Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Ruin of the Reckless Interview

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Indie-Ana Co-Op and the Ruin of the Reckless Interview

Many of the rogue-lite games we see these days all fall within the boundaries of the "twin-stick shooter" genre. While both Charles Webb and Daniel Crockenberg of Faux-Operative Games are fans of these titles, they wanted to do something a little different with Ruin of the Reckless; they wanted to make a "twin-stick fighter." We spoke with Charles about what that descriptor entails and their vision for Ruin of the Reckless.

Get Your Dungeon Crawl on in Heroes of Loot 2

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You can get your pixelated dungeon loot on once again in Heroes of Loot 2. The sequel to the Gauntlet-inspired OUYA title still has many of the same features, like quests, upgrade-able weapons, and secret areas to discover, but there are a couple new surprises as well.The one-man team behind the game, Pascal Bestebroer, has been working hard to improve upon the original. For starters, the procedural generation that determines not only the layout for a dungeon floor also takes into consideration any quests that the players may be assigned. There's a pretty interesting blog post about it on the Orangepixel site, for those interested in seeing some of the "behind the scenes" stuff. Along with an improved level generator, the roster of characters has been increased to eight. The Wizard, Warrior, Elf, and Valkyrie can be joined by the Thief, Paladin, Mage, and Barbarian, once you unlock them that is.Despite what the Steam page states, the game does support two player local co-op just as the first one did; Nick picked up the game and confirmed it. Heroes of Loot 2 is available via Steam for $9.99, but there's also a sale on both games on the itch.io site. You can pick them up for just $8.99 until 6:00 PM Eastern tonight.

More Details on Xbox Play Anywhere Program

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More Details on Xbox Play Anywhere Program

One of the bigger pieces of news to come out this year's E3 was the reveal of the Xbox Play Anywhere program. A little bit of information was discussed during the conference, like how Windows 10 and Xbox One players would be able to play certain first-party games together, and more was discussed in interviews afterwards.Gamertag Radio spoke with Aaron Greenberg, Marketing Head for Xbox, about some of the nitty gritty details for the program. The full interview can be listened to below (it's only 20 minutes and worth it), but here are the big bullet points:This program is a good way to bridge the gap between PC and Xbox One players, though the limitation of buying the game digitally through Microsoft store fronts only is a bit of a bummer.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination Update Now Live

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It's been almost exactly a year since Alone in the Dark: Illumination came out for PC. To mark its anniversary, the 2016 Summer Update has been launched, which add and enhance many aspects of this survival action shooter.The changes target both player character progression/abilities as well as mission and monster variety and difficulty. Here's the list of the new/improved features for the update:• Overhauled Player Advancement System: Experience new skill tree progression, new ability enhancements, and a smoother pace-to-level advancement.

Both Marvel Ultimate Alliance Titles May Be Coming to PS4 and Xbox One

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Apparently, if you want to find out about whether or not a game is coming to the consoles, you should hit up the Taiwan Game Software Rating Information board. Similar to how HAWKEN got listed on a Taiwan Microsoft store page early, three older Activision games (Marvel: Ultimate AllianceMarvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron) all got ratings for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.While the ratings do point to a potential release of the games on the consoles, they do not indicate how. It's quite possible that on the Xbox One, all three would be part of the Backwards Compatibility program, which just recently saw the addition of Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead. PlayStation 4 has its PlayStation Now program that lets you play select Playstation 3 titles on either a per-game basis or via a regular subscription, and it has also started releasing certain Playstation 2 games for direct purchase. Then again, and this is my hope, they could be remakes with some visual enhancements. I remember playing through a significant portion of both Ultimate Alliance games with my brother-in-law and having a great time, so I would love to see those make a return.For now, this is all still within the "rumors" category until Sony or Microsoft make some kind of official statement.

Warzone Firefight Update for Halo 5 Coming Soon

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Warzone Firefight Update for Halo 5 Coming Soon

The fans asked for it, and it's nearly here. The co-op friendly Warzone Firefight will be added to Halo 5: Guardians and available for all to play very soon.After the open beta in April, things have been a little quiet on the Firefight front. In part, that appears due to the mode not being the only thing getting added. Three new multiplayer maps, a new variant for the campaign (Campaign Score Attack), a new Forge canvas, new multiplayer gear, and a slew of game updates/tweaks will all be a part of the Warzone Firefight update when it arrives.Alongside this news, there was a little Q&A at the bottom of the post centered on the newly announced Halo Wars 2. While the game was revealed during E3, nothing was mentioned about whether the title would support co-op play in the campaign again. This specific question was answered (yes), but not much else was revealed. I guess we'll have to wait until later this year to find out more details on that.

Warhammer 40k: Inquisitor - Martyr Will Feature Co-Op Missions

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Developer Neocore Games - best known for the Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing series of games - has shown off a little more of their next title, Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - MartyrThe game is set within the Caligari Sector of the Warhammer 40k universe and it will feature specific co-op missions that will have an affect on the rest of the sector.Inquisitor - Martyr's gameplay will be action-RPG focused and it appears it will also incorporate some of the "base of operations" ideas seen in Neocore's previous titles. The campaign itself is split a little. There's the single-player campaign that will focus on exploring and uncovering the secret of an abandoned fortress-monastery, the Martyr, and there's the "Inquisitorial Campaign," or the open-world map that will have a variety of missions to undertake. Some of those missions will allow up to four players to play together.