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Review: Extreme Exorcism

Sep 22 // Jed Whitaker
Extreme Exorcism (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: Golden Ruby Games Publisher: RipstoneRelease Date: September 23, 2015MSRP: $12.99 If you've played one of the many indie couch competitive games that have become popular in the past year or two, you know the drill here: gather three of your friends together and fight to the death. The gimmick in Extreme Exorcism is that winning a round causes a ghost to replay your previous actions, including firing weapons that can kill your enemies, or even yourself depending on the various customizable settings. By default each player can carry up to three weapons at a time, which spawn in predetermined places around each of over 45 stages. Weapons range from basic punches and kicks to rocket launchers, boomerangs, and magical staffs. While the variety of weapons is nice, nothing really feels original, though familiarity makes the game very pick-up-and-play friendly.  Matches are fast and furious, especially when playing with the maximum of four players. Each time someone wins a round, a ghost will spawn of their previous win, and ghosts stay on screen until exorcised via the purple wings weapon that spawns from time to time. The fact that you can potentially have ghosts from four different players running around the screen firing off rocks and kung-fu kicks in every direction makes for some hectic games.  [embed]311776:60466:0[/embed] For those of you without friends in real life, there is an arcade mode and the challenge mode. Arcade mode is a series of matches in each level of the game where you're required to kill so many of your previous ghosts to unlock each level. The first ghost is spawned by killing a possessed chair, which is super simple as the AI isn't anything special, as it doesn't need to be since you're fighting your ghosts. Arcade mode is simple enough to be enjoyable alone, but can be played with up to four players as well, working together towards an enjoyable fight with a boss in the final level.  Challenge mode, however, is for one player only. In 50 different challenges you'll be tasked with completing different goals such as killing 100 chairs with three lives, or completing five rounds only using a boomerang. The challenge mode lives up to its name. It is easily the most challenging part of Extreme Exorcism and will test even the most seasoned players. I was able to unlock every challenge, but completing them is a different story, though I didn't really feel pressed to complete them given that there is no real reward other than feeling accomplished, and achievements if you care about those.  If anything, Extreme Exorcism is a game for those who have tried TowerFall and Samurai Gunn at their parties and want something even more hectic, and bustin' makes them feel good; otherwise players new to the genre may feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of on-screen action. As for me, I'll stick to the classics for my get-togethers. Simplicity is what appeals to me when I'm trashed and I'd rather not projectile vomit from my eyes trying to keep up with all those ghosts. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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No head spinning here
Four teenagers enter a haunted house and get killed by each other until ghosts show up. No, it isn't the plot to House on Haunted Hill but the mechanics of Extreme Exorcism, the new couch competitive game from Golden Rub...

Sunset Riders: How the west was fashionable

May 22 // Conrad Zimmerman
And if you're still following along with our playthrough of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, we have the next installment of that epic adventure below. In it, we determine that Jordan isn't into hunting unless he's threatened and that we're really bad at tracking down the last enemy in an area. [embed]254342:48766:0[/embed]
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The Couch Campaign continues!
When we think of the American west, we think of outlaws and lawmen, settlers trying to eke out a new life in an inhospitable place and, most of all, stylish dress composed of pastels and fringe. It is in that spirit that Jordan and I approached Sunset Riders for the Super Nintendo, knowing that while it was important to be good, that should be secondary to looking good.

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Couch Campaign

To the depths and back in Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel


The Couch Campaign continues!
May 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
Jordan and I are pushing further in our play of the tragically existent Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel. The mayor of Carbon, Texas is sending us down to the bottom of a crater where he swears the people we're looking for...

Watch the worst Fallout game ever made

May 16 // Conrad Zimmerman
And here is episode 2 for your perusal. [embed]253856:48683:0[/embed]
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Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Jordan and I have started a new game in our Couch Campaign, and it's one that I have been excited to play since we first began talking about the project. As a huge fan of the Fallout franchise and a lover of top-down, exploration shoot-em-up games, the pairing of the two could have been glorious. And Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is, provided you think train wrecks can be glorious.


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Couch Campaign

Beware the chicken thief of Santa Lucha


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
May 13
// Conrad Zimmerman
It's the end of the road for our playthrough of Guacamelee, and it's been a really enjoyable experience on the whole. In our final two episodes, Jordan and I hunt down the chicken thief of Santa Lucha, face off against the fearsome Jaguar Javier and confront the sinister Carlos Calaca. It's some seriously action packed stuff.
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Couch Campaign

Guacamelee knows how to taunt its players


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
May 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
This episode of Couch Campaign features one of my favorite moments thus far in Guacamelee. Along the way, you find "Choozo statues" containing the special abilities which allow further progression in the world. The frequency...

Take a short break for some Captain Commando

May 08 // Conrad Zimmerman
So, without further ado, episode four of Guacamelee. [embed]253373:48579:0[/embed]
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Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Having been to Tokyo and seeing how orderly everything seems to be there, it's a little bit surprising to see how terrible things turn out in most variations of a "Neo" Tokyo. Take the Tokyo of Captain Commando, for example,...

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Couch Campaign

We are living el pollo loco


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
May 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
Why wasn't there a promotional tie-in for Guacamelee for the fast-food chicken franchise, El Pollo Loco? That is a missed opportunity if I've ever heard of one.  In Episode 3 of our run through Guacamelee, Jordan a...
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Couch Campaign

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some Guacamelee


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
May 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, which is a really good excuse to get drunk while under the guise of celebrating Mexican culture. Jordan and I are getting into the spirit by tackling Guacamelee as our next cooperativ...
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Couch Campaign

Has anybody else seen Zapped Again?


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
May 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
It is time for us to bid a fond farewell to BattleBlock Theater, as Jordan and I conclude our playthrough in today's episodes of Couch Campaign. It's been a bittersweet journey of cats, poop, friendship and musical references to long-forgotten teen comedies. Maybe that last one only happened in this episode.
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Couch Campaign

When it is acceptable to be a thoughtless bastard


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 29
// Conrad Zimmerman
There are not many times when being an inconsiderate jerk to somebody winds up being to the benefit of everyone involved, and BattleBlock Theater should be celebrated for providing such opportunities. Sure, Jordan repea...
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Couch Campaign

BattleBlock Theater is built on foundation of suffering


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
Not even God himself could sink this production. We have a couple new episodes of Couch Campaign today as we venture even deeper into BattleBlock Theater. Our fifth segment, seen above, is actually a replay of an area for wh...
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Couch Campaign

Cats, poop, and repeated failure to communicate


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 24
// Conrad Zimmerman
Jordan and I have been having an absolute blast with BattleBlock Theater. Playing it in two-player amplifies the humor of the game to no small degree. The jokes are funnier because you have someone to laugh at them with, but...
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Couch Campaign

We have become entertainment for cats


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Jordan and I have been waiting impatiently for BattleBlock Theater since it was first announced an eternity ago, so we wasted no time in firing it up for the second sortie in our Couch Campaign. Today, we present our first foray into the colorful platformer filled with cats, traps, poop jokes and mystery. It's a lot like our day-to-day lives, when you get right down to it.
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Couch Campaign

The veterans administration in Gears must be hellish


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
I've known more than a few wounded veterans in my day, both family and friends. If there's one thing I have taken away from their experience, it's that dealing with the US Veterans Administration can be almost as annoying as...
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Couch Campaign

How we became traitors to the COGs


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
We've posted some new episodes of Couch Campaign today for your viewing pleasure, continuing our run through Gears of War: Judgment and defying every order that comes our way. We're such rebels like that. I have to give...
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Couch Campaign

Discovering the Retro Roadie Run


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign continues
Apr 15
// Conrad Zimmerman
As Jordan and I continue our trek through Gears of War: Judgment, we're learning all sorts of things about ourselves. First off, we have absolutely no patience for robots who can't defend themselves. Every robot should be ar...
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Couch Campaign

Gears of War: Judgment Krampus Bro Fest


Conrad and Jordan's Couch Campaign begins
Apr 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
There is nothing (and I mean nothing; no food, nor sex, nor drug) that I enjoy more than the act of sitting down next to another person whose company is pleasant and playing a game with them. Couch Campaign is an opportunity...

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