Our Weekend In Gaming: So Extra

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Our Weekend In Gaming: So Extra

We're officially deep into Extra Life 2018, and you just know the Co-Opticrew is getting in on that action.  Specifically, Eric and the gang will be streaming a plethora of co-op games on Saturday, so if you're into that sort of thing, check them out through the link below.  Between Extra Life and GDQ, it's really encouraging to see that the gaming community can come together and cause some real, no-joke good in the world.Elsewhere, it's mostly cowboy time, but we'll also traveling temporally, exploring wastelands, and pumping up those light levels.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Red Dead 2 and Destiny 2."

Destiny 2 Is Free on PC

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Destiny 2 Is Free on PC

As part of Blizzard's (and Activision's) BlizzCon celebration, the company has announced that Destiny 2 will be free on PC for a limited time. You'll need to redeem your code for the game by November 18th, after that, it'll go back to normal price. Existing players will receive an exclusive emblem not available anywhere else. Destiny 2 will be available on the Battle.net app to claim for free for a little more than two weeks in November, and players will have the opportunity to download the game once they’ve claimed it. New Battle.net accounts created after 11:00 a.m. PDT on November 2, 2018, will be required to enable Blizzard SMS Protect before claiming their game license. Destiny 2 is redeemable from https://account.blizzard.com/gifts/.  Additionally, the PvPvE mode Gambit, which is only part of The Forsaken expansion pack, is free for all users November 9th through the 11th. The Forsaken (and other previous expansions) are not included as part of the free deal. 

Earthfall's Latest Update Has Arrived

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Earthfall and its four player online co-op first graced our presence back in July of this year, and the first person shooter has been churning out minor improvements ever since.These have all been well and good, but they pale in comparison to the "Invasion" update, which is out now.  With "Invasion", Holospark has added a horde mode, a player progression system, four new maps, and all kinds of new skins to the game.  Alongside that, they've completely reworked the weapon audio.  There are definitely a lot of changes here, but thankfully, Holospark has also provided a tidy trailer to make sure you're not missing anything.The player progression system seems to be a great and much-needed addition, as it introduces both cosmetic and mechanical benefits for dedicated players.  I'm not sure all those dangly bits they show attached to the guns are very helpful in combat, but if you've survived a deadly alien invasion, you've got to find joy somewhere, right?

Strange Brigade's Second DLC Mission Is Out Now

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It's only been a few weeks since Strange Brigade's first DLC mission was plucked from The Great DLC Tree and dropped into our waiting mouths.  We've barely had time to digest all of its nutrients, and yet Rebellion Developments is already holding out another fresh batch of DLC for us to consume."The Thrice Damned 2: Sunken Kingdom" is out now and offers up the the middle section of the game's DLC campaign.  This time around, the adventurers are whisked away to an underground kingdom centered around an ancient temple.  As with the previous mission, the party's objective will likely revolve around blasting holes into every undead creature in a ten mile radius.The other new DLC pack, "Japanese Naval Officer Character Expansion Pack", offers both a mouthful of words and Hachiro Shimizu, a master survivalist.  He's armed with the Mikhailov 38-rifle, the Marchador TT pistol, a shock grenade, and the "Decaying Demon Blast" power.  Both DLC packs can be purchased individually and are included in the game's Season Pass.  On the free side of things, Rebellion has updated Strange Brigade's Horde mode to include the Chamber map and the Score Attack mode to include Cut-Throat Caverns II and Forsaken City II.

A New Hell Dawns On Helldivers

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A New Hell Dawns On Helldivers

It's been a hot (Get it? Like in Hell?) minute since we last covered Helldivers, but Arrowhead Game Studios certainly hasn't forgotten about it, as they've put out a new update celebrating Liberty Day 2018.Titled "A New Hell", the update adds a number of new ways to remind yourself that the unending war to defend Super Earth is indeed pretty hellish.  For the veterans out there, three new difficulties have been introduced:  An Exercise in Futility, The Definition of Insanity, and the Inner Circle of Hell, which correspond to levels 13, 14, and 15, respectively.  As if that weren't enough, the Shadow, Obsidian Observer, and Legionnaire enemies have also been dropped into the game for a truly demoralizing experience.Thankfully, the Helldivers have gained a single, meager advantage from the update in the form of the MGX-42 Machinegun, shown above.  Given everything else "A New Hell" is adding, I'd say you're going to need it.

Our Weekend In Gaming: The Cowboys Are Back

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Our Weekend In Gaming: The Cowboys Are Back

A certain Western Video Game has been dumped into the gaming populace's eager hands this weekend.  While the Co-Opticrew hasn't fully latched on yet, we are certainly nibbling furtively, unaware of the impending hook.  Give it a week or two.Elsewhere, we'll be adventuring in the Mediterranean, creating horrible fighting game characters, and listening as online teenagers tell us just what our mothers are up to.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "Think I'm going to jump into that Red Dead Redemption 2 action."

Breach Hands On Impressions and Developer Interview

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QC Games unveiled their debut title, Breach, a couple months ago during this year's Gamescom. Billed as a third-person, co-op action RPG, there weren't a lot of details about what the game actually was at first. After getting my hands on it for a bit, I can see why. This might be one of the hardest titles I've ever had to describe while also being one of the most fun.Initially, Breach appears to be a fairly straightforward action RPG with some lite MMO touches. Choose your class from a variety of melee/ranged/support templates, customize the appearance of your character, then hop into an initial gathering hub. After I played through my first match, though, it became clear that QC Games' ambitions for Breach go far beyond what is "the usual." They have blended elements from a variety of games (Devil May Cry, Monster Hunter, Heroes of the StormEvolve) and genres into a new format that feels both familiar yet wholly unique.

There's A Spooky New Update Coming To No Man's Sky

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There's A Spooky New Update Coming To No Man's Sky

I'm told that in space, no one can hear you scream, which is probably for the best given the latest update coming to No Man's Sky.Ever since the "Next" update arrived a couple months ago, Hello Games has been toiling away on weekly updates.  These have generally been small and focused on fixes or improvements, but they've also featured new gameplay additions, such as the ability to adjust your avatar's body shape.  While the "weekly" team has been doing their thing, though, another subset of Hello Games has been preparing "The Abyss", a free update coming next week that focuses on "the eerier elements of No Man's Sky".Not a great deal is known yet about "The Abyss", but it'll almost certainly be accessible via the game's four player online co-op.  No Man's Sky didn't launch with cooperative play, of course, but the "Next" update introduced the feature back in July. If you're interested in getting spooked out of your spacesuit with a few friends, the game is available on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.  Despite its rocky start, No Man's Sky is in a much better state these days and very much worth checking out.

Catch Some All-Terrain Action In The Latest Farming Simulator 19 Trailer

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Aww, yeah!  You all know what time it is! That's right, it's farmin' time, because Giants Software has cooked up a brand new Farming Simulator 19 trailer for us to 'ohhh' and 'aww' over.  This time around, we get to see the all-terrain Mahindra Retriever (this year's pre-order bonus) in action.  Now, listen.  The avatar in this trailer is cruisin' along in the Retriever like he's in some kind of action movie (or at least a thriller), but don't be gettin' any ideas.  As clearly stated in the trailer, you'll need a helmet and safety belt if you wanna get where you're goin' in one piece.  Heck, I'd recommend tossin' oven mitts and aviator goggles onto that list.  You can never be too careful.  Anywho, here's the trailer:Farming Simulator 19, which is out on November 20th, offers up to eight online compadres the chance to work together on a farm.  It's about as close to the real thing as you can get without getting any dirt on your knees, and it'll be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

HyperX Cloud Earbuds Review

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HyperX Cloud Earbuds Review

The HyperX Cloud Earbuds address a niche in the market: people who want gaming peripherals for mobile devices. While targeted towards Switch and phone/tablet gaming, these earbuds also work in PS4 controllers and any other device that has a 3.5mm CTIA standard connector.The Cloud Earbuds are minimalist in their design, featuring an in-line microphone with a multi-function button and interchangeable ear tips. The cabling is flat (as opposed to rounded) and silicone-like in texture. The whole ensemble is signature HyperX red with a black and white logo printed on each earbud’s exterior. They also come with a hefty, but small, black carrying case that has an inner pocket.While I don’t own a Switch, I used this peripheral extensively with my phone to make calls and play music/mobile games as well as with my PS4. On the positive side of things, the sound and microphone quality is above most of the other earbud/microphone combinations I’ve sampled before. The sound is clear with a good relative volume and the microphone is crisp. The multi-function button gets the job done and it’s easy to answer calls, pause music, and skip music tracks with it.