Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Mutant Football League Interview

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Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Mutant Football League Interview

For some, invoking the name of the Mutant League series of games brings back fond memories of raining death upon an opposing team in football, or dismembering a hockey player, or possibly even an animated series. For its creator, Michael Mendheim, it's a little bit more and after 20+ years out of the limelight, he intends to bring it back with Mutant Football League. We spoke with Michael about reviving this title and what makes it fun.

Co-Op Puzzle Platformer Trials of Azra Leaves Early Access

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Here's something a little different for your evening co-op adventures. Trials of Azra is a puzzle platformer from Onion Core with a central mechanic that focuses on killing things, then inhabiting their corpses to use to solve puzzles. Slay a rat? Great! Now hop inside and run through some tiny passageways!The body switching, puzzle platforming set-up isn't anything new, but Trials of Azra does some really fun things with the feature. Each slain monster has its own abilities that help you traverse the dungeon landscape. Rats are small, that's a given. Those green eye guys can jump something serious. The zombies with the huge shield also come in handy, especially when there's spear traps in the way. Switch back and forth between Sam and his chosen corpse, but you can only control one dead body at a time.Puzzles get really clever when Sam has to work out which body needs to go where and at what time. Since he has to stand next to a corpse to inhabit it, this can lead to some crazy positioning problems. Puzzles are stretched out on a room by room basis, however, so you can always reset if you get stuck.

Snag LEGO Titles for Xbox One on the Cheap this Week

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Snag LEGO Titles for Xbox One on the Cheap this Week

This week's "Deals with Gold" has a little added bonus: a Warner Bros Publisher sale. Until Monday, September 19, you can pick up the most recent LEGO releases, including LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at a discounted price if you've got an Xbox Live Gold membership.From LEGO Marvel Super Heroes to LEGO Jurassic World, if it's a LEGO game and it was released anytime during the past three years for the Xbox One (with the exception of Dimensions), it's part of the sale. You can check out Major Nelson's blog post for a more complete list of all the games that are part of this week's sale, but here are the co-op highlights:These deals end Monday, September 19, 2016, so if you're looking to pick up any of the LEGO games, or Dead Island or Dying Light, you've got just 5 days left.

MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

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MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

For this installment of MMO Co-Opportunities, I'm hijacking Tally's column to talk about World of Warcraft - Legion. Sorry about that! I haven't seriously played WoW since the Cataclysm days, though I did dip my toes into Mists of Pandaria. I also played around with the Warlords of Draenor content in the weeks leading up to Legion's launch, and a lot has changed. Considering many people who have lapsed on WoW seem to be interested in Legion, I'm going to briefly talk about some things that have changed in recent years before I get to what's completely new.If you have friends on other servers, as long as you're on the same faction, you can play together. You can even join cross-realm guilds, provided your servers are "connected". Each server has one (or sometimes two) servers linked in this way.Not in a raiding guild, or just want to see the raid content with little pressure? Hop into LFR and you'll be dropped into a low-difficulty 25-man version of your chosen raid. Mechanics are a lot more forgiving in this mode, which my friends tell me is about on par with queueing up for a Heroic dungeon. The loot isn't as good as "real" raiding, but that's to be expected.

MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

about X hours ago from
MMO Co-Opportunities Volume LXIX - WoW Legion

For this installment of MMO Co-Opportunities, I'm hijacking Tally's column to talk about World of Warcraft - Legion. Sorry about that! I haven't seriously played WoW since the Cataclysm days, though I did dip my toes into Mists of Pandaria. I also played around with the Warlords of Draenor content in the weeks leading up to Legion's launch, and a lot has changed. Considering many people who have lapsed on WoW seem to be interested in Legion, I'm going to briefly talk about some things that have changed in recent years before I get to what's completely new.If you have friends on other servers, as long as you're on the same faction, you can play together. You can even join cross-realm guilds, provided your servers are "connected". Each server has one (or sometimes two) servers linked in this way.Not in a raiding guild, or just want to see the raid content with little pressure? Hop into LFR and you'll be dropped into a low-difficulty 25-man version of your chosen raid. Mechanics are a lot more forgiving in this mode, which my friends tell me is about on par with queueing up for a Heroic dungeon. The loot isn't as good as "real" raiding, but that's to be expected.

Arkanoid Live and de Blob 2 Added to Backwards Compatibility List

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Microsoft added five new titles to its Backwards Compatibility list this past Friday, including Arkanoid Live and de Blob 2. I mean, I'm sure there are some fans out there clamoring to be able to play those games again, right?Along with those two, Bayonetta was added the list as was Qix++Of Orcs and Men was also added, though this title is limited to certain regions only (it appears to be just Europe).Arkanoid Live was released back in 2009 for XBLA and supports two player co-op locally or online. This revamp of the original title appeared to be taking a page from a few other notable classic arcade remakes, specifically Pacman Championship Edition and Space Invaders Extreme, to bring those games into the modern era. Both players control a paddle and work together to clear puzzle levels.

PlayStation Co-Op Sale Returns

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For the past couple years, Sony has run a week-long sales event focused on co-op games. This joyous time for us co-op gamers usually runs towards the end of November (just in time for the holiday season), but it appears that it's getting an earlier start this year. From now until 8:00 AM Pacific on September 20, you can take advantage of good deals (up to 70% off in some cases) on some great co-op titles like Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition and Dark Souls 3.You should check out the page on the PlayStation Store for the full list of games (some of which are definitely not co-op), but here are a few standout titles we saw on there:

SMITE's 3.17 Patch Adds Dedicated PvE Mode for a Limited Time

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While Hi-Rez's SMITE has allowed you to team up with a group of friends to take on a group of A.I. bots in any of the main match types, it hasn't had a dedicated PvE mode until the most recent patch dropped on the PC. The new mode, "Xing Tian's Mountain," pits five players against a selection of challenges, like fighting two gods (Ra and Vamana) that become empowered when the other dies, with each one becoming more difficult the more you succeed.There are a total of 15 challenges that you can face in this new mode and a random one gets selected each round, so it's quite possible you'll get served up the same challenge the more rounds you complete. Every player starts at level 13 with 7500 gold, and that's it. Your health, mana, and cooldowns are reset between rounds, but you won't earn anymore experience or gold so be sure to spend it wisely. The mode draws its inspirations from "MMO-style boss encounters and wave-based survival modes," and it definitely shows. If your team makes it through five rounds, then you'll earn a chest for their limited time event (Odyssey 2017) that's currently underway. Make it through 25 rounds and you'll earn an exclusive avatar for your account.

How to Survive 2 Out of Early Access, On Sale

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How To Survive 2 entered Early Access last October, and last Thursday, the game finally saw full release. Now you and up to four of your friends, either locally or online, can team up to take on missions, build a camp, and survive the zombie pandemic.Our regular Monday night stream crew (Nick, Mike, Locke, and myself) checked the game out last November while it was still in Early Access, and enjoyed the idea of the title even if it was still a little rough around the edges. Hopefully those past 12 months have allowed developer EKO Software to polish things up. One quick note about the co-op play: you can invite 16 people (in a combination of online and local) to your survivor camp (the open-worldish hub). However, once you go into the actual missions, you're limited to just 4.How to Survive 2 is available on Steam at a discounted price, just $8.99, until September 22.