New Super Mario Bros. U Review: High Fidelity Formula

Ever since the original New Super Mario Bros. was released on the Nintendo DS, the series has been quite popular. A Wii followup added a local multiplayer wrinkle to the familiar side-scrolling madness of Mario and 4 players on-screen at once made it difficult to do anything but laugh. Now in 2012, we have two… Continue reading

Hotline Miami Review: Bloody in Pink

A cold chill is in the air. The smell of blood is everywhere, following the path of destruction I’ve carved to get to this point. My moves have all been calculated, yet I’m nervous. My right hand shakes, but there’s no turning back now. I burst into the room, hurling the knife in my hand… Continue reading

Cheap and Dirty Gamer: Outpost: Swarm Hates Giant Space Bugs

Outpost: Swarm is the exact sort of game that I fall back on when the complicated tasks associated with tactical games or games with multi-tiered quests have my brain struggling to run at full speed. There’s just nothing more therapeutic for a man like me than to be put into a room, armed with a diverse (and upgradeable)… Continue reading

Retro City Rampage Game Curious Video: Do You Get It?

You mean Retro City Rampage actually came out?! And it’s actually fun to play?! TOTALLY BODACIOUS!!! Justin and Josh put away their Pogs and put on their Underoos for this most referential of Game Curious episodes. This video is intended for an mature audience as our commentary is not kid-friendly: For more Game Curious and video… Continue reading

Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit Video Reflex Review: That’s Between a Bunny and His Duck

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The crazy French developers at Arkedo Studio made a new game. That game is called Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit. It involves an undead cape-wearing rabbit (who is also the Prince of Hell) trying to recover stolen photos of him masturbating with a rubber ducky. Naturally, this game is a metroidvania-ish side scroller with… Continue reading

Brotabulous Moments in Gaming Episode 1: Black Mesa

Ethan’s time in Black Mesa, the full conversion mod of Half-Life, started out a bit depressing as he relived the disastrous beginning of the end for the Black Mesa staff. Fortunately for him, a brotabulous moment occurred and made his trip through the chaos considerably more pleasurable. This video is intended for a mature audience:… Continue reading

Broforce Interview with Evan Greenwood – The Cursed Checkpoint #126

The prototype for Broforce was pretty much a calling for our brothusiast, Ethan. He joins Free Lives’ Creative Director, Evan Greenwood, to discuss the game, the true definition of bro, how to survive the flying sharks of South Africa, and more. The Cursed Checkpoint is a topical video game podcast focused on discussions and interviews… Continue reading

Orcs Must Die! 2 ‘Family Ties’ DLC Releases Today

One of our favorite anti-orc games in the world, Orcs Must Die! 2, releases its second booster pack today on Steam.  We can’t stress enough how important it is to slay some orcs, and we can’t stress enough that there will be new ways and places to do it. The new “Family Ties” booster pack is the… Continue reading

Torchlight II Reflex Review: Skillful Tweaks

I want to start this review off with a wee bit of honesty; I did not plan on purchasing Torchlight II. Not only that, but I actually stated on a recent Cursed Checkpoint that after putting so much time into Diablo III, I didn’t really need any more clicking, dungeon crawling or loot hoarding. Had… Continue reading

Mark of the Ninja Video Reflex Review: Stealth is Cool Again

The duders at Klei Entertainment are trying their hands at the 2D stealth platforming genre (what?!) with Mark of the Ninja for XBLA. Mark of the Ninja is to Shank as Pizza Rolls are to Pizza. It’s got all the flavor of the original recipe, but product as a whole is superior in every way…. Continue reading