Preview: First Look at Crysis 2


“The fact EA chose to unveil the world premiere of Crysis 2 to a throng of journalists at a swanky shindig at the Tribeca Grand in the heart of New York City is no coincidence. Taking place several years after the original game, Crysis 2 brings the conflict against the alien invaders from the dense tropical jungles of the Philippines to the decimated urban jungle of the Big Apple. It’s a move that’s designed to change the pace and give players a stronger emotional connection to the catastrophic events that unfold in the game.”

Check out my full impressions and a rundown from the Crysis 2 first look world premiere event here at Ars Technica.

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Chip Bits: Starscream – The Space Years

From out of nowhere,  Starscream has come rocketing into the chiptune stratosphere with a blend of spaced-out 8-bit rock that’s hard to resist. With a drumkit, a Game Boy, and a Commodore 64, this duo crafts a melodic and often haunting landscape of blippy sounds that drills its way into your brain like a sonic sniper bullet. They moved the floor like hell at Blip Fest 2009, and cemented their already strong hold on my eardrums.

Their just-released, two-song E.P. The Space Years is a concept record of sorts that showcases the sounds of the C64 more heavily. Both of the tracks are epic-length affairs that amount to a combined 15+ minutes of experimental bliss. This ultra limited release (only 200 copies were made) is already sold out, but you can check out the second track over at their MySpace page. It’s definitely worth a listen, as is the band’s previous album released as a free download over at 8bitpeoples.