Feel Like A Small Fry With Grounded's New Story Trailer

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Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming adventure survival game, Grounded, is almost ready for the big (little) leagues.  It's headed for an Early Access release later this summer, which will give the developers a chance to make some final tweaks and additions based on player input.In the time since Grounded's original announcement during Microsoft's XO19 show, we've had plenty of opportunities to ponder on what exactly you'll be doing in a game-ified version of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  Luckily, the newly released story trailer is shedding some much-needed light on the arc Grounded will take, culminating in a potentially surprising reveal.  If you have a couple minutes to spare (and really, who doesn't right now), the trailer can be found below.Personally, I tend to enjoy survival games with a defined objective in sight.  There's certainly nothing wrong with the genre's more open-ended titles, but I find myself drifting away from the experience without at least a little guidance.  Grounded's ultimate goal of making your character not be so dang small is enticingly presented right from the beginning, and there should be some nice twists along the way.

Green Hell Gets Co-Op Mode, Remove Leeches is the New Revival Mechanic

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Survival game Green Hell has been a single player experience up until now, with a planned co-op mode coming at some point. Well that point is now and co-op is here in grand fashion as players work together surviving the jungle, avoiding panthers, and removing leeches from each other.Four players can enjoy Green Hell together. The game is currently on sale for 25% off on PC. Console versions are planned for this year. 

Risk of Rain 2 Gets new Content on All Platforms

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Risk of Rain 2 Gets new Content on All Platforms

Risk of Rain 2, the action co-op rogue-like game has seen a steady stream of content patches since it hit early access and release last Spring. Let's look at what's changed.Up first is the console "Hidden Realms" update which focuses on Stages and Pickups for your characters as well a new player character called the Acrid. The full roadmap for console content is listed below.PC player got their own update last week, a huge update called "The Artifacts" which features a brand new system to the game. Artifacts are touted as the biggest feature that will change the replayability to the game. In addition to these new feature there have been new stages, UI updates, new music, and new skill variants added.

Co-Op RTS DwarfHeim Announced

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From Norway, today Pineleaf Studio and Merge Games have announced a brand new co-op real-time strategy game called DwarfHeim for PC. The game focuses on city building and defense against hordes of nasty trolls and rival dwarven clans with a focus on working together with your teammates to succeed.As you can see by the last bullet point there, the game offers a unique feature to really encourage folks to play together. Called Friend-Pass only one player is required to actually own the game so everyone can join in on the fun.The hook appears to be different distinct roles to play as - miners, warriors, builders. These classes depend on each other and actually seem to work different levels of the map - for instance - the miners appear to actually be underground while the builders are on the surface building defensive structures for the warriors to occupy. 

DwarfHeim

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

Biped Coming To PlayStation 4 On April 8th

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Adorable co-op puzzler, Biped, wobbled itself onto PC in March of this year, leaving console gamers pining for their chance to guide the game's cute lil' robots.  As it so happens, the wait is already almost over, as the game is releasing on PlayStation 4 tomorrow (April 8th).Biped is a family-friendly game focusing on what the developer describes as "moment-to-moment collaboration between two players."  In it, two robots are tasked with traveling to Earth and restoring beacons scattered throughout the wilds.  This Earth isn't quite like the one we're familiar with, though.  Biped imagines a planet uninhabited by humans, leaving the flora and fauna with the run of place.  Take a deeper look at what you'll be doing in the gameplay trailer found below:I love a good physics puzzler, and what better time could there be to explore the Earth's forests and jungles?  Plus, gameplay seems light enough that the experience should be relatively relaxing (depending on your co-op partner, of course).

HyperParasite Is Out Now

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Looking to scratch the twin-stick shooter itch from being inside all the time? Then look no further than HyperParasite, a new action game from Trologbytes Games. The hook? You play as an alien parasite capable of infecting other NPCs and controlling them in a retro 80's meets cyberpunk style setting.unique twist on the genre; jump from one host body to anotherOver 60 (SIXTY!) different characters to control as host bodies

Our Weekend In Gaming: Self-Isolation Blues

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Self-Isolation Blues

The days are starting to blend together here at Co-Optimus HQ, but based on my series of chalk lines homemade calendar, I think the weekend is about to start.  There was a small blip of game releases that happened a few weeks ago, and it seems that the Co-Opticrew is trying to wring every last morsel of entertainment out of them.  Hard times, indeed.For what I assume will be the next two days, we'll be finishing up our time on Mars, re-living our Yakuza escapades, and enjoying the cardboard side of gaming.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "I want to wrap up DOOM Eternal, continue my Rock career in Rocksmith, and dive into the Pacific campaign in Sudden Strike 4."

Fury Unleashed Is Out This May

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After an extensive five-year development journey (three of which were spent in Early Access), developer Awesome Games Studio is finally ready to, uh, unleash its creation upon the world.  Fury Unleashed, an action/platformer/roguelike played out over a series of procedurally generated comic book panels, will enter its final form on May 8th.The world isn't likely to change significantly in the time until release, so Fury Unleashed should be a perfect way to escape the drudgery of everyday isolation.  Its art style, which I can really only categorize as "brutal", complements the combo-focused gameplay quite well.  As always, though, you don't need to take my word for it.  Check out the trailer below for a more enticing glimpse.Plus, with Fury Unleashed's two player local co-op, you'll have the perfect excuse to hang out with your quarantine partner, assuming your relationship isn't in proximity-related tatters.  Each "stage" of your run occurs on a single panel, so you won't need to worry about characters getting separated.