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Charlie Murder Review (XBLA)


By: Master Blud

Well, it’s been a while since I have written anything.  Nowadays, it takes something very awesome to have me even consider writing anything up.  Whether it be something I think is the bees knees, or something I might be a fan of.  Myself, I love anything that Ska Studios makes.  I have every Xbox Indie Title Ska Studios has ever made.  I now have memorabilia from most of the Ska-Merch.   Ok, enough about how much I love Ska Studios.  I do however have to be completely honest in my review and try to be as fair as possible.

Ok, so you know the whole Charlie Murder thing right?  The whole make believe band thing that happened a few years ago as part of a Ska Studios PR Stunt?  …………There I go again, talking about Ska Studios…….Sh*t!

Well, let’s put it like this.  The story is simple.  Charlie Murder is an Anarchist Ska/Punk Band, destined to save the world from their rival band, or destroy the world (You Choose).  Can’t give away too much detail.  As I write this sentence, I haven’t played the entire game.  The game has secret areas among the rubble walls.  Some Indie Game and character references here and there (For those who really pay attention to it) and some classic Retro Gaming references (I have yet to find some retro graphic type whatever in the game like I did in Vampire Smile)

This brawler/RPG title has a lot of content packed in it for just $10 (Because MS is ridding the Microsoft Points at the end of this month).  Button mashing will not be your friend in this side-scroller beat-em’up.  Instead, you will gain abilities, spells, and special attacks just to name a few.   You will gather up pieces of clothes and accessories to aide you along on your hectic quest.   You can use a, what looks like a Windows Phone to take pictures of QR codes and specific items throughout the game to gain more gear as well as leveling your character and their abilities, using made up social network with a squid as their logo, and of course, your email.  But enough about the content, will this title live up to the hype that I thought it would?

First off, controls are simple but get more extensive as you move along.  Using your specials and playing with friends is more of a way to enjoy the game.  If you are playing the game solo like I did for a while, you will end up rage quitting near the closer-to-end bosses.  Enemies sometimes become bothersome, and even though you earn a counter-attack later in the game, it seems to only work when you’re on the ground.  Aerial blocks are probably one of the moves I would have liked to use, especially if I am trying to set up a combo.  But beggars can’t be choosers. You will encounter areas where you have to avoid the edges of walk ways so you don’t fall off and areas that simply seem impossible to get through.  I can’t decipher whether it’s me, or how to perceive depth in the game along with the level design.   The control scheme will work for some, but for those button mashers, you may want to invest your time in another title.

The sight and sound of CM are grungy and beautiful at the same time.   You will see a lot of artwork from Shelldragon hanging up in the stores, as well as the creations of Jamezila‘s Dishwasher and Yuki.  Like most of the Ska Studio games, the artwork, shown in layers to show depth and detail, making it pleasing to the eyes.  The soundtrack, sounds like something that came out of your usual basement recording, a few tracks seem to give that authentic ska/punk vibe, while others seem to just make want to thrash out and break your controller.  There are interactive concerts and a lot of mini games to give you a break from the bruising and beating of enemies, such as performing a Guitar Hero like concert during a flashback or fighting off Sharks with TNT strapped to them.  These were pleasing to me, and gave CM a little more punch.  One thing that stood out to me, was the dramatic story between CM and their rival band, going through a series cut scenes to present the issue at hand.

Final Thoughts: Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 Coming soon) 

I mean really, CM has that flavor that can only last so long as a solo player game.  You should either invest in some friends, or bring your friends over to play some CM.  You will have a difficult time playing solo.  I only wish that there was a comprehensive AI you could play with, that way, little Robby won’t have to worry about having that social life right?  Charlie Murder has the ups and downs of a brawler/RPG and some balancing needs to be made if you are playing single player.  You will more than likely get overwhelmed with the amount of enemies on-screen and it will feel like your character is moving in mud pudding, even though you have something that is supposedly to make you run faster.   When you see a mummy and 4 mages, and you’re playing solo, don’t attempt that area unless you are Level 25.  At this point, I still have yet to beat the game, and when I do beat the game, I will update my final thoughts as a part 2.  Right now I give you my part 1 of the final thoughts and leave you in suspense.  As of now, Charlie Murder gets a 7.8 out of 10.  It needs balancing, and a possible AI buddy system.  Who knows, maybe we will see it!  Charlie Murder is recommended to those who are completionists and love a great challenge.


Lung Cancer Research Foundation: LIVE Stream Charity Event


Daizoren will be hosting a LIVE Gaming Stream via his Twitch channel at http://www.twitch.tv/daizoren for Lung Cancer Research Foundation.  I hope you will join us and helping support this charity by donating today and  watching LIVE on Saturday between 10 AM EST to 10 PM EST.  To donate, go here: http://www.gofundme.com/2yxf64.
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Slender: The Arrival Review


PC Game

$10

Website

Twitter (Blue Isle Studios)

Twitter (Parsec Productions)

 

 

By: Daizoren

Perhaps the most anticipated horror game of the year, Slender: The Arrival has to fill the shoes of the original Slender: The Eight Pages in an attempt to scare players in a way that the original never could. With Blue Isle Studios and Parsec Productions working in conjunction, do they achieve this hefty feat? Or does Slender: The Arrival lose it’s effect in a market that is saturated by wanna-be clones? (more…)


My Sister and I play Slender


Happy Halloween! As a special bonus video, I decided to grab my sister (Who scares easily) and have her play the viral hit Slender. I am personally terrified of Slenderman and she’s easily scared, so together we are the perfect victims for this game. Watch us get tense and try to find all 8 pages.


Black Mesa Review


PC Mod

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By: Daizoren

As time slowly ticks away, we don’t seem to be getting any closer to any information regarding the release of Half-Life 3, but to help ease some tension, a fan made remake of Half-Life has just arrived on the scene after years of development. Watching as this project has been completed has felt like forever at times, but was the wait for this ambitious remake worth it? (more…)


Indie Spotlight: Xenominer


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Xenominer trailer courtesy of Gristmill Studios

CORRECTION: Clearance Bin Review only has a preview –http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/28/xblig-uprising-preview-crash-land-in…
and an interview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/09/xblig-uprising-developer-interview-g…

Gristmill Studios – http://www.gristmillstudios.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/gristmillstudio

Xbox Live Marketplace Page – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Xenominer/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550bf4


Indie Spotlight: Black Mesa, Nave and Entropy!


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

 

Nave trailer courtesy of Videogamo
Trap Mansion trailer courtesy of Too Easy Games Limited
Why Am I Dead? trailer courtesy of Peltast Design

Black Mesa – http://release.blackmesasource.com/
Download Indie Uprising III Soundtrack – http://bit.ly/IGU3Album
Back to School Bundle – http://www.indieroyale.com/

Life in the Dorms – http://lifeinthedorms.momentgames.com/
Faster than Light – http://www.ftlgame.com/

Clearance Bin Review Entropy Preview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/30/xblig-uprising-preview-wake-up-in-the-morning-feeling-like-whats-going-on-entropy/
Clearance Bin Review Interview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/08/xblig-uprising-developer-interview-autotivity-entertainment-developer-of-entropy/
Clearance Bin Review Autotivity Article – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/04/autotivity-engineering-a-new-gaming-experience/
The Indie Mine Interview – http://theindiemine.com/indie-games-uprising-iii-interview-autotivity-entertainment/

Entropy Site – http://www.entropy-thegame.com/
Entropy Twitter – https://twitter.com/autotivity

Entropy Xbox Live Marketplace Page – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Entropy/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550bf2


Indie Spotlight: Smooth Operators


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Smooth Operators trailer courtesy of Heydeck Games

The Indie Mine Interview – http://theindiemine.com/indie-games-uprising-iii-interview-andreas-heydeck/
Clearance Bin Review Smooth Operators Preview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/27/xblig-uprising-preview-call-center-shenanigans-prepare-for-smooth-operators/
Clearance Bin Review Interview – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/05/xblig-uprising-developer-interview-andreas-heydeck-developer-of-smooth-operators/
Clearance Bin Review Heydeck Games Article – http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/10/andreas-heydeck-games-finds-games-in-life/

Heydeck Games – http://heydeckgames.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/aheydeck

Xbox Live Marketplace Page – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Smooth-Operators/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550beb


Indie Spotlight: Gateways (Special)


Welcome to the Indie Spotlight, bringing the latest in news, trailers and new releases in the Indie Video Game area.

Clearance Bin Review Gateways Preview –http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/24/smudged-cat-games-takes-portal-and-t…
Clearance Bin Review Interview –http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/09/02/xblig-uprising-developer-interview-s…
Clearance Bin Review Smudged Cat Games Article –http://clearancebinreview.com/2012/08/30/smudged-cat-games-fulfilling-lifelon…
Indie Mine Interview – http://theindiemine.com/indie-games-uprising-iii-interview-smudged-cat-games/

Smudged Cat Games – http://www.smudgedcat.com/
Smudged Cat Twitter – https://twitter.com/smudgedcat

Gateways Xbox Live Marketplace Page – http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Gateways/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550bea


SOLLOMAN working on new 3D platformer?


By: Daizoren

New footage released by “Happy” developer, SOLLOMAN, shows some platforming stage in Unreal’s UDK. Could this mean a future 3D game? We’re not sure, but it looks like it’s something to be looking forward too. We’ve contacted SOLLOMAN for further information. You can check out the footage from his “Floating Windmill” level below.

*Full disclosure: Kyle (Daizoren) worked on SOLLOMAN’s last game, “Happy”*