BROFORCE Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com BROFORCE RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Broforce Composer is Working on New Indie Title AereA https://www.gameskinny.com/0ooqa/broforce-composer-is-working-on-new-indie-title-aerea https://www.gameskinny.com/0ooqa/broforce-composer-is-working-on-new-indie-title-aerea Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:40:32 -0400 ESpalding

It was announced today by publishers SOEDESCO that Deon van Heerden, composer for Broforce, has signed up to do the soundtrack for Triangle Studios upcoming action-RPG AereA. The game is expected to release on June 30th on PC, XBox One and PS4 digitally as well as a boxed format.

Set in the mystical land of Aezir, AereA is a music-themed action RPG packed full of puzzles, exploration, and interesting musical themed enemies. You play as one of four disciples of Great Maestro Guido who has been set the task of retrieving what is known as the primordial instruments. There are nine of them but a mysterious evil has stolen them. They must be found so that balance can be restored to the world.

Even though AereA and Broforce are games with nothing really in common, the soundtrack on the trailer above gives us the same epic sound some may be used to hearing from van Heerden. From a game about the army and blowing stuff up to a fantasy land where creatures resemble musical instruments, it is clear that van Heerden can produce great music no matter the subject of the game.

If you fancy getting something extra from the game then make sure you grab yourself a retail copy AereA. As a special edition, this will include a copy of the game's original soundtrack.

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5 Best Deals of the 2016 Steam Autumn Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5swtw/5-best-deals-of-the-2016-steam-autumn-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/5swtw/5-best-deals-of-the-2016-steam-autumn-sale Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:22:31 -0500 Unclepulky

Ah, Steam Sales, the greatest medicine of all. They may not treat colds or get rid of pain, but they make our wallets feel so much better.

The 2016 Steam Autumn sale is going on right now and will continue through November 29th. The following five deals are what we believe to be the best deals available.

5. Broforce

Broforce is one of the silliest and yet most fun games to come out in 2016. This 2D co-op title includes over the top action, explosions, hilariously bad puns, explosions, a plethora of game modes, a killer soundtrack, and explosions.

Usually, Broforce retails at $14.99 on Steam. Right now though, the game is 75% off, bringing the cost down to $3.74. In addition, you can also get four copies of Broforce as gifts for the other bros or brodettes in your life, and that package deal is also 75% off. 

And, as a little bonus, you can currently download the game's quite good soundtrack for a mere $1.24, as opposed to the usual $4.99.

Check out the Broforce Steam page for more details. 

4. Antichamber

Entries four and three on this list aren't games new games, and they aren't bundles, but they're both truly amazing indie games that you can currently pick up for next to nothing.

The first of these is Antichamber. Developed by Alexander Bruce, this is one of the strangest and most surreal games ever made. It isn't a horror title at all, but it will certainly bring a thrill to your senses. If you think games have become repetitive and stale, then Antichamber is exactly the breath of fresh air you need.

Usually available for $19.99, the game is currently 75% off, bringing the cost down to $4.99.

Check out the Antichamber Steam page for more details. 

3. Ys Origin

Brought to us by one of the oldest game developers still in the business, Nihon Falcom, Ys Origin is an outstanding action JRPG.

With really impressive graphics for a low-cost game, smooth as butter gameplay and a story that subverts many of the tropes common JRPGs, there's a lot to like about Ys Origin.

Including a 40+ hour story, several additional (and really fun) game modes, and multiple playable characters, including several hidden, unlockable ones, Ys Origin is a steal at any price. And, for those of you who are really into achievements, this game offers over 40 of them.

Ys Origin is currently 70% off, bringing its cost down from $19.99 to $5.99.

Check out the Ys Origin Steam page for more details. 

2. Star Wars Collection

With Star Wars: Rogue One coming to theaters next month, now is as good a time as any to play some Star Wars games.

This massive collection includes:

  • Star Wars- Dark Forces
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  • Star Wars - The Fore Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Empire at War - Gold Pack
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight- Mysteries of the Sith
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
  • Star Wars Republic Commando
  • Star Wars Starfighter
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars - Republic Heroes
  • AND FINALLY, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Usually a whopping $99.99, this collection is 77% off, bringing it down to a mere $22.99. Also, all of these games are on sale individually, meaning you can hand pick any ones you want for very cheap -- if you haven't somehow picked them up already. 

Check out the Star Wars Collection Steam page for more details. 

1. Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Bundle

By far the best deal of the 2016 Autumn Steam Sale is Civilization V, along with ALL of its expansions.

The Civilization series is considered by many to contain some of the best strategy games of all time. And, according to most fans, either Civilization IV or Civilization V is the best of them all.

Usually, purchasing Civilization V with its multitude of expansions costs a grand total of $149.34. However, right now, it's 92% off! That brings the price down to a mere $12.27. If you have ANY interest in the Civilization series at all, here's the perfect opportunity to get into it.

Check out the Civilization V Steam page for more details. 

What games are you getting from the 2016 Autumn Steam Sale? Will you be purchasing any of the games listed above? Let me know in the Comments!

 

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Gift Guide: Best Games to Buy from 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sqzyz/gift-guide-best-games-to-buy-from-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/sqzyz/gift-guide-best-games-to-buy-from-2016 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

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Civilization VI
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $52.90

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Buy It: Amazon PC, Mac

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Civilization VI may not have gotten the same overwhelmingly positive response from fans as its two most recent predecessors, but it's still a worthy entry in this phenomenal turn based strategy franchise.

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This title preserves the glorious presentation the series is known for with superb graphics and an equally brilliant score. More depth has been added to the gameplay than has been seen in any other Civilization title, and while that's great for veterans of the franchise, it may be a bit intimidating for newcomers. As such, I recommend this as a potential gift for fans of strategy games, be they real time or turn based, and fans of the Civilization series.

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Civilization VI is available on PC and Mac.

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Broforce
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Rating: 83/100

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Price: $14.99

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Buy It: Steam

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Do you like crazy, over the top action? Do you like the idea of blowing things up with your best friends? Are you a fan of classic run and gun games like Contra and Metal Slug? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then Broforce may just be the game for you.

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There really isn't anything too complex about this one. This is a game designed to just let you have a good time shooting things alongside three of your best mates, and be as "Manly" as humanly possible. The imagination that must have gone into creating Broforce must be commended above all else. After all, most of the designs in this game look like they're from the cover of a metal album.

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Broforce is available on PC, Mac, Linux, and PS4.

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Dark Souls 3
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $39.80

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Buy It: Amazon PS4, Xbox One, PC

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Dark Souls 3 may be the continuation of a series, but you shouldn't be turned away if you haven't played the other games, as the stories are unrelated. Nor should you be turned away by this game's incredible difficulty, as, much like its predecessors, it is an incredibly frustrating game at times. For while it may be hard, it's still incredibly satisfying to eventually overcome the hurdles put in your path.

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I started off with mentioning the two things which may make you, or someone you know, hesitant to play Dark Souls 3, because once you do sit down and play it, you'll realize it's one of the best action RPGs of this generation. It does everything the first two Dark Souls games did right, and just adds onto it.

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Dark Souls 3 is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Oxenfree
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Rating: 79/100

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Steam, PS4

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 I've never played a game quite like Oxenfree. With the exception of its expansive decision based conversation system, it plays like a fairly standard adventure game. However, there's nothing standard about this title's story and atmosphere. Starting with the latter, the visuals are minimalistic and striking, and the OST, which is purchasable on its own for $9.99, is positively haunting.

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Both of these aspects contribute to the story, which manages to be both an homage to class 80's horror movies, as well as a deep insight into the nature of grief. For more details on the story, I highly recommend that, AFTER you play the game for yourself, you read the article I've linked to here. Oxenfree is far from being appealing to mainstream audiences, but fans of horror and philosophy will love this strange and wonderful experience.

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Oxenfree is available on Steam and PS4

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Stardew Valley
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Rating: 88/100

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Price: $14.99

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Buy It: Steam

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In complete honesty, this was not a game for me. However, for the many people I know who are fans of simulator games, this has been one of their favorite titles to come out in 2016. According to them, and the tens of thousands of fans who've reviewed the game on Steam, this is one of the all time great farming simulators.

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And part of the reason why players feel that way is because in addition to have crisp pixel art graphics and a smooth interface, you do so much more than just farming in Stardew Valley. There's mining, fishing, foraging, and even combat. For someone who just wants to escape from the stress of the real world, this indie title is perfect.

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Stardew Valley is available on Steam.

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Street Fighter V
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Rating: 77/100

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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Capcom isn't the most popular game developer and publisher these days, but that doesn't mean they don't still make great games. Street Fighter V was a bare bones game at launch, but even then, the core fighting mechanics were some of the best to ever grace the franchise. And since then, the released DLC has made the game a complete package, definitely worth your time.

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You shouldn't be getting this for someone just because they enjoy Super Smash Bros. though. While this game can be enjoyed casually, only dedicated fighting game fans will get the most out of it. It may have taken awhile, but Street Fighter V is now one of the best games on the fighting game scene.

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Street Fighter V is available on PS4.

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Owlboy
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Rating: 89/100

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Price: $24.99

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Buy It: Steam

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Retro inspired games may be common, but Owlboy should most certainly not be lumped in with the rest. This game has been in development for almost a decade, and while people have been hoping Owlboy would be something special, no one could have anticipated how emotional an experience it is.

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With one of the best soundtracks to come from an indie platformer, due in part to being done with full orchestral music, solid, if not revolutionary gameplay, beautiful sprites, and a story which will make you laugh, cry, and feel genuine hatred, Owlboy can be enjoyed by anyone. If you know anyone who's a fan of either retro games or games with deep plots, this title will make a perfect gift.

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Owlboy is available on Steam.

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Pokemon: Sun & Moon

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Rating: 86/100

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Price: $39.82

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Buy It:  Amazon Sun, Moon

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Whether you know a long time Pokemon fan or someone who was introduced to the franchise through Pokemon Go, any owner of a 3DS will be happy to get the newest installment in the franchise as a gift.

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With over 100 new Pokemon, and a slew of new features, Sun and Moon have breathed new life into a franchise people have long decried as stale and repetitive. I'll be picking up Moon for myself soon, and I can't wait to play the latest game in my favorite RPG franchise.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon are available for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Overwatch

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Rating: 91/100

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Price: $34.99

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Buy It: Amazon PS4, Xbox One, PC

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In terms of pure fun, there are few games which can match Overwatch. No, it doesn't have a story, that's left to external material like web shorts and comics. It doesn't have any sort of single player campaign, but it will be a long time before you become tired of the modes the game does have to offer.

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In addition to the addicting normal matches, which I'd dumped over 300 hours into, there are also the game's new modes, such as 1 on 1 matches, 3 on 3 elimination matches, and a variety of 6 on 6 matches with special rules.

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The game is bright, colorful, and its cast of characters are all incredibly diverse and lovable. Overwatch is my all time favorite FPS, and I can't recommend it enough.

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Overwatch is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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With the release of the Mini NES, it's clear that retro games are all the rage these days. However, when it comes to buying games as gifts for your friends and family, no one will be complaining about receiving one of the best games to come out in the past year.

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This Gift Guide will include indie games and AAA titles alike, so no matter what your price range is, you'll be able to get the people you care about some truly spectacular games. I haven't played all of these titles myself, -- I'm only one person -- but due to each game's popularity and reviews, they speak for themselves.

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All Ratings are based off of each game's Metacritic Score.

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Four Run-and-Gun Games That Are Just As Awesome As Broforce https://www.gameskinny.com/m16b8/four-run-and-gun-games-that-are-just-as-awesome-as-broforce https://www.gameskinny.com/m16b8/four-run-and-gun-games-that-are-just-as-awesome-as-broforce Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:31:13 -0500 Timothy J. Ralston (TehMadCatter)

When Broforce was first released, people fell in love with it for its unique parody characters and action-packed gameplay that has you rush past enemy after enemy with guns blazing. But Broforce wasn’t the only game that sucked players in with their unique design.

What made Broforce amazing was the parodied characters you play as. All of them are action movie characters, from titles like Rambo and Terminator, or evenThe Boondocks Saints. To play as the characters that people grew up watching was a great addition to the game, and made it a hundred times more fun.

The same goes to the style of action you are given when playing the game. Everything is fast-paced, and each character you gain will either be difficult to use, or can make the game a lot more easy to pass. The level designs are fantastic, and end up getting harder and harder as you play, giving you bosses that are both ridiculously silly and ridiculously difficult.

But of course, Broforce wasn’t the only run-and-gun game that introduced hilarious characters or fast-paced action. There are plenty of other great titles in the genre that are worth checking out. Titles like...

Metal Slug

Metal Slug 3 was the most popular release in the Metal Slug series, and was a fresh take on the run-and-gun genre. Originally an arcade game back in 1996, players fell in love with the concept and design for the game, which sparked quite a following during its time.

The game is still beloved, and still has a place on the Steam shop. Metal Slug is definitely recommended for those who love classic run-and-gun games.

Shoot Many Robots

Shoot Many Robots was released to a fair amount of praise back in 2012. An indie title with a concept like Broforce, the game drops you off to fight robot after robot. Shoot Many Robots also has a 4 player co-op mode, so you can fight robots with three other players.

The graphics are an upgrade from Broforce’s pixelated art-style, and the controls feel clean and smooth as you run and gun your way from your RV to the end of the mission.

Mercenary Kings

Mercenary Kings was released in 2014, and was one of the most addicting games I played that year. With the mixture of humor and action-packed shooting, the game makes a name for itself as one of the best modern run-and-gun games of the past five years.

Mercenary Kings places you and three other players against enemies and bosses, while also giving you the chance to customize your weapons. It's real fun game that is recommended for anyone who likes action titles!

Contra

Contra was the beginning of run-and-gun games, and made gamers just as frustrated as any difficult game today. (I raged harder at Contra than I did at Demon Souls.) The game dropped you in at a tropical location, where you and a second player could, well, run and gun enemies. It didn't stay in just the tropics though -- later on you moved to harder, and different locations.

While the game was unbelievably difficult for its time, it was a fun challenge to play with friends when trying to get from one mission to the next.

Conclusion

Broforce was a great game, and there are several games out that like it that offer a similarly satisfying experience. Any of the games on this list are worth a play if you're looking for a challenge, or a fun shooting experience to engage in with friends. Whether you want hilarious characters, fast action, or insane difficulty, there's a Broforce-like game on this list for you. 

If you liked this article and would like to see more, check out GameSkinny for everything gaming!

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Happy birthday America: Save your nation from invasion in these 11 games https://www.gameskinny.com/a1j98/happy-birthday-america-save-your-nation-from-invasion-in-these-11-games https://www.gameskinny.com/a1j98/happy-birthday-america-save-your-nation-from-invasion-in-these-11-games Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:30:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

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If you aren't bleeding red, white, and blue after playing these 11 ultra-patriotic games, then you need to go drop a couple of hundred dollars on unnecessary fireworks and try again.

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What's your favorite pro-America game, and how many of the titles we mentioned have you managed to beat? Let us know what other 4th Of July-friendly games we should be dusting off this summer in the comments below.

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Homefront: The Revolution

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A re-imagining of the occupied America presented in the previous game, second title The Revolution switches to an open world style as you run a guerrilla resistance against the Korean invaders. 

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While sadly the game had a bit of a bumpy start and still suffers from some frame rate issues, if you like open world games along the lines of Far Cry 3/4, you should make a point of checking this one out.

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Modifying guns on the fly or building makeshift explosives out in the field is a cool twist, and there's some iconic characters to meet in this dark dystopian future.

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Everything Duke Nukem

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What better exemplifies America than lowest common denominator misogyny and a love for all big guns and bigger jugs? Duke couldn't be any more American if he shat bald eagles!

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Sure, these games are awful and several of them are essentially unplayable, but America does things the hard way damn it, and you should too.

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Saints Row IV

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Not only do you become President of the grand old U. S. of A. (by totally legitimate and not at all ludicrous means), but you also get to avenge the country's death at the hands of annihilating aliens. Eat your heart you Bill Pullman!

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Rather than seeing the new Independence Day flick no one asked for, just play Saints Row IV instead. It's not often you get to be a nude Matrix-style savior while beating gang members and aliens to death with a big floppy dildo – and after all, isn't that what America is really all about?

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Assassin's Creed III

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In the never-ending Assassin's Creed series, Ubisoft went a very unexpected route in entry #3, allowing you to be part of the founding of America itself, but as an assassin of course.

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The glorious American revolution can't succeed without your stealth take downs, so sharpen up those tomahawks and get on birthing the greatest nation in the world already.

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Both the Revolution and later Civil War period of history are rife for gaming, and that really begs the question: when are we going to get an Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter video game adaptation?

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Christian Founders 3D Computer Game

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This amazing little title – which lets you know its in 3D straight in the title! - is (sort of) a platformer where you run around a mansion covered in full-wall size portraits of various American history personalities.

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While traveling through this bizarre fun house of horror, be sure to grab all the flag collectibles and and read all those tiny commentary text boxes. Personally, I'm convinced this is satire and making fun of exactly the sort of person who would un-ironically buy this, but others aren't so sure.

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What clinches it for me (other than the hilarious graphics) are the notoriously inaccurate quotes used to teach the lessons, like perpetuating the myth that George Washington said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Despite the fact that such a phrase never actually appeared in his farewell address, the urban legend lives on anyway.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

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What's more patriotic than a down-on-his-luck immigrant coming to Liberty City by boat and achieving the American Dream?

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He works his way up from nearly homeless drifter to driver at a cab company and then breaks out as an entrepreneur trying his hand at many diverse and lucrative businesses.

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Best of all? Nico Bellic is very second amendment friendly. GTA IV is as American as apple pie, and just as kid-friendly.

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Patriotic Pinball

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For the true patriot who already has a flag draped across his wall and never goes out unless he's sporting some stars and stripes duds, there's the game-changing Patrotic Pinball.

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It's exactly like regular pinball, just, you know, with more patriotism. It even has a whole whopping TWO different levels to play: “America on Duty” and “Roadtrip Coast To Coast.”

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Broforce

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Remember those extremely outlandish pro-America cartoons you can watch while flipping through the television channels on the later Grand Theft Auto games? Developer Free Lives turned them into a side scrolling, platforming shooter, and we can't thank them enough!

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When the world is in trouble, the over-powered Broforce is called in to annihilate evil, bro style. Just how patriotic is this game? The top Steam review simply reads “Bought this game as a European. Now I'm an American.

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Bioshock Infinite

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A legitimately awesome game even independent of the story and themes, Bioshock Infinite also has its fair share of social commentary on the past and present state of America.

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The people of the floating city of Colombia absolutely adore John Wilkes Boothe, and they have more than a little in common with a certain wing of American politics... so much so that a tea party group in Florida once made headlines by un-ironically using the above image as their Facebook banner.

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The fact that “It is our holy duty to guard against the foreign hordes” and a very clear focus on white purity didn't tip them off the negative nature of the image is mind-bogglingly hilarious.

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No matter where you fall on the political spectrum though, Bioshock Infinite offers an amazing FPS experience (maybe the best the Xbox 360 had to offer?) that is way outside the norm and has a mind-bending story to keep you intrigued from beginning to end.

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Great Wall Of America

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Make America great again by building a yuuuuuge wall (a beautiful wall, the best wall) out of the heads of your political rivals! You don't want to be berated for having small hands, do you? Better build that wall even higher then.

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Best of all, it's completely free on mobile devices, since they made Mexico pay for it.

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Pick it up here, and don't forget – if a blond woman beats your high score, you are duty bound to tweet that blood must be coming out of her “wherever” when you throw your losing temper tantrum. Anybody else desperately ready for November to be over already?

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It's not just Android developers getting in on the Trump action lately either, as even the latest Pokemon to be revealed is clearly inspired by his iconic hair cut!

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Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty

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Although certainly not without flaws (for some reason your aim is better if you AREN'T using the iron sights), this perennially underrated FPS is actually a pretty good time, and it does have a unique setting and premise.

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In this shooter, America actually fell to Nazi invasion (making it a perfect accompaniment to Amazon's The Man In The High Castle series), and you as a simple construction worker in the '50s get drafted into rebelling against the German invaders.

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More than just trying to reclaim your homeland, the story shifts to preventing the Nazis from finishing the atomic bomb before anyone else does, radically changing history forever.

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While grilling up your 10% beef hot dogs with a side of greasy Freedom Fries this 4th of July, why on earth would you try to save a place like Sera or Reach from invasion? Don't you know there's a gob of games out there that let you keep America safe and beautiful while kicking some star-spangled ass?

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Ditch those alien frontiers or European battlefronts and go for the gold. With these 11 games you can repel Nazi invaders in alternate timelines, build a wall to keep out the foreigners, play only the most patriotic of pinball machines, achieve the American Dream, and even become President!

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Bro Force- Directed by Michael Bay https://www.gameskinny.com/igb3o/bro-force-directed-by-michael-bay https://www.gameskinny.com/igb3o/bro-force-directed-by-michael-bay Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:33:16 -0400 Thomasfrost1

Explosions, explosions everywhere and never-ending gun fire. 

BroForce is exactly what you would expect from the cover -- a game filled with manly warriors like Bronan the Brobarian, Indiana Brones, and Brobo Cop. Along with the incredibly manly characters the game is filled with patriotic themes, having you conquer the world and defeat the red devil (Communists) and aliens.

 

Broforce is multiplayer which means up to four times the amount of explosions. It is a fairly standard multiplayer set up. A player can either play online with random players or assemble a group of up to four bros for maximum destruction on a split-screen. If players want to go Bro to Bro with one another there is an arcade and versus mode for players to see who is the top Bro. 

 

The game has an easy to learn and use interface, which uses about four buttons and the right joystick. This makes it very user friendly and fun for any new players. The in-game mechanics are simple enough, run, shoot, stab repeat, what more do you want from a game called Broforce?

 

Broforce's story-line perfectly fits both the game-play and overall theme, using simple one sentence explanations for missions such as: 

...which adds "Much needed" context to the game-play.

Broforce is the perfect game for people who just wants to shoot at monsters and have a fun time playing a game. The game-play is simple and the characters will make you laugh every time. If you have any comments or have a game you want me to review post it in the comments section, and if you want to game with me my gamer-tag is the same as my username.

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Hasta la Vista, Baby! (Broforce Review) https://www.gameskinny.com/yfb1m/hasta-la-vista-baby-broforce-review https://www.gameskinny.com/yfb1m/hasta-la-vista-baby-broforce-review Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:32 -0400 THEKINGROBIN

Broforce is a game that brings back everything good about platformers back in the day. From the moment you take your first step, you know you are in for one heck of an adventure.

With the game now on PS4, it's more accessible than ever. Being able to stream it right off your PlayStation 4 has helped a lot of starting out YouTubers and Twitch users.

Welcome to the Jungle

This is what you get when you start pitching ideas at 3 in the morning, but one of them actually turns out to be amazing. The protagonists are clearly parodies of action heroes (of course fully intended) who have to "'Mericanize" the terrorists and all other threats. This game is bloody, but it's that great type of blood that has you leaving corpses in your wake as your huge, burly veins pulse is a feeling unlike any other. 

Though the game is difficult, I would have to say it's mostly fair. The reason I say "mostly" is because the game does get chaotic to the point where it's hard to keep track of your character not to mention a little lag here or there. In some sections, in my opinion, they shouldn't have stacked so many enemies in an area. The slow-down/lag in a game such as this is really unfortunate, but at the end of the day it did not make me want to stop playing.

You are dropped into a level with a simple objective: get to the end and nothing else. Anything else you do is entirely optional, and I love the way the game deals with this. You can approach any situation in multiple ways. You can do it the 'Merica way and just run through blazing guns. I'm not gonna lie, many times I would fail over over and over again trying to think of a strategy. A lot of times I could rely on just doing it the 'Merica way. 

Though some of the enemies can look almost idiotic, you still have to play carefullu because you will die by only one shot. When you rescue prisoners of war you will get an extra life, but it's not all good news. You will then receive a new bro and a lot depends on if you are good with playing them. Once you get to the end of each level you kill Satan? Then raise the American Flag as you "Get To The Chopper!"

The Verdict

Overall, Broforce's 90's iconic action movie feel presents a very fun and fair platformer that challenges the player toby not giving them too much information. You are left to figure things out on your own just like in war. You don't have all the answers; you just have to hope things work out. With the characters always changing, there is always something new to love. If you are looking for an enjoyable game that can keep you entertained for a few hours then this is something you should check out.              

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Broforce brings the 80's nostalgia to the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/034e7/broforce-brings-the-80s-nostalgia-to-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/034e7/broforce-brings-the-80s-nostalgia-to-the-ps4 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 04:58:02 -0500 Stan Rezaee

Broforce is that special kind of game that combines one's love for classic 8-bit run & gun adventures with 80's action films -- then adds a small dose of all things ‘Merican.

Having grown from a Greenlight project to become a major hit on the PC, Broforce is now available to spread freedom and Americanize the PlayStation 4. 

Welcome to the 1980's

Following the downer known as the 70's, the 1980's were a great time for Americans, as our sense of patriotism was renewed under the charm of Ronald Reagan. It was an era defined by the rivalry with the Soviet Union and a pop-culture dedicated to "sticking it" to the oppressive Commies.

Broforce allows gamers to go back and relive that glorious freedom-loving era on steroids.

While titles like Kung Fury and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon pay homage to the cheesy sci-fi b-movies of the 80s, Broforce pays its respect to the action films that defined the early blockbuster era of cinema. This was an era of film defined by actions stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, who reminded audiences that America never negotiates with bad guys.

Fighting Evil, The American Way

When evil terrorists, aliens and demons threaten the peace of the world, America dispatches Broforce (an elite but underfunded special forces unit) to protect liberty by using extreme violence. Operatives like Rambro, Bro Hard or Bro Dredd are deployed to an occupied country and tasked with liberating them.

Its simple plot is a nod to classic films of the 80s, such as Rambo: First Blood Pt. II and Commando, along with Die Hard (to some degree) and Aliens in later parts.

The game features a list of playable characters based on films of the era with the word Bro added into the name. Players start as Rambro (based on Rambo) followed by Brommando (based on John Matrix from Commando) along with Bro Hard (based on John McClane) and Snake Broskin (based on Snake Plissken).

Spreading Brocracy 

Broforce does not limit itself to pop-culture references of the 80s, as action heroes from the 90s and early 2000s also join the roster of playable characters. Characters from this era include Bro in Black (based on Agent K from Men in Black) and Broheart (based on William Wallace from Braveheart).

Besides the references to beloved movies, the game also has a great sense of humor, thanks to its hypermasculine tone and the many times it tries to shoehorn the word “bro” into something.

The gameplay is simple; a Bro is dispatched to a country and tasked with liberating it. This is achieved by killing all terrorists in sight, bringing down an evil boss, then raising the American flag. Players must also rescue a Bro who has been captured by the enemy — this unlocks new playable characters while adding an extra life.

To overcome the challenges of each stage, players have to use the Bro’s special ability to their advantage. The destructive levels along with the many opportunities to set traps allow players to embrace their strategic imagination.

Freedom Is The Only Way

All of this not only makes Broforce a must-play title, but it's an example of why indie games have become so popular in the last few years. It's a reminder that all it takes to make a good game is a unique imagination and some nostalgia.

With an old school style that blends a love of the 1980s with 8-bit gaming and a sense of humor makes Broforce a unique experience for the PlayStation 4.

Have you played Broforce yet? What are your thoughts and how does the PS4 version compare to the PC version?

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Sony announces PS Plus free games for March https://www.gameskinny.com/w26wc/sony-announces-ps-plus-free-games-for-march https://www.gameskinny.com/w26wc/sony-announces-ps-plus-free-games-for-march Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:47:14 -0500 Eric Adams

Sony has announced their free games for March 2016. Of the notable games are Broforce and Galak-Z, available for PS4. The PlayStation blog has announced the full lineup of free games for PS4, PS Vita, and PS3. The other two games involved with the Vote to Play campaign, Android Cactus and Action Henk, will be discounted 30% from March 8th to March 21st for PS Plus members.

Broforce is a side scrolling shooter that allows you to play with three other friends. Think of the old TMNT or Simpsons arcade games. Galak-Z is a 2D shooter that puts you in control of a ship that blasts any and everything on the screen. Basically, if you liked asteroid or games like it, then you will love this.

There is still time to grab the February free games, so make sure to add those to your library. The free games for March will be available on March 1st via the PlayStation Store.

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10 days left to vote for next free PlayStation Plus game https://www.gameskinny.com/0yjxa/10-days-left-to-vote-for-next-free-playstation-plus-game https://www.gameskinny.com/0yjxa/10-days-left-to-vote-for-next-free-playstation-plus-game Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:30:30 -0500 Zanne Nilsson

PlayStation Plus' Vote to Play is underway once again. This month's round of voting, which began on February 9, will determine what game is added to March's monthly game lineup for PlayStation Plus members.

The games which have been selected for this month's Vote to Play are Action Henk!, Assault Android Cactus, and Broforce. Brief descriptions of these games, as given in this PlayStation Blog post about the vote, are quoted below:

Action Henk!

Publisher Curve Digital and developer RageSquid have put together a light-hearted racer where you run, jump, and — yes — butt-slide your way through a host of toy room environments with past-their-prime action figures.

It’s a game where timing and momentum are key as you attempt to outdo your opponents as well as your own past performance. How can you not love a game with the tagline “Butt-slide to victory?”

Assault Android Cactus

While the mechanics of this twin stick shooter will be familiar to many, developer Witch Beam has created a unique battery mechanic (in lieu of lives), providing a fresh experience that helps Assault Android Cactus stand out from the crowd.

This one also supports Shareplay, a “virtual couch” that lets a friend join your game for up to an hour at a time, creating an online local co-op experience. According to designer Sanatana Mishra, the goal with Assault Android Cactus was to make a game that he and the rest of the team wanted to play.

Broforce

While we didn’t know it at the time, Broforce is the game that we always wanted as we cheered beloved 80’s-era action heroes on to victory. Publisher Devolver and developer Free Lives have teamed up to deliver part irreverent spoof and part loving homage to what are now classic movies and classic games.

With its online co-op experience and over-the-top presentation, there’s a really great game here that deserves the heaps of praise it’s already received.

What the three games have in common, according to the blog post, is that they are all "fun titles that can connect the Plus community to play together with friends."

All that PlayStation Plus members who want to vote have to do is log into their PS4 with their PSN account, go to the PlayStation Plus section in the top left corner of the PS4 home screen, and select Vote to Play; it can also be accessed through What's New or the PlayStation plus section of the PlayStation Store.

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7 of the best local co-op PC games you should play https://www.gameskinny.com/0egx3/7-of-the-best-local-co-op-pc-games-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/0egx3/7-of-the-best-local-co-op-pc-games-you-should-play Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:18:37 -0500 Rob Thubron

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1. Rayman Legends

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When talking about local co-op games, one title that you’ll find constantly gets mentioned is Rayman Legends, and with good reason. Not only is it one of the greatest local co-operative experiences you can have on the PC, but it’s also one of the best platformers ever made.

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It may be of the 2D, retro variety, but that doesn’t make Legends any less brilliant. In fact, it’s that classic style mixed with a modern engine and beautiful graphics that pushes the game to the top of the class.

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The two-player cooperative element is one of Legends' outstanding features. Thanks to its intuitive gameplay, it won’t be long before you and your fellow gamer are both flying through the levels in an almost total synchronization. It can be quite a beautiful sight, seeing the two characters moving in perfect unison. But the best part of the game are the astounding musical levels, which represent some of the best design and use of music I’ve ever seen in a game.

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If you and your local gaming partner fancy competing against each other, then you can give the awesome Kung Foot mini-game a go. You could also try out the challenge of the day, attempt to break some online records, play some classic levels, or unlock more characters/worlds. Rayman Legends will keep both you and the person sharing your couch happy for a long time.

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Simple to play, hard to complete, utterly brilliant, and still the best local co-op game around.

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What are your favorite co-op games to play on PC? Let me know down in the comments.

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2. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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I used to find the idea of blending Tomb Raider with an isometric shoot-‘em-up had the same level of appeal as eating chips while on the toilet: I could see how some people may enjoy it, but it just seemed a bit too weird for me.

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But eventually I decided to live dangerously and give it a try (the game, not the toilet thing) and I was very pleasantly surprised. It may be six years old, but Guardian of Light is a genuinely excellent two-player co-op game. I'd even go so far as to say that it's one of the best I've ever played.

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The combat in Guardian of Light is outstanding, using the familiar twin-stick shooting method that always brings to my mind one the granddaddies of the genre – The Chaos Engine (yes, I’m very old).

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The puzzles manage to hit that sweet spot of being neither frustratingly taxing nor insultingly simple - you’ll certainly have those Eureka moments when you figure some of them out. Its RPG elements add another layer of depth to proceedings, and some of the later weapons are enormous fun to use.

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Working together is essential in this game and a complete joy -- it really is one of the most underrated local co-op titles ever made. Give it a try ASAP. But avoid the sequel, it’s pants.

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3. Rocket League

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There are few things to say about Rocket League that haven’t already been said. Its incredibly engaging mix of soccer and RC vehicles makes it one of the most addictive games of all time. Not only is very easy to pick up and play, but its five-minute matches make it one of the few modern titles that you can “have a quick go” on.

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The local co-operative option is provided via split screen and two controllers. While splitting a TV in half isn’t everyone’s favorite way of adding a local player, it’s pretty much the only option for this kind of game.

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Playing with a friend can be great fun, and having your teammate physically sitting next to you means that communication and strategizing is a lot easier. Few things are as satisfying as when you and your gaming partner hammer some total strangers who are on the other side of the world.

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4. Portal 2

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Portal 2 is a magnificent game, and easily one of the best puzzlers ever created. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the two-player co-op mode, which can be played locally using split-screen, is even better than the single-player game.

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Valve appreciate show much people love co-op games, and has included a separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters just for this mode.

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If you do try out Portal 2’s local co-op, you’ll be amazed at how different it feels from playing solo. You’re likely to spend half the time talking through the puzzles with your gaming partner, trying to figure out what to do. Then it’s a case of working together to put the plans into action. Few games teach people to work together and communicate as well as Portal 2 – it should be used in relationship counseling.  

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5. Broforce

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Getting constantly compared to Contra makes any game brilliant in my book. And the fact that you can use Rambo (or Rambro, as he is known here) to kill Satan is the icing on the Broforce cake.

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Not only is Broforce a rock-hard, side-scrolling, platform shooter, but it’s also a love letter to the cheesy action movies of the 80’s and 90’s. It may be gloriously silly, but it certainly isn’t stupid. The cool pixel art style, numerous recognizable ‘bro’ characters, and the destructible graphics make playing the game in local co-op mode both brilliant and hilarious. If Chuck Norris made PC games, he’d make Broforce.

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6. The Lego series

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Even though they’ve been around for over a decade now, the Lego games tend to be the first name a lot of people think of when you mention co-operative two-player titles.

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The combination of simple, fun gameplay and brilliant humor provides the licensed Lego games with some of the best local co-op experiences in PC history. The puzzles that require two characters to work together range from simple to fiendish in their difficulty, and completing them gives players a real sense of achievement.

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But if they’re so good, how come they’re at number six? Well, as enjoyable as they are, their format hasn’t changed much in ten years, and familiarity breeds contempt, as they say. Despite the latest entry in the series, Lego Dimensions, introducing a Skylanders-like toy-to-life element, it doesn’t really add much extra to the co-op play.

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As for which games are the best in the Lego series, I personally find the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter titles to be the apex of the series, while the aforementioned Dimensions entry is regarded as the most enjoyable in recent years. Good co-op fun for all the family.

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7. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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While The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth may feature the kind of same-screen, local co-op play suitable for the living room, the game is about as appropriate for kids as an Aphex Twin video – and about as darkly twisted.

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You wouldn’t expect a title based on both religious and semi-autobiographical attempted filicide to be a fun-packed romp, but it is. It’s important to point out, though, that although the game does have a co-op mode -- the second player takes the role of a floating baby who can’t pick up items (they’re shared) or enter rooms (Isaac has to lead).

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Despite the reduced functionality of player two, Rebirth’s top-down, twin-stick shooter gameplay and randomly generated dungeons make it a hugely enjoyable experience for both players. Be warned, though, it does have several rogue-like elements, including being hard as nails and permadeath. Lose all your health before making it through the eight levels, and it’s back to the start.

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The PC may be a brilliant gaming platform, but it’s always been viewed as the inferior option when it comes to local co-op games. As much as I love 1440p resolutions, Steam, cheaper titles, and the ability to play games at more than 60 frames per second, I do lament the fact that so few desktop titles are created with local co-op in mind.

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In recent years, however, this trend has slowly started to change. Rather than the usual small handful of titles that feature local co-op modes, an increasing number of developers have begun to realize that the PC is making headway into the living room space that used to be reserved solely for consoles, and that their games should reflect this.

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As more and more smaller, form-factor PCs and dedicated Steam boxes make their way beneath the family television, more PC owners want titles that feature local co-op modes. Sometimes it's better to play with family, friends and partners, than against them.

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So, if you’re wondering what some of the best local co-operative games are on the PC, here are 7 that you should try. 

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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PAX East 2014: Hands-On With Broforce https://www.gameskinny.com/ijj6f/pax-east-2014-hands-on-with-broforce https://www.gameskinny.com/ijj6f/pax-east-2014-hands-on-with-broforce Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:41:40 -0400 Amanda Wallace

There is something immediately appealing about Broforce.

Maybe it's the explosions. There is no shortage of them in BroForce. They mesh and combine into a cacophony of fire and pixellated death. Maybe it's the loving allusions to classic '80s action films, the buff men with rocket launchers clearing out a camp of enemy combatants.

There is nothing more 'Murica than BroForce; a loving homage to a moment in American pop culture, to explosive male testosterone. It's as serious about classic action as Rodriquez's Machete is about grindhouse exploitation films (in fact, "Brochete" makes an appearance).

The two developers I spoke with, a pair of South African men who spoke about Tango and Cash (an '80s Kurt Russell flick) like they were underappreciated classics, had clear love for the medium. I am a devoted fan of destructive bro action, and they were dropping action references that I never knew existed.

That's the soul of the game: affection and explosions. As one of the developers put it, "There is no problem that can't be solved with explosions." BroForce's mechanics play into that understanding. The demo version I played at PAX was a frantically paced cooperative shooter, where four heroes charged across the landscape, killing all opponents, rescuing the prisoners, and getting to da choppa.

The controls are simple to understand and easy  to learn and master, and there are a variety of action stars to play. From rocket launcher wielding tough guys, to a man who's only weapon seems to be a cache of dynamite, they each bring their own dynamic personality into play.

Levels only take about 2 minutes to finish, but that time doesn't feel cheated. The couch co-op feels like the perfect atmosphere for a party with your friends, and the retro aesthetic (down to limited lives) fits perfectly into that feel.

The website for Free Lives (the makers of BroForce) is a must see if you are a fan of classic action. Or America. The game has been Greenlit and is currently available for pre-orders.

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BROFORCE: MANLY MEN, EXPLOSIONS, AND EXCESSIVE USE OF CAPS LOCK https://www.gameskinny.com/ea11n/broforce-manly-men-explosions-and-excessive-use-of-caps-lock https://www.gameskinny.com/ea11n/broforce-manly-men-explosions-and-excessive-use-of-caps-lock Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:59:06 -0500 Death Metal Hero

Have you ever played a game and thought "Man, this game needs a ton more of explosions, and a lot more manly '80s and '90s action heroes."

Well, it turns out that the guys at Free Lives decided they had asked that question one too many times, and made a game called BroForce.

What Is BroForce?

BroForce is a "Co-operative Patriotism Simulation;" well, actually, it's a side-scrolling action game similar to Contra, or Metal Slug. This title features fully destructable environments, over fifteen different Bros, which are homages to '80s and '90s action heroes (like The Brominator, RamBro, Bro Hard, Snake Broskin), and many more. Did I mention explosions? Because Michael Bay would shed manly tears of manliness if he saw how many explosions and camera shakes were in BroForce.

Each Bro in BroForce also has unique abilities and special attacks. Like Brochete, which can shoot a barrage of knives at his enemies, or how Bronan can jump high into the air and slam his sword down on an enemy, sending a shockwave of manliness forward.

BroForce also has 2 - 4 player co-op and competitive modes. Like Choppa Run, where you and your Bros must reach the top of a building, or the end of a stage (running to the right) before a wall of explosions and death send you to an untimely grave. The first Bro to the helicopter wins. Oh, did I say "co-op" ? I meant to say Bro-op.

BroForce is being developed by Free Lives, an indie games studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. The game started out as an entry to the Lundum Dare Game Jam in April 2012, where it won first place in Humour, second place in Fun, and fourth in Graphics.

Free Lives loved their entry so much that they decided to pool all of their efforts into making BroForce a fully fleshed out game. Since then, BroForce has been Greenlit by the Steam Greenlight Program, and an Early Access Beta of the game will be available sometime in March 2014.

Here is the full list of features from the game's website:

  • More explosions, camera shake and action than anything, ever.
  • Fully destructable terrain.
  • Local and Online "Bro-Op" Play.
  • Deathmatch arenas with leaderboards and rankings.
  • Unlockable "Bros" - each with distinctive attacks and special "Brobilities"
  • A level editor.
  • Design your Own Brofort - with unlockable rooms and additions to defend against terrorist onslaught or just hang out.
  • Vehicular action sequences, dinosaurs, aliens and epic Contra-inspired boss fights.
  • For every terrorist killed in BroForce, a terrorist will die in real life.
What Do I Think Of BroForce?

Personally I am really excited for BroForce; it looks like a lot of fun. Plus, I always enjoy some Retro graphics. If BroForce plays anything remotely close Contra or Metal Slug, then I will definitely be sinking my teeth into it. I mean, what's better than spending an afternoon killing terrorist as your favorite action heroes? NOTHING.

Well, actually, an epic heavy metal soundtrack featuring bands like Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and more just might make playing BroForce all the better. Free Lives, feel free to take a note of that.

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10 Indie Games to Watch for in 2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/1w7a5/10-indie-games-to-watch-for-in-2014 https://www.gameskinny.com/1w7a5/10-indie-games-to-watch-for-in-2014 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:39:02 -0500 Ryan Kerns

2013 was a fantastic year for indie games. There were titles like Gone Home and The Stanley Parable that changed the definition of what a game is. Sony dedicated a portion of their E3 conference to bringing eight indie developers on stage to demo their games on PlayStation 4. Resogun and Contrast rounded out the PS4 launch lineup and managed to score higher reviews than some launch titles from large publishers. 

Indie support outside of Sony also grew by leaps and bounds with Steam Greenlight and ID@Xbox. 2014 is the year that many of these newly implemented programs start to bear fruit. Many Kickstarter funded games from years past will launch as well. So in no particular order, here at ten indie titles that I'm particularly excited to get my hands on. 

Transistor [TBA 2014]

It has been nearly three years since Supergiant Games' breakout action RPG Bastion. They are sticking to the same genre with Transistor, but with a drastically different sci-fi setting. The game also introduces a planning mechanic that allows you to pause the action and set up strategic attacks at the cost of some of your red bar. This gorgeous game will be hitting PS4 and PC this year.

Mercenary Kings [Early 2014]

Mercenary Kings is Scott Pilgrim vs The World meets Metal Slug, with a touch of Borderlands. Tribute Games has already proven themselves using the Double Dragon formula for their excellent Scott Pilgrim game; so it comes as little surprise that taking a similar approach to the Contra formula was going to produce an amazing title. Layered on top of that is a very deep gun-crafting mechanic that takes into account things like reloading and recoil. Mercenary Kings is available in beta form through Steam Early access, with a full release coming in the next month or two on PS4 and PC. 

Nuclear Throne [TBA 2014]

That Vlambeer game formerly known as Wasteland King;. Nuclear Throne is a top-down, roguelike-like shooter in a post apocalyptic setting. Combining the randomized elements of a roguelike title with the ridiculously fun gameplay Vlambeer is known for leads to a highly addictive title that is sure to eat away hours of your time this year. The game is currently available as a beta through Steam Early Access, with the PS4, PSVita, and PC full versions coming soon. 

The Witness [Early 2014]

Love him or hate him, Jonathan Blow has become the poster boy for indie games. Braid paved the way for the indie game movement and Blow was prominently featured in 2012's Indie Game: The Movie.

The Witness is another brain teasing puzzle title, but where Braid was a time-bending puzzle platformer, this time Blow is evoking the style of the classic Myst. Sony has heavily invested in the title with a timed exclusive for the PS4, but a PC and IOS version are also in the pipeline. 

Starbound [TBA 2014]

In Starbound, you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe. There is so much to do in this game, it's almost ridiculous. Starbound is currently in beta through Steam Early Access, but is also planned on PS4, PS3, and PSVita. Thanks to procedural generated weapons, creature, and environments... no two playthroughs will be the same and leads to infinite replayability. I could see this game reaching a Minecraft level of success. 

Super TIME Force [TBA 2014]

If you've noticed a trend of all these indies hitting the PS4, Super TIME Force is not among them. This will be one of the first titles to release through ID@Xbox, with a simultaneous Xbox Live release.

The developers have described the game as Gunstar Heroes meets Braid. You are given 30 lives to make it through a bullet hell environment where dying is a certainty. The catch is you then can play a sort of co-op next to a ghost replay of your dead character. It's hard to describe and has to be seen or played to fully appreciate it. 

Incognita [TBA 2014]

There is a chance that Incognita might not make it out in 2014, but it still deserves recognition. The turn-based strategy genre is making a comeback, largely in thanks to the successful XCOM reboot.

Icognita takes that same formula, but makes it into the first turn-based tactical espionage game. The alpha build is currently available to download and PC is the target platform for the title. However, as we saw with Klei's Don't Starve, a console port will likely not be too far behind. 

BROFORCE [TBA 2014]

BROFORCE is a balls to the wall action side scrolling shooter, developed by a South African indie studio, inspired by American action movies. The parodies of American action movie icons, mixed with destructible environments and raw firepower, work in tandem for an amazing experience. You can download the "BROTOTYPE" version for free and the game has already been approved through Steam Greenlight. 

No Man's Sky [TBA 2014]

No Man's Sky recently debuted at the 2013 VGX awards, and is yet another large game taking advantage of procedurally generated features. The game is certainly very ambitious and is targeting both next gen consoles and PC. Development has been set back a little due to a recent flood at the offices of Hello Games, but hopefully it is still on track for a 2014 release. 

Broken Age [January 2014]

Many of the games on this list were the result of a Kickstarter campaign, but none as successful Broken Age's impression $3.45 million in crowdfunding. This game marks Tim Shafer's return to the point and click genre that he had left (alongside LucasArts) in 2000. The Walking Dead from Telltale Games has done much to revive the genre in recent years, and the all-star voice cast on this game is bound to draw in even more fans to the genre. 

So there you have it, ten games that were not the result of an executive board room meeting or victims to endless focus testing. 2014 could very well be the best year for indies yet. 

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