Summary: Charlie Murder is a game that aims incredibly high. In addition to presenting an truly unique and fluid art style, it adds a compelling soundtrack to the mix, as well as a whole host of gameplay mechanics, on top of an RPG-like stat and inventory system.
Excerpt: Indie developer Ska Studios has put out a bunch of great titles over the years, with The Dishwasher and its sequel being superb beat-em-up titles and I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1N IT!!!1 being one of the most successful Xbox Live Indie titles to-date.
Excerpt: Charlie Murder is the newest release from developer Ska Studios--the same company that brought the world The Dishwasher video game series. Charlie Murder takes noticeable inspirations from its predecessors but features an all new storyline based around a punk rock band and their battles against...
Conclusion: Charlie Murder is a competently made and often funny brawler that has fun with a wide range of inspirations. But when you're not battling evil IT engineers or grotesquely illustrated zombies it can descend into a repetitive slog of mashing the X button, particularly when played solo.
Summary: In line with the anarchistic vibe and punk rock aesthetic it emulates so well, Charlie Murder gets right in your face and starts up a flailing mosh pit of chaotic game mechanics even before the dissonant ring of the opening power chords fade from memory.
Pros: Great art style and gritty punk aesthetic, Chaotic combat hits a high note with its absurdity, Great co-op experience
Cons: Checkpoint system is unforgiving, A few minigame elements feel tacked on
Conclusion: Charlie Murder is dependent on finding friends. Alone, the sharp difficulty curve derailed me completely. With strangers online, I found an angry place inside of me I wasn't totally sure existed.