Crysis 3 Multiplayer Hands-on Gamescom 2012 Preview -- Tag, You're DeadBy Leah Jackson - Posted Aug 17, 2012
At Gamescom 2012, Crytek unveiled two new multiplayer modes coming to the visceral shooter Crysis 3. The modes, Hunter Mode and Crash Site, will both offer fast-paced competitive play and force players to work together to complete the task at hand.
Hunter Mode is the brand new multiplayer mode coming to Crysis 3. It's played in five two-minute matches in the ruins of New York City, and it's essentially hide and seek with crossbows and guns. When the game starts, two random people are chosen to be Hunters, while the remaining players (10 on console or 14 on PC) assume the role of C.E.L.L. Operatives.
In Hunter Mode, it's up to the Hunters to eliminate all of the C.E.L.L. ops in two minutes, while it's up to the C.E.L.L. to survive. The catch is that every time a C.E.L.L. is killed, he turns in to a Hunter. However, if even one C.E.L.L. player survives, the C.E.L.L. team wins.
You may think this seems imbalanced, but Hunters are permanently cloaked thanks to their Nanosuit technology, and they come equipped with the new heavy-hitting compound bows. As more C.E.L.L. are taken out, the scales generally begin to tip in the Hunters' favor until no C.E.L.L. ops are left. However, if the C.E.L.L. ops can work together, they can definitely manage to deal with the Hunters, whether or not they're cloaked. Since the map itself is a bit swampy, when Hunters walk through the water, it's easy to see their rippling footsteps and plant a bullet right into their cloaked heads.
The other multiplayer mode, Crash Site, debuted in Crysis 2, and is a 6v6 (8v8 on PC) capture point mode where teams must capture and hold different moving Ceph crash sites in order to accumulate points. Holding points, as well as killing other players, will add to your total score. The first team to reach 150 points, or the team with the most points at the end of 10 minutes, wins.
In Crash Site, every player's equipped with the same gear, but those who get to the different crash sites first can pick up shields for extra defense. Another new addition to the mode is the Pinger. The Pinger is a huge Ceph mech that players can actually ride around in during the match in order to reign absolute destruction on the other team.
The two modes that we got to check out at Gamescom 2012 both instilled a sense of urgency and the need to work together as a team in order to overcome each objective. Since Crysis 3 will ship with 12 maps and eight game modes when it launches in February 2013 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, there's still a lot more to come, but we're liking what we've seen so far.