You're not missing out on anything, the beauty of this game is only skin deep. The only thing thats remembered about this game is it's graphics. As you've probably already gathered judging by this thread.
I also remember the physics. Throwing around just about anything you could find and destroying almost every building in the game wasn't only fun as heck, it also gave you one hell lot of options how to play the game. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly no master-piece. But it's also not only the graphics that was good about Crysis.
It's a shame that they cut down the physics so extremely hard in both 2 and 3.
Official member of VGC's Nintendo family, approved by the one and only RolStoppable. I feel honored.