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Two thumbs up for Crysis 2 & the geopolitics of first-person shooters

I’ve spent the last couple of days with a copy of the newly released Crysis 2 for Xbox360.

Haven’t tried the multiplayer yet, and don’t think I will — I get my multiplayer kicks with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 — but as a single player experience, it’s the most awesome first-person shooter I’ve ever played.

Sure, killing baddies and blowing shit up is fun, but it’s the stunning visuals of an apocalyptic New York City that really make Crysis 2 special. Adding to the awe-inspiring — but sometimes truly nightmarish — atmosphere is a musical score put together in part by composer Hans Zimmer, who also worked on the scores of “Inception” and “The Dark Knight.”

I you enjoy first-person shooters, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today.

And speaking of first-person shooters, somebody shot me a link to this post at Sociological Images that features a map (taken from here) of “video game villains” that have appeared in first-person shooters released since 2000.

Now, as somebody whose general rule with shooters is that I play them only if the featured enemies are a) human (Crysis 2 being a notable exception, obviously), and b) from a country I don’t like, I was intrigued. The map isn’t perfect, though — as some commenters point out, some of the “nations that have been threatening us” in the map were not actually depicted as hostile nations in the games cited, and a number of games and/or enemies seem to have been left out.

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  • billnye8068

    *sigh*

    Inexperienced masses being amazed by a Console-ized, dumbed down game

  • inkevitch

    That diagram was fairly dissappointing, apart from also being able to be called “Tom Clancy novel settings and the battlefield games map” it doesn’t give a quantitative impression, just a simple yes/no

  • Granfalloon

    I’m not sure exactly what this map is intended to be a barometer of. Save that, for the purpose of writing a plot to a video game, writers find it more plausible that US forces would be fighting Russia and Iraq than, say, Djibouti.

  • Jing

    Battlefield 3 laughs at your pitiful excuse of a game. Laughs I say!

  • CactusMcHarris

    I know I’m in the distinct minority here (disclaimer – I’m of the pinball generation) but is there a thinking, exciting, involving Egame that doesn’t involve as its main purpose blowing people and shit up?

    I bowled on a Wii once and thought it was fun – I wanted to try kendo next but they were out of it.

  • hardyandtiny

    whenever you say you’ve been busy with work, I know what’s really going on.

  • valkilmerisiceman

    *sigh*

    Inexperienced masses being amazed by a Console-ized, dumbed down game

    F that S, dude. After a long day of hittin’ the books, the last thing I want is some complex RPG or strategy game. There is a time and place for simple games where I get to blow someone’s face off, and that is after work and in my filthy apartment.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    But is there a thinking, exciting, involving Egame that doesn’t involve as its main purpose blowing people and shit up?

    As disturbing an idea as they might be, I imagine there probably are, although I don’t know of any off the top of my head. I guess “Alan Wake” doesn’t count?