If you were too poor to buy a worthwhile PC gaming rig and join the glorious PC master race last gen, you likely settled for purchasing a PS3 or an Xbox 360. Both systems eventually managed to receive poor man ports of Crytek’s highly celebrated Crysis series. The games were a far cry from what they were like on PC, but if you still managed to stay poor and only buy an Xbox One this gen, you have an opportunity to replay the entire Xbox 360 trilogy on your Xbox One… right now!
Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb made a quick little tweet on the social media service to announce that anyone with the original physical discs of Crysis or those of you who purchased the games through their Xbox Live profiles can currently replay Crysis, Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 on their Xbox One.
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) October 16, 2018
Funnily enough, a bunch of weebs hopped in to hijack Hryb’s post to request some Japanese SHMUPs from the Xbox 360 era, hoping to cajole Hryb to convince Spencer to enable those 360 Japanese titles to become backwards compatible for the Xbox One.
But the main discussion at hand is Crysis on Xbox One. The first game actually wasn’t the first game to make its way to Xbox 360 and PS3, it was actually Crysis 2. The first Crysis required a lot of downgrading to finally appear on the seventh gen twins, and arrived in the third quarter of 2011 after the launch of Crysis 2 that spring. The third and final game in the series, Crysis 3, launched two years later in 2013.
Each game became progressively linear and more restricted to accommodate the limitations of the home consoles. The AI became more restricted and dumber, mimicking the NPCs that makeup the majority of those on the Left, and the graphics were no longer as cutting edge as the original game from 2007. The levels also became far more linear and more restrictive in how players could navigate them.
It’s a real shame we don’t get more games like the original Crysis, which wasn’t the greatest game ever made but it did have some awesome and dynamic environments. The first game also had very intense shootouts with lots and lots of physics-based interactivity and destructibility, which made it really fun to experiment with different weapons.
Heck, just check out the gameplay below running in 4K UHD courtesy of PC Gaming Videos to see just how much current games haven’t progressed since 2007.
Of course, all the sexy elements were restricted to PC – the graphics, physics, and AI all took a major hit when the first game was downgraded and ported to the Xbox 360 and PS3.
If you want to experience the entire trilogy over again for the Xbox One, you can do so right now thanks to the backwards compatibility.