Play An All New Co-Op Mode In Insurgency's "Conquer" Update

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Despite their game being over a year and a half old, New World Interactive continues to provide free Insurgency content to their core fanbase of tactical FPS gurus.  The game, which you can think of as a midway point between Counter Strike and ARMA, just received its most recent batch of new modes, weapons, and maps.The new update, "Conquer", brings with it a massive cache of changes, so here are a few highlights:Of course, the update also brings stability, performance, and UI fixes, which you can parse through using the link above.

Dungeon of the Endless Update is Halloween Themed

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Dungeon of the Endless Update is Halloween Themed

It's that time of year when your favorite games drop in new content that is in some way, shape, or form, Halloween-themed. Such is the case with the free "Death Gamble" update to the cooperative dungeon crawler/defense title, Dungeon of the Endless, which adds a literal Death to the game (as opposed to the one against which you're figuratively battling throughout) that will offer players a very "special" deal.In addition to the new merchant, a new item - "The Time of Sands" - has been added that will automatically resuscitate the player who holds it. That can definitely be key in later levels where survival is quite often fleeting.The special Death merchant will appear with some frequency over the course of the next week, but he will remain in the game and be found less consistently past that. A bigger update is also in the works for next month that will introduce a new ship, new hero, new monsters and modules, and gamepad support. So stay tuned for details on all of that and in the mean time, be wary of robed skeletons wielding scythes...

Explore Countless Worlds in Boundless

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It's Paris Games Week (because every city needs a games conference now) and Sony is there showing off some already announced titles, as well as a few new ones. Like Wonderstrucks' new IP, Boundless. From what little they showed off, it looks like a sandbox adventure game in a similar vein as Minecraft or Starbound.Aside from the preview trailer (see below), there aren't a whole lot of details about what all the action of the game entails. The developers put up a post on the European PS Blog that talks a little about things here and there, but those are more broad strokes than minute-to-minute gameplay. Still, there are a couple of ideas, like the massive Titan from which you can harvest resources and being able to transition to new worlds via portals, that look interesting enough to make it stand out from other titles in this genre. It also appears the game will pull in mechanics from some MMOs, like EVE Online, where you can do more than just build voxel contraptions; you can become a merchant or a craftsman-for-hire.This is a breakdown of some of the highlighted features/mechanics:

Scares, Spartans, And Sith Added To The Console Editions Of Minecraft

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Scares, Spartans, And Sith Added To The Console Editions Of Minecraft

As a hugely popular single-purchase game must, Minecraft has been shifting its revenue stream more and more away from new users, instead focusing on providing extra content (both paid and free) for those already embedded in their franchise.  Content packs are, naturally, one of the most clear-cut ways of doing so for consoles, as players can spend a few bucks for the chance to build sick fortresses as Gordon Freeman or the dude from Trials without the hassle of modding websites.  The latest iteration of content packs is threefold, adding the following:The first of those contains over 50 skins from the Star Wars prequel trilogy, ranging from Darth Maul and General Grievous to Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi.  You can find the full list here.  The second contains new skins, textures, music, and pre-made iconic Halo worlds for you to explore (my personal recommendation is to do so as Watto).  Finally, the Halloween Mash-up gives you the chance to creep out your friends by becoming one of a number of classic ghouls, like Swamp Monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, and just staring at them from a far off cliffside.  Alongside that, the pack includes new music, textures, and a full freaky world for you to run around in as you gorge yourself on individually packaged candies.

Divinity: Original Sin Ultimate Edition Is Out Now

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Alright co-op fantasy RPG enthusiasts, Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition lands on PS4 and Xbox One today. No longer shall it be kept shackled to the mysterious (and sometimes rage-inspiring) realm of the personal computer! You and your buddy can now team up and dive into the rich and incredibly rewarding world of Divinity while wielding controllers.Some cRPG purists might lament such additions as "couch co-op" and "not using the keyboard/mouse combo" as blasphemous but hey; not everybody grew up playing Baldur's Gate II. Sometimes branching out into new territory can be fun!Check out the launch trailer celebrating the release.

Start Your Week Off With A Little Co-Op Bomb Defusal

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Okay, here's the scenario:  you wake up in a room.  It's a little too dark to tell, but it seems like you're surrounded by concrete walls.  In front of you is a table with a manila folder, a faulty alarm clock, and a briefcase.  The lights come on.  You notice that the briefcase is covered in little puzzles.  Your friends to begin chirping in your ear, something about wires and buttons and comedy sketches from the 1930's.  Your eyes scan the myriad of blinking objects covering the briefcase and... oh.  Oh no.  There's a timer.Welcome to Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes.Keep Talking is an asymmetrical co-op game in which a group of intrepid bomb experts must talk their friend through a series of increasingly complex bomb defusals.  To do so, the experts have to parse a "bomb manual" listing all the puzzles one may run into and how to solve them.  All the while, the defuser is doing the field work, the physical act of disarming each puzzle.  That doesn't seem terribly difficult up front, but there's a catch:  neither defuser nor expert can see what the other is looking at, meaning that victory or failure comes down to your ability to communicate under stress.  Sounds fun, right?

Start Your Week Off With Little Co-Op Bomb Defusal

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Okay, here's the scenario:  you wake up in a room.  It's a little too dark to tell, but it seems like you're surrounded by concrete walls.  In front of you is a table with a manila folder, a faulty alarm clock, and a briefcase.  The lights come on.  You notice that the briefcase is covered in little puzzles.  Your friends to begin chirping in your ear, something about wires and buttons and comedy sketches from the 1930's.  Your eyes scan the myriad of blinking objects covering the briefcase and... oh.  Oh no.  There's a timer.Welcome to Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes.Keep Talking is an asymmetrical co-op game in which a group of intrepid bomb experts must talk their friend through a series of increasingly complex bomb defusals.  To do so, the experts have to parse a "bomb manual" listing all the puzzles one may run into and how to solve them.  All the while, the defuser is doing the field work, the physical act of disarming each puzzle.  That doesn't seem terribly difficult up front, but there's a catch:  neither defuser nor expert can see what the other is looking at, meaning that victory or failure comes down to your ability to communicate under stress.  Sounds fun, right?

New Content for Helldivers Now Available

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I really liked the idea of Helldivers and I'm glad to see there's still some activity around the title in the form of new content being released from time-to-time. Today, they've released some new free content titled "Democracy Strikes Back," which includes a new mission type and increases the max rank from 20 to 50, as well as some paid content in the form of new classes.The new mission is called "Retaliatory Strike" and it will send you and your comrades into an enemy base to fight off waves of foes and liberate it. The only difference I can see here between this and the other missions is that it sounds like you'll be fighting enemies more directly in a kind of survival/horde-based fashion, as opposed to achieving set objectives around a map. If you own the game, or purchase it at any point in the future, you'll get this free of charge.For just $2.99 each, you can purchase the new Terrain Specialist and Precision Expert classes. The Terrain Specialist allows you to move across difficult terrain (like swamps and snow) without suffering movement penalties and also comes equipped with a new strategem: Missile Barrage. The Precision Expert reduces the amount of time it takes for stratagems to be called, which is perfect for his new stratagem, the Precision Artillery Strike.

PC Version of Halo 5 a Possibility

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PC Version of Halo 5 a Possibility

This one goes firmly in the rumor category, but a recent interview with Frank O'Connor from 343 made it sound like a PC version of Halo 5: Guardians could happen. So if you don't own an Xbox One, there may be hope you'll have a chance to team up with Locke, Buck, and the rest of the Scooby gang as they hunt down Master Chief.As long-time fans of the series may recall, the original Halo and its sequel both got PC releases while all entries since have been console only titles. That has not stopped folks from clamoring for them to be ported to the PC. Prior to the game's release, Frank O'Connor spoke with GamesRadar about the new title and a part of that discussion included this choice quote:There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on PC... There’s nothing new to announce at this point, but it’s absolutely not out of the bounds of reason. We developed the game on an Intel platform, so it wouldn’t be the hardest thing in the world to move it to PC and take advantage of PC stuff.