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  • Creepy Road Review

    Never have I played a game where I'm shooting stray animals, depressed clowns, laid off police officers, crusty hobos, mini Wall-Es, selfie hookers, and miserable mascots while I evade various types of incoming projectiles and life threatening ground obstables. At least not until I played indie developer Groovy Milk's game known as Creep Road.        The game is a 2D, run and gun, side scroller where you have to take on the role of a man named Flint Trucker who finds himself lost in different chaotic environments as he searches for his girlfriend, Angelina. I know how strong love can be, but honestly I'm not sure she was even worth all of the trouble it took to save her. To elaborate, the game does infact have a beautiful artstyle and sense of fluid animations as you venture through it and you can really appreciate the pop of the vibrant colors as you're plowing down all the enemy types. The music of the game is one of its redeeming factors because they really set the tone and all of the scores are catchy, almost like they knew that if this part of it wasn't enjoyable then the game would be even less memorable. The main problem here is that the controls for this game are lacking any substance. It felt so...stiff? Like, Flint can shoot in every direction at a single time (with some weapons) and jump while doing it, but there's this vibe where you're playing and it's like, "When do I get more agility options and abilities?" and well, you don't get any, so don't expect any. That can be frustrating as there are times when the enemies literally pile up and you can't help but drown in the midst of it.        Needless to say, the game seems to reward you with trophies for how many times you end up dead, which is a good thing because well, expect that a lot. Why? Well, aside from what's been previously mentioned, there are a few boss battles that are enjoyable to play, but can be frustrating and difficult since you have to really sit there and learn the patterns of the boss, like with any, although you have such a lack of mobility with Flint that it just seems like a pain in the ass sometimes. I would have enjoyed it more if I could roll or double jump ,or if they could even somehow manage to squeeze some melee into it. It's unfortunate because some of the bosses are funny and fun to face, such as Hyperman, a severely obese superhero who Flint seems to admire, but because of the plot convenience, he's now your enemy.             Now, I'm aware that this game has been released originally on the PC and it has been ported to consoles for exposure as well, so I felt fairly good about the playthrough since its had time to adjust before coming to the PS4. That is, until I ran into so much lag that I kept pondering the thought of throwing my controller out of my window. In particular, lag struck me by the time I played this mission where Flint has to ride a missle across the city, and for whatever reason, there's concrete in the sky for enemy clowns to stand on and electrical traps placed there to compliment the Dumbos that shoot toxic snot at you. It's an all over the place mission, but it's pretty repetitive to say the least. I died on that particular mission because of the lag more than anything, and that's the kind of thing that makes you want to give up on the game. Let's not even forget about the fact that sometimes it feels like there aren't enough health drops for all that you deal with, so when you die you end up respawning all the way back to the last checkpoint that feels like it was reached 10-minutes ago.        On the bright side, the weapons themselves are fairly dope. You start off with a revolver type of pistol and you eventually acquire other weapons per level. The shotgun is probably the main weapon you'll be using since it's the most useful really, aside from the AK-47 for more ranged situations. My favorite gun is probably the same as a lot of people's favorite gun with the game if they've played it, and that's the alien blaster gun that turns all of your enemies to shit. No, really, it turns them into shit. You blast them with the hoop looking beam and they turn to freshly made brown, swirly goop. There's also grenades and molotovs that are handy when there's massive pile up, but they bring collateral damage , so you'll need to know when and where they're appropriate.        The enemies themselves from an AI perspective are nerve-racking as well because sometimes they go through you and you can't harm them. Of course, you'll get trophies and what not for how many enemies you kill and vehicles you destroy. At the end of each level you will receive a grade with letters that tell you how much carnage you've dealt from the amount of points and the time it took you to do it. I for one had never played the game or even heard of it before my current experience with it, but I went into it not knowing what the hell to expect. It turns out, I was supposed to expect Hell. After all of the spontaneous frustrations you have to endure in this short game, you probably would of never even considered that it was made by the Devil, because it turns out it was.             After Flint goes on a goose chase to find more information about his beloved Angelina, he learns that his girlfriend just so happens to be an angel. Angel? Angelina? Pretty straightforward name-wise, but unexpected when you just assume the game is only about a guy looking for his girlfriend. I guess the overall plot of the game from that point on is to rescue your girlfriend who has been abducted by the Devil himself because he wants her to be his spouse, and it's up to YOU, as Flint of course, to delve into the depths of Hell and rescue her from him. Like I said, I'm not sure she's worth going to Hell for, even if she did actually look like the kind of woman that most men would love to come home to after murdering animals and people throughout the day. In short, she plays the damsel in distress and you're the hero. Like Mario to Princess Peach to Bowser. Only, this is for a more mature audience based on its tone and humor.        I couldn't really understand how on some parts there were dialogue boxes, but the dialogue that's actually spoken is different. It put me in a situation where I was there like, "Do I-Do I read or just listen???" Regardless of which or both, you do get the general message of what's going on because it's not a complex story, it just switches up on you in the last parts to become more compelling and interesting.        The game will be out on the console of your choice on March 1st, but you can play it now on the PC if you so please.   

    CGN Podcast is Coming Back!!

    The CGN Podcast is Coming Back!
    And it's going to bigger and better than ever!

    Over the years, many of you may know, that CGN has ran a Podcast
    Where we would invite Content Creators and Developers from the Platform to have a Conversation  over specific topics and ideas.
    And it was a great way for Users of the platform to ask questions and get a better understanding of becoming a Content Creator and allowing Developers to answer questions regarding a new game they had coming out.

    So we are bringing it back!
    With New Host! New Guest! Harder Questions! And More Games!
    Starting Next Week directly on CGN.US **More Details to come soon**

    Club Pages are Back!

    You heard it here first folks!
    Club Pages are being re-released on CGN.US!!
    Own an E-Sports Team, Organization, or Gaming Community?!!
    Now you can house all their content under one roof!
    Because we have packed Club Pages full of awesome Features and Content!
    1) Forums
    - Post Topics
    - Reply to other Topics
    - Pin and Feature Topics
    - Announcements
    2) Videos
    - Submit Videos to your Club
    - Club Videos are also showcased in the Main Video Section as well

    3) Calendar
    - Create Events
    - Allow Users to RSVP
    - Send out notifications on Event Day

    4) Live Streams
    - A Live Stream Page that shows all Club Members
    - Online and Offline status
    - Donate, Watch, Chat, and Buy Video Games

    5) Store
    - Sell your own personal Products directly through our website
    - All Money can be Withdrawn from your CGN Account.

    6) Members
    - Page that showcases all Members
    - Create Groups (Admins, Mods, etc)
    - Bulk Messaging for Admins and Mods

    And many many more things that we don't even have time to mention!
    Clubs Pages are fully featured pages designed entirely for Communities, Orgs, and Teams.
    And we are releasing our BETA Tonight!! So stay tuned for an announcement to get your Club Page Created!


    Help Indie Developers Showcase Games!

    Have you ever wanted to showcase games for Indie Developers?
    Do you find it hard to get responses from companies?
    Maybe you have a created a Video Game, but can't find Content Creators to actually showcase your Game?!!
    This is where we come in!

    CGN.US is a Social Network designed entirely for Gamers.
    And over the years we have showcased and Sold all kinds of Games with the help of our Content Creators.
    But we never felt it was enough, we wanted a better way for the Creators on our Platform to Connect with the Game Developers
    Help them showcase their games to a larger audience and work together.

    So we set out and designed something to do that I like to call "Indie Request"
    Indie Request, is essentially a system where Indie Developers can submit their Games to our platforms directory
    And CGN Partners and Affiliates can "request" Copies and Keys from said developers to showcase on their Gaming Channels.

    The process is very simple.
    As an Indie Developer you simply go to the link below.

    Fill out the form with your Game and Details and Submit it.
    We will then verify your information and send you an email back to get your Game up on the directory.
    And a brief explanation on how to approve request from Users on our Platform.

    For CGN Partners and Affiliates if even easier.
    You simply go to the link below.

    Find the game you would like to showcase.
    Click the (Request Copy) Button.
    And wait for a response from the Developer.

    If you have any questions about this new program feel free to comment below!
    Or simply Contact us using the link below to ask us any questions or suggestions for the program!


    CGN TV : New Episodes!!

    Hello CGN.US Gamers!

    Starting next week we will be re-opening some of our awesome Gaming Shows for CGN TV we hosted in the past on our Twitch Channel!
    This has been something I've wanted to do for a long time, but due to work and balancing my own personal life. I've been unable to properly run these shows.
    But we are finally ready to get all this up and running again. So let me give a quick synopsis of each show coming to the channel.

    -- PWN3D! Is a live Game Show we will be hosting through out the week. Where members of the website will be able to play directly from their computers or smart phones.
    -- HIT POINT! Is a Podcast showcasing new Updates coming to the CGN.US Website, Latest Trending Videos, Gamer of the Week Nominees, Interviews with CGN Users and more!!
    -- INDIE HOUR! Is a LIVE Show where we will be showcasing the some of the latest up and coming Indie Games and interviewing Developers/Creators of the Games.
    -- POWER HOUR is a show where we intend to bring Streamers from all Platforms on the CGN Website together to play games together
    -- Finally, we have two or three more show ideas that we will be bring to the CGN TV!!

    Hope you all enjoy the new content coming, and if you have any comments or questions please feel free to drop them below!

    CGN : Privacy Policy Update

    Here at CGN.US, user security is something we take very seriously.
    That’s why we are updating our privacy policy so our members will be aware of what information we track to make you users feel more comfortable about visiting the website.
    Be rest assured, the exploitation of your information is something we take very seriously.
    The following updates are effective immediately:
    By accessing CGN.US, you agree that we can call you at anytime to ask you how your Cats are doing
    We keep your user data secure in one Excel Spreadsheet labeled "User Data" which we keep inside a folder called "Folder we keep User Data"
    Personal Information mined from your accounts will now be used to power a hydroelectric damn in the West Indies.
    Names of Users who enjoy the band Nickelback will be forwarded directly to CGN Staff so we can laugh at you.
    Repeatedly mixing up your and you're will result in us displaying Ads to help you learn the difference.
    Info listed on Dating Sites that doesn't match your Data on your CGN.US Profile will be highlighted in Yellow.
    If you disable GPS Tracking on your mobile device. We will find you, turn it back on, tag you, and release you back into the wild.
    To ensure user privacy, CGN.US must be accessed while wearing a tin foil hat.
    If law enforcement ever requests your data as part of a criminal investigation, we will immediately shred it and then buy you a plane ticket.
    If you have not explicitly told CGN.US your height and weight, we reserve the right to guess.
    CGN.US will never use information regarding your current location to show you more relevant content, unless there is a Wendy's nearby.
    In that Case we will make you aware of the closest Wendy's so you can order a delicious Baconator and Baconator Fries for the low low price of $5.99!

    Thank you for taking the time to read our Privacy Policy Updates, and if you have any questions. Feel free to comment below and we will be sure to never respond.

    Five Dollar Friday Sale! #CGN

    This Friday CGN.US is having it's first Five Dollar Friday Sale!
    Giving you all the chance to pick up tons of Newer and Older Titles at $5.00 or Less!
    The Sale will start Friday morning at 12:00 AM and end at 12:00 AM Saturday Morning.
    So be sure to check out all the Games we will have to offer from Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG, Xbox, Playstation and more!!
    Also, Partners and Premium Members will have access to the Five Dollar Sale starting tomorrow!
    So get your wallets ready, because we have some Games to sell!!

    Community Video Series || CGN

    Starting next week we will be starting two new Community based Video Compilation Series.
    That we will Feature every week on CGN.US and our Youtube Channel.
    1) Game Fails
    2) Game Greats
    These Series will consist of short Gaming Fails and Gaming Great Video Clips. Normally ranging from 10 to 15 Seconds that showcase your best Gaming Fails and or Gaming Greats Moments.
    And after receiving enough Clips we will create a Compilation of the best "Gaming Fails" and "Gaming Greats" to Upload to CGN and our Youtube Channel.
    So if you have any Clips you would like to submit for these CGN Video Series. Simply click the link below and start submitting!!
    We will be reviewing and approving all submissions, and if you are approved.
    Your Clips will be showcased in our weekly series! Hope you all enjoy, and if you have any questions.
    Feel free to comment below.

    Concerning : Gamer of the Week

    As many of you all who voted last week are aware.
    Gamer of the Week Voting (36) has ended, and the winner was @DePemy 

    However, during the voting, @DePemy contacted me explaining how he would be absent this week.
    And asked if I would place him in for the week after. I thought about it for awhile, and came to the decision that this was do-able, but I would have to remove the voting for next week.
    So instead of granting @DePemy the Gamer of the Week Position. I instead granted it to Gamer of the Week Runner-Up @Cupofrobots 
    Before doing so, I emailed and Private Messaged both @Cupofrobots and @DePemy 
    To let them know what is going on, and how this situation will be handled.
    Then I placed @Cupofrobots as the Winner of Gamer of the Week, for Week 36.
    And I have @DePemy set for Gamer of the Week winner of Week 37, and we have no voting for this week.
    Then I scheduled the Tweet and the CGN Post. 
    "Congrats to our Gamer of the Week @Cupofrobots"
    After being viewed. This led to a fiery backlash by the community.
    Which makes perfect sense, because I was not able to inform you of my decisions in a timely fashion.
    Leading many to believe that I had chosen the winner out of pure favoritism. Which I can assure you, is not the case.
    I apologize for my actions, and I will do my best in the future to better inform the community of any and all decisions being made before they happen.
    I hope you all can forgive me, and I promise to do my best to amend for any damages I have caused between communities.

    Credit and Debit Card Payments!

    Are you tired of having to buy your Video Games through Paypal?
    Wish there was another way? Well then you are in Luck!!
    Because CGN is now accepting Credit and Debit Card Payments directly!
    Thanks to our good friends over at STRIPE!

    STRIPE is a new standard in online payments. Allowing you to simply type in your Credit or Debit Card information, and Save it without ever having to create an Account.
    The process allows for things to be a lot more streamlined and makes it easier for users without Paypal accounts to buy from our platform.
    Which is great timing, because we are in the middle of our CGN Summer Sale and Games are up to 80% off right now!!

    So feel free to use the new option when purchasing from our Store!
    And if you have any questions about the new Payment Gateway, feel free to comment below!
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