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Charlie Murder review: Road warriors

That intention hides a surprisingly sophisticated mix of old-school beat-em-up, combo-driven action game and the perks and loot of an RPG. That any of those things work by themselves is a Good Thing — that they work so well together is impressive. The only thing they can't quite seem to overcome is Charlie Murder's sharp difficulty curve. And the goddamned phones. Charlie Murder is the story of a punk rock band's quest to find and destroy the leader of a rival band bent on ... some kind of evil world domination plot, I think? The story is told through pantomimed actions, emotive mumbles and flashback sequences that, as often as not, are playable. This all functions pretty well, surprisingly enough, partly because of how seriously Charlie Murder doesn't take itself. The story...

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Charlie Murder soundtrack rocking out now

A pay-what-you-want soundtrack for punk apocalypse brawler Charlie Murder has been launched. The 37-track digital album is also free to anyone who buys the vinyl version and is available from BandCamp. Releasing on Xbox Live Arcade in the Summer of Arcade 2013 later this month, the dungeon-crawl fighting game features fallen punk rock band Charlie Murder in their fight against rival death metal band Gore Quaffer. "The music of Charlie Murder is available now on our Bandcamp," stated a post at Ska Studios website. "Just like our other music, it's a pay-what-you-want system from $0 to as much as you want to give us. Also, if you buy a Charlie Murder Vinyl you'll automatically get an album download. If you already bought a vinyl, you can also just download the album for free." Ska...

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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 release schedule revealed

Microsoft's annual Summer of Arcade promotion on Xbox Live Arcade will kick off Aug. 7 with Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and continue for three weeks afterward, Major Nelson announced today. Starbreeze Studios' Brothers will be available for 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). Charlie Murder (screenshot above), a co-op brawler from The Dishwasher developer Ska Studios, will be released Aug. 14 for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Flashback, a remake of the 1992 sci-fi platformer that's being developed by its original creator, will be available Aug. 21, also for 800 Microsoft Points. And Red Fly Studio's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will close out the promotion Aug. 28 at 1,200 Microsoft Points. Xbox Live users who buy any two of the aforementioned games will receive a free...

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Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013 begins August 7

Microsoft's annual Xbox Live Summer of Arcade returns on August 7, with four new titles on the Xbox Live Arcade platform. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the first of three titles to come from a multi-year deal between Activision and Nickelodeon and is the first game listed in Microsoft's Summer of Arcade lineup. Next is Flashback, a remake of the 1992 classic being released by Ubisoft, and developed by the original creator. Third is Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons by developer Starbreeze Studios and published by 505 Games. And last is Charlie Murder, from The Dishwasher-developer Ska Studios and publisher Microsoft Studios. We've reached out to Microsoft to see if the weekly rollout matches the order presented here. [Update: Microsoft said that while "August 7 is...

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  • Xbox 360
    • Publisher Microsoft Studios
    • Developer Ska Studios
    • Score 7.5
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