Our Weekend In Gaming: Mining Crew

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Our Weekend In Gaming: Mining Crew

Can you believe another week's done and dusted?  It feels like it was just yesterday that Jason was yelling at the Co-Opticrew to finish our morning serving of porridge and crowd back into the co-op mines.  "Ah well," I remember telling Marc on the way down, "at least we got that extra day to let the cartridge dust work its way out of our lungs."  We shared a somber smile then, knowing the darkness of the mines would soon shroud our faces beyond recognition.  My, how time does seem to slip away...Anyhoo!  The weekend's here, and you know what that means, right?  We've got games on the menu.  Specifically, we'll be checking out barbaric MMOs, Middle English JRPGs, and Coen Brothers-esque TTRPGs.  Check it out!Nick Puleo (@NickPuleo) - "I have a date with Destiny 2 and the Battlefield V beta."

Shovel Knight Is Coming To Retail Next Year

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Shovel Knight, everyone's favorite game about being a knight with a shovel, has been making the digital rounds ever since its initial release in 2014.  While it was originally only available on the PC, 3DS, and Wii U, the game eventually made its way to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, all the while amassing a number of expansions and some downloadable content.All of this additional content has since been bundled into the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package, which will be getting a physical release on April 9th, 2019.  The digital version is already out and currently contains the base game, the two available story expansions, and some additional goodies.  However, the third and final expansion, "King of Cards", will also be released on the same day, meaning it will be included in the physical version and available as a free download to those who currently own the digital version.April 9th also marks the release of the game's competitive multiplayer mode, Shovel Knight Showdown, and a three-pack of Shovel Knight amiibo.  If all those adorable figurines are your kind of jam, you'll definitely want to give the below release trailer a look.

Games With Gold for Sept. 2018

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Xbox Live’s Games With Gold program for September 2018 features a solid lineup of co-op friendly games. Single-player loving Xbox One users who have GOLD membership will be able to build their own criminal housing facility in Prison Architect for the entire month of September. Following this, Livelock, a top-down co-op shooter, becomes free Sept. 15th to Oct. 16th.If you still play on Xbox 360 never fear, both Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Sega Vintage Monster World are available for free in the Game With Gold program, becoming available Sept 1-15th and Sept 16-30th, respectively. The latter two games are also available on Xbox One on the same days, meaning Xbox One players get access to everything.Will you be jumping into one of the two wonderful co-op titles coming this month, or have the back to school blues got you down? Let us know in the comments below!

Join the Co-Optimus Team for Extra Life 2018

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Join the Co-Optimus Team for Extra Life 2018

Fall is a great time for gamers. There are so many games to play and not enough time to play them all, right? That's a real problem, so let me offer you a win-win solution. Pick one game that you were planning on buying, and don't buy it. Now, take that $60 you just saved, and make a donation on your Extra Life page, which you created after joining the Co-Optimus Extra Life Team. Your $60 just made an impact on some poor kid who was critically injured in a car accident, and you saved a lot of time that you would have sunk into that game you didn't buy.Before I get too wordy and approach the dreaded TL;DR territory, let's put this simply. Join our team, get/give donations, play games on Nov. 3rd, save kids' lives. It's that easy.Now for the more wordy version. Extra Life is a charity led by a huge community of gamers who raise donations for sick and injured kids who are stuck in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. That's right, when you pay for your Panda Express and the nice cashier asks you if you'd like to round up to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (and you say "heck yes!"), it's the same network of hospitals. By the way, if I don't hear that bell ding after you pay for your delicious Kung Pao chicken, I judge you. Everyone judges you.

Hitman 2's Latest Teaser Takes Agent 47 To The Jungle

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With all the craziness surrounding this fall's game releases, it's easy to forget that Hitman 2, the sequel to one of the most unexpectedly good games of 2016, will also be available.  More importantly, it'll have its very own co-op mode!Just how will IO Interactive manage to one-up their 2016 hit?  From what we know so far, the gameplay itself will remain largely unchanged (why mess with a solid formula?), and the focus instead will be on more exotic, expansive locales, new ways to land that perfect kill, and of course, a little co-op action.  While the below teaser doesn't show off any co-op gameplay, it does give a peek at one of Agent 47's next destinations:  Colombia.When it releases on November 13th of this year, Hitman 2 will feature two player online co-op in the form of the "Sniper Assassin" mode.  In it, two distinctly non-Agent 47 characters, Stone and Knight, must work together to snipe specific targets within the allotted time period.  While the mode will be available to everyone for the game's full release, folks who have pre-ordered can gain immediate access.

Animosity

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

Galaxy Champions TV Hopes to Revive those Smash TV Feels

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It's no secret Smash TV is one of my all time favorite games. I've got a design doc in my back pocket I'll some day pull the trigger on for my take on a modern day remake. Until that time developer aQuadiun are releasing their take on the classic twin stick shooter with Galaxy Champions TV, coming to Steam on September 6th.Galaxy Champions TV adds a few features to the formula to bring the gameplay to 2018. The most notable changes are upgradeable weapons and character leveling. After you complete each room you'll be given a choice of three character or weapon upgrades. During the few runs I tried I got everything from character speed and health to weapon range and power. One thing I found odd was while the game does have some of the "TV" aesthetic, it's not very over the top. There are cheers from the crowds and such, but you never actually see them. The pickups aren't cash but just glowing orbs. Still, it feels very much like a Smash TV game. Enemies range from robots to ninjas to turtles (but not ninja turtles) with the full roster promising 15 different varieties and three bosses. There also only seems to be a single path through the rooms, instead of offering up the choice of your next challenge.