Looking at Crysis 2 (at least the console footage) it's not impressing me quite like the original did, in fact, not even close. That said, it DOES look good, nothing short of it.
To the Rage vs KZ3/Crysis 2 talk, I still think Killzone 3 may have the edge when all is said and done. From what I've seen of all of them, I think KZ3 still edges out the win, but Rage looks fantastic and Crysis 2 is right behind it. Rage will likely top them both with textures, Crysis 2 will probably top the others with colors, but Killzone 3 will have the overall prowess to pull off the win, I think. Of course it's exclusivity will play a major role, but it is what it is.
Crysis 2 and Rage will win on massive environments. All the previews as well say a enemy appeared before the end of the 20 min demo of Rage that was about the same size as the big ones from GOW3. 0.0
Worth noting to is Crysis 2's full destruction. Again worth noting is that Rage is running double the framerate of both Crysis 2 and Killzone 3.
None of the above games have as high a enemy count as Halo Reach, but KZ3 only impressed me for the water. And it was beautiful water. But the rest was very good. Just not Rage or Crysis 2 good.
Also worth noting is Crysis 2 is the only game of the above doing everything in full realtime.
Well from what I've seen around the net, the buzz is mainly on KZ3. Time will tell which will look better, even though none of it will matter in the long run but otherwise, all is speculation/opinion/perspective.
You do short change KZ3 though.
I'm not short changing KZ3. The water is the most impressive upgrade to KZ2.
It's also worth remembering technically, that Crysis 2 and Rage are sandbox environments. KZ3 is not. And you have to say Rage is so impressive with double the framerate over both Crysis 2 and KZ3.
With the media. I'm finding Rage is getting the most praise. And aparantly at the end of the 20 minute behind closed doors Rage demo was an enemy likened to the size of GOW3 enemies. Now with those visuals that is possible the most advanced tech Ive ever heard of in a game. It certainly dropped the jaws of gaming sites from what Ive read.
There are far more impressive upgrades to the engine than that. Some wuick research will provide that knowledge to you. In the grand shceme of it all, you have short changed it. Not a big deal, just an observation.
Again, it's all about perspective. Read the article 1up posted.1up says Rage and Crysis 2 look fantastic, but say that KZ3 tops them both. Other websites are saying something similar.
It's just an opinion though, nothing to get bent out of shape over.