Battle Skaven and Chaos Forces in Vermintide 2

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Last month, Fatshark confirmed/teased that yes, indeed, a new Vermintide was in the works. Yesterday, we finally got a bit more info on what's new/different with Warhammer: Vermintide 2. Specifically, a new hero is being added, there are different "career paths" from which you can choose for your hero of choice, and some new enemies have entered the fray: the forces of Chaos.Based on some of the new info that Fatshark is putting out about the game, Vermintide 2 certainly sounds like it's shaping up to be a better game than the original... and that was already a pretty good four player co-op title. The fact more defined character progression - with the ability to choose a (for now) vaguely defined "career path" that affects your abilities and loadouts in addition to the new talent tree - is a part of this sequel is enough to make me interested. On top of that, they're also tweaking the loot system to provide more relevant loot for your character.No release date has been given for Vermintide 2, just that it will be out sometime "Q1 2018." The title is available for pre-order on Steam, which gets you a 10% discount off the usual $30 price, access to the beta when it goes up (next year, I'm guessing), and the next DLC for original Vermintide: "Death on the Reik."

Warframe Plains of Eidolon Stream Recap

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Last week, the regular Monday night Co-Opticrew dove back into Warframe to see what had changed since the last time they ran around in it, and also to get ready for the "Plains of Eidolon" update that arrived last Thursday. This week, Mike and Jason did a quick tour of the Plains, before things got a little hectic.Apologies in advance for the break in the middle where my kid decided to not only not sleep, but also to make a messy diaper. Parenthood is great, but there are some times...Anyways, Mike and I both are really enjoying the new update and it's great to see Digital Extremes try something new with the four year old game. It's not without some issues, like having to run back to the city to turn in a completed bounty and pick up a new one, but on the whole, it's something I'd like to see done with more of the planets in the game. Having a central city/hub area and an open zone for players to run around in is pretty different from the rest of the game and offers up some variety from the usual mission grind.

Surprise! The First Mario And Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC Is Out

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Surprise! The First Mario And Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC Is Out

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a match made in heaven, if heaven was some sort of madman's laboratory in France.  Despite a bit of understandable confusion when the game was first announced, it was met with delight when it released back in August.  Between the tight "X-COM lite" gameplay and playful interpretation of the Mario universe, there was a lot to love.Now, wouldn't you know it, Ubisoft is planning to capitalize on its positive reception by releasing the game's first DLC, the "Ultra Challenge Pack".  There's some single player content in there, which revolves around a few extra difficult levels for you to sink your teeth into.  More importantly, though, the DLC contains "Cataclysm Kerfuffle", a two player local co-op campaign consisting of five new maps, each with their own harder version to unlock.The "Ultra Challenge Pack" can be purchased on its own or as part of the game's Season Pass. If you feel like picking the Pass up (or already had it), know that the next content drop is aimed for January 16th of next year and will focus more on the game's story.  Along with those two sets of levels, the Season Pass also contains sets of Pixel and Steampunk weapons for each character.  Who wouldn't want a gun called the "Boom Broom"?

Check out Spintires: MudRunner in Action

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We're a couple weeks away from Spintires: MudRunner getting unleashed upon the world, and Focus Home and Saber Interactive want to ensure everyone knows there's more to do than just hitting your friend's vehicle with a log. The latest trailer for the revamped version of the curious mud/terrain deformation simulator shows off the larger sandbox map, a wider array of vehicles, and, yes, mud.Spintires: MudRunner will release on October 31, 2017 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will support four player online co-op.

Rogue Trooper Redux Arrives Today

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Rebellion's Rogue Trooper Redux, the remastered version of their 2006 release, is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Need a refresher on what this game is all about? The new launch trailer should cover you there.Rogue Trooper Redux supports four player online co-op in two separate co-op modes: Stronghold and Progression. Players assume the role of one of the four squadmates - Rogue, Helm, Bagman, and Gunner - and play through a series of maps with the goal of holding out for as long as possible (Stronghold) or completing objectives to advance (Progression). Campaign co-op is not supported.

Join Us For Extra Life 2017!

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Join Us For Extra Life 2017!

"Hate" is a strong word, and I only use it for things I absolutely despise. One of the things that I hate is seeing kids in the hospital with life threatening illnesses or injuries. I bet you hate that, too. Well, you can help. Co-Optimus is gathering a team of gamers to participate in Extra Life for the sixth straight year, and we invite you to join in on the fundraising! A Children's Miracle Network Hospital of your choice will receive all of the donations you raise on your page, and you get to play video games for an entire day!Play games and help kids? That's basically the definition of win-win. My trusty old Webster dictionary even says so. Well, okay, maaaybe I wrote it in the margin, but seriously, fundraising doesn't get much better than this.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Robots Of Yesteryear

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Robots Of Yesteryear

Another weekend, another set of co-op plans for you to peruse.  Warframe appears to have snuck into our hearts in the days since we last met, what with its new "open world" and "cyborg ninjas".  Psh.  I remember when we took coffee black, our levels linear, and our ninjas thoroughly human, and we liked it.  I mean, sure, maybe we occasionally wished for broader choices and a couple laser arms, but we knew our place as consumers.  We'd get our sweet exploration/robot karate games when the developers were good and ready.Anyway, enough reminiscing.  This weekend, we've also got iron banners, cupped heads, and warring gears.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Raiden V: Director's Cut on PC and Warframe."

Destiny’s Xbox Add-Ons Are Here!...After The Sequel

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Destiny’s Xbox Add-Ons Are Here!...After The Sequel

If you’re one of the many players enjoying the beautiful Bungie - Activision love child that is Destiny 2, chances are you were unaware that the ORIGINAL Destiny just had a major content drop on Xbox One and Xbox 360. All of the gear, maps, strikes and so on that Sony paid to keep exclusive are now available on Xbox One and 360… Just in time for the sequel.The original Destiny launched in 2014 across Xbox One, 360, PS4 and PS3. It was reviewed by our own Nick, Jason and Mike who gave it a 4 out of 5 for both the overall game and co-op. They praised its use as a foundation to be improved upon with Nick saying “You need to examine the potential a game has to see if it's worth your almighty dollar. Destiny is ripe with potential and Bungie has rarely not delivered. The first set of content and changes are already live. But based on what's there now, it might be tough to hold gamers' attentions long enough until it reaches that state.”

Mass Effect: Andromeda On Its Way To EA And Origin Access

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Mass Effect: Andromeda On Its Way To EA And Origin Access

Mass Effect: Andromeda was... well, let's say it wasn't particularly well received when it first hit back in March of this year.  Nevertheless, BioWare put in a good amount of work to address the issues levied at it upon initial release, and now, they're hoping to entice gamers back into the ME universe by making it available to play on both EA and Origin Access sometime in the near future.In case you're unfamiliar with the Access programs, they're subscription-based services available on both Xbox One in the form of EA Access and PC in the form of Origin Access.  You plop down a few bucks a month (or a discounted amount for a year), and have access to a number of titles in EA's library.Now, back to Andromeda.  I don't suspect players will be returning in droves to try it out, especially with a heavy release window upon us, but for what it's worth, the game does offer four player online co-op.  If you and a few friends happen to have subscriptions to either service (or picked up the game prior to this), it's certainly worth trying out.  Think of it as a pre-pre-Alpha for BioWare's upcoming 2018 release, Anthem.