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Dudebro II: flex your muscles with this manly indie shooter

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Years after the 80s returned with a vengeance to infect fashion and music trends with its Thundercats T-shirts and impossibly icy beats, the world of indie gaming appears to have fallen too. If Hotline Miami is Drive by way of an 80s video nasty, then Dudebro II (opens in new tab) - full, sweary title after the break - is Contra by way of Rambo, or one of the most testosterony platform-shooters we've seen.

Developed by members of NeoGAF (opens in new tab) , Dudebro™ - My Shit Is Fucked Up So

I Got to Shoot/Slice You II: It's Straight-Up Dawg Time revolves around the titular John Dudebro and his sidekick Habemus Chicken (not a real chicken), as they attempt to track down an arms dealer of "unspecified ethnicity". As you can see, the game's partly a parody of modern shooters, and partly a celebration, but it seems to be fairly substantial in its own right.

While the game's been in development since 2011, this is the first time we've seen any gameplay footage - and as the following video makes clear, it appears to have been worth the wait. Dudebro II doesn't yet have a release date, but it does have a price - or rather, it doesn't, as Grimoire Assembly Forge have taken the manly decision to release it for free.

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.