Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Stream Recap

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Fatshark's Warhammer: Vermintide 2 dropped on the PC yesterday, so we got the usual Monday night stream crew to see if we've gotten any better since the original. In short: just barely.The core gameplay of Vermintide 2 is still the same. You and up to three friends team up to progress through a level, fight off hordes of foes (with the addition of the tougher Chaos forces this time around), and complete some objectives as you go. Successfully completing a level will get you a loot chest and some experience. As you level up, you'll eventually unlock "Talents" that will have an impact on the way you play your character. For instance, the Dwarf Ranger can choose a talent that increases attack speed or increases the amount he heals when using healing items. Depending on if you're playing as the team's "tank" or a damage dealer, you may choose one over the other.

Nintendo Direct Shows Off Two Co-Op Titles, Dark Souls Amiibo

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Nintendo Direct Shows Off Two Co-Op Titles, Dark Souls Amiibo

Yesterday, Nintendo held one of their occasional "Nintendo Direct" events and revealed a few new things that will be heading to the Switch and 3DS over the coming months. While the one announcement that's probably got most folks excited is the new Super Smash Bros coming sometime this year (and hey, maybe it'll have co-op like the past few), our ears perked up at the mention of co-op in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes.You can catch the full recap video here (with time codes/jumps in the description), but we'll go over the few co-op highlights:A few other items of note. Okami HD is coming to the Switch this summer and if you love Legend of Zelda-type action games, then I highly recommend it. A new single-player expansion will be dropping for Splatoon 2 this summer, as well. Finally, Nintendo closed it all out with a "wait, there's one more thing," which was the reveal of a new Super Smash Bros game coming out sometime this year. Not a lot of details but boy did the chat lose its mind after spending pretty much the whole Direct asking for it.

State Of Decay 2 Will Be Out In May

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State Of Decay 2 Will Be Out In May

Just when you think the whole "zombie" thing is over, another game, book, or movie pops up just to prove that it will never truly be dead.  Luckily, this specific resurgence is occurring via State of Decay 2, the sequel to Undead Labs' zombie survival title from 2013.It'll be out for both Windows 10 and Xbox One on May 22nd, and this time, the game will feature online co-op for up to four players.  The folks over at IGN got the chance to spend about half an hour with said co-op, which you can check out below.If you're looking to pick it up, SoD2 will be available in a standard format priced at $29.99 and an ultimate edition, which comes in at $49.99 and features 2 DLC packs, early access to the game (starting May 18th), and a copy of State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition.  Not a bad deal, all things considered.

The Swords of Ditto Headed to PC and PS4 in April

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Occasionally, there are games that just totally capture my attention due to the sheer joy that seems to be a part of its very core. Enter The Swords of Ditto by onebitbeyond. Even if the title was a single-player only affair I'd be all in, but the fact that it's two player couch co-op bumps this up to my "anticipated games" list.The game is described as a "compact action-RPG" that also appears to have some rogue-lite elements. You'll play as a hero that sets out to defeat the evil Mormo and her army, but all experience/power you gain during the course of that adventure goes into the sword you wield. When you perish, you'll start off as a new hero that picks up the sword and inherits that experience/power. However, the successes and failures of the previous hero impact the world the new hero faces. It's a little reminiscent of Rogue Legacy, but taken to a higher degree.Here's how that is broken down in the game description/marketing materials:

Heroes of Hammerwatch and RiftStar Raiders Stream Recap

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Things are starting to pick up once more for game releases, so we decided to check out two titles this past Monday instead of the usual one. First up, we dive into Heroes of Hammerwatch and wander around the mines for a bit before deciding we'd rather go to space. So, we hop into our ships and take off in RiftStar Raiders.I never got into the first Hammerwatch game, so much of what has happening in Heroes was new to me. That being said, I like a lot of what Crackshell is doing with this. The co-op is limited to online only at the moment, though the devs have stated that if there's enough interest, they can work on adding local co-op in the future. If you're unfamiliar with Hammerwatch, it's an action-RPG/rogue-lite style game. You choose from one of four (initially) character classes, dive into the dungeon, and gather gold, ore, and experience. The gold and ore can be sent back to town using elevators so that you don't lost it when you die, and can be spent to upgrade the town in order to open up new buildings. It's pretty fun with friends, though it should be noted that any town progression is saved for the host only.