Killsquad Stream Recap and Early Access Impressions

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Novarama's Killsquad made its debut just ahead of this year's E3, and this week, it's hit Steam Early Access for all to play. Last week, Mike, Jason, and Nick got a little time with the title before it launched into the realm of "early access," and came away impressed.The setup to Killsquad is fairly straightforward: you're part of a band of mercenaries (called "Killsquads") that get hired by "mega corporations" to go out to various planets around the galaxy and raid whatever resources are left. Rather than any form of overarching narrative or storyline, all you'll do is accept a "contract" that puts you on some alien world with a set objective, such as defend a particular point for a set period of time, or take out a "boss" type enemy. The contracts are randomly generated every set number of hours within the game, so you'll see new ones come and go as you play. Once you accept a contract, you'll go to the randomly generated level the game has made and make your way through an area - fighting off enemies and earning experience along the way - until you reach the objective and (ideally) complete it. You'll get some rewards and then be tossed back to the lobby to do it all again.

Super Mario Maker 2 Co-Op Review

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Super Mario Maker 2 Co-Op Review

One of the surprising hits from the end of the Wii U’s lifecycle was Super Mario Maker, a game that challenged the entire Nintendo community to create their own Mario levels and see just how fun, devious, inventive, and cruel they could be. The title caught on quickly and it seemed inevitable that a sequel would arise on the Switch. Lo and behold, Super Mario Maker 2 arrived at the end of June with a few new features added, including making levels cooperatively with a buddy, playing user-made levels offline with up to three friends, and an online/WLAN co-op mode. While making and playing levels is a lot of fun in single-player - and it’s worth picking up the game for those aspects alone - the co-op is severely disappointing.

SuperMassive's Man of Medan Will Feature Two Co-Op Modes

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SuperMassive Games, best known for  Until Dawn, teamed up with publisher Bandai Namco last year and announced a new anthology of titles that would be in that same "interactive drama horror" genre. The full anthology is referred to as "The Dark Pictures Anthology" and the first of these, Man of Medan, is slated for a release at the end of August, and it was recently revealed that the game will feature two different co-op modes to enjoy with friends.

PROTOCORE

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We've added PROTOCORE for the PC to our database of Co-Op games!

Borderlands 3 Will Have A Number of Co-Op QoL Improvements

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A few weeks ago, we hopped into the "Commander Lilith and the Fight for Sanctuary" DLC that was released for Borderlands 2. The DLC acts as a bridge between the end of Borderlands 2 and the forthcoming Borderlands 3. As we played, we noted that while the looting and shooting is still pretty fun, the game definitely feels like a title released seven years ago and hoped there would be some quality-of-life changes for the next entry in the series. Good news, minion! Sounds like there will be.In addition to the general gameplay improvements Gearbox has made (such as sliding/mantling, better gunplay, and "combat arenas), the team has also focused on some key cooperative improvements. Alongside enemies and loot scaling to each player's level so you can play with buddies regardless of how high/low their level may be, Borderlands 3 will also include the following co-op friendly features:Those are all some nice additions/improvements to the game and a good way to ensure you can still play with friends even if they're not actively playing at the moment.

Amazon Prime Day GeForce Deals on Video Cards and Laptops are Here

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Amazon Prime Day GeForce Deals on Video Cards and Laptops are Here

NVidia has sent over their list of GeForce themed deals on Amazon for the annual "Prime Day" sale. This year there's a ton of great offers if you're in the market for a new gaming laptop or card - with savings over $500 on certain items. This is a limited time sale and you must be an Amazon Prime member to get the special pricing.Remember signing up for Prime gets you special access to Twitch as well as free shipping on millions of products.  Try Twitch Prime and get yourself a Laptop deal below.GeForce Laptop Deals

Our Weekend In Gaming: J'accuse!

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Our Weekend In Gaming: J'accuse!

The Co-Opticrew has fought back!  My recent admonishment of their predictability did not go unnoticed, and y'all... I am paying for it.  Never mind the French jabs or the annoying weekend plans, it's the little things I can't get over.  It's the staring, the water cooler whispering, the "accidental" tossing of my packed lunches into the trash.  I can't take it anymore!  Play as many space-looters as you want, you dang philistines.  Just leave me out of it.Those of us who have remained civilized throughout this whole affair have other plans, ranging from level creation to force manipulation.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "D&D Tonight, Destiny 2 this weekend."

In Case You Missed It: Riverbond Launch Trailer

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Riverbond, the Minecraft-esque voxel aesthetic and 4-player co-op title that features top-down combat and exploration in the vein of Diablo, was released back on June 9th; right before the video game holiday week known as E3. In case you missed the fun, charming trailer that features a watermelon warrior, you can watch it below before snagging Riverbond on PS4, Xbox One and PC now.While you can check out the launch trailer below for gameplay, the official site for Riverbond boasts; “Action-adventure, Hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, Single player or 1-4 players Couch co-op (drop-in/out), Hand-crafted levels with 8 unique Worlds, Destructible voxel environments, Awesome real-time physics, Over 50 melee weapons and guns, Unlock new playable skins [and] Adorable enemies and Deadly Bosses!” which gives players a lot to look forward to. However, I will absolutely be playing that Watermelon warrior instead of checking out any other skins, thanks.Will you be leaping into the explosive, voxel world of Riverbond or is your love of fiendish fruit hindered by the summer heat? Let us know in the comments below!

Stranger Things 3: The Game Receives Launch Trailer

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First teased during a Nintendo Direct a few months ago, Stranger Things 3: The Game has received an official launch trailer to accompany the release of the game and the third season of the show. While the show is a Netflix exclusive, the game can be found on the Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.Stranger Things season 3 was released July 4th on Netflix as a complete season, meaning that if you have found yourself (like me) sitting quietly on the couch at the tail-end of a waffle-powered binge, this game may be just what you need in order to help you along on the road to post-binge recovery. Have you had your fill of video games based on television shows, or is this exactly what you needed to get you through your post-season blues? Let us know in the comments below!