MMO Co-Opportunities Volume XCIII: Jedi, Atlantis, and Legendary Servers

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MMO Co-Opportunities Volume XCIII: Jedi, Atlantis, and Legendary Servers

The cold and often rainy days of November are perfect for sitting inside, sipping a cup of hot tea or coffee, and getting in some quality gaming time. For this month of November, we have content updates for SWTOR and DC Universe Online and a new way to play LOTRO. Jedi Under Siege Announced for December Bioware recently announced that the 5...Read More

Steamlink Allows for Couch Co-Op to Multiple Devices

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Steamlink Allows for Couch Co-Op to Multiple Devices

The Steam client is constantly getting updated, and with it, usually comes updates to the related services. The latest update to the Steam client provides enhancements for those folks that have a Steam Link in their home, or more specifically, have two.What this means is any game that only supports couch co-op can now be streamed to multiple TVs with the Steam Link combined with extra controller options like the Android phone extensibility. We aren't quite sure WHY you'd want to do this yet, perhaps you've screwed up one too many times in For the King and are tired of taking a few punches to the shoulder while sitting next to your roommate. But perhaps this is a precursor to something even better, allowing games that only support couch co-op to work over the internet to play with friends. Something like an app like Parsec supports, but built natively into Steam. 

Get Crackdown Free after Crackdown 3 Finally Gets a Release Date

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Crackdown is hands down one of the all time best co-op experiences I've ever had. Climbing the tower with a buddy, trying to make the biggest wreckage possible by piling cars, or simply speed running to collect orbs - it bar none set the open world standard for co-op sandbox action. Now it's yours for free on Xbox One or Xbox 360. Microsoft is doing this to celebrate the fact that Crackdown 3, the long delayed sequel to the sequel, has gotten a release date. You'll be digging in on February 15th, 2019 to the game and its all new multiplayer mode, Mayhem.X018 provided a first look at the over-the-top antics and explosive gameplay of Crackdown 3’sWrecking Zone, an all-new multiplayer mode where environmental destruction is your secret weapon to take down your enemies. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Elbow Rocket, Crackdown 3 will bring super-powered Agents to New Providence, an action-packed open-world, to take down a criminal corporation using an explosive set of weapons and abilities. 

Get Crackdown is Free after Crackdown 3 Finally Getting a Release Date

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Crackdown is hands down one of the all time best co-op experiences I've ever had. Climbing the tower with a buddy, trying to make the biggest wreckage possible by piling cars, or simply speed running to collect orbs - it bar none set the open world standard for co-op sandbox action. Now it's yours for free on Xbox One or Xbox 360. Microsoft is doing this to celebrate the fact that Crackdown 3, the long delayed sequel to the sequel, has gotten a release date. You'll be digging in on February 15th, 2019 to the game and its all new multiplayer mode, Mayhem.X018 provided a first look at the over-the-top antics and explosive gameplay of Crackdown 3’sWrecking Zone, an all-new multiplayer mode where environmental destruction is your secret weapon to take down your enemies. Developed by Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Sumo Digital and Elbow Rocket, Crackdown 3 will bring super-powered Agents to New Providence, an action-packed open-world, to take down a criminal corporation using an explosive set of weapons and abilities. 

Our Weekend In Gaming: Casting The Ballot

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Casting The Ballot

The results are in, and it turns out the Co-Opticrew is violently opposed to even remotely showing any bias towards a single game, at least based on our weekend plans.  Maybe it's for the best, though, as we'll now have all sorts of fun, unique anecdotes to share on Monday.  If our staff wasn't based all over the world (and if water coolers were still a thing that people used), we'd be standing around them the whole day.Our varied plans include small-scale space warfare, radiation ingestion, and persona fusion.  Check it out!Jason Love (@JLove55) - "Yearning for the days when I had the time/energy and, for now, health to do things other than keep a 22 month old alive and well. When I can, I'll be playing some Moonlighter on the Switch."

ARK: Survival Evolved Is Headed To The Switch This Month

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No matter what criticism can be leveraged at ARK: Survival Evolved, you certainly can't say the game isn't unique.Between the tameable dinosaurs, huntable yetis, and insanely wide array of weaponry, the game offers a distinctly different take on the survival genre, and all that can be experienced on the Nintendo Switch come November 30th.  As you can see in the game's launch trailer, a largely intact version of ARK will soon be playable anywhere you find yourself with a Switch in hand.I say largely intact because, presumably, some of the game's beefier features probably didn't make the cut to the toned-down portable version.  That said, the game's developer, Studio Wildcard, has assured fans that the core systems and much of the late-game content will all be available.

Sennheiser GSP 500 Gaming Headset Review

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The Sennheiser GSP 500 is a high-end headset from Sennheiser, a manufacturer beloved by audiophiles. Released earlier this summer, we got our hands on one recently for a full review.While most of the headsets I’ve used in the past are considered “closed back headsets,” the GSP 500 is an “open back headset.” A closed back headset is completely enclosed, which usually lends some sound-blocking properties. A headset with an open back, on the other hand, utilizes venting or grating on the earcups, opening the headphones to the surrounding environment. This style benefits users who want to be able to hear sounds from their surroundings better or people who find their ears get uncomfortably warm with closed back earphones.In addition to its open back cup design, the GSP 500 has several other distinguishing features of its construction. Starting with the frame, while each side is individually expandable - a trait found in most headsets - the band also features a way to adjust head contact pressure via slidable bits of plastic located on the top. The closer the two sliders are towards the center of the band, the greater the compression. Though there are several positions of these sliders on their rails, there is only a very small amount of compression difference between adjacent positions (more on this later on in the review).

Take A Look At Forty Minutes Of Anthem Gameplay

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Take A Look At Forty Minutes Of Anthem Gameplay

Anthem still has another few months before it's ripe for the picking, but BioWare has been showing off clips of the game in action since its announcement in 2017.While many of these have been relatively brief, BioWare's recent Twitch stream showed a pretty lengthy portion of Alpha gameplay.  Most of the stream's contents were relatively unsurprising:  numbers popping up over enemies, questing, and an oddly familiar military sci-fi theme, but it's nice to see everything in action.  As previously mentioned, though, the game is still in an Alpha state, so expect much of the UI and text to change significantly once the game hits full release.Anthem is due for release on February 22 of next year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.  It will support online co-op for up to four players, but expect some MMO-lite elements to be thrown into the multiplayer as well.

Capcom Beat Em' Up Bundle Co-Op Stream Recap

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Last night we dusted off the arcade machine, pulled out a pocket full of (virtual) quarters and checked out the latest nostalgia release from Capcom. The Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle is a beat em up fan's dream featuring seven classic Capcom games, two of which, have never been released on a console or PC.All of these games are inherently co-op. And we checked them all out to give you a taste of what the bundle offers. While most support 3 or 4 players, those that don't support up to 8 player lobbies where players can swap in and out of play. The two games in red are never before released.

Fortnite's Save the World Co-Op Mode Staying "Pay to Play" for Now

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Fortnite's Save the World Co-Op Mode Staying

It's been planned for sometime, in fact, Epic Games have said that Fortnite's "Save the World" co-op mode would go free to play to match the success of the Battle Royale mode by the end of 2018. But in the latest blog post from the game's developer, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer till more folks can get their hands on the co-op play without dropping some hard earned cash.We’re working on a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play. Save the World has grown consistently since our launch in July 2017 and Fortnite overall has experienced unprecedented growth. Scaling up for the legions of player heroes who will be joining the fight is key to providing an excellent experience. This applies to all of our players, old and new, so we’re taking the time to get this right.The blog post goes on to explain some of the changes that have come out with the latest update. The biggest and most notable is a UI overhaul to bring the Save the World mode more in line with what's found in Battle Royale and make the transition between the two seem and feel more seamless.