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Box artwork for Crysis.
Distributor(s)Steam, Direct2Drive, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network
Release date(s)
Windows icon.png
Globe.svg March 62008 (Version 1.21)
Xbox 360 icon.pngPlayStation 3 icon.png
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Globe.svg October, 2011
Genre(s)First-person shooter
System(s)Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
PEGI: PEGI 16.png Ages 16+
OFLC: OFLC MA15.svg Mature Accompanied & Restricted
USK: USK 18.png Ages 18+
Followed byCrysis Warhead
WebsiteOfficial site
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YouTube GamingCrysis Channel
This is the first game in the Crysis series. For other games in the series see the Crysis category.

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game developed by German company Crytek and published by Electronic Arts. It is the first game of a planned trilogy. It was released on November 13, 2007 in North America, November 15 in Australia, November 16 in Europe, November 23 in New Zealand, and November 29 in Japan. Initial NPD sales numbers were taken as a sign that the game had flopped. However, during EA's Q3 2008 Earnings Conference Call, it was stated that Crysis had sold over one million copies worldwide in the fiscal quarter and that the game continues to exceed sales expectations. A standalone expansion pack, Crysis Warhead, was released. On September 9, 2011 it was announced that the game would be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as a digital download in October 2011.

Crysis is based in a fictional future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the Earth on an island near the coast of China. The single player campaign has the player assume the role of United States Delta Force operator Jake Dunn, referred to in-game by his call sign, Nomad. Nomad is armed with various futuristic weapons and equipment, most notably a "Nano Muscle Suit" which, according to Crytek senior game designer Bernd Diemer, was inspired by the United States' Future Force Warrior 2020 program. In Crysis, the player fights both North Korean and extraterrestrial enemies, in four different locations: a tropical island jungle, inside an "Ice Sphere" (consisting of the same jungle, but frozen), the alien ship itself (with a zero-gravity area) and a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. Crysis supports Direct3D 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the same editor that was used by Crytek to create the game.


Set in August 2020, Crysis follows Lieutenant Jake Dunn — codenamed "Nomad" — a United States Army Delta Force operative. As Crysis begins, an American team of archaeologists are taken captive by the North Korean Army, just as they were making an important discovery in the South China Sea. The United States responds by deploying a team of Delta Force soldiers — supported by the USS Constitution Carrier Strike Group — who begin to engage the North Koreans' large military installations. During this phase of the game, the setting is a tropical environment, similar to that in Far Cry, Crytek's previous game. At the end of the first section, the mountain at the center of the island begins to crumble revealing a two-kilometer high alien structure beneath the surface, out of which aliens begin attacking both the US Military and North Koreans.

Nomad enters the alien ship in this section and begins to explore the zero gravity environment, retrieving valuable information about the alien invaders, who periodically attack him. On exiting, Nomad discovers the ship has affected the surrounding area around the island by creating an ice sphere, killing every living being within it. After narrowly escaping the sphere using a VTOL, the final section of the game takes place on the USS Constitution.

The squad leader, Prophet, keeps telling everyone that they must go back to the island, but they do not listen. Prophet then takes the alien weapon that he acquired while inside the ice sphere and goes AWOL and flies back to the island. A nuclear strike is ordered on the island, but this just gives the alien ship more energy to put into the shield, also doubling the shield in size. Prophet is presumably killed when the nuke hits the island. Nomad and the other Delta Force operatives battle with a large alien vessel, resulting in the destruction of both the USS Constitution and the alien vessel. The entire Carrier Strike Group is destroyed also. Helena informs Nomad that a U.S. Navy fleet is en route from Japan, and will arrive within the hour. They then get a transmission from Prophet, who is indeed alive, and inside the Ice Sphere on the island. Nomad, Helena, and Psycho then home in on Prophet's position and start flying towards the ice sphere, at which point the game ends.

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