By Joseph Leray
Confession: if there is a bow in a shooting game, I’m going to go out of my way to use it.
I’m not some kind of avid sportsman or real-life bow enthusiast, mind you. I’ve shot bows several times, actually, but I’m not exactly a marksman: sometimes I hit the target, and sometimes I send the arrow flying into my neighbor’s yard, off her roof, and into the next street. I’m lucky I didn’t seriously injure someone, and that was the end of my urban bow-shooting career. My target-practice sessions invariably take place on farms now.
Nevertheless, all of my favorite first- and third-person shooting games have bows in them. In “Half-Life 2,” I spent hours pinning Combine soldiers to walls with Gordon’s crossbow. “BioShock” also featured a crossbow. If I recall correctly, it was the only weapon in the game with a zoom function, effectively becoming a sniper-bow. Here’s what I definitely remember, though: using my invisibility tonics to become a ghostly, head-shooting terror skulking through the shadows of Rapture.
The “Gears of War” series introduced us to the Torque Bow. It was kind of unwieldy to use, but there was something incredibly satisfying about holding down the trigger, feeling the bow tighten, and then seeing the arrows explode a few seconds later. “Gears” does a great job with giving the player enough feedback to really feel that arrow punch through Locust armor.
Which brings us to Crytek’s “Crysis 3,” which, according to EA’s new “Lethal Weapons” trailer, features a Predator bow. Eagle-eyed viewers will note that Predator users will have a number of arrow varieties at their disposal, including electric and explosive types. The draw weight -- that is, how hard it is to pull the drawstring back -- seems to be variable, which I’m assuming will have some effect on firing speed and damage output.
The rest of the trailer features the Typhoon, some sort of ungodly Uzi-shotgun hybrid that shoots 500 rounds per second, a rocket launcher, a flamethrower, and a rather quotidien assault rifle. I don’t know how many weapons I’ll be able to carry at a time in “Crysis 3,” but I’m 99% sure I won’t need anything besides a Predator Bow and a Typhoon.
I’ll find out soon enough, I suppose: “Crysis 3” is headed to PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 next week.