The story, written by Steven Hall (best known for his novel The Raw Shark Texts), is set in 2047 and involves Prophet returning to New York to find that C.E.L.L. (the human antagonists from Crysis 2) have nearly taken over the world, the ruins of New York have become a literal urban jungle, and the Ceph are possibly on the verge of returning.
Crysis 3 is a return to form toward the original open ended gameplay style of Crysis after negative feedback over Crysis 2's more linear level design. It attempts to mix linearity and openness via linear sections that lead between large, open "arena" type areas.
Crysis 3 was released on February 19, 2013.
This video game provides examples of the following tropes:
- Abnormal Ammo: The Typhoon is a small minigun the size of a standard combat rifle. Each barrel is its own magazine. It can fire all of its ammo in just over a second and it doesn't even fire bullets. It instead fires small pellets.
- The same goes for the mini Typhoon weapon attachment for other weapons.
- Action Girl: Intel items in the game say that there were several female nanosuit users deployed during the Lingshan Incident. Unfortunately, they have all been killed or captured/skinned of their suits by C.E.L.L. A single female nanosuit soldier, Lotus, is simply listed as M.I.A., which may have been one of the many future plot threads the game drops that were never picked up on again.
- Animated Armor: This could be called Animated Armor THE GAME! A major story element is Prophet coming to terms with who/what he is, since the original Major Lawrence Barnes committed suicide in New York 20 years ago; and Alcatraz, the Marine Barnes gave the Nanosuit to, is little more than the corpse that keeps the nanosuit human shaped, his personality having been lost at the end of Crysis 2. All nanosuits eventually copy the memories/personalities of the user, while consuming their physical bodies to be turned into more nanites for the suit.
- Artistic License Military: In the multiplayer, pouches on the U.S. military nanosuits read "U.S. Army Specops", yet all the emblems on the suits and pouches are from the Marines.
- Bad Ass Boast: Nearly EVERYTHING that Prophet says at the end of the final mission against the Alpha Ceph. "LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I CAN DO!" "I am not like you! I AM BETTER THAN YOU!"
- Beehive Barrier: Like in 2, when armor mode is activated hexagon patterns appear around the edges of the screen.
- BFG: Crysis 3 sees the return of the L-TAG (read oversized grenade launcher), the X-43 Mike (read directional microwave gun that cook enemies alive), The Heavy Machine Gun, and a newer version called the Automatic Grenade Launcher. This applies to pretty much ALL Ceph weaponry.
- Big Applesauce: Yep, we are back in New York! Except now it's a dilapidated, overgrown, swampy ruin. So I guess it's more like rotten Applesauce.
- Big Bad: The Alpha Ceph
- Big Brother Is Watching: C.E.L.L. have this to a T.
- Big Damn Heroes: How the game starts, with the resistance members coming to free Prophet and killing anyone in their way. Bonus points for the distraction to cover the escape being blowing up half the docks.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted. While the original Lawrence Barnes died in 2, the nanosuit has copied his personality and memories, and in the end it recreates how he looked by altering its own structure.
- Clingy Costume: Nanosuits are extremely hard to remove from their wearers, with the majority of removals resulting in the death of the wearer due to shock.
- Cloning Blues: Prophet has a hard time accepting that he is not the "real" Lawrence Barnes. Several people treat him as the same, but often still point out that he is really just Barnes' old suit.
- Clones Are People, Too: Prophet does his best to prove that he is still human, no matter what has happened to his original body.
- Brought Down to Badass: Psycho was stripped of his nanosuit before the game started, a turn of events that provides him with a lot of rage and angst. While it often regulates him to support roles for Prophet, his feats repeatedly remind you that he has serves in BOTH the British S.A.S. and the U.S. Army Special Forces. In the Epilogue, he shows that you don't need a nanosuit to become an apex predator.
- Bookends: The ending has Prophet falling into the bay of Lingshan Island that Nomad fell into at the start of Crysis 1. The final cutscene shows Prophet, now assuming the form and name of the original Lawrence Barnes, retiring and living on the island.
- Brain Uploading: Nanosuits copy the personality and memories of their wearer, eventually replacing them completely without fully realizing that the original user is gone.
- Car Fu: You can run over enemies or even just kick cars into them.
- Cassandra Truth: No one would listen to Prophet when he told them that the Ceph are coming back, and that C.E.L.L.'s energy generator has something to do with it. He was proven completely right.
- Central Theme: The main themes of Crysis 3 are "How much are you willing to sacrifice?" and "What is human?"
- Character Development: Psycho undergoes a bit of this due to having to deal with being "only human" against forces that are far beyond humans.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Psycho and Prophet mostly go by their code names, but start using their real names in certain stressful situations.