"It is better than Crysis 2. It is better than Crysis 1. Technical and creatively, and storytelling – all aspects."
That’s the analysis of Crytek founder Cevat Yerli, who believes that the studio’s latest release Crysis 3 is the best it has ever released.
Obviously you’d expect him to say that, but what makes Yerli’s comments more interesting is the fact that he says them after the game has been given a pretty rough time by critics, comparatively speaking.
Crysis 3 has a Metacritic average of 77 per cent. By comparison, Crysis 2 has 86 per cent and the first Crysis 91 per cent.
Referring to the third instalment as “our masterpiece”, Yerli told Gamasutra: “After researching, Crytek found about 20 games that we analysed that got hammered, sequels or three-quels, where number two, number three, or number four got significantly lower ratings than the previous iterations.
“The relative impact that Crysis 3 has created is lower than what Crysis 1 did. But I would think at any level it's better than Crysis 2, and it's certainly still better than Crysis 1. People remember Crysis 1 much bigger than it was, because it had a high impact.”
He also believes that the extended console cycle has led to a certain level of “fatigue” and that as a result “some games have lost up to 20 per cent, despite the fact that the games are quite good still”.
“The markets are down,” he added. “People's expectations are much more radical than the current generation of games are doing. I think the new generation of consoles will reinvigorate that and help to elevate that again, and elevate new concepts of gaming which old platforms are right now limiting, too.
"The consoles are eight year old devices. Of course, in one way or another, they will limit you. It's impossible not to be limited by a limited console. By definition it's the case. So if it were PC only, could we have done more things? Certainly, yes. Could we have afforded a budget to make a game like Crysis 3 PC only? No. People have to understand that this is a journey of give and take."