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Crysis Warhead Crysis Warhead Box Art Developer(s) Crytek Budapest Publisher(s) Electronic Arts Distributor(s) Electronic Arts Valve Corporation (Steam) Engine An enhanced version of CryEngine 2 Version Crysis Warhead 188.8.131.520 Crysis Wars 1.3 Platform(s) Microsoft Windows Release date(s) EU September 12, 2008 NA September 16, 2008 Digital download September 18, 2008 Genre(s) First-person shooter, Action Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer Rating(s) ESRB: M PEGI: 16+ Media DVD-DL, Steam download System requirements See Development Input methods Keyboard and mouse or Xbox 360 controller Crysis Warhead is a science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by video game developer Crytek Budapest and published by Electronic Arts as an expansion to Crysis. Crysis Warhead is a standalone game and does not need Crysis installed to play it. It was released on September 12, 2008 in Europe and September 16, 2008 in North America. Contents Gameplay Main article: Crysis#Gameplay
Crysis Warhead updates and refines the gameplay of the original game through a sidestory plot involving Psycho, one of previous protagonist Nomad's allies. The game is a parallel story that follows Sergeant Michael "Psycho" Sykes, a character from the original Crysis, as he faces his own trials and challenges on the other side of the island during the time period of the first game. It features new fully customizable weapons, vehicles and enemies, along with new multiplayer content. It also showcases a new, enhanced and optimized version of CryEngine 2 and is the first game developed by Crytek's Budapest studio. Crysis Wars Main article: Crysis#Multiplayer In addition to the single player campaign, Crytek has also emphasized the multiplayer modes, entitled Crysis Wars. In addition to the Instant Action and Power Struggle modes of the original Crysis, Crysis Warhead also features Team Instant Action mode, as well as 21 playable maps upon release. Crytek has made numerous changes to the multiplayer gameplay including tighter vehicle controls, weapon rebalancing, and Nanosuit alterations. Crysis Wars is included on its own disc, has a separate installer and logo, and is considered a separate game by Crytek; regardless, it comes bundled with Warhead at no additional charge. From the 10th to the 12th of October (2008) Crytek held a free trial weekend during which people could download and play Crysis Wars for free. Plot Crysis Warhead takes place during the events of the original Crysis, on the other side of the island in which the game is set. In the introductory film, British SAS Sergeant "Psycho" Sykes witnesses a North Korean warship being bombarded by U.S. Navy fighter jets. Leaving the shore, he joins a vehicle convoy driving through the jungle, and defends it as it is attacked by North Korean soldiers. The convoy is destroyed and the Marines fight into the night. The intro ends as the VTOL that tries to evacuate the destroyed convoy's Marines is hit by a missile and crash-lands. Psycho awakes and goes to find a better position for the surviving Marines, but gets attacked by an EMP blast from a container being lifted away by North Korean soldiers. Sykes is later assigned a mission to pursue another North Korean container that JSOC believes contains a nuclear warhead. As the mission progresses, Psycho is reunited with old friend Sean O'Neill who was originally going to be a part of Raptor Team. He was replaced by Nomad after failing an evaluation test. Psycho helps O'Neill after his F-35C jet is shot down and takes him to a VTOL to escape. Psycho fights through the jungle and coastlines against the North Korean military to track down the container and stop them from taking it. After he reaches a submarine, he sees what's inside. Rather than a nuclear warhead, the container houses an alien, which knocks Psycho out with an EMP blast. After he wakes up again, he is captured and tortured by the North Koreans. As the submarine submerges, the island is suddenly flash-frozen while mechanical alien "Exosuits" attack. Psycho pursues Colonel Lee through the frozen waters and valleys, eventually meeting up with another nanosuit team on the island, Eagle Team. Psycho and Eagle Team continue the pursuit, fighting off an enormous walking Exosuit. Eagle Team is separated from Psycho in a mine, while Psycho continues searching for the container. After reaching an underground train station, Psycho is ordered to get on the train the container is loaded on. Emerging above ground, Psycho fights off both North Korean soldiers and aliens trying to reclaim the container, O'Neill assisting him. Psycho is ordered to destroy the container if he cannot capture it. Before the container can be extracted by friendly forces off the bridge where the train stopped, Colonel Lee arrives and uses
a captured U.S. Marine as a hostage to bait Psycho off the train. Psycho is forced to drop the Marine and to retrieve the detonator for the planted explosives. Colonel Lee manages to escape with the container before the explosives could be detonated. Although Psycho survives the fall, the marine, who was not wearing an armoured nanosuit, is not so lucky. He takes out his rage on an injured North Korean nanosuit soldier he pulled off the bridge with him, and drowns him in the river. Struck with grief for not saving the life of the Marine, Psycho has an emotional breakdown, but regains his composure in order to finish his mission. Psycho assaults the North Korean-occupied airfield where the container is waiting to be taken off the island, taking out numerous ground forces and North Korean tanks. O'Neill returns in a VTOL, and assists Psycho in destroying an upgraded Exosuit walker by guiding him to a crashed U.S. Air Force cargo plane, which transported a powerful experimental weapon, the PAX (Plasma Accumulator Cannon), which allows him to fight off the initial wave of attackers. As the two are about to start extracting the container, Colonel Lee shows up again to reclaim the container, holding O'Neill at gunpoint. Lee tries to shoot O'Neill, but O'Neill is shielded by a cloaked Psycho, who begins fighting with Lee as O'Neill retakes control of the VTOL and takes the container. Psycho and Lee begin fighting inside of the VTOL, and Psycho gains the upper hand, knocking Lee out of the back onto the tarmac, leaving him to the mercy of a massive alien warship. O'Neill takes off with the container, as Psycho relaxes in the back. Throughout the game, audio clips from four years before the game takes place are heard. These clips show brief glimpses into how O'Neill failed his evaluation test. The final clip reveals a brief conversation between Psycho and Nomad at the end of Nomad's own, successful evaluation. Psycho asks Nomad if he's okay, to which Nomad replies "Did you disarm the warhead?" Psycho doesn't reply to the question, instead saying "That's my Nomad - always putting the mission first." Development Official system requirements Minimum Recommended Microsoft Windows Operating System Windows XP Windows Vista CPU 2.8 GHz or faster for XP, 3.2 GHz or faster for Vista Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Memory 1 GB RAM for XP, 1.5 GB RAM for Vista 2 GB RAM Hard Drive Space 15 GB of free space Graphics Hardware 256 MB video memory, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT/ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT or ATI HD3850 512MB Sound Hardware DirectX 9.0c compliant card (DirectX 10.1 compliant if applicable) While Crysis was previously announced to be a trilogy, Crysis Warhead is not the second chapter in that trilogy; it is instead billed as a stand-alone expansion pack, although its amount of included content exceeds what most typical expansion packs offer. The developers have also claimed that due to further optimizations of CryEngine2, Crysis Warhead performs better than the original Crysis. In their review, IGN confirmed that Crysis Warhead looks graphically better and runs better than the original Crysis. Crysis Warhead retails at less than normal games' RRP though the game's feature set is close to those featured in full-priced games.
EA recently announced that the game's minimum requirements are nearly identical to the minimum requirements of the original Crysis (except for the HDD capacity, which is now 15 GB). However, the "Gamer" and "Enthusiast" ("High" and "Very High", respectively, in the original Crysis) configurations require less powerful machines than before (as IGN confirmed in their review), allowing a user to run the Enthusiast settings in DirectX 9 mode (and on Windows XP). Reception Review scores Publication Score Computer and Video Games 9.2/10 Eurogamer 9/10 Game Informer 8.75/10 GamePro 4.5/5 stars GameSpot 9/10 GameSpy 3.5/5 stars IGN 9.4/10 PC Gamer UK 60% GameInformer 8.25/10 Aggregate scores Aggregator Score GameRankings 85% (38 reviews) Metacritic 84% (50 reviews) Crysis Warhead has received positive reviews. Most reviewers praised the improvements over the original Crysis in areas like AI and gameplay pacing, citing the original game's criticism that battles were few and far between. The new protagonist, Psycho, was also received better than the original's less developed Nomad. The revamped multiplayer mode, Crysis Wars, was also praised for adding a team deathmatch mode, the lack of which most reviewers criticised in the original game. Finally, the game's better optimization was noted by most. Criticism of the game by reviewers includes the short story mode (though most note it is an expansion and not a full game) and a lack of new features over the original game. Some continue to cite the game's high system requirements as unacceptable even a year after the original game, which has the same requirements. Indeed, some reviewers did not see any significant performance improvement with Warhead compared with Crysis, stating that again only very high-end GPUs could handle the game comfortably at decent frame rates. Crysis Warhead was featured among Electronic Arts's lineup at E3 2008 where it gained two "Best of E3" awards: one for "Best First Person Shooter" and another for "Best Graphics Technology". In GameSpot's "Best of 2008" the game was nominated in some categories ("Best Graphic, Technical", "Best Shooter" and "Best PC game") but it did not win any of these awards. Digital rights management The PC version of Crysis Warhead uses a modified version of the digital rights management (DRM) software SecuROM as copy prevention, which requires authentication upon installation and when online access is used. Similar to Spore, it can be installed a limited number of times on
a limited number of machines/hardware configurations (5) before the user must contact EA to reset their install count. It should be noted that the same restrictions apply to the Steam version as well. EA has released an installation revoke tool which allows users to de-authorise their Crysis Warhead installations. References 1. ^ a b c d e f "Deployment Date Set for Crysis Warhead". Crytek. 2008-08-1. http://www.crytek.com/news/news/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=126&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5 D=1&cHash=0cbb148a6b. Retrieved on 2008-08-14. 2. ^ "EA and Crytek launches Crysis Warhead". Crytek. 2008-09-16. http://www.crytek.com/news/news/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=129&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5 D=9&cHash=384267c174. Retrieved on 2008-09-16. 3. ^ Bertz, "Crysis Warhead: Meanwhile Across the Island," Game Informer 188 (December 2008): 126. 4. ^ "EA and Crytek announce Crysis Warhead". Crytek. 2008-06-05. http://www.crytek.com/news/news/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=116&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5 D=1&cHash=7733199cd1. Retrieved on 2008-07-09. 5. ^ Faylor, Chris (August 13, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Ships Sept. 16, Crysis Wars Revealed" (in English). ShackNews. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/54158. Retrieved on 2008-0817. 6. ^ Faylor, Chris (June 19, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Runs Smoothly at High on a $620 PC, Claims Crytek; Tweaks Could Hit First Crysis" (in English). ShackNews. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/53217. Retrieved on 2008-08-17. 7. ^ Faylor, Chris (August 13, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Ships Sept. 16, Crysis Wars Revealed" (in English). ShackNews. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/54158. Retrieved on 2008-0817. 8. ^ Ocampo, Jason (September 12, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Review - IGN UK" (in English). IGN - UK. http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/909/909584p1.html. Retrieved on 2008-09-20. 9. ^ Jason Ocampo (2008-07-08). "IGN: Pre-E3 2008: Crysis Warhead Hands-on". IGN. http://pc.ign.com/articles/887/887185p1.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-13. 10. ^ Faylor, Chris (August 14, 2008). "Crysis Warhead System Requirements Unveiled, Nearly Identical to Original Crysis" (in English). ShackNews. http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/54175. Retrieved on 2008-09-16. 11. ^ Porter, Will (September 15, 2008). "Review: Crysis Warhead" (in English). CVG. 1. http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=197118. Retrieved on 2008-09-16. 12. ^ Donlan, Christian (September 12, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Review" (in English). EuroGamer. 2. http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=235563. Retrieved on 2008-0912. 13. ^ Herring, Will (September 16, 2008). "Review: Crysis Warhead" (in English). GamePro. 1. http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/207130/crysis-warhead/. Retrieved on 2008-09-16. 14. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (September 17, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Review" (in English). GSpot. 1. http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/crysiswarhead/review.html. Retrieved on 2008-09-18. 15. ^ Kosak, Dave (September 16, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Review - GameSpy" (in English). GameSpy. http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/crysis-warhead/910630p1.html. Retrieved on 2008-09-19. 16. ^ Ocampo, Jason (September 12, 2008). "Crysis Warhead Review" (in English). IGN. 2. http://pc.ign.com/articles/909/909584p1.html. Retrieved on 2008-09-12. 17. ^ Pearson, Craig (November 2008), "Crysis Warhead", PC Gamer UK
18. ^ "Metacritic: Crysis Warhead". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/crysiswarhead. Retrieved on 2008-10-03. 19. ^ "Crysis Warhead reviews". Game Rankings. http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/946793.asp. Retrieved on 2008-09-18. 20. ^ "Crysis Warhead performance in-depth". techspot.com. 2008-09-23. http://www.techspot.com/article/118-crysis-warhead-performance/page6.html. Retrieved on 2008-11-23. "Realistically we do not believe the performance of Crysis Warhead is any better than the original, and we failed to see any substantial optimizations. Ideally gamers are going to require a current generation high-end graphics card to play this game in all its glory" 21. ^ "Crysis Warhead Copy Protection F.A.Q." (in English). MyCrysis. 2008-09-18. http://www.mycrysis.com/newsdetails.php?news=29380. Retrieved on 2008-09-19. 22. ^ Thang, Jimmy (2008-09-18). "Crysis Warhead Allows Five Activations" (in English). IGN. http://pc.ign.com/articles/911/911519p1.html. Retrieved on 2008-09-19. 23. ^ (English) (German) (French) (Spanish) Crysis Warhead External links * Official website * Download Crysis
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