Elite Dangerous Adds Avatars, Co-Op Ships in Commanders 2.3 Update

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Elite Dangerous has been out now for well over two years, but the updates and content keep rolling in. The latest update is a big one; adding longtime requested features like player avatars and multicrew ships!The latest Elite: Dangerous patch is dubbed 2.3 with a large number of changes. Players can start testing all of that now with the patch during a beta testing phase. Unfortunately exciting elements like the co-op multicrew functionality aren't quite live yet; the patch notes for the test include all of the details on multicrew ships, but also mentions in big bold letters they will be added in a future update. Multicrew ships appear to be designed around three players, with one as the pilot, another as the gunner, and a third taking the role of a fighter pilot that launches from the ship. These roles are tracked on an individual dashboard within the ship showing you your current stats in each role as players complete new bounties as a crew of three. 

Our Weekend In Gaming: Switch

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Switch

Look, I could try to write something clever here about Nintendo's new console.  It'd have puns and all sorts of fun stuff, but let's be honest with each other - the Switch is out and, at least for the weekend, nothing else matters.  Much of the staff will be sequestering themselves away to play the new, now-revered Zelda title, so if you need us, check the cabins deep in the Montana wilderness.  Those who aren't exploring Hyrule will be enjoying open-world titles of their own, as well as engaging in fun legal battles.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Checking out some Ghost Recon Wildlands before release!"

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle Co-Op Review

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mega Battle Co-Op Review

I’ve been a fan of Power Rangers since the franchise started back in the 90s. Throughout the years, my sons and I have watched countless episodes. We bought the ranger action figures, the giant robot toys, a whole mess of morphers, Halloween costumes, and plenty of video game tie-ins. Upon hearing the news of a new Power Rangers game, a retro-style brawler featuring the original team, we made plans to play through it co-op style together. At first, it went pretty well, but it didn’t take long for the “new shiny” to fade, and we were left with a most un-morphinominal experience.

Never Forget - Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds on 360 Still Getting DLC

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DLC strategies are all the rage in modern gaming with packs being announced before the game even hits the shelves, but DLC for a four year old game that people are not playing much?  Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds seems to think we still want more, even now!Cast your minds back to 2013 and more innocent times.  Phantom Breaker had been released in a special edition for the 360 and PC and Co-Optimus gave it an impressive 4 out of 5 in our review.  If you have been holding on since then for some DLC to extend the game, then you are in luck as it is finally here!  The DLC has finally come to 360 - joy!Frau Koujiro Pack

There's A Brand New Trailer For The Escapists 2

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You ever think that humanity wasn't meant to be cooped up in a cage, man?  We're, like, supposed to be free.  To roam the wild.  To eat whatever we want.  To craft makeshift weapons out of household items.  You squares lock us up, and we'll just keep finding ways to really live our lives.  At least, that's what I've learned from The Escapists 2, anyway.The follow-up to 2015's (or 2014's, depending on your feelings on Early Access) hit indie game will feature four player local and online co-op, giving your friends the ability to drop in and out of your latest escape attempt.  There's a new trailer out, in which you can see one of the most crucial parts of cooperative escape plans:  four-piece bands.The game also boasts improved graphics, combat, and crafting over its predecessor, so your partners in crime will have plenty of ways to dupe the prison guards into letting you out of solitary.  Work has also been done on the prison design and guard logic to ensure that you're constantly bearing the crushing weight of your captivity.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Releases Story Trailer

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People Can Fly and Gearbox dropped a new trailer this week for the upcoming Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. Focusing on story, this trailer will refresh the memories of fans of the original game or introduce new players to the plot of the game.First released in 2011 for PC and the last generation of consoles, the Full Clip Edition is remastered with high-resolution textures, better framerates, and supports up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro. It comes packaged with all the DLC of the original release as well as some new content: six new maps for the competitive Echo Mode and a new Overkill Mode (all weapons and Skillshots unlocked after first completion of the campaign). And because Bulletstorm fully embraces the extreme, pre-orders of the Full Clip Edition can also play the game as Duke Nukem in the place as protagonist Grayson Hunt, complete with his own audio and script.Bullstorm: Full Clip Edition releases on April 7th, 2017 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and will support up to 4-player online co-op in a separate mode called Anarchy. Anarchy has 12 different maps for players to chose from.

Ghost Blade HD Out Now on Consoles, Our Impressions

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Ghost Blade HD Out Now on Consoles, Our Impressions

Ghost Blade HD is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Wii U Shop for $9.99. The classic Dreamcast SHMUP has been revamped with HD visuals, achievements and trophies, and online leaderboards. The game supports two players in local co-op where each player controls their own ship, has their own pool of lives, and has their own score and combo system.Ghost Blade HD is an intense bullet-hell shoot 'em up game with satisfying and addictive score-based gameplay. With its inspiration going back to the shooting games of the 1990s era, Ghost Blade HD ties old memories to current tones and techniques. Designed with a modern graphic style and special effects, Ghost BladeHD also features an awesome 2-player mode! Ghost Blade HD is easy to learn but hard to master.I've been playing the PC version of the game, which doesn't hit until March 8th. Having never played the original, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm a huge SHMUP fan though, so any chance I get to try something new is a welcome experience. 

Enter The Gungeon Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

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Enter The Gungeon Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

Sure, the Nintendo Switch may end up representing a significant step in Nintendo's return to form.  And sure, it may have one of the better titles to launch alongside a brand new console.  But can the Switch really call itself a true console?  I submit that it cannot - at least, not until it serves the purpose of "platform on which you can do bullet things with the guns and such".That's where Enter the Gungeon comes in.The game came out in Spring of last year and featured a solid mixture of bullet hell and roguelike mechanics.  Part of what made it stand out, though, was just how much it took that whole "bullet hell" thing to heart.  Players faced off against actual bullets and shot guns that fired bullets that were also shooting guns... it was a whole thing.  Anyway, it's been announced for the Switch, but the release date is hazy.  With any luck, we'll have it before the year is out.  Check out the adorable announcement GIF below:

River City Ransom: Underground Is Out Now

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Well, it looks like Alex and Ryan (or was it Kunio and Riki?) have gotten themselves in a pickle once again, and just like last time, the only solution is to punch and kick the crap out of every living being in sight.  That's right, there's a new River City Ransom game in town!River City Ransom: Underground popped up on Steam yesterday, and if you feel like snagging it before March 6th, it'll cost you about 16 bucks.  Wanna see what it's all about?  Check out the launch trailer below:Obviously, the game is still firmly within the beat-em-up genre, but it seems to significantly expand on its predecessor's mechanics.  10 fighters are on offer, each with a unique moveset that can be unlocked by visiting dojos all across the city.  There's no need for hardcore RCR fans to worry, though, as there's still plenty of food to eat and mooks to beat up, which you can do while jamming to an all-new soundtrack penned by Disasterpeace!