Our Weekend In Gaming: Pumpkin Spice Loot Drops

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Pumpkin Spice Loot Drops

With fall(ish) weather beginning to approach in earnest, the Co-Opticrew has settled into some familiar rhythms.  Maybe it's the tiny bit of nip in the air, or maybe it's the slight orange tinge of the trees, but either way, we've decided now's the perfect time to transition into a few of this year's heavier game releases.Specifically, we'll be spending the weekend exploring Pandora, throwing on our LEGO disguises, and looting 'til the cows come home.  Check it out!Jason Love (@JLove55) - "Having finally reached 'Mayhem Mode' in Borderlands 3, I'll be looting and shooting to see how well this thing holds up in the endgame."

Borderlands 3 Stream Recap and Early Impressions

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Gearbox has finally released Borderlands 3 upon the world, so Mike, Nick, and I sat down and played through a little bit of it this past Monday for our regular "Let's Play Co-Op" stream. It's definitely more Borderlands, but there have been a few updates/improvements that have made it fun to play, at least.WARNING - there are story spoilers starting around the 7:45 mark in the video, and MAJOR spoilers starting around the 37:00 mark. If you're trying to avoid any of that stuff, then just tune in for the first seven minutes or so when we discuss the co-op options and a few other improvements. If you don't care (or have already experienced the story for yourself), then you can enjoy all of our hijinx.

Buyer Beware - Couch Co-Op Issues Plague Borderlands 3 on PS4

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Borderlands 3 launched last week and it seems it may have needed a few more minutes in the oven to get that fine, squishy texture we all love from the delicious dessert. We've been getting a few reader tips and various outlets are reporting of technical and performance issues plaguing all versions of the game.That said, IGN has shown in a video some serious issues that specifically plague the PlayStation 4 version of the game and its split-screen couch co-op mode. Everything from framerate issues, textures not loading, unreadable text and hitches in the action can make the game almost unplayable. Check out this video.Our own staff has been playing the PC version of the game and have found similar issues when the action really heats up. Eurogamer's Digital Foundry took a look at all versions of the game and have come to the same conclusion - there's some serious performance issues here.

Our Weekend In Gaming: Everything's On Fire!

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Everything's On Fire!

The Co-Opticrew seems to have gotten a tiny case of pyromania this weekend.  Nearly everything we're playing revolves around fire, from emblems to ashes to rings (of the "rule them all" variety).  I highly doubt we'll be doing much with actual, physical fire, but you never know.  If you hear any fire alarms going off in the next few days... maybe check back here and make sure we're okay.When we're not playing with flames, we'll be fending off hordes, looting an infinite variety of guns, and edge camping our friends.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Gears 5 is in my future."

Free Content Arrives Today for Remnant: From the Ashes

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Free Content Arrives Today for Remnant: From the Ashes

The first and second free content updates for Gunfire Games' Remnant: From the Ashes arrive today to give you more reasons (wait, you needed more?) to check out this excellent third-person action RPG. In addition to a new Earth dungeon that will randomly be shuffled into the mix each time you start/re-roll a campaign, you can check out all there is to offer in the different worlds of Remnant without having to start a new campaign thanks to the new Adventure Mode.There's a lot to discover within Remnant, which is one of the main appeals for me, but if, like me, you also don't want to miss out on anything, then the Adventure Mode is made for you (and me). The idea is that you can create a new dynamically generated instance of just one world (Earth, Rhom, or Yaesha, to start), and play through all of that up to, and including, the World Boss without having to start a new campaign. Your existing campaign progress isn't affected by this Adventure, but you do get to keep all the things (including scrap, materials, weapons, gear, mods, traits, and experience) you acquired from that Adventure. This mode can be accessed from the "World Stone" in Ward 13 by going to "World Settings" and then choosing "Adventure Mode."

River City Girls Interview

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River City Girls Interview

A new entry in the River City (aka Kunio-Kun) franchise arrived last week on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. River City Girls puts players into the shoes of Kyoko and Misako - the girlfriends of the usual series' protagonists, Kunio and Riki - as they attempt to track down whoever kidnapped their boyfriends and curb stomp them into oblivion. We spoke with the game's developer, WayForward, about this new entry in a series, how they approached the co-op aspects, and more!

SteelSeries Has Solved The Switch Headphone Problem

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If you’re like me, there are times when you take your Nintendo Switch with you and get ready to play, only to remember you packed your headphones in another place. This leads to digging into said place, finding the (likely tangled) headphones you want, and then untangling the cords before diving into your favorite game. However, SteelSeries is claiming to have solved this problem with the Arctis 1, the first fully wireless gaming headset for the Nintendo Switch that is now available on their website for $99.99.While the Nintendo Switch is where I am in most dire need of a wireless gaming headset, the Arctis 1 also works with Android devices, PC, and PlayStation 4. The USB C transmitter can easily be plugged into any device that supports that connection, and there is an included USB to USB C converter for PlayStation 4 and PC users. SteelSeries’ website also shows the headset can be used with the Xbox One, but it must be plugged into the Xbox One controller, which nullifies the wirelessness of the product.Does this help solve a problem that has plagued you since the Nintendo Switch’s release, or do you not mind carrying wired headphones when you game on the go? Let us know in the comments below!

New Dying Light 2 Info On Map Size

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In a new interview about the sequel to the zombie-smashing hit Dying Light, Dying Light 2, Techland's Chief Technology Officer Pawel Rohleder nonchalantly informed the world that the upcoming game will feature a map four times the size of the original’s. Fans of the first game will recall that its map was separated into two districts, so this news is nothing but exciting as we look forward to (re)killing the undead when Dying Light 2 is released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in 2020.Without an official release date yet, Dying Light 2 has remained tantalizing through the constant trickle of information we’ve received. The dynamic world that changes with the choices you make and the involvement of popular video game writer Chris Avellone both sound great alone, but seeing them as the tip of the iceberg makes one wonder what else is in store. If you haven’t played the first game, we gave it a 4 out of 5 for both overall gameplay and co-op, stating that, “Dying Light is a fun game and does a lot well, it is a great start to the year and should definitely be played with some friends.” That review can be found in full here.Will you be assembling some fancy weapons to smash the smushy heads of the undead, or do only practice parkour around the office and with your non-gaming friends? Let us know in the comments below!

Unrailed! Is Out Now In Early Access

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Dust off those train conductor hats, folks, cause Unrailed! has slammed into Steam's Early Access program like a caboose with the brakes cut.  That's probably too extreme a metaphor for someone uploading an executable to a website, but allow me to explain.  I very rarely get to talk about train-themed video games without my eyes glazing over a little, so I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity.Unrailed! tasks its players with scrambling around a miniature map to gather resources, clear obstacles, and lay down track for a train that stops for absolutely nothing.  The goal, by and large, is to get said train safely from one station to the next, with breaks offered between each level to take a breather and carefully choose some minor upgrades.  You can see all this in action in the game's original release date trailer, below:All in all, Unrailed! bears a lot of similarities to its cooperative brethren, Overcooked! (including an insistence on including exclamation marks in the title).  The constantly morphing map should offer a nice twist on the formula, though, and the game should easily be able to distinguish itself further over its time in Early Access.

LOTR: Adventure Card Game Stream Recap and Impressions

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The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game (formerly The Living Card Game) saw its full release on the PC a couple weeks ago, so for this week's "Let's Play Co-Op" stream, Tally and Jason dove in to see how this interpretation fairs against the tabletop version.Quick disclaimer/correction: in the video recap below, I mention that the game is out on the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It IS out on the PC and Mac, but it got delayed (again) on the consoles. There's no current release date for the console versions.In our stream, we go through an entire Encounter to show off how a typical play session goes with this. These Encounters can vary in length (between 30 minutes to an hour), and require a decent amount of cooperation between players. You can't see the other player's cards but you can assist one another by playing cards on the other player's characters, heal their characters, and more.