More Reviews
REVIEWS Astro A38 Wireless Headset Review
With the launch of the A38s, Astro has clearly shown that they can rock our eardrums off even if we aren’t sitting in our living rooms.

Destiny Review
With Bungie's leap to next-generation platforms and interstellar space closer to home, I wonder if E.T. is out there somewhere.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Skylanders Trap Team Preview
While younger gamers have flocked to the brand, more mature consumers remain reluctant to jump on board. Skylanders move forward with trappable enemies, though I doubt it’ll turn stubborn heads.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Assassin's Creed Unity Interview: Ubisoft Talks Multplayer, Next-Gen Development, More
Ubisoft's first "truly" next-gen entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise takes the fight to France. Here's what you can expect.

PlayStation Download September 2014 - Updating Each Week
Sony's platforms always get plenty of new digital software and we'll bring you the list each week with the rest.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
A Letter to the Big “N"
By shandog137
Posted on 09/12/14
I have and will continue to have a place in my heart for Nintendo. In fact, my first console was a Super Nintendo. The video game market has changed drastically since the early '90s and it seems like what once was platinum is more so along the lines of silver now. Nintendo has always been...

Charlie Murder Review

danielrbischoff By:
danielrbischoff
08/16/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Microsoft 
DEVELOPER Ska Studios 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Violence, Blood and Gore, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

What do these ratings mean?

Punk rock is dead.

Xbox Live Arcade's annual Summer of Arcade celebration has given gamers some of the best downloadable titles you'll ever play, but it's also played host to mediocrity. Let's not think of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, the last Xbox Summer release to cater to wearers of wallet chains. The GameRevolution offices used to be located on Gilman street in Berkeley where lots of "punks" liked to hang out. I don't know why, but the gigantic spikes always resembled the Statue of Liberty to me. Whatever. Since punks aren't into "The System," I wonder if they're into this system... this system being Xbox 360.

As an Xbox exclusive, Charlie Murder is best played cooperatively, with you and up to three friends bashing the brains of zombies, demons, and more. As a beat-'em-up, Charlie Murder gives you different moves, weapons to use, and Anarchy, which are special tattoo spells. Sound like fun? With so much energy going into beat-'em-ups these days, it's unfortunately about as middle-of-the-road as you can get.

I speak of course of contemporaries on PlayStation platforms and even on Xbox Live Arcade. In this generation, the beat-'em-up has been refined and tweaked ad nauseam so Charlie Murder's theme and premise might not appeal to you. The fantasy or comic-book aesthetic of other arcade button mashers seems more ubiquitous. and Charlie's IDGAF punk style is matched by the hand-drawn art design. If punk rock, gothic themes, and blood and gore is in your wheelhouse, then may Satan go with you.

Charlie and all of his friends, believe it or not, start the game in hell, only to return to hell on Earth, thanks to the repeated shock of an EMT's paddles. It's unnerving that a whole bunch of boss-looking characters are standing there watching your return to life. They could just end you where you lie, but then none of the game would happen. You wouldn't get to enjoy beating baddies with the severed heads of your murdered opponents, nor hear the ass kicking soundtrack.

Charlier Murder isn't completely dead inside. The action is decent and the variety of weapons and button combos will prove entertaining with a handful of friends. Lots of input signals flash as you run around the field, and some moves provide a QTE of sorts for heavy damage. I also appreciate how readily Ska Studios communicates to the player, with enemies displaying remaining health at all times and the game set at a steady pace.

Unfortunately, everything wears thin as the hours go on. You'll never come to care about Charlie and his bandmates. Gore Quaffer, the metal band collective that rival Charlie and the gang lack any serious villainy and the constant stream of enemies will inevitably feel stale. Ska tries to keep things fresh with the tattoos you earn for magical abilities, as well as lots of hidden goodies and unlockables, but the severed heads are sufficient enough. One-man bands need to stay far from Charlie Murder.

With friends, you'll get plenty of mileage, but alone you'll probably wish you spent your $10 elsewhere. If you and a band of not-so-local friends like to meet up for co-op every week, Ska Studios will more than scratch that itch. They've proven their strength in playing off a genre, like one of the thousands of punk covers out there, but I wish they did something more original with beat-'em-ups considering the competition in that space. Charlie Murder represents a studio heading in the right direction, but it still feels like painting by numbers.

Code provided by publisher. Xbox 360 exclusive.

Charlie Murder
fullfullfullemptyempty
  • Lots of weapons and moves
  • Tattoo powers
  • Soundtrack and animated graphics
  • Playing with a band
  • Playing by yourself
  • Starts to grind
  • May be other beat-em-ups you'll enjoy more
  • Gore Quaffers
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.



More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Charlie Murder


More On GameRevolution