Goddamn ... Crysis 2 is ... bad. I mean, not through-and-through. It does have its moments of glory, but honestly, at this point those serve only to point out what the game could have been.
The story ... I don't know where to start. I guess I should give them some points for effort, but the holes in the story put the sinking of the Titanic to shame. I have no hope it'll be salvaged at this point. Seen on its own, it's an adequate story that serves the purpose of giving you something to shoot at and somewhere to shoot it. It's a little better than "scientists open a portal to hell, demons flood the Earth", but ... no, come to think of it, that's pretty much it, only with aliens instead. It tries to make it interesting by ... well, let me put it this way. It's like the illegitimate child of Crysis and FEAR2. The similarities to FEAR2, I would go so far as to say, border on a rip-off. The characters didn't make Crysis a great game, but Prophet and Psycho, even Nomad, had more character than these cardboard cutouts. I may go into more detail once I get to the end of it. I expect it to be unpleasant.
I've already explained what's wrong with the gameplay, but one scene I just finished served as a harsh reminder. A scene that should have been full of marines dying around me while I brought down the giant alien war machine, I was instead alone, forced to scrounge the area for any explosives I could find, whilst hiding from an enemy whose weak spot is on his back, but who could see me even through stealth and so was nigh impossible to sneak up on. It took me about five minutes. Maybe I could've done it faster some other way, but ... well, I don't see how and that ... shouldn't really be necessary. I mean, it was just poor design.
To be fair, the part where, after fighting aliens for about a quarter of the game, you go back to fighting humans ( a mercilessly brief scene ), was pretty excellent. It was one of the few scenes where I actually felt more powerful than a regular grunt. In fact, most of the time, this Alcatraz guy seems completely weak and inept. The scenes in which you're writhing and crawling around, struggling to get up, are ... plentiful. It's like ... these things don't make the game bad, but it's so contrary to what you'd expect from a guy in a billion-dollar exoskeleton.