“Crysis 2” Blows Up Manhattan Today

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Insert Credit endeavors to suss out where you should be allotting your video game allowance, sifting out a single title from many and crowning it as The One Game You Need to Get This Week. Don’t consider these reviews, gentle reader. Rather, think of Insert Credit as a mix of hands-on time, informed opinion and intuition.

For the week of March 22, 2010, you should insert credit into: “Crysis 2.”

Being the cultural capital of the world brings a lot of attention to New York City. Hell, Cevat Yerli–the CEO of the Crytek development house that made the hit “Far Cry” and “Crysis” games–thinks the Big Apple represents the pride of humanity. So, of course, aliens will want to blow it the eff up.

The sequel to one of the most amazing-looking PC games in recent memory does more than just look pretty as it jumps to consoles. It got a paranoid conspiracy story lurking underneath all the conflict, courtesy of science-fiction author Richard K. Morgan of Altered Carbon” and “Black Man” fame. And iconic film composer Hans Zimmer adds his talent to create sweeping, moody soundscapes for all the first-person shooting.

The centerpiece of “Crysis 2” is the Nanosuit , a futuristic piece of armor that enables between superhuman sneakiness and tank-like invulnerability. A player’s strategy can be indivisually unique depending on how they decide to bounce back and forth between the two powers. Seeing the suit in action made a lot of Crytek’s ambitions clear. With two attributes which render the player either invisible or invincible, you can sneak up on a squad of paramilitary soldiers and pick them off one by one. Or, you can stand your ground and mow them down with one of the many suitably high-powered armaments in the game. You’ll also be ableto direct the suit’s energy towards increased movement speed and jumping ability, too. None of these abilities last more than a few seconds so you’ll have to make tense decisions amid ridiculously heated battles.

Native New Yorkers will feel twinges of pain looking at a blasted-through Lady Liberty or the ruins of downtown Manhattan. One of the pivotal battles against a giant alien thingy totally wrecks Grand Central Station and you’ll watch as survivors of a horrible alien plague (yeah, there’s that going on, too) get separated and die alone. You’re not exactly driven by all the gory, wrenching backdrop happenings, but it’s powerful imagery that makes the game feel weighty.

“Crysis 2” stands a real sign of improved chops for Crytek, who once seemed content to only pump out games that looked good. The clever gameplay design and strong-world-building make the sequel a true advancement of an already impressive franchise. “Crysis 2” is out now for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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