Category Archives: PC Gaming

No Monkey Business, Just Monkeys, and Business

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Crazy, stupid, fun.  That is all I could think while playing the offering from Size Five Games (the makers of a game we reviewed long ago called “Ben There, Dan That!”) called “Gun Monkeys.”  Now, I know that words like “crazy” and especially “stupid” typically have a negative connotation, but let me be clear that this is not the case today.  Yes, this game is crazy, nearly certifiably insane.  Yes, it makes little to no sense from a story perspective.  No, none of that matters, because while I’m playing all I can do is laugh and have fun.

What is the story behind Gun Monkeys that makes no sense?  Well, if you really have to know, you are a CEO of a giant corporation who powers the world with the Continue reading

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Payday 2

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We’ve had some technical difficulties in uploading the newest episode of the Super Budget Brother’s Podcast, so here’s a favorite of mine from a few weeks back. The subject: Payday 2. We were impressed to say the least.
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“Rob banks with friends!”

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Pros:
– Weapon, mask, and upgrade choices allow players to develop their own style
– Mixture of special enemies, missions, skill sets, and randomization of small details keep the game fresh and interesting for new players and veterans alike
– Awesome adrenaline-pumping music

Cons:
– Although Crime.net is a thematically interesting idea, it can be frustrating to wait for a desired job
– Computer-controlled partners only come in handy during firefights
– No solid tutorial to introduce new players to mechanics

Ratings, next week’s game and contact information after the jump.

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Race The Sun

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The newest episode of Super Budget Brothers has just been posted! This week we played and reviewed the game “Race The Sun.” Give it a listen!

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“Race the Sun is an intense action game that could be described as a mash-up of Star Fox and Temple Run with a community focus.”

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Pros:
– Simple runner concept plays well to a 3D environment
– Controls are smooth and responsive
– Unlocking items and powerups through challenges gives the game a natural difficulty curve

Cons:
– Price point feels a bit high
– Some of the challenges seem a bit on the ridiculous side
– Average game is average

Ratings, next week’s game and contact information after the jump.

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Long Lasting, Not the Name of the Game

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In my mind, speed running was always an odd corner in the gaming community where gamers shunned games produced beyond 1997 and ran the same few cartridges over and over until their drop-down NES drawer melted.  I recently took the time to watch Speed Demos Archive‘s (SDA) “Summer Games Done Quick” (SGDQ), and by “took the time” I really mean that I was glued to my monitor watching game after game that I have never personally touched get completely and masterfully dominated.

SGDQ is an annual live-streamed marathon of several games (88 listed on the schedule) which takes place over a week in the summer in hopes Continue reading

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Left 4 Dead 2

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For those who know me this pick comes as no surprise.  For those of you who know nothing about me or my gaming choices, I LOVE HORROR!  More than that, I am one of those who has been sucked into the seemingly never ending zombie obsession which has swept the world and to be honest, I don’t know if I’ll ever get enough.  Now that we have an understanding, we can move on to the pick:  “Left 4 Dead 2.”

Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is a first person shooter based in a zombie infested near future.  The player is thrown into the role of a survivor in a small group of 4 who have to fight their way through many different paths to (hopefully) end up at an extraction point which will apparently take you to salvation.  In a similar fashion to our last game Continue reading

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The Ship

After a bit of a halt on the “Game a Day Challenge” I have decided to move forward with full force!  I hope I can be forgiven of my trespasses and continue to inform and entertain.  Today, to kick things off on the right foot, I played through several games.  The first of which is the 2006 odd ball creation from Outerlight, “The Ship:  Murder Party.”

The story in The Ship is a bit basic, and one with many plot holes which I’m sure the gamer is meant to overlook.  On the positive side, I was able to overlook several of them with ease as the player quickly realizes that the game was not bought for any semblance of a narrative.    Here’s the basic plot as Continue reading

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Half Minute Hero

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So today for the Game a Day Challenge I played a game which I rather enjoy, and one that has about the longest title known to man, “Half Minute Hero:  Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy.”

Now don’t let the name scare you, actually, maybe you should.  This game is more or less a classic fantasy RPG but with uncontrolled combat, a “missions” level division, oh yeah, and you only have 30 seconds to Continue reading

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Don’t Starve

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For day #14 in the Game a Day Challenge, today we tested our will to survive and dove into “Don’t Starve.”  Don’t Starve is a open survival game which requires players to build a home and sustainable living arrangements while worrying about their health, hunger, sanity, and all manner of wild beasts.

Don’t Starve does have an “Adventure Mode,” which is more or less the equivalent of a story mode.  We elected to consider the game a success if we survived 30 days in the never ending survival mode instead because, well, to be quite blunt adventure mode is hecka hard!  There is no realistic way Continue reading

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Zombie Driver

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Well, when you consider that I am playing through a new game every day I guess it was only a matter of time…Today, with “Zombie Driver,” was the day that I finally played a game which I didn’t like.   I’m not going to play mind games and drag out the review seeming neutral until the end, you are my readers and I will not lead you astray.

Zombie Driver is an arcade/adventure(?) game in which you are a driver who cruises through a zombie infested city killing the walkers and saving fellow survivors.  The story goes on to reveal how the zombies Continue reading

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Lone Survivor Review

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Today was the return to long games and frustrated play as I dove into “Lone Survivor.”  Lone Survivor is a horror adventure game in which you play a man who lives alone and has no apparent history, and who is trying to discover where the citizens in his hometown have gone and where the zombie-like creatures who are terrorizing the city came from.  Sadly, those questions don’t really get answered, and that’s my big complaint with the game.

In an adventure game with graphics meant to instill nostalgia the story is typically the aspect which carries the rest of the game.  Lone Survivor creates a lot of story points Continue reading

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