Battleborn Co-Op - Missions 1 and 2 Recap

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The recently released Battleborn is a divisive game amongst the staff. For some, they simply are looking for more of a Borderlands type experience. For others, they'd rather something a bit cleaner than the mashup of genres that Gearbox have created. Still there are others that are playing it that love the game, characters, and style that are on display. It's clear the game was designed to pull in inspiration from the E-Sports world of MOBAs like DOTA 2 and League of Legends. The character design becomes very cosplay-able, feeding into the community and con aspect of gaming culture. The progression system feeds off those built by the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield. And the game just oozes with pop-culture references and dialog, fueled by comedic writing and voice acting. There's a lot going on in Battleborn. We'll dive deeper in our review later this week. For now sit back and watch us take on the first and second missions of the game and explain our likes and dislikes for how the shooter plays.

Watch us Play this Brutal Version of DOOM in Co-Op

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This week a new version of DOOM is released, and by all accounts it looks to capture the feel of the original. And really, if you've followed the mod scene at all for id's classic shooter, you know there's one out there called Brutal DOOM. From what we've seen of the new game, these two look very close in terms of style and substance.Last night utilizing a new custom engine, we played through the classic game's first episode. Supporting full 1080p, new weapons, animations, and plenty of gore - our co-op escapade was fast, efficient and of course...brutal.Here's the recap.

Operation Dust Line for Rainbow 6 Siege Detailed

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Ubisoft and developer Redstorm have released the details of the next bit of DLC, Operation Dust Line, for Rainbow 6 Siege. We knew that two new operators, Blackbeard and Valkyrie, would be added with this content, and in a live stream last Friday, it was revealed a new map, Border, will be included as well.Set in the Middle East, Border will be similar in size to one of the existing maps, Hereford Base, and also proudly claims the title of "the most destructible map ever seen in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege," as decreed by the developers. As a quick refresher about those two new operators, Blackbeard can attach a shield to his primary weapon to allow him to absorb some hits while going on the offensive, and Valkyrie can deploy four sticky cameras around the map to get a good picture of what's going on with the enemies. All of this will be accessible in the co-op terrorist hunt mode.Anyone who has already purchased the Season Pass for Rainbow 6 Siege will be able to play Valkyrie and Blackbeard on May 11, the same day the new Border map will go live. For everyone else, the characters will be unlocked on May 18.

Hyper Light Drifter Now Features Local Co-Op

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Initially released as a single-player only game, Hyper Light Drifter now supports two player couch co-op. This feature was a stretch goal for their Kickstarter campaign, which launched in September 2013, and while it didn't make it into the title for its initial release at the end of March, the developers have been working on getting it implemented into the game for the past month.If you're unfamiliar with Hyper Light Drifter, it's an action/adventure RPG that's equal parts Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Dark Souls, with perhaps some of the mystery of Fez tossed in the mix. It requires patience to get a feel for the game's attack mechanics, and to learn enemy attack patterns, but the game rewards you for putting the time in.The newly added co-op mode will allow two players to play through the entire campaign together. At least one controller will be needed in order to get this to work. Once you're in the game, go into the "Settings" menu and set "Co-Op" to "On." The first player uses keyboard and mouse to control their character, while the second player uses the controller (or both players use a controller if you have two). The second player is free to drop-in/drop-out at any time by pressing the "Start" button (or its equivalent) at any time.

Back to Banoi Island with Dead Island Definitive Collection

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Deep Silver revives their initial foray into the world of the undead with Dead Island: Definitive Collection. Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide will be  together in a nice little polished  package with all of the DLC included. In addition to the perks of being able to play these games on next gen systems, there will be improvements to textures, lighting, and shading. Anti-aliasing will also help the game run smoothly. If you didn't get a change to check this game out on the previous gen, now is a great time to try it out. The developer has thrown a few fun perks into the mix with a side scrolling mini game and Power Fists Power-up, a previously unofficial mod that was popular enough to be incorporated into the console collections.Dead Island Definitive Collection comes out May 31st with Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and a mini-game called Retro Revenge for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC at $40. The games feature Online 4 Player Co-op so you don't have to traverse a zombie infested island by yourself.

First Look at Co-Op in Alienation on PS4

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Alienation hit the PlayStation 4 last week, and last night Jason and I took some time to check out the game's online co-op mode. The game should feel familiar to those of you who have played Housemarque's other co-op shooter, Dead Nation. But this isn't simply a palette swap of aliens for zombies.In our stream we looked at two very early levels of the game and what makes Alienation not just a twin stick shooter - but a game that borrows elements from many of today's modern day persistent shooters like Destiny and Borderlands. We can't help but admire a really pretty game in the process.While the game is currently online co-op online, Housemarque plans to release couch co-op support in the near future.

Origin Deals: Battlefront and Battlefield Up to 60% off

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Origin Deals: Battlefront and Battlefield Up to 60% off

If you ever thought about venturing off into Star Wars: Battlefront this May the 4th is the cheapest time to pick up a copy. Especially on PC, where through May 11th Origin has the price reduced 60% to only $23.99 (cheapest ever by $6). There's even a free 4-hour trial for PC gamers if you'd rather get your toes wet before cannonballing into the action. The Deluxe has a similar percentage price break.Console gamers have almost as good of a price. Theirs is a drop to $29.99 at Best Buy for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. This matches the game's historic price low last seen 2 months ago.If you're in search of non-Battlefront Star Wars titles, check GOG and Steam. The DRM-Free GOG has their Saber and Blaster bundles on sale up to 77% off, with classic Lucas Arts titles like Star Wars: Rebellion, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, Jedi Outcast and more. Steam has basically the same games on sale but packaged into different bundles up to 75% off.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will Not Have Campaign Co-Op

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will Not Have Campaign Co-Op

The next entry in the Call of Duty series was recently announced (subtitled "Infinite Warfare") and in a recent livestream event, Activision confirmed that the campaign would be single-player only. The silver lining, I suppose, is that you will be able to team up with friends to take on zombies, as you have for the past couple Call of Duty games.There weren't a whole lot of details provided about the zombie mode for Infinite Warfare, unfortunately. Activision stated that it will feature a whole new storyline and new mechanics, but that's about it. More information about the zombies would be given "later this year." Hopefully those details will include how many players will be supported and whether it will be part of the game at launch or added in later as part of DLC.

New Adventures Await in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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May the 4th marks a special day for Star Wars fans. TT Games and Warner Bros joined in the festivities with some news about he next LEGO game, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It appears you'll be able to play some of the adventures that are mentioned in the movie, but never shown, like Han and Chewie capturing the Rathars.Along with the main story adventures upon which you'll get to embark as you play, you'll also get treated to six new adventures that will star Poe Dameron, C-3PO, and other notable characters.As your ears no doubt detected in the trailer, they've brought in the actors from the film to record some new dialogue for those adventures, meaning you'll get actual Harrison Ford speaking Han Solo's lines instead of someone that sounds pretty close to it.