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“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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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