single player campaign, or anyone to show off the amazing graphics this game has to their friends. Crysis 2 is a very good candidate to Game Of The Year.
Note: For the animation/Film making fans, Crytek will be releasing development kits for the Crysis 2 engine (Cry engine 3) which can be used to create content for Crysis 2 or brand new games, game modes, films, or whatever your imagination dictates!