Personally, I thought Crysis 2 was way better than the first. But some people missed the freedom of the original title.
The sequel was admittedly more linear (which I never mind), but a number of fans are hoping for a return to open-world goodness. According to what producer Michael Read told OPM UK , the new entry won't be open-world, but it won't be quite as narrow as Crysis 2 , either.
Basically, they're going for a "solid middle ground." Read said the first two games were "different extremes" and each had their own merits and faults, but he reminded us that some freedom still existed in Crysis 2 . As for Crysis 3 :
"We really have a solid middle ground between the two games that allows the player to approach challenges in dynamic ways while still keeping them focused on the endgame goals. The ability to replay the action sequences in different ways really added a lot while still keeping the player focussed on a goal.
The environments are definitely one of the biggest changes. We were really able to identify a lot of the merits from the first two games in terms of the environment and capitalize on those for Crysis 3. The mix between broken down urban, lush rainforest, and more open spaces only helps to reinforce this experience."
Crysis 3 is due out in March and not only should it once again set a high technical bar, it should also be one of the very best games of the year.
Related Game(s): Crysis 3