Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Crysis are first-person shooter games released eight days apart in 2007. While both offer military-style combat, the two games differ in style, features and approach.
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was developed by Infinity Ward and released by Activision on Nov. 5, 2007 for the PC, Xbox
360and Playstation 3 platforms. Crysis was developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for the PC on Nov. 13, 2007.
- While previous installments in the Call of Duty series were set during World War II, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare features a simulation of 21st-century combat with an emphasis on realism. Crysis' storyline is science fiction, with players assuming the role of soldiers battling aliens.
- The multiplayer mode in Crysis supports 32 players. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare supports 16 players.
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Crysis earned praise for their sense of realism and multiplayer modes, according to Metacritic. Critics lauded both games as among the best of the genre.
- Crysis was followed on Sept. 16, 2008, by the sequel Crysis Warhead, set at the same time as its predecessor. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released Nov. 10, 2009. Its story takes place immediately after the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.