Astroneer Stream Recap and Impressions

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System Era Softworks' "sandbox adventure" game, Astroneer, is finally out of Early Access today and hits full 1.0! For this week's "Let's Play Co-Op," we decided to hop back in and kick the tires (and dig some holes underneath said tires).Before recapping our stream, a brief story about my experience with Astroneer prior to our Monday night stream. When Astroneer first hit Steam Early Access back in 2016, I sunk some time into it; 18 hours of time, to be exact. My goal? Dig a hole straight through a small planet so that I could hop into it on one side of the planet, and the planet's gravity would result in shooting me out the other side before it then pulled me back down through the same hole and I'd go back out the original side. It was a dumb goal, but it seemed entirely do-able.

The Division 2 Private Beta Kicks Off Tomorrow

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By the end of March, we will not be in short supply of "loot shooters." Destiny 2 has seen a resurgence thanks to the "Forsaken" expansion and the steady roll-out of content ever since, Bioware's Anthem drops in just a couple weeks, and Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is just a month away from hitting the scene. If the latter's more "realistic" take on the genre (i.e., you're not shooting lasers or flying around in mech suits), and want to check it out before March 15, then you've got a little bit of time to try and get into the Private Beta that starts tomorrow.There's an official sign up page over on the Division 2 website where you can sign in with your Uplay account and then click a button to enter for your chance to get an invite. Your guaranteed way to get in is to pre-order the game, which they will oh so kindly point out, but informed decisions are the best decisions so, personally, I say roll the dice to see if just signing up gets you in before tossing down $60.

Crackdown 3 Launch Trailer Has a Couple of Explosions in It

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Crackdown 3's release is just 9 days away, and to celebrate, we now have the official launch trailer for a game that was originally announced in 2015. Don't expect any radical differences here between the previous two games - you still have a powerful "Agent" that takes on gangs of enemies in a neon filled city given free reign to blow up and shoot up everything in sight.But there's some sad news on the co-op front. One thing we've learned is the game has scaled back from it's four player co-op to just two - something only discovered recently thanks to the official Xbox Store listing.The trailer itself gives you a bit of the back story and shows off plenty of the game's destructive technology. Is it as impressive as what we saw back in 2015? Perhaps not. But damn if this doesn't look like a good time.

Overcooked! 2 Celebrates The Chinese New Year With More Free DLC

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The popular chef'em'up, Overcooked! 2, has been pumping out that sweet, sweet content since its release back in August of last year, and that wonderful tradition continues today.Ghost Town Games has themed this new, free DLC around celebrating the Chinese New Year, with new kitchens and chefs styled as such.  In case you thought chopping food while being chased by a Chinese Dragon wasn't enough of a culinary challenge, the update also brings in a brand new mechanic, the wok.  I guess I can finally know what it feels like to cook up a stir fry while subsumed in mortal terror.Today's final addition takes the form of a brand new Survival Mode, which should be available in all current levels.  Instead of receiving a score with each successful dish, Survival Mode adds time back onto the clock, meaning every order gives you a few more moments to scream at your friends for leaving uncooked steak on the floor.

The Adorable Melbits World Is Out On February 5th

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On February 5th, the cutest of internet creatures will be gracing us with their presence thanks to the PlayStation 4 exclusive, Melbits World.  As everyone knows, Melbits are responsible for maintaining good vibes on the World Wide Web, but they can't do it alone!  You and up to three friends must do your part in ensuring these lil' cuties get where they're needed most (like fan forums and YouTube comment sections, presumably).You'll do so not with the standard DualShock controller, but with your own personal cellular phone.  Using the PlayLink app, you'll morph and adjust each of the game's 36 levels to help each Melbit overcome various obstacles.  See everything in action in the game's launch trailer, below:Melbits World is meant to be accessible to both veteran and aspiring gamers.  While I have no doubt the game would be fun to folks of any age, it seems especially well-suited to families with younger children who are just starting to dip their toes into the delights of the gaming world.  If you're interested in checking Melbits World out, just keep in mind that its co-op gameplay is only available locally, so you can't relive your Lemmings nostalgia with friends across the country.

Dauntless Will Shift to Epic Games Store for Cross-Platform Play

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Dauntless Will Shift to Epic Games Store for Cross-Platform Play

This past December, Phoenix Labs revealed that they would be bringing their co-op action-RPG, Dauntless, to consoles sometime in 2019. They teased at the time their vision of "One Dauntless," where the game would support full cross-platform play and progression. It seems that they will achieve that vision thanks to Epic's recently revamped Games Store.Cross-platform progression is a major selling point these days as players find themselves shifting between different platforms depending on a variety of factors (e.g., kids on the TV, or partner using the computer). Being able to pick up and play regardless of what console/platform you're on is a great situation. More and more players, too, want to be able to enjoy games with friends without being tied to a specific console or the PC, so cross-platform play is also an ideal scenario. Despite the way the "Save the World" mode of Fortnite has, to some degree, fallen by the wayside in favor of the far more popular Battle Royale, it's hard to ignore the impact that PvP mode has had in shifting things towards that direction.

No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again Co-op Review

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No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again Co-op Review

No More Heroes has made a name for itself in video games with it’s own stylized ultraviolence, quick and cheesy dialogue, and the self-aware 4th wall breaking characters who seem just a bit too self-aware for their own world. The latest installment in the franchise, No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again continues this tradition, but a second player can now come crashing in on the action resulting in a new type of experience.

Our Weekend In Gaming: A Delicious Concoction

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Our Weekend In Gaming: A Delicious Concoction

The Co-Opticrew has delivered quite the concoction of weekend plans this time around, with a wide array of aesthetics, mechanics, and settings.  It's honestly kind of exciting to know that while I explore the remnants of a (relatively) near-future space station, Locke will be groovin' down with the two coolest dudes in the galaxy.  Meanwhile, Marc will be battling monsters and reading the Middlest of English dialogue.  Gaming's pretty wild these days, huh?Jason Love (@JLove55) - "I'll be grinding my way through crucible matches in Destiny 2 to further a quest for an exotic I likely won't use a lot but I just really like, putting in a bit of time with the Anthem demo, and chilling with Astroneer in preparation for our Monday night 'Let's Play Co-op' stream."Mike Katsufrakis (@Pheriannath) - "I’ll spend most of my time in Elder Scrolls Online, but I’m also really enjoying the Resident Evil 2 remake!"