| More of the same doesn't necessarily have to be a negative
Crysis 3 plays almost exactly the same as its predecessor. Other than an upgraded graphics engine that still looks mind blowing on consoles to this day, it feels at times more like an expansion pack than a brand new game. But the gameplay from Crysis 2 was pretty solid, so that's not entirely a negative. It mixes the openness of the first game with the gameplay loop and aesthetic of the second game and it manages to work for the most part. The story is dumb as hell but it has cool concepts, and the alien invaders are still interesting but they're never explored to their full potential. As a third game, it does effectively "close the book" on the trilogy as a whole, which I appreciate since we will likely never get a fourth game and it would irritate me if it ended on a cliffhanger that'll never get resolved (Dead Space 3 DLC? Anyone?).