Outward Stream Recap

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We had a chance to dip our toes into Outward, an open-world survival RPG from the Canadian developer Nine Dots Studio. It is an impressive feat from a small team who has created a charming and atmospheric game that feels wildly unique.We spent an hour in the starting area in the game, and cover merely the tip of the iceberg as this game has a bunch to offer. Beginning in an open-world and taking quests, exploring, gaining loot; the typical cycle of a role playing game. Where the game really sets itself apart is integrating survival mechanics into the gameplay flow. Before setting out on a journey you will need to prepare food, water, clothing, and supplies. Reviewing the map to determine where you'll be heading and what you'll need along the way is key to survival. Is there access to food, water, or shelter? As backspace space is limited, making tough decisions on what to bring is imperative.The survival stuff is likely the thing that players will be most divisive on. Some people hate this sort of thing and see it as an interruption of game flow. However, I find it adds to the immersion of the game and honestly the micromanagement is pretty easy to do, and simply takes a bit of thinking and preparation.

Our Weekend In Gaming: NERDS

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Our Weekend In Gaming: NERDS

While most of the Co-Opticrew is spending the weekend doing cool stuff like playing video games and board games, some of us will be really nerdin' it up with some Dungeons and Dragons.  I mean, honestly, who would want to spend a few hours a week hanging out with their friends, having a good time, rolling dice, and collectively telling a dope story?  Certainly not me.Us non-nerds have a load of inherently cool plans this weekend, like slaying huge monsters in a video game, escaping the underworld in a video game, and comparing different tiers of toboggans in a video game.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Division 2 and the new Conan game, Conan: Unconquered."

Dauntless Stream Recap and Updated Impressions

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It's been almost two years since we first wrote up some early impressions of Phoenix Labs' Dauntless, and there have been a number of updates and improvements in that time. The biggest, of course, is the recent release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with cross-play/cross-progression between BOTH of those consoles (whaaaaaaaaat?!) and the PC version. Mike, Nick, and Jason hopped back into the game this week to see how things are looking in the world of the Shattered Isles.

Rune II

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

A New Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Announced, Coming in October

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Activision and Infinity Ward today announced their latest entry in to the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.  Wait you say! That game came out in 2007! Don't be confused, this is a brand new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reimagined from the ground up - and a return to having a full fledged story based campaign for Call of Duty after skipping it last year.“This is an all-new Modern Warfare reimagined in every way,” said Dave Stohl, co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred. Players will join a varied cast of international special forces and freedom fighters in gripping and heart-pounding missions through iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East. It’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for our fans to play this October.”So while the trailer teases returns of fan favorite characters, it appears the storyline will be modernized and likely contain new missions. Along with the campaign players will get PvP multiplayer and "co-op experiences." Could we see the return of the Spec-Ops mode from Modern Warfare 3?

Outward Co-op Review

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Outward Co-op Review

I stood on a mountain, my partner beside me, looking out across the land. I had just escaped a narrow death at the hands (paws?) of large dog-like foes and the only thought I had was “Well, now what?” This was not the first time and it would not be the last as Outward drops the player into a game world, shrugs its shoulders, and leaves the player(s) to their own devices, for better or worse; it is almost always, unfortunately, for the worse.