Ikaruga Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ikaruga RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 20 cult video games you need to play before you die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

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Ikaruga

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Ikaruga is shoot 'em by Treasure for the PC, Dreamcast (Japan), Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox 360.

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In the nation of Horai, their leader discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai (Power of the Gods) gaining great power. Calling themselves "The Divine Ones," begins conquering nations until they are challenged by those longing for peace.

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Why you should play
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Ikaruga's combat system is just mind-blowing. It's a polarity mechanic where only the opposite polarity can destroy the enemy. This constant "flipping" while maneuvering your ship, the "Ikaruga," had me on my toes.  It is one of the best shooters I have ever played.

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Verdict

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As previously stated, cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong fan following. Some of the games here weren't always hits at launch and some even gained their 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others. What deems a game as "cult" varies from gamer to gamer and that's okay. It is great to see how gamers impact this industry.

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What did you think of our list? What games would you add? List in the comments. 

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Killing Floor

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Killing Floor is a cooperative zombie, horror, survival FPS by Tripwire Interactive for PC.

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Set in London, England, the Horzine Biotech, a biotechnology company, conducts military experiments involving mass cloning and genetic manipulation. During the process things go very badly and the human subjects begin to exhibit horrific mutations, disfigurement, becoming hostile, and eventually overrun the internal security forces. They escape and begin overrunning the city of London.

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Why you should play
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Where do I begin? Killing Floor has the most realistic weapons of any game I have ever played and I am a gun owner. The gameplay never gets boring no matter how much you play. This isn't a simple zombie survival by any means, oh no.

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"So how did Killing Floor become so successful you ask? It's a really good question but simple to answer, this game is possibly one of the most clever games ever created due to the fact it's not one of the games where you try to get the other side of the level and re-stock on supplies then trying to get to the other side of that level or trying to gather supplies and making gangs and being a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ruining other people's experience with that game." - scud[i]Ö!

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The zombie hordes will ensure death and believe me--they will. Each wave becomes harder than before until meeting the final boss, the Patriarch. In between each wave you can visit the Trader's location which changes with every wave. Players earn money for every kill and for surviving the wave. Use the money to buy: katanas, shotguns, flamethrowers, and more. Select perks at the start of each match for bonuses.

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Killing Floor is deliciously fun and shouldn't be missed.

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Steel Battalion

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Steel Battalion is a Mech-simulator by Capcom for the original Xbox. The game bundles with the controller included. The controller has two control sticks, approximately 40 buttons, and a separate foot pedal.

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The controller lights up at key times, especially when taking damage. The unison lighting effect is to make the player "feel" like they are really taking damage.

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Why you should play
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Steel Battalion is a true sim to first exist on the console. The Mechs acted like real machine and the gameplay feels as close to the real thing as you can get. The controller set up makes you feel like you are in control of the Mech. If you run out of money and don't eject in time--game over! There is no pause button folks... just like real battle.

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Truly immersive game, a must-play.

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Portal

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Portal is a first-person puzzle-platformer by Valve for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. It was originally bundled with The Orange Box upon release.

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Chell is challenged by GLaDOS, an artificial intelligence (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), to complete puzzles in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using a portal gun with the promise of cake upon completion.

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Why you should play
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Portal offers unique gameplay and GLaDOS' dark, dry humor is brilliant. The portal gun is used by creating inter-spatial portals (orange & blue) between two flat planes in order to solve the puzzles. It is amazing, fun, and quite challenging. The test chambers vary in terms of hazards, so be prepared to die--a lot. There are challenge maps and two additional modes are unlocked once the game is completed.

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Valve never anticipated Portal would be such a hit with players and was originally a mod for Half Life 2.

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'Splosion Man

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'Splosion Man is 2.5D action platformer by Twisted Pixel Games for the Xbox 360.

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'​Splosion Man is created by the laboratory Big Science. He is completely made of explosive material. The purpose is to "splode" through the levels of puzzles, traps, and enemies to escape. A splode is a jump which is used to kill enemies, demolish walls, detonate explosive barrels or even trigger other surrounding effects.

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Why you should play
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'Splosion Man offers a hefty amount of single-player and 4-player cooperative levels (local or online). Its humor, originality, and simplicity is what makes this classic great. The controls are easy as pie I might add, so there's no difficult combinations to remember. The puzzles are cleverly designed to constantly add new mechanics to the players. It can be challenging but never to the point of frustration or boredom; it's fun. There are so many references to the 1980's that you are sure to be engaged in nostalgic fun.

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Earthbound

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Earthbound aka Mother 2 is an RPG by Ape and HAL Laboratory for the Wii U (originally NES).

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Follow Ness and his friends as they travel the world to collect melodies while defeating the evil alien Giygas.

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Why you should play
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Earthbound has a Lovecraftian theme that is both dark and fun. There are unique elements to this classic game that I found delightful such as the the numbered health wheel and never combating an enemy beyond your limit. It doesn't punish you but still allows you to gain the XP. Give it try.

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Demon's Souls

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Demon's Souls is the action RPG by From Software for the PS3 that accumulated more deaths than YouTube has epic fail videos. This is the game that started the Souls series.

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The kingdom of Boletaria is being ravaged by a curse. The "Deep Fog" brings forth demons to feast on mortal souls in this dark, fantasy. Brave warriors set out to save the kingdom against this threat.

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Why you should play
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If you are like me when it comes to playing any series, you have to go to the beginning. Demon's Souls is a testament to decision making all thanks to the auto-save system. Weapon mapping is critical when in combat. Death is cruel... but delicious.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles is a sci-fi RPG by Monolith Soft for the Nintendo Wii.

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Follow Shulk and his friends as they search for answers regarding the mysterious "Monado" sword to defend their land from robotic creatures called the Mechon.

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Why you should play
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Xenoblade is loaded with quests with an MMO similar combat system. The world is grand and gorgeous. Oceans, caves, and swamps can be found scattered throughout. The soundtrack is equally dynamic. It is a game that you'll either love or hate.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a crude adult-oriented, action platformer by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

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Take the foul-mouthed squirrel Conker, who has one hell of a bad fur day, through levels based on popular movies, even one made of poo. Yes... poo. Conker goes through all of this just so he can sleep off his hangover.

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Why you should play
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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a classic full of dark, vulgar humor, puzzles, cigars, booze, and fighting loads of enemies. Do you really need any more reasons?

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Catherine

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Catherine is an adult adventure puzzle-platformer and dating sim by Atlus for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Catherine weaves a tale of a young man named Vincent as he attempts to come to grips with settling down with his girlfriend Katherine. However, when Vincent gets involved with another young woman named Catherine... all hell breaks loose. This is a game that makes you think twice about being unfaithful.

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Why you should play
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Catherine is a unique game unlike any other that I have played before. The use of puzzles as nightmares due to Vincent's moral dilemma is the game's core. The anime style is a fantastic and will certainly appeal to fans of the genre.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG by Sega for PS3 and PC.

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Set in Europa, similarly to Europe during World War II & the 1930's. The abundance of Ragnite ore has caused the neutral nation of Gallia to come under attack from the Empire; who is currently at war with the Federation. Soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon are fighting back to unify the continent under its power.

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Why you should play
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Valkyria Chronicles has an epic storyline, beautiful graphics engine, a great gameplay system, and loaded with tons of customization. The immersible environments are stunning to boot.

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition is cyber-punk theme action RPG by Edios Interactive for PC.

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Set in the year 2052, Deus Ex follows JC Denton, an nano-technologically-augmented (UNATCO) agent, as he combats terrorist forces in a world slowly slipping chaos. He then becomes involved in an ancient conspiracy where he encounters groups similar to the Illuminati and the Hong Kong Triads.

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Why you should play
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Deus Ex: GOTY is an upgraded edition of the original that started a revolution as far as I am concerned. It brought an all-new gameplay to FPS with a real  immersive 3D, first-person perspective. Despite the original launching over 15 years ago, this is still a favorite among gamers.

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Alan Wake

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Alan Wake is an episodic psychological survival horror by Remedy Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PC similar to a television series. 

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Alan Wake is novelist suffering from a bout of writer's block who must uncover the mystery behind his the disappearance of his wife. However, his best clues come from torn pages of a book that he hasn't written yet.

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Why you should play
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Alan Wake is a fantastic combination of elements of storyline, television, and game creating an experience loaded with thrills, humor, and scares that is just as fun to play as it is to watch.

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Mirror's Edge

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Mirror's Edge is an action-adventure by DICE and EA for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Join the free-runner Faith as she works to uncover corporate conspiracies by moving across rooftops, walls, through ventilation shafts, and navigating the environment using parkour.

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Why you should play
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Mirror's Edge graphics are breathtaking. Once its parkour elements are mastered, Faith's movements are traversed seamlessly. This is a game that words cannot describe, you simply must see to believe. Its expansive environment provides a dynamic setting for the fluid parkour.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Grim Fandango Remastered is an adventure game by LucasArts and Tim Schafer for PC, Mac, PS4, PS Vita, Android, and iOS.

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The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of the afterlife with film noir style to create the Land of the Dead. Departed souls, represented as skeleton-like (calaca) figures, must travel to reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. The story follows travel agent Manuel "Manny" Calavera as he attempts to save Mercedes "Meche" Colomar.

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Why you must play
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Grim Fandango Remastered's story, its characters, and humor make it a classic unlike anything else. It truly is one-of-a-kind. You need to pay close attention to things people say, and everything you read and see in order to complete the puzzles. Its stylistic choice to mimic the Mexican paper dolls for the Day of the Dead is wonderful. Even after 17 years from its original launch, this game is still a must-play.

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American McGee's Alice

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American McGee's Alice is a third-person horror action by Rogue Entertainment and EA for PC.

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The game is an unofficial sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. Set years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is dark and Alice is maniacal. After witnessing the death of her family in a blaze, Alice suffers from survivor's guilt and is sent to the Rutledge Asylum when she begins losing her grasp on reality. Her only possession... her stuffed rabbit.

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Why you must play
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It's a steampunk, Gothic horror with no signs of Disney. A dark, deliciously morbid storyline with an amazing soundtrack. The level design and artwork are so elaborate, you will find yourself mesmerized. I cannot tell you how gorgeous it is. The characters are twisted and The Cheshire Cat delivers some of the most memorable lines to date.

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"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat

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There is currently a petition on Change.org requesting that EA make another Alice game.

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Psychonauts

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Psychonauts is a fun platformer by Double Fine Productions for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, and PS3.

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Psychonauts follows Razputin (Raz), a boy with psychic abilities, who runs away from the circus to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers to become a "Psychonaut" (spy with psychic abilities).

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Why you should play
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Psychonauts is a creative game that features fun gameplay, wonderful voice acting, beautiful environment, strange humor, and a great soundtrack. Each character's brain is  a world for Raz to explore. The puzzles are challenging without being too difficult. I love its bizarre cast of characters. They are hilarious and well constructed.

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Tim Schafer delivers a fantastic story with the comedic style he's known for. If you love his games, you need to play this one.

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Limbo

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Limbo is a puzzle-platformer from Playdead for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. Its black-and-white theme and lack of dialogue resonate similar to rich film noir. Its artwork speaks of German Expressionism and it is gorgeous.

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The darkness hides loads of hazards such as:

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  • glow worms: they attach themselves to the boy's head forcing him to travel in only one direction (I'll let you solve this on your own)
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The second half features mechanical puzzles and traps that use machinery, electromagnets, and gravity. There is no dialogue or instruction, just the ambient eerie setting in which you must explore while using critical thinking in order to advance. Love it!

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Why you should play this
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Limbo is intuitive and creative; cold, lonely, and stark. The nameless boy's journey provide a breathtaking experience. The stunning artwork and physics system lend itself to its maze of masterfully crafted puzzles that make every mistake a brutal consequence.

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Simply put... it is a perfect and emotionally moving game.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror available on PC, Mac, and Linux. It is a game about immersion, discovery, and living through a nightmare made by Frictional Games.

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If you are in the darkness too long, witness unsettling events, or stare at monsters, this will reduce Daniel's sanity (which needs to be maintained). If not kept in check, you are in for hallucinations that draw the attention of the monsters. Not fun at all!

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Why you should play
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the scariest survival horror games I have played on PC. Its thick atmosphere is terrifying. I love how well the gameplay is crafted. The scares are horrific and memorable. The story unfolds slowly to its unsettling climax. In my opinion it is a must-play, you do not know what you're missing.

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Castle Crashers

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Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling 2D beat 'em up game from The Behemoth available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and a remastered for Xbox One.

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Castle Crashers offers a single-player and up to a 4-player cooperative gameplay either locally or online. Gain experience points, unlock weapons, animal orbs, earn coins, and unlock characters. The melee and weapon combinations are so much fun to use, especially when fighting the giant cat fish (literally... it's a cat) while in battle on the raging river.

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Why you should play
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There are giant cats, corn, knights, sandwiches, lollipop swords, and... sketches of unicorns.

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The art style of Castle Crashers is by no means any indication that it is a G-rated "baby" game. It's Diablo meets princesses that crashed into the World of Dr. Seuss. It is hysterical, fun, and will make you feel like a crazy button-smashing kid again.

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Hello gamers. If you have ever wondered what cult games should be on your must-play list, GameSkinny has got you covered. We have selected some of the best games to play before you die from PC to console.

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Cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong and dedicated fan following. Some of the games on this list weren't always hits at launch and some gained 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others in the same series or released around the same time. Unconventional elements are a common appeal that will also categorize a game as "cult."

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It just goes to show you how much of an impact we as gamers make in this industry. Here's our Top 20!

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What Game Genre Would Super Bowl XLIX Players Be A Part Of? https://www.gameskinny.com/frti3/what-game-genre-would-super-bowl-xlix-players-be-a-part-of https://www.gameskinny.com/frti3/what-game-genre-would-super-bowl-xlix-players-be-a-part-of Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:20:11 -0500 WesleyG

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Rob Gronkowski Is The Final Boss of a Fighting Game

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Genre Examples: Street Fighter IV, Tekken, Soul Calibur 2

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You have finally conquered the 31 other fighters through strategy and determination and the only thing standing between you and the end credits is...Rob Gronkowski. Is it too late to lower the difficulty?

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Yes, the New England tight end known as “Gronk” frustrates defenses the same way Shao Khan has frustrated Mortal Kombat players for years. Built like a lighthouse at 6’ 6” and 265 lbs, he can still catch passes as well as any wide receiver in the league. If this guy gets the ball, prepare for cheapness not seen since Seth in Street Fighter IV.

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First of all, he has no stun animations so don’t even bother with weak attacks. He also has an insane speed for a guy his size, so don’t think you can lock him down either. He even has a one-hit kill move!

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If the Patriots have their way at Super Bowl XLIX, don’t be shocked to see the Seattle fans (aka the 12th man) sending letters to the league office asking them to nerf Gronk. He’s obviously overpowered, but don't expect a patch anytime soon.

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Russell Wilson Plays Like He's In A Shoot 'em up

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Genre Examples: Batsugun, Ikaruga, Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony

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Shoot 'em ups (especially so-called “Bullet Hell” games) are all about patience, precision dodging, and firing bullets right back. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson executes all three with mastery beyond his years. Like trying to dodge the insane amount of bullets in Ikaruga, Russell Wilson has been dodging linemen his entire career. His ability to get out of trouble and find receivers downfield have made him one of the most dynamic players in the NFL.

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What makes Wilson so special, though, is how smart he plays. He very rarely puts his body at any risk, choosing to run only when no other options are available to him. Even when he does take off, he will step out of bounds before any defender can touch him. If the game gets to a point that requires it, however, Wilson is not afraid to get physical with defenders to get crucial yards and extend the drive.

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It’s a lot like playing Raiden Fighters where you have to judge the right time to press forward and collect power-ups, usually while attempting to find the gaps between enemy bullets. Sometimes you have to put yourself at more risk, but you know that power-up can mean the difference between life and death against the boss.

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If you need any more convincing, just play this video of Wilson scrambling with your Shoot 'em up song of choice.

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Marshawn Lynch Plays Like He's In A Beat'em Up

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Genre Examples: Final Fight, Streets of Rage, Battletoads

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Marshawn Lynch and Mike Haggar are kindred spirits. Both are ridiculously strong and are fully capable of tearing through any fool that steps in their way. In fact, the only way to stop either man seems to be swarming them with guys until they finally fall to the ground.

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Great, now I can’t decide if I want to see Haggar play halfback for the Seahawks or see Marshawn take on the Mad Gear Gang. I mean, Beast Quake sounds like such an awesome screen clearing special move.

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Just like Marshawn, though, I’m going to keep this one brief. He is all about that action boss, you know.

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Tom Brady Plays Like A Real Time Tactics General

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Genre Examples: Total War series, Syndicate, Valkyria Chronicles

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Tom Brady is one of the most efficient field generals in the entire NFL, making him a prime candidate for the Real Time Tactics sub-genre of strategy games.

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Brady’s ability to recognize defenses and counter accordingly are legendary. It’s like when you’re setting up your units before a Total War battle. You see the enemy units suspiciously stacked on one side of the field, and you realize that they’re probably hiding some cavalry that’ll come charging in from your flank. You set up your spearmen in preparation for it. The cavalry charge is dead before it ever began.

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In Total War, you get unlimited time to set your troops up. Tom Brady does all this in 40 seconds between each and every play.

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Tom Brady also boasts an impressive 95.9 passer rating, ranking him fifth all-time. Combine that with six Super Bowl appearances, and you've got an experienced general who is looking to lay siege on the Seahawks secondary this Sunday.

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Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman Play Like An NES Action Platformer 

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Genre Examples: Ninja Gaiden, Mega Man, Ghosts N’ Goblins

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You remember those old platformer games back on the NES where you couldn't make any progress because an enemy would guard the edge of a platform? No matter how many different ways you try to attack him or avoid him, he still manages to hit you and knock you into the bottomless pit below. That’s the easiest way to describe opposing quarterbacks going up against Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.

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Though they play on different teams, the Patriots’ Revis and the Seahawks’ Sherman are among the best in the game in denying any progress to NFL offenses. Though their stats with things like interceptions are impressive, what makes them scary is how often QBs will refuse to throw the ball to their side of the field.

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Heck, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers didn't throw the ball Sherman’s way in Week 1. Not even once. That’s the football equivalent of playing Ghosts N’ Goblins without Arthur’s armor. It didn't end well for Rodgers.

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After 17 weeks and three rounds of thrilling playoff action, we are finally less than a week away from Super Bowl XLIX. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots to see who will prove themselves the best team in the NFL and take home the Lombardi Trophy.

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Before all that happens though is the NFL Media Day, a big event where all the Super Bowl players are made available to the press. This event is where the press gets all the quotes and pictures it needs to begin hyping the Super Bowl proper. GameSkinny wasn’t invited to attend (the nerve!), but we don’t need direct access to the superstars of the gridiron to answer the tough questions.

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Questions like “If you were in a video game, what genre would it be in?”

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I delved into the record sheets and watched hours of game film in order to bring you the definitive list of what genres key players in Super Bowl XLIX would fit. In the words of NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek, “LET IT BEGIIIIIIIIIIIIN!”

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Roche Fusion Introduces Its First Epic Boss https://www.gameskinny.com/7uojm/roche-fusion-introduces-its-first-epic-boss https://www.gameskinny.com/7uojm/roche-fusion-introduces-its-first-epic-boss Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:01:59 -0400 Heiny Reimes

As Roche Fusion progressed we were very early on aware that we needed more than just a simple boss. So the proposed bosses soon became sub-bosses to make room for the real stuff. But since we had so much else to implement, we kept the designs apart and planned to put them in as last.

So, hereby the footage created by one of the programmers, who has been really working hard to get this out there.

This boss is one of three Epic Bosses we have in store for the future players of Roche Fusion. So while the programmer has already planned to work on Epic Boss number two this is something we really wanted to show to all of you to get the epicness of the boss and it's weapons, which will also be seen in the other bosses.

It was quite the challenge to create a boss which the player will have to put in quite a lot of effort and not boring him with the same stuff over and over again. Of course there will be some form of grinding in there, but not more than necessary for the players.

So hopefully we will be able to introduce the next boss within the next few weeks!

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Roche Fusion Is Looking For Players For Latest Closed Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/oszw8/roche-fusion-is-looking-for-players-for-latest-closed-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/oszw8/roche-fusion-is-looking-for-players-for-latest-closed-beta Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:57:19 -0400 Heiny Reimes

Editors Note: This beta-tester call is being put out by the developer, who is not directly associated with GameSkinny. This job posting is not put up by GameSkinny or any of our sister companies.

Hardcore gamers, indie gamers, casual games, shooter fans, retro lovers, everybody is welcome. Roche Fusion is looking for everyone who loves to try a new game and is willing to give serious feedback.

For more information about Roche Fusion be sure to take a look at the previous articles:

As many already know, Roche Fusion has striven for open development from the very start of the project. The mantra “by gamers, for games, with gamers” now results in an open call for the closed beta. Everybody is welcome to enter; all they have to do is give a proper motivation of why they want to join.

The Journey so Far

For the past year the independent developers of Amulware have been working on Roche Fusion, an all you can shoot buffet. Roche Fusion is a retro, 2-dimensional, space arcade shooter with a modern touch. It takes the classic gameplay we all know and adds procedural gameplay, a regenerative shield and lots of explosions.

Last February (2014) the open beta version was made available as a free download from the Roche Fusion website. This trial version of the game was received with much enthusiasm.

The Roche Fusion team used this open beta to actively look for feedback, find out what players want, generate ideas and improve gameplay.

Closed Beta

Roche Fusion is now entering the final stages of development. For this final stretch the Roche Fusion team has decided to go into closed beta. In the closed beta it is possible to work in close collaboration with the players. Feedback on new features can be given directly as they are tried and tested by players.

We are offering the people in our closed beta the latest versions of the game to play around with and close interaction with the developers and fellow players. Most of all we are offering players an opportunity to have an actual influence on the game to make it as awesome as possible.

Anyone that wants to help with their ideas, suggestions and questions is very welcome! To enter the closed beta (or for more information about Roche Fusion) players can visit www.rochefusion.com. The free open beta version is also still available on our website for players that want to give the game a quick try.

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If you want to meet the developers of Roche Fusion in person, they will be visiting GamesCom. Please send an e-mail to contact@rochefusion.com beforehand to make sure to run into them.

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The Alphabet Soup of Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/h60wk/the-alphabet-soup-of-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/h60wk/the-alphabet-soup-of-video-games Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:53:19 -0400 Proto Foe

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Z is for The Legend of Zelda.

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Y is for Yuna, summoner and beauty of Final Fantasy X.

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X is for Xenosaga.

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W is for Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War.

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V is for Vagrant Story.

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U is for Ultima Online.

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T is for Titanfall.

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S is for Super Mario Bros. 

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S is for Super Mario Bros. Well, maybe not this one.

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R is for Resident Evil.

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Q is for Quake.

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P is for Phantasy Star Online.

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O is for Otacon of Metal Gear Solid fame. He will follow Snake in to any situation... From the safety of a plane.

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N is for Duke Nukem.

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M is for Mass Effect

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L is for Lost Odyssey.

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K is for Kingdom Hearts.

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J is for JC Denton of the Deus Ex universe.

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I is for Ikaruga.

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H is for .Hack 

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G is for Goat Simulator.

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F is for Final Fantasy. Yes, even those ones.

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E is for The Elder Scolls.

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D is for Dark Souls.

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C is for Cortana. The faithful companion of Halo's Master Chief.

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B is for Bravely Default.

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A is for Alone in the Dark. 

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A is for Alone in the Dark. Okay, not this one!

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The Alphabet Soup of Video Games tastes different to everyone. Here is my mix, I hope it tastes good to you.

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Ikaruga Soars onto Steam February 18, Adds Double Play Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/8xeim/ikaruga-soars-onto-steam-february-18-adds-double-play-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/8xeim/ikaruga-soars-onto-steam-february-18-adds-double-play-mode Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:16:47 -0500 Rich Kovarovic

Ikaruga, one of the most critically lauded shoot-em-ups ever released, is finally getting a PC release via Steam. Treasure, developer of the iconic “bullet hell” shooter, announced the game will be available on February 18th in North America, and February 19th in Japan.

Ikaruga, the spiritual successor to Radiant Silvergun, is known for its unique polarity-shifting mechanic and was originally released in Japanese arcades in 2001.  It was eventually released on Dreamcast in Japan, followed by a 2003 North American release on GameCube. The popularity of the game resulted in an Xbox Arcade Live port for the back in 2008.

The Steam release marks the first time the game is available on PC, and builds on the 360 port. According to the game’s Steam page, Ikagrua will support both an Xbox 360 controller and keyboard and mouse, and will allow players to rotate the screen, turning Ikaruga into a side-scrolling shooter.

The Steam version also adds Double Play mode, which apparently allows the player to control two ships with one controller, making the notoriously challenging game even more challenging.

Though no official price is listed on the game’s Steam page, Treasure recently tweeted Ikaruga is priced at $9.99.

Those aren’t familiar with Ikaruga, or veterans who want to see how the PC port is looking, can check out the trailer below, which Treasure released when the game hit Greenlight last fall.  

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