Our Weekend In Gaming: A Whole New World

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Our Weekend In Gaming: A Whole New World

Some of the Co-Opticrew (everyone that isn't me) seem to be chugging along quite nicely in their Monster Hunter: World experience, while others (literally just me) can't seem to handle a certain fire-breathing dinosaur who is very much a trash creature with no redeeming qualities.  Either way, most of our plans revolve around exploring and surviving the "New World".Naturally, not everyone is interested in the minutiae of hunting down creatures the size of a Macy's Day float, so we've got a few other things going on as well.  We'll be hacking in Boston, defending an Aegis, and fighting some aliens.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Civ VI, maybe some Monster Hunter."

Second Beta for Metal Gear Survive Kicks Off Today

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If you missed out on the Metal Gear Survive beta last month, good news! You'll have another chance to check out the game's co-op mode for the next few days before its full release on the 20th. Another open beta kicks off today on PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, and will run until Sunday, February 18.The beta will include the same content as the previous one (i.e., three co-op missions, two different maps, daily missions) and will reward everyone who participates with some in-game goodies should they pick up the full game. If you still have the beta installed on your PS4 or Xbox One, then you'll just have to download a patch and you'll be good to go. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly with the beta's launch this time around. Details about the beta can be found over at the official website.Metal Gear Survive launches on February 20 and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Four player online co-op will be supported in the separate horde/survival mode.

Take A Look At Far Cry 5's Guns For Hire In New Trailer

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Look, for most people reading this article, Far Cry 5 will largely be a two-player experience.  You'll be spending a majority of your time with an online pal wreaking havoc on rural Montana, but what's a freedom fighter to do when their partner of choice isn't available?  Easy - call up your friendly neighborhood AI.The game's latest trailer details each of the seven guns-for-hire, including their weaponry, combat style, and some light background snippets.  Check it out below:I'm certainly hoping I won't be calling on my artificial allies too often, but to be fair, they seem like they'd be a solid addition in a pinch.  Who wouldn't want a dang woodland ninja firing arrows at anyone who looks at you the wrong way?

Deep Rock Galactic Hits Early Access This Month

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Ghost Ship Games' Deep Rock Galactic bounced around in a variety of alpha and beta tests last year, and while the title may not be at the "final version" stage, it will be available for all to play starting on February 28. It will be entering Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview simultaneously on that day, so you can pick it up and play on your platform of choice.The title certainly draws inspiration from the Left 4 Dead games, but it adds to it different classes to play and character progression. We had a pretty good time when we played during one of the alpha sessions, and are looking forward to getting our hands on it some more.Deep Rock Galactic enters Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on February 28, 2018. Four player online co-op is supported throughout.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Gets PC Release Date

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Fatshark announced via a Twitch live stream yesterday that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - the follow-up to their successful FPS loot game based in the Warhammer universe - will be arriving on the PC next month. Sharpen your blades, load your muskets, and ready your bows, for Chaos is coming...We got hands on with an early demo (single-player only, unfortunately) of the title last year, and the sequel definitely shows some promise. The ability to customize and specialize your hero should open up new gameplay possibilities when playing with friends, and the addition of the Chaos faction means you'll have to prioritize foes in the midst of combat. Hopefully the improved loot system will make getting new gear less of a chore.Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will release on PC via Steam on March 8, 2018. A PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the title is planned and should be out sometime later this year. Four player drop-in/drop-out online co-op is supported throughout.

New Outbreak Trailer and a Free Weekend for Rainbow 6 Siege

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Season Three for Ubisoft's Rainbow 6 Siege kicks off next month with Operation Chimera and the limited-time co-op event, Outbreak. Before all of that happens, though, you'll have a chance to hop into the game for free and see what's what if you're so inclined.The game has definitely made some strides over the past few years and been kept alive by the competitive gaming scene, but if you're more cooperatively minded, then you can enjoy the game's "Terrorist Hunt" mode. All of that will be available for free starting today on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, though it's worth noting that many of the operators and guns have to be acquired with in-game currency that's earned from playing. The free weekend will end on Tuesday, February 20, but all your progress will carry over into the full game if you decide to pick it up. More information about the free weekend can be found on the official website.If you do decide to stick around, then the aforementioned limited-time co-op event, Outbreak, will officially kick off on March 6. That event will task you and two of your buddies with battling "an extraterrestrial infestation that has turned the locals into horrible creatures."

Arizona Sunshine Set For Physical Release in Europe

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Arizona Sunshine Set For Physical Release in Europe

The PlayStation VR Co-Op zombie-killing title, Arizona Sunshine, will get a physical release (Europe only) on March 21st, 2018. The game has been out only digitally since 2016, but with this new format, more people can jump into this extremely violent to zombies - yet very Co-Op friendly - title. Unfortunately, at the time of writing no price is currently known.Arizona Sunshine has two different Co-Op modes. First, there’s the campaign that can be played solo or with another player online (for a total of 2). The other option for good Co-Op fun is to take up to three other online players into the Horde mode where you endure unending waves of the undead. However, a PlayStation VR Headset is required for all of the players.Thankfully according to the official PlayStation blog, the physical format “will also include the recently released ‘Free DLZ’, adding two big, dynamic maps to Horde mode: the pitch-black Old Mine and the warehouse-turned-underground casino, Undead Valley!” The announcement also makes it clear that player intuitiveness is the goal, meaning you can play with a regular Dual Shock controller if the VR controller isn’t your style.

Aegis Defenders Stream Recap

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Last week, GUTS Entertainment's stylish action/tower defense title, Aegis Defenders, dropped on PlayStation 4, PC, and the Nintendo Switch. We spent a little time showing it off this past Monday evening during our regular Monday night "Let's Play Co-Op" streams, and I can safely say, this is one of the most interesting and visually captivating local co-op titles I've played this year.As this is a local co-op only title, Locke handled the actual playing while I provided the running commentary and thoughts on the game. Most of what's shown off in the recap video is from the first few levels, but I think you'll be able to get a pretty good idea of what the action and gameplay are like. The one aspect that we only begin to touch upon, and I wish we had more time to get into, is the way the tower defense sections play out and how they become more and more puzzle-like as you progress. Later levels introduce new playable characters that have different kinds of attacks, new structures/special objects they can construct, and new fusions that can be made by combining two or more characters' constructs. There's a lot going on during those defense phases and playing single-player vs playing cooperatively definitely changes things up.We'll have a full Co-Op Review early next week, so be sure to check back for our full thoughts!