In an interview today with Crytek founder Cevat Yerli, he discussed the team’s disappointment with the Metacritic scores for Crysis 3. To Yerli and the team at Crytek they think that Crysis 3 is their “masterpiece” but the Metacritic score of 78% is not really showing that. Crytek feels Crysis 3 is a much better game than both Crysis 1 and Crysis 2, but both those games have higher Metacritc scores than Crysis 3 at the moment.
Yerli went on to say that there are a couple of reasons he believes for the lower Metacritic score. The first being gamers are overall “fatigued” with the current crop of games being produced. Expectations according to Yerli are too high to reach at this point in the console generation and if a game doesn’t blow people away it can cost big points in the Metacritic scale.
The other reason for the drop in the Metacritic score according to Yerli was because there were little to no expectations placed on Crysis 1. The first Crysis game competed against first generation Xbox 360 and PS3 games so it had more leeway with critics and gamers alike. In other words, Yerli feels that people have a nostalgic view of how good the first Crysis game was and it has hurt Crysis 3 reviews.
He finished up by saying that the move to next generation consoles should hopefully help reinvigorate the creative juices among developers. Ironically just a week or so ago Yerli went on a speech about how the next generation of gaming consoles would not be able to come close to the power of PCs.