Our Weekend In Gaming: Spooky Scary Edition

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Spooky Scary Edition

Hello, my fellow co-op devotees!  I, your faithful host, am here to guide you through an all new spooky edition of Weekend in Gaming.  If you think about it, I'm sorta like the Crypt Keeper, except my tales are way more mundane and have like 100% happier endings.  So... not at all like the Crypt Keeper.The crew is rather scattered in their weekend plans this time around, but two common threads run throughout: Halo and rats.  Deadly, vicious rats.  We just can't seem to turn our heads away from the destruction of the Warhammer universe via humanoid cheese-obsessives.  With any luck, our combined efforts will at least ensure the safety of the Red Moon Inn.  Maybe we can just hole up in there and wait for all of this to blow over.Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "The wife is running in the NYC Marathon, so little time for gaming. I hope to squeeze in a few matches of Halo 5 multiplayer though."

F.A.L.C.O. Revisits Trine in Episode 11

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The F.A.L.C.O. crew had so much fun playing Trine 2 that we decided to go back and play the original Trine. While the two games are very similar, we probably should have played them in order since we found the controls were a bit more clunky and the "skill trees" were more like "skill twigs." There aren't many options! Nonetheless, we ran through Academy Hallways and Wolvercote Catacombs, and had a jolly old time.Trine definitely stands out as a game that does co-op right. Each character is unique and useful in different ways. Pair that with absolutely gorgeous visuals, and it's hard not to like this series. Watch us take on a couple levels in the video below.Our schedules have been a bit chaotic lately but we will be back tonight! We'll be playing Dead Island: Riptide because it's nearly Halloween and zombies are scary! That is, until I construct an electrified sledgehammer and start bashing some zombie skulls into the ground! Catch us at 8PM CDT on our Twitch channel.

Talking The Alienware Steam Machine and Halo 5 with Gamertag Radio

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Talking The Alienware Steam Machine and Halo 5 with Gamertag Radio

On Monday night I was invited to be a guest on the Gamertag Radio podcast, a truly excellent podcast that has over 500 episodes and 10 years of experience covering gaming culture. Both GTR and Co-Optimus are part of a special group of sites picked to look at Alienware's upcoming Steam Machine which launches on November 10th.During the episode I chat with Danny about the "console" from a different perspectives - myself the veteran PC gamer while he is looking at the machine more from the console aspect. Before we hit up the Steam Machine though Danny, Parris and I talk about Halo 5: Guardians and our impressions of the story, co-op and multiplayer. You may have seen Danny (Godfree) guesting on our co-op stream before release. And that my friends, is co-op.

Warface Rolls Out Spooky New Cyber Horde Mode For Halloween

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Everybody's got their favorite Halloween monstrosity. The undead (zombies, ghosts, mummies) are always popular, while the living, breathing beasts (your wolfmans, fish-persons, the Jersey Devil) have to spread what meager love they get between them. There is one particularly nasty abomination we don't hear a lot about, even in the new digital age: cyborg monstrosities. Warface is finally entrenching them as a Halloween staple with their new co-op mode, "Cyber Horde."Check out the trailer.Nothing screams "trick or treat" like the torso and head of a mostly insane person trapped in a military-grade death machine.

How to LEGO Dimensions

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While the title has been out for a month, it appears that folks still have some questions about how LEGO Dimensions works and what all this "Starter Pack" and "Story Pack" nonsense. Enter Traveller's Tales with a handy video that lays it all out.We haven't had a chance yet to review the title or put together an FAQ on co-op, but it appears not much changes from that side as you find in many other of the TT Lego titles. Biggest difference this time around is that your in-game avatar is determined by the Lego figures you've purchased, either in the "Starter Pack" or one of the various themed add-ons.LEGO Dimensions is available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and Wii U from all major retail outfits. The "Starter Pack" will run you close $100 and subsequent "Story Packs" will be around $30. With the holidays just around the corner, hopefully this title will go on sale to make for a nice family gift!

Wild May Have Bloodborne Style Co-Op

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More news coming out of Paris Games Week on the Sony side of things. During their press conference on Tuesday, Michel Ancel came on stage to present the new IP he's been working called Wild. While it wasn't mentioned during the conference, it appears some form of multiplayer is being considered for the game; what's more, it may be inspired by Bloodborne.From the gameplay footage, Wild looks to be an open-world title where players are shamans capable of harnessing the power of nature. What powers those are are determined by you. Throughout the course of the game, players will encounter various animal divinities who will grant you power. Some of these may ask you to live as a particular animal for a period of time, while others may demand a sacrifice. No choice is "wrong" and it sounds like Ancel wants to avoid the usual good vs bad choices found in many RPG titles.In a follow-up blog post on the European Playstation Blog, it was stated:

Conquer The Galaxy In The Star Wars Battlefront Launch Trailer

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When Star Wars meets Battlefront, everyone wins! Well, except for the guys on the ground. They all lose pretty hard. Whether they die alone from laser burns on some backwater planet, or get force choked to death by a lightsaber-wielding sociopath for failing to secure a checkpoint, their suffering is our delight. I'm sure the infantry on both sides are dreading Star Wars Battlefront's November 17th release date. However, we can celebrate with a launch trailer chock full of lasers!The trailer also showcases some of the classic hero units available. Sadly, those are limited to the non-co-op mode.Speaking of which...

Watch Us Play The Forgettable Dungeon, What's this Game About Again?

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We don't normally cover Kickstarter games, but sometimes a game is far enough along and is fun enough it's worth looking at. The Forgettable Dungeon is a co-op hack and slash game similar to Gauntlet, built on a voxel engine giving it a unique look and feel. It's developed by Happy Box games, a one man game development studio from Boston.Players can customize their character by drawing a 2D sprite and the game converts it into a 3D character to play as.  Featuring both local and online co-op play, you'll enjoy a rogue like experience that feels really good so far. The combat is fun, there's plenty of things to explode in voxely goodness, and the custom character creator is easy to use. Check out the video below (warning, it starts with a little bit of "fowl" language) - and then check out the Kickstarter which has a few days to go as of the time of this writing.

Add Knight Squad to Your Collection with November's Games With Gold

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The end of each month brings with it a sense of excitement as we discover what games are coming free to Xbox Live Gold members with the Games with Gold scheme.  Like oft before, November 2015 sees some co-op games in the mix; the yet to be released Knight Squad and, the not so new, Dungeon Siege 3.As per usual, Games with Gold is split across the month and on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.  One owners get two downloadable titles; Pneuma: Breath of Life throughout the month and the 8 player co-op Knight Squad between November 15th and December 16th.Knight Squad is a mash up of classic Gauntlet and Bomberman action as seen through the eyes of a programmer with ADD.  Co-Optimus already gave you the lowdown on the game and it looks great fun.  As the game is only launched on November 15th, Gold members are essentially getting a chance to have the game for free on launch.