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Crysis Warhead review

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Not quite a full-fledged sequel but never feeling like a tacked on expansion pack, Crysis Warhead finds the perfect balance for fans of the first installment of Crysis all the while adding just enough new material to keep new recruits interested.

Not quite a full-fledged sequel but never feeling like a tacked on expansion pack, Crysis Warhead finds the perfect balance for fans of the first installment of Crysis all the while adding just enough new material to keep new recruits interested. UPDATE: Read our Crysis 3 review.

Making things go "Boom"

Crysis Warhead takes place simultaneously with the original Crysis, recapping the events of what happened on the other side of the game's infamous island. You fill the cybernetic boots of everyone's favourite sociopathic squaddie, Sergeant Sykes - AKA Psycho - and must battle your way through both a barrage of highly armed KPA radicals as well as a swarm of exosuit wielding aliens. And you thought your day job was tough.

Now, before we go any further, let's tackle the big question: can your computer run it? I had the good fortune of testing Crysis Warhead on three separate PCs - a high end PC with a graphics card to match and dual core processors, the Crysis Warhead PC, and a lower end £500 computer with a run-of-the-mill graphics card and rather basic processor. I'm more than happy to report that on all three machines, the game ran incredibly smooth without an instance of slowdown. The game's graphic customisation features are vast, truly allowing you to choose the best gaming experience for you - whether it's a lower polygon count and quicker load times, or the ability to count every blade of grass in the North Korean jungle.

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Windows XP or Windows Vista
2.8GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
1GB RAM (XP) or 1.5GB RAM (Vista)
256MB Video Card
12GB hard drive
DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

If you're a fan of the original or if you simply missed Crysis the first time around, Crysis Warhead is a prime example of an excellent, if relatively short, FPS experience.

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