The punk rock apocalypse is upon us, and Charlie Murder is ready! The full game and demo for Charlie Murder came out on August 14th, and it looks real good. Put on your skinny jeans and get the permanent marker out and make some anarchy signs…time to dig into the demo of Charlie Murder.
Charlie Murder is a game made by SKA Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. This is their third major publishing to the XBLA following their Dishwasher Series hits. They also have a few Indie Games including one of my favorite dual stick shooters ‘I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1’. This game is where fighting meets RPG if they were at a Punk Rock underground show. You team up with your friends to lead embattled punk rock band Charlie Murder in their epic quest to save the world from rival death metalers Gore Quaffer and their legions of evil in this punk rock apocalypse. RPG it up as you hoard insane loot to buff your character (and look excellent), earn fans to unlock powerful finishers and teamup moves, get tattoos to channel your “Anar-Chi,” and uncover mysterious relics of modern myth!
This is a real good rock and roll hack and slash game. The demo was just long enough to give you a taste of what the game is like and wanting to play more. Each time I played the demo with the different characters it was still fun, because each characters had just enough of a difference to keep you going.
There are four playable characters you start out with. Charlie – The Berserker, Rex – The Tank, Lester – The Mage, Tommy – The Shaman, and Kelly – The Mesmer. I started the demo with Rex, because... well, how else to start a button masher than with a tank. There’s no instructions to start the game, it shows you along the way. It throws you right into the action and it’s easy to play. After your first play through it will leave you with some questions. What the hell are we brewing? How am I supposed to get more power? What am I supposed to do with the cell phone? I blew off reading the e-mails, and this is where it told you most of this. There could have been a few more tips (yup, had to use a little google) but all in all didn’t need much help. Charlie was the next character and having the speed did make the gameplay much better. Lester was good but weaker, just like a true mage. Tommy on the other hand was a beast. I think he did more damage than Rex and was faster than any of them. Sadly Kelly was your stereotypical girl thrown in a guy game. She is weaker than the others and was the only one of the characters that was killed during the demo. She will be the one when 4 people play will be the throwaway that people may decide not even to play if they were her. Sad day.
The demo consists of almost 2 full levels where you get to fight one and 1/3 bosses. The demo weirdly ends while you are fighting the second boss and he starts to use one of his powers. The usuals are blocked on the demo- multiplayer over Xbox live, but local works. There aren’t any crazy stoppages in the game to remind you to unlock the full version except for the normal annoying ones. Cool, I would have got an achievement…yes I know I need to unlock the game to get it…yes, I get that I can’t play any farther in the game without unlocking it.
Overall, I fully enjoyed this game. The RPG elements of this game help make it a different experience for each character. Each character has their own way to play and the co-op should be amazing. If you like hack and slashes, and like a little punk rock, this is the game for you. Charlie Murder’s full version of the game on Xbox 360 will cost ya 800 Microsoft Points, or $9.99.