Killing Floor 2’s Brings Season’s Beatings

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The Killing Floor 2: Season’s Beatings bundle is available until January 18th, bringing elves, bad Santa's, weapons and maps all down your chimney for another couple weeks. Also, Gary Busey appears to do voice work as Santa, meaning this may just be the best Christmas gift anyone has ever recieved - ever. If you don’t believe in Santa, that’s ok; Gary Busey also voices the Trader on Santa’s Workshop Map, so you will still be able to enjoy the gift of Gary.The update went live December 4th and continues until January 18th, so now that Santa has had a chance to climb into his sleigh, now is your chance to hop in and slay. While the update does add some super fun additions (with a full list here) it also brings a number of tweaks and fixes, which is always a great stocking-stuffer alongside the gift of ultraviolence.Killing Floor 2 and the Season’s Beatings is available for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC now. Will you be (Santa) suiting up and getting ready to head out and knock in some heads, or have you had enough of the holidays and find yourself looking forward to spring? Let us know in the comments below!

Our Weekend In Gaming: New Year, Same Crew

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Our Weekend In Gaming: New Year, Same Crew

It's a full house in the first "Weekend in Gaming" post of 2019!  The Co-Opticrew was just dying to discuss their plans for this weekend, and I'm contractually obligated to pass them on to you.  So, enjoy this novella-length post of gaming, painting, and hanging.Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Destiny 2 and Zelda on the Switch."Jason Love (@JLove55) - "I'm getting sucked back into Destiny 2 and continuing my grind to a power level that's sufficiently high enough that I can play the new content that was added last month because OF COURSE it makes sense to make new content that requires people to power grind to play it. Aside from that, starting up a playthrough of Red Dead Redemption 2 with the missus as we both love Westerns, and occasionally dipping into Super Smash Bros Ultimate to further grow my spirits collection."

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Co-Op Review

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas Co-Op Review

The latest game in the “toys to life” genre twists the formula: the toys aren’t required at all! Starlink: Battle for Atlas gives gamers the choice to play digital only, or with the (admittedly) very nice toys. Underneath the shiny ships, weapons, and pilots, there’s a very fun open world exploration game to be found. Starlink is a great way to pass the time with a friend, and younger gamers especially will enjoy it.

New Blazing Chrome Gameplay Video Highlights the Contra-Style Action

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JoyMasher's upcoming side-scrolling shooter, Blazing Chrome, looks to be all-set to scratch that Contra itch you've got (sorry, no cream for that). The latest gameplay trailer shows off most of one of the title's levels and watching this thing in action really makes me eager to get my hands on it "sometime 2019."While the gameplay footage is single-player only, there is one particular thing of note in this footage: the three difficulties, Easy, Normal, and Hardcore. Depending on which difficulty you choose, you'll notice some changes to the number of lives with which you start, and whether you'll be able to save your progress or not. Easy gives you 7 lives, the ability to save, and something called "support capsules." Normal starts you with 5 lives and the ability to save, but no support capsules. Hardcore appears to be the most Contra-like experience with only 3 lives and 3 continue credits (no saves). You can also play the game in "mirror mode" so you're going right-to-left instead of left-to-right.Blazing Chrome is set for a release "soon" on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Two player couch co-op is supported throughout the campaign.

Two LEGO Lord of the Rings Games Delisted from Digital Marketplaces

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Two LEGO Lord of the Rings Games Delisted from Digital Marketplaces

Happy 2019 everyone! Hope folks enjoyed their holidays and are ready for another exciting year in gaming. Let's kick things off with some joy- oh... well, err... ok, some not happy news. It appears that LEGO: The Lord of the Rings and LEGO: The Hobbit have both been removed from digital stores on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. No more digital hobbitses...As with any game that uses some licensed property, the cost to maintain those licenses (and therefore the rights to sell a game that uses them) vs the amount of income those games bring in is tricky. Last year, the remasters of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and its sequel (both of which had some issues) were pulled from marketplaces without much notice or explanation. Presumably this was due to Activision deciding to just give up the license once and for all, or perhaps a little negotiating was done in order to pave the way for the recently announced third installment in the series coming to the Switch sometime this year.

Earth Defense Force 5 Co-Op Review

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Earth Defense Force 5 Co-Op Review

The long-running Earth Defense Force series is well-loved (by those in the know) for its low-budget sci-fi thrills and amazingly addictive co-op gameplay. Heck, I even played an Xbox 360 entry with this site's founder as an initiation way back in 2011. Though the series has since become exclusive to PlayStation and PC, it continues to deliver unique and addictive cooperative action. The latest PlayStation 4 installment, Earth Defense Force 5, lives up to the legacy.

Lots of Content Coming to Monster Hunter: World Next Year

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The Capcom team certainly has been busy this past year with regular content updates and events for Monster Hunter: World, and that will be continuing into the new year. Among the planned free content updates are a crossover event with everyone's favorite hunter of monsters, Geralt of Rivia, a festival to celebrate the past year, and some other secrets for the 15th anniversary.All of this info comes from the latest developer presentation from last Monday. In the presentation, producer Ryozo Tsujimoto walked through the updates that are planned for the next few months, and a big one that won't be available until later next year. First, here are the content updates that are coming soon to the console versions (PC will get these at later dates):

Bake Some Christmas Cheer in Free Update for Overcooked! 2

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the kitchen, Ghost Town Games and Team17 dropped a free update for Overcooked! 2 last week that adds some new levels, a few new recipes, and a couple new chefs to use. "Kevin's Christmas Cracker" is available for all versions of the game and, as this is an update, it'll get added automatically.Once you've gotten the update downloaded, you'll find the new content in the "Extras" section. Here's everything you'll get in this update:Overcooked! 2 is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Four player co-op is supported throughout the Campaign and "Kevin's Christmas Cracker."

Enjoy Star Wars Battlefront II for Free on EA Access

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Enjoy Star Wars Battlefront II for Free on EA Access

Star Wars Battlefront II has had its share of ups and downs since it launched last year, but the steady stream of patches/updates have brought the game to a better point than where it was. If you're interested in checking the game out for yourself, and you have an EA Access subscription, then you can do so for free.The official EA Access account tweeted out the news last week, although the title has been a part of the program for some regions prior to this official announcement. Now, it's available all over. It's worth noting that from a co-op perspective, your options are very limited; two player local co-op only, limited. You can read our full Co-Op Review here.Star Wars Battlefront II is available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Two player local co-op is supported in the Arcade Mode.