Seeing the Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Nintendo Switch is equal parts amazing and mind-blowing rolled into one. Originally released as three games over six years, Crysis was the benchmark game held in graphical high esteem. If your system could run Crysis, then it was something special to behold. Fast forward to today, Crytek decided it was time to remaster the entire trilogy and bring the games to a Nintendo console for the first time. Brought to a Nintendo console they did because Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Nintendo Switch is nothing short of amazing.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy is a fantastic collection of first-person shooters. I’ve always loved the Crysis series and being able to go back to them in a remastered state is a treat. Focusing on all the remastered aspects of the 3 games, Crytek went in a gave every game a facelift. Lighting details have been improved, textures have all been reworked and upgraded, environments look crisp, and the action? Oh the action has never looked better. All these improvements have been put into the Nintendo Switch version of Crysis Remastered Trilogy. To be honest, it’s really amazing to see this game running on Switch. The games all look amazing on Switch, with Crysis 3 really shinning through above the rest. Play it in handheld mode and the experience truly gets a “Wow” out of you.
That’s not to say that the only great thing is how the games look on Switch. Crysis Remastered Trilogy has great games that hold up extremely well today. The series revolves around a group of military heroes with nanosuits, technologically advanced suits of armor that give them enhanced physical strength, speed, defense, and cloaking abilities. The heroes face off against hostile North Korean soldiers in the original Crysis, heavily armed mercenaries in Crysis 2, and a race of technologically advanced aliens known as the Ceph in Crysis 3. I don’t want to spoil much of the story for anyone, because I really think it’s an interesting story you should experience on your own. Just know that they do a really good job setting things up in the first game and providing a world you want to experience more of. Oh and that combat bow in Crysis 3 is pure (chef’s kiss).
If you asked me, “what game out of the trilogy do you think stands out the most?” I’d have to say Crysis 3. The original Crysis provides this awesome, open-world-like experience that allows for crazy action to happen everywhere. Yet, you can clearly tell they were trying new ideas and some ideas work great, others a bit mixed. Crysis 2 tried to dial back the openness and provide a more traditional, albeit Crysis-infused, experience. It’s a really fun, more traditional FPS that holds your hand a bit throughout the campaign. Yet Crysis 3, that’s where they figured it all out. You have amazing environments you get to discover in whatever way you want. Want to go in guns blazing? Go for it. Want to take a quiet, stealthy approach? Done. Want to go in pure chaos and see what happens? Well, you can do that, although I don’t recommend it. The point is, Crysis 3 does an amazing job at taking all the best elements of the previous 2 games and putting them together in a truly memorable finale.
It’s really hard to find many issues with the Crysis Remastered Trilogy, except for two minor things. Sure I would have loved to have the multiplayer modes included in the collection but I understand the decision to focus on the single-player experience. Honestly, as much as I loved the multiplayer experience the Crysis games have always been about the single-player campaign. The package we get here is definitely not lacking in things to do. My first minor issue is that maybe Crysis 3 is a bit short, especially when compared to the other two games. It’s not that you’re getting a quick, it’s over shortly experience. You’re still getting a meaty experience that will last you a handful of hours to complete. Thing is that is a few hours shorter than Crysis or Crysis 2. Again, not a major issue in my book (especially when you consider how great Crysis 3 is) but definitely feels like the game ends right when it reaches its greatest moments.
My second minor issue with the Crysis Remastered Trilogy has nothing to do with the games themselves but the extremely odd pricing decisions. To buy each game separately costs $30 a game ($90 overall) or $50 for the whole trilogy. So why would anyone buy each game separately? I understand offering this option to players who might only want to play one specific Crysis title but if you have the slightest interest in any other Crysis game, then there is no reason to buy each game separately. Save yourself the money and just buy the whole trilogy.
In short, Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Nintendo Switch is an absolute must-play experience. The Crysis games were already fantastic first-person shooters and the remastered experience on Switch is a sight to behold. All three games have been updated to look and run amazingly well and playing in handheld mode will genuinely blow you away. If you’re thinking about more than one Crysis game, don’t buy each title individually. You’ll save yourself money in the long run. Otherwise, Crysis Remastered Trilogy on Switch is an unbelievable experience you got to play.