No hyperbole here. Crysis 2 is one of the best-looking games in recent memory. There's nothing subjective about that; it is simply a fact. Few games come close to the technical brilliance of this game, and few (if any) surpass it. As a direct result, the scenario presented is made much more terrifying. Crysis 2 takes Manhattan -- one of the world's most populated and thriving metropolitan areas -- and transforms it into no man's land before your very eyes. Because of the superlative visuals, these outlandish situations are made completely plausible. Crysis 2 strives for authenticity almost the whole way through, but even the less realistic elements look fantastic. The Ceph aren't like any aliens you've ever seen; they are essentially cybernetic bipedal jellyfish with pretty radical technology at their disposal, and they move across the urban wasteland with frightening grace and fluidity. It's a nice change of pace from Halo's borderline-goofy Covenant forces and Gears of War's brutish Locust Horde. Nanosuit 2 comes with a few visual delights, as well; engaging the cloaking device never gets old, and activating armor mode borders the screen with a neat-looking network of fibers. The framerate can take a few hits when the action gets heavy, but most of the time it's silky smooth. The load times are also minimal, a very pleasant surprise for a game that looks this good.
There are more audio problems than graphical ones, but they are still extremely few in number. The voice acting is pretty good, but lots of it is recycled too much. Being a huge fan of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, I recognized the voice of Bruce Johnson (Sergeant Redford) several times after I killed the first NPC voiced by him. The voice acting also tends to overlap every now and then, but it doesn't happen often enough to be a real problem. The action sounds great; the Nanosuit 2's many abilities trigger with a series of special audible signatures, and each gun can be identified by sound alone. Topping all this off is a simply sublime soundtrack performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra; the collaborative efforts of Borislav Slavov, Tilman Sillescu, and Hans Zimmer. Yes, that Hans Zimmer.